Monday, January 24, 2011

New USPTO Detroit Office

In December the USPTO announced plans to open a satellite office in Detroit that will create new patent examiner jobs in an effort to reduce the patent backlog. See the Dec. 16, 2010 press release for more details.

The USPTO has now opened an email address,, for those seeking more information about job opportunities and the hiring process for the new office.

"The Detroit office – the first-ever USPTO regional office – is scheduled to open later this year, and the hiring of patent examiners is slated to begin in the spring. More than 100 new positions are expected to be filled within the office’s first year of opening."

Monday, January 3, 2011

Coding of Design Marks in Trademark Registrations

[Federal Register: December 28, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 248)]
[Notices][Page 81587-81589]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []
Patent and Trademark Office
[Docket No. PTO-T-2010-0090]

Coding of Design Marks in Registrations
AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') proposes to discontinue its secondary design coding, the practice of coding newly registered trademarks in its searchable electronic database with design mark codes based on the old paper search designations.

DATES: Comments must be received by January 27, 2011 to ensure

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