Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
More information is available from http://invent.org/inductees/ or from a CBS news story.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
and on the webpage of the Dallas office (http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/uspto-locations/dallas-texas).
Friday, November 13, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
SUMMARY: The American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) provided for publication of patent applications at eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is claimed. Thus, the patent laws and regulations require that foreign priority or domestic benefit claims, specifying the application number, country (or intellectual property authority), and filing date of any foreign application for which priority is claimed and the application number of any domestic application for which benefit is claimed, be submitted in a timely manner to allow for publication at eighteen months from the earliest filing date for which a benefit is claimed. It has been United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) practice to require that any correction of the application number in a domestic benefit claim after the time period for filing a priority or benefit claim be via a petition to accept an unintentionally delayed benefit claim, but to permit correction of the application number in a foreign priority claim after the time period for filing a priority or benefit claim without such a petition. This dissimilar treatment of the correction of foreign priority claims and domestic benefit claims results in the publication of a corrected patent application publication reflecting the accurate domestic benefit claim information whenever an applicant corrects the application number in a domestic benefit claim in a pending application, but not whenever an applicant corrects the application number of the foreign application in a foreign priority claim. The rationale for the practice of permitting correction of the application number in a foreign priority claim without a petition was because the filing date of a prior foreign patent application did not affect the effective prior art date of a U.S. patent application publication and because the USPTO schedules publication of an application with the filing date provided by applicant in a foreign priority claim. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), however, now provides that the filing date of an earlier foreign patent application may now be the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in a U.S. patent or a U.S. patent application publication. Therefore, U.S. patent application publications should reflect accurate foreign priority information to minimize the burden on examiners and members of the public in assessing the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in such U.S. patent application publications. The USPTO will thus now require that any correction of the identification of the foreign application (by application number, country (or intellectual property authority), and filing date) in a foreign priority claim after the time period for filing a priority or benefit claim be via a petition to accept an unintentionally delayed priority claim, and once the petition is granted in a pending application, will now publish a corrected patent application publication reflecting the accurate foreign priority claim information. Requiring a petition and publishing a corrected patent application publication whenever an applicant corrects the application number in a foreign priority claim or a domestic benefit claim will provide for common treatment of the correction of the identification of a foreign or domestic application in a priority or benefit claim. The publication of a corrected patent application publication by the USPTO will result in corrected patent application publications with accurate foreign priority information which will benefit examiners, applicants and members of the public in assessing the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in a U.S. patent application publication.
DATES: Effective Date: The change in this notice takes effect on November 5, 2015. Any corrections to the foreign application number in a foreign priority claim that were previously accepted are not affected by this change in practice.
For more information, please access http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-06/html/2015-25407.htm
Monday, September 28, 2015
On August 28, the USPTO invited the public to participate in its first “Iconathon” at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Va. An iconathon is a collaborative process where community members work together to create icons that universally represent complex concepts. In this case, designers, students, civic activists, and intellectual property enthusiasts collaborated with Noun Project to create a set of icons representing concepts related to intellectual property (IP). They will be released into the public domain for use by the USPTO and other government agencies and will be available for anyone to use through Noun Project.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
This information collection is necessary so that patent applicants and/or patentees may: (1) Provide a statement if a nonprovisional application filed on or after March 16, 2013, claims the benefit of the filing date of a foreign, provisional, or nonprovisional application filed prior to March 16, 2013, and also contains, or contained at any time, a claim to a claimed invention that has an effective filing date on or after March 16, 2013; (2) provide a statement if a nonprovisional application filed on or after March 16, 2013, claims the benefit of the filing date of a foreign, provisional, or nonprovisional application filed prior to March 16, 2013, does not contain a claim to a claimed invention that has an effective filing date on or after March 16, 2013, but discloses subject matter not also disclosed in the foreign, provisional, or nonprovisional application; (3) identify the inventor, and ownership on the effective filing date, of each claimed invention in an application or patent with more than one named inventor, when necessary for purposes of a USPTO proceeding; and (4) show that a disclosure was by the inventor or joint inventor, or was by a party who obtained the subject matter from the inventor or a joint inventor, or that there was a prior public disclosure by the inventor or a joint inventor, or by a party who obtained the subject matter from the inventor or a joint inventor.
