Monday, December 5, 2016

Patent Quality Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

A Patent Quality Conference will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET at the USPTO Headquarters, Madison Auditorium in Alexandria VA.

The event is free and open to the public.  You can attend either in person or remotely via webcast.

Information on the event—including a link to register and the agenda—is available at the Patent Quality Conference page: .

Notice of Roundtables and Extension of the Period of Comments on Examination Time Goals

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) previously announced information for roundtables in Alexandria, Virginia, and Dallas, Texas, to solicit public feedback as part of aneffort to reevaluate its examination time goals. Examination time goals vary by technology and represent the average amount of time that a patent examiner is expected to spend examining a patent application in a particular technology. The Office now is providing information on the additional three roundtables that the Office will be conducting in Detroit, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; and San Jose, California. In addition, the Office is extending the written comment period to ensure that all stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to submit comments on the reevaluation of the Office's examination time goals.

DATES: Written Comments Deadline: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be received on or before January 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent by electronic mail addressed to Comments also may be submitted by postal mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.

    Although comments may be submitted by postal mail, the Office prefers to receive comments by electronic mail in order to facilitate posting on the USPTO's Internet Web site ( Electronic comments may be submitted in plain text, ADOBE portable document format, or MICROSOFT WORD[supreg] format.. Comments not submitted electronically should be submitted on paper in a format that facilitates digital scanning into ADOBE portable document format.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Upcoming USPTO Events in the Texas Region

Tuesday, November 29, 2016: Examination Time Roundtable at the Texas Regional Office
The USPTO is soliciting public feedback in an effort to conduct a comprehensive study of examination time. The overall effort is called the Examination Time Analysis (ETA).

Monday, December 5, 2016: Patent Subject-Matter Eligibility - Roundtable 2 at the Texas Regional Office
This second roundtable will focus on receiving feedback regarding larger questions concerning the legal contours of eligible subject matter in the U.S. patent system. Additional details about the roundtables are in a Federal Register Notice, published Oct. 17, 2016.

Friday, December 9, 2016: Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works at the Texas Regional Office
The Texas Regional Office is hosting a webcast to discuss current initiatives and technologies used to develop a more robust an d collaborative digital marketplace for copyrighted works, and to consider ways forward to help achieve that result.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Patent Quality Conference Webcast in San Marcos, TX

Learn more about quality programs and results from the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative, how patent quality impacts the U.S. Courts, and next steps the USPTO is taking to advance patent quality.  More information will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Advanced Patent & Trademark Seminar in San Antonio, TX
This is part of our ongoing outreach to independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. During this conference, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the patenting and trademarking process as it relates to your small business.
For inquiries about the event: please email texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV, visit us at the, or call us at 469-295-9000.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works

The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force (Task Force) will hold a conference at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) facility in Alexandria, Virginia, on December 9, 2016, to discuss current initiatives and technologies used to develop a more robust and collaborative digital marketplace for copyrighted works and to consider ways forward to help achieve that result. This follows up on an earlier public meeting held by the Task Force on April 1, 2015, which focused on how the Government can assist in facilitating the development and use of standard identifiers for all types of works of authorship.
More information is available from a Federal Register Notice .
For registration information to attend either in person in Alexandria or see a webcast at one of the USPTO's regional office, access

Friday, November 18, 2016

Round Table on Examiner Time Analysis

Please join us for the upcoming Round Table on Examiner Time Analysis on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

The purpose of this discussion is to obtain public input to help us ensure that the Office’s examination time goals accurately reflect the amount of time needed by examiners to conduct quality examination in a manner that responds to stakeholders’ interests.

This event is free and open to the public. The registration link is

We look forward to seeing you on November 29th
Texas Regional Office USPTO Team
USPTO Texas Regional Office
(469) 295-9050