Priority Action Law and Legal Definition

Priority action is an electronic letter in which an examining attorney sets forth specific requirements that the applicant must meet before an application can be approved for publication. An examining attorney will issue a priority action after consulting with an applicant or the applicant’s attorney. Unlike an examiner’s amendment, the priority action does not confirm resolution of the issues. It explains the requirements that are still outstanding.

The applicant must respond to a priority action within 6 months from the date the priority action is mailed. If the applicant fails to do so, the application will be abandoned. However, if the applicant responds within 2 months, the application will be given priority in processing the response.