Takeaway: The USPTO has launched the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program, expediting examination of qualifying utility patent applications related to semiconductor manufacturing to support the CHIPS for America initiative, aiming to enhance innovation, national security, and economic competitiveness.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has introduced the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program to support the CHIPS for America initiative. This program aims to boost innovation in semiconductor manufacturing by expediting the examination of qualifying utility patent applications. It is part of the broader CHIPS and Science Act, an opportunity to enhance American innovation, national security, and global economic competitiveness.

The pilot program will prioritize certain semiconductor manufacturing innovations, expediting the examination of related patent applications until a first action. This initiative is designed to accelerate advancements in the semiconductor industry and reduce dependence on foreign semiconductor chip supplies. Petitions to participate in the program will be accepted from December 1, 2023, until either December 2, 2024, or the acceptance of 1,000 grantable petitions, whichever comes first.