Only One Substantive Examination?
Due to the introduction of a recent policy, the Colombian PTO is performing only one substantive examination on patent applications in order to speed up the granting procedure.
Unfortunately, many patent applications are being rejected and the number of reconsideration actions filed by the applicants has increased enormously. This results in that the Colombian PTO is currently having an important backlog in resolving this kind of cases. What shows that the intention of speeding up the granting procedure produced a backlog in another place.
In order to arrange things, the Colombian PTO now allows applicants to file amendments during reconsideration actions and has designated an increased number of officers in charge of the reconsideration actions. Nonetheless, the backlog persists because the number of filed patent applications is being increased constantly.