Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sign-Up Closes May 26 for July STEPP Training

May 26 is the last day to sign up for the July 11-13 USPTO training on examination practice and procedure. The course is offered to members of the public as part of our Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program and will be held at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. 
This training is intended for those who have recently passed the patent bar for the purpose of practicing before the USPTO. The training will make use of statutes, rules, and guidelines relevant to practicing before the USPTO. The course is led by USPTO trainers and is based on material developed for training patent examiners and other employees. More information, and a proposed upcoming course schedule, is available on the USPTO STEPP page

Meet the Patent Experts (In Spanish)

The USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO) is hosting a Meet the Patent Experts in Spanish.  This is part of our ongoing outreach to independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to learn about patents and the patent process along with how to file a patent application using our Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web). This seminar will conducted completely in Spanish.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 pm CT
at the Texas Regional Office

If you are unable to come to the Texas Regional Office in Dallas, TX. 
This event will be webcasted to Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) in the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Please use the link below to find the PTRC nearest to you.
Please call ahead to ensure the seminar is being shown at your particular PTRC.

For inquiries about the event:
please email texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV
or call us at 469-295-9000.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beware of scam from IPTA

Scam solicitations mailed to trademark registrants and applicants in the US continue to proliferate. A client this week forwarded me the offer below from “IPTA”, the International Patent & Trademark Agency.

For detailed information, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/mffxek9

Possible Streamlined Trademark Cancellation Proceedings

As part of the effort to improve the integrity of the trademark register, the USPTO is exploring the possibility of a streamlined version of trademark cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Streamlined proceedings would enable third parties to more efficiently challenge marks they believe are not in use in commerce.

 The streamlined proceedings would:

  • Be limited to the grounds of abandonment and nonuse;
  • Permit discovery only as to standing;
  • Require each party to submit its proof with its pleading; and
  • Move on an accelerated schedule.

Please read the full notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 22517). The notice includes instructions for submitting comments. The comment period is open until August 14.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Inventor Info Chat

Join USPTO on May 18, from 11:00 am to noon EST, for an Inventor Info Chat, “How to file a Patent Application electronically", with an overview of:
  • The Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web) – including a live demonstration
  • Patent Application Information Retrieval
  • eCommerce Modernization Project systems
For more information, please visit the event page.