A July 29, 2005 USPTO Press Release (Nr. 05-28, contact Ruth Nyblod,Tel. 571-272-8400) reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office has finally implemented some new processes to speed up reexamination proceedings. In March 2005, for example, there were still “over 420 reexaminations that had been pending more than two years”. Given the economic and financial impact of patents on the economy, the streamlining of the USPTO in this regard was long overdue.