Faculty Advisor

DiBiasio, David

Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Project Center

Washington, DC


The Pre-Issuance Submissions Program was implemented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2012 in response to the America Invents Act under the provision that the public can submit documents relevant to patent applications under review. This project looked at the effectiveness of the Program and developed a list of recommendations of program improvements. We explored the Program from the viewpoint of the USPTO and of the public who could participate. We analyzed information collected from prior documentation, questionnaires distributed to examiners, interviews with USPTO employees and third parties, and a focus group of examiners. The conclusions we reached developed our recommendations how to improve the Program, helping the USPTO become a more efficient agency.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts