Friday, April 27, 2012

Intellectual Property (IP) and the U.S. Economy

The Commerce Department released a comprehensive report revealing that in 2010 IP-intensive industries had a five trillion dollar impact on the American economy and created 40 million jobs. Entitled "Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus," the report also found that between 2010 and 2011, IP-intensive industries showed a 1.6 percent increase in direct employment versus a 1.0 percent increase in non-IP-intensive industries. The full report is available online at

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Firefox Users Need New Version of Java for EFS-Web and Private PAIR

On April 2, 2012 the Mozilla Foundation announced that the Firefox browser would start blocking older versions of the Java plug-in from running. Both USPTO’s EFS-Web for Registered filers and Private PAIR use Java.

USPTO recommends that all users of Firefox upgrade to the latest version of Java - which is Version 6 Update 31. Please visit using your Firefox browser, click on “Free Java Download”, and follow the installation steps provided.

If you do not update Java, it is very likely that when accessing EFS-Web for Registered filers or Private PAIR with Firefox, an error message may appear on the Authentication Page stating: Java Not Enabled.

If you require further assistance, please call the Patent EBC at (866) 217-9197 (toll free) or send an email to

(Message from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program [PTRCP])

Patents External Quality Survey

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 68 (Monday, April 9, 2012)]
[Notices][Pages 21086-21087]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2012-8485]
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patents External Quality Survey (formerly Customer Panel Quality Survey)
ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

To read the full text of this comment request, access

Additional information about this collection is also available at under ``Information Collection Review.''


I. Abstract

For over the past 10 years, the USPTO has used surveys to obtain customer feedback regarding the products, services, and related service standards of the USPTO. The USPTO used the data to measure how well the agency is meeting established customer service standards, to identify any disjoints between customer expectations and USPTO performance, and to develop improvement strategies. Typically, these surveys ask customers to express their satisfaction with the USPTO's products and services based upon their interactions with the agency as a whole over a 12-month period.

In order to obtain further data concerning customer ratings of the USPTO's services, service standards, and performance, the USPTO developed the Patents External Quality Survey. This survey narrows the focus of customer satisfaction to examination quality and uses a longitudinal, rotating panel design to assess changes in customer perceptions and to identify key areas for examiner training and opportunities for improvement. The USPTO plans to survey patent agents, attorneys, and other individuals from large domestic corporations (including those with 500+ employees), small and medium-size businesses, and universities and other non-profit research organizations. In addition, the USPTO also plans to survey independent inventors. The USPTO does not plan to survey foreign entities.

The USPTO will draw a random sample of these customers from their database. Due to the rotating panel design, some sample members will be surveyed twice in order to measure change over a period of time. Each year of the survey will include two waves of data collection.

The Patents External Quality Survey is a mail survey, although respondents can also complete the survey electronically on the Web. The content of both versions will be identical. A survey packet containing the questionnaire, a separate cover letter prepared by the Commissioner of Patents, a postage-paid, pre-addressed return envelope, and instructions for completing the survey electronically will be mailed to all sample members. A pre-notification letter, reminder/thank you postcards, and telephone calls will be used to encourage response from sample members.

This is a voluntary survey and all responses will remain confidential. The [[Page 21087]]
collected data will not be linked to the respondent and contact information that is used for sampling purposes will be maintained in a separate file from the quantitative data. Respondents are not required to provide any identifying information such as their name, address, or Social Security Number. In order to access and complete the online survey, respondents will need to use the username, password, and survey ID number provided by the USPTO.