The USPTO has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) program that basically gives examiners credit for considering responses filed after a final rejection.
To be eligible for consideration under AFCP 2.0, you must file a response under 37 CFR §1.116, which includes a request for consideration under the pilot (Form PTO/SB/434) and an amendment to at least one independent claim that does not broaden the scope of the independent claim in any aspect. . . . If you are considering filing a response to a final rejection under 37 CFR 1.116 that you believe will lead to allowance of your application with only limited further searching and/or consideration by the examiner, you should consider requesting consideration of the response under AFCP 2.0.
The program was scheduled to end on December 14, 2013, but has been extended until September 30, 2014.