For more information: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-23/html/2015-24144.htm
Monday, September 21, 2015
The pilot program will run for two years. The JPO Pilot began August 1, 2015 and the KIPO Pilot September 1, 2015.
For more information, please see the CSP website at http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/international-protection/collaborative-search-pilot-program-csp or email CSP@USPTO.GOV.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a
procedure under which an application will be advanced out of turn
(accorded special status) for examination if the applicant files a petition
to make special with the appropriate showing. The USPTO is providing a temporary basis (the Streamlined, Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot for
Small Entities) under which a small or micro entity appellant may have an
ex parte appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) accorded
special status if the appellant has only a single appeal pending before the Board and the appellant agrees to streamline the appeal. Specifically, the appeal must not involve any claim subject to a rejection for lack of written description, enablement, or best mode, or for indefiniteness, and the appellant must agree to the disposition of all claims subject to each ground of rejection as a single group and waive any request for an oral hearing. The Streamlined, Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot for Small Entities will allow small or micro entity appellants who streamline their appeals to have greater control over the priority with which their appeals are decided.
DATES: Effective Date: September 18, 2015.
Duration: The Streamlined, Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot for Small Entities is being adopted on a temporary basis and [[Page 55340]] will run until two thousand (2,000) appeals have been accorded special status under the pilot, or until September 16, 2016, whichever occurs earlier.
See the complete notice at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-15/html/2015-23090.htm
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
- Santa Clara University, Locatelli Center
- Co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute of Santa Clara Law
- Belo Mansion, Dallas
- Co-sponsored by the IP Section of the Dallas Bar Association
- USPTO headquarters, Madison Auditorium
9 to 9:10 am
9:10 to 9:45 am
Track 1: Patent Quality Initiative Overview
9:45 to 10:45 am
Track 2: Clarity of the Record and Drafting High Quality Applications
10:45 to 11 am
11 to Noon
Track 3: Interviews and Measuring Quality
Noon to 1:30 pm
LUNCH-Luncheon Speaker: Russell Slifer, Deputy Director of the USPTO
1:30 to 1:50 pm
Track 4: PTAB State of the Board
1:50 to 2:45 pm
Track 5: Proposed AIA Trial Rule Changes
2:45 to 3:30 pm
Track 6: Hot Issues in AIA Trials
3:30 to 4 pm
4 to 5 pm
Track 7: Actual AIA Trial Hearing
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
FREE Webinars in August -- Hosted by the USPTO and MBDA: Getting a Good Handle on Intellectual Property
As part of a national intellectual property (IP) outreach program, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will co-host three free, one-hour webinars. These webinars will help business owners, entrepreneurs, institutions, law firms, and inventors gain useful advice, and recommendations by answering the most prevalent IP questions.
Register today for the webinar series and learn some valuable tips that will help to protect your innovations and market your products.
August 11 – IP Overview: What is Intellectual Property
August 12 – Patents: Design Patents Update (Hague Agreement)
August 13 – General: Getting Assistance from the USPTO
Register at http://1.usa.gov/1HHmv26
All webinar begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time
Monday, July 13, 2015
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a joint Work Sharing Pilot Program with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to study whether the exchange of search results between offices for corresponding counterpart applications improves patent quality and facilitates the examination of patent applications in both offices. In the pilot program, each office will conduct a prior artsearch for its corresponding counterpart application and exchange the search results with the other office before
either office issues a communication concerning patentability to the applicant. As a result of this exchange of search results, the examiners in both offices may have a more comprehensive set of references before them when making their initial patentability determinations. Each office will accord special status to its counterpart application to first action. First Action Interview (FAI) pilot program procedures will be applied during the examination of the U.S. application and make the search results of record in the form of a Pre-Interview Communication.
DATES: Effective date: August 1, 2015.
Duration: Under the United States-Japan Collaborative Pilot (US-JP CSP) program, the USPTO and JPO will accept petitions to participate for two years from its effective date. During each year, the pilot program will be limited to 400 granted petitions, 200 granted petitions where USPTO performs the first search and JPO performs the second search, and 200 granted petitions where JPO performs the first search and USPTO performs the second search. The offices may extend the pilot program (with or without modification) for an additional amount oftime, if necessary. The offices reserve the right to terminate the pilot program at any time.
