The USPTO has announced extension of the AFCP 2.0 program, through September 30, 2020. Initiated in May 2013, the AFCP 2.0 program was launched in the USPTO’s efforts toward compact prosecution and to facilitate collaboration between examiners and stakeholders. An AFCP 2.0 request authorized additional time for examiners to search and/or consider responses after final rejection, and to conduct an interview if your response does to place the application in condition for allowance. An AFCP 2.0 submission must amend at least one independent claim and not broaden the scope in any aspect. An AFCP 2.0 submission increases your chances of entry of an amendment after final and reduces the need to file a more costly request for continued examination.