A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office pilot project for filing utility patent applications online is stirring so much interest in the IP community that it is likely to be expanded next summer, PTO officials said Dec. 20.

The first application under the new program was submitted by a law firm Dec. 13, according to Office of System Development and Maintenance Director Rob Porter. Information about the application — including the law firm that filed it — is confidential, he said.