See the complete text at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-10/html/2015-16846.htm
More information is also available from the Collaborative Search Pilot Program page at http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/international-protection/collaborative-search-pilot-program-csp or by emailing CSP@USPTO.GOV.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
On Tuesday, July 14 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT, the second Patent Quality chat will be hosted by Director of Technology Center 2400 Timothy Callahan on the topic Face-to-Face Examiner Interviews: A Demonstration of USPTO Tools. See instructions for accessing the chat at http://www.uspto.gov/patent/initiatives/patent-quality-chat (scroll down to the section, Webcast Instructions).
Regularly scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, these Patent Quality Chats are a lunchtime webinar series designed to provide information on various patent quality topics and to continue the dialogue between the USPTO and its stakeholders about enhancing patent quality.
Future webinar dates of Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10 are scheduled and may include topics such as Office of Patent Quality Review (OPQA) Processes, Compact Prosecution, and Special Programs for Patent Prosecution. No registration is required for these free webinars.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') is amending the rules related to collective trademarks, collective service marks, and collective membership marks (together ``collective marks''), and certification marks to clarify application requirements, allegations of use requirements, multiple-class application requirements, and registration maintenance requirements for such[[Page 33171]]
marks. These rule changes codify current USPTO practice set forth in the USPTO's ``Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure'' (``TMEP'') and precedential case law. These changes also permit the USPTO to provide the public more detailed guidance regarding registering and maintaining registrations for these types of marks and promote the efficient and consistent processing of such marks. Further, the USPTO is amending several rules beyond those related to collective marks and certification marks to create consistency with rule changes regarding such marks and to streamline the rules, by consolidating text and incorporating headings, for easier use.
DATES: This rule is effective on July 11, 2015.
To see the complete rule access: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-11/html/2015-14267.htm
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Lynch, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, at (571) 272-8742 or email@example.com.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its 2nd Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on July 12-17, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction. Participants are expected to implement lessons learned into their classrooms in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem. The program is open to teachers nation-wide. Apply to be a part of this exciting program. Travel and lodging expenses, in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and USPTO travel policy, will be covered for teachers who are traveling more than 50 miles to the venue. For more information, review our FAQ. Space is limited! Apply Now! (Requires Adobe Reader®).
Thursday, May 21, 2015
DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective May 19, 2015.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan L. C. Mitchell, Lead Administrative Patent Judge by telephone at (571) 272-9797.
To see the complete rule, access http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-19/html/2015-12117.htm.
Monday, May 18, 2015
The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement) became effective for the United States on May 13, 2015.
It is now possible for United States (U.S.) applicants to file a single international design application either with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as an office of indirect filing to obtain protection in a number of countries that are party to the Hague Agreement. In addition, applicants filing international design applications on or after May 13, 2015 will be able to designate the United States for design protection. U.S. design patents resulting from applications filed on or after May 13, 2015 will have a 15-year term from the date of issuance.
The Hague Agreement is an international registration system which offers the possibility of obtaining protection for up to 100 industrial designs in designated member countries and intergovernmental organizations (referred to as "Contracting Parties") by filing a single international application in a single language either directly with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or indirectly through the office of applicant's Contracting Party.
Friday, May 15, 2015
- Introduction to Espacenet June 10, 2015
- Espacenet and Global Dossier June 17, 2015
- Cooperative Patent Classification June 23, 2015
- Federated European Register—Legal Status Information June 25, 2015
- Espacenet and Common Citation Document September 7, 2015
- European Patent Register, Global Dossier and Register Alert September 9, 2015
- Espacenet Advanced September 29, 2015
To register go to www.epo.org/vc.For more information access https://www.epo.org/learning-events/events/training/patent-information.html or contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Friday, April 24, 2015
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) through its partnership with Reed Technology and Information Services are pleased to announce the release of the Patent Application Alert Service. The Patent Application Alert Service, https://www.uspatentappalerts.com/index.php, is a system that will provide customized email alerts when patent applications of interest are published. This service will provide, to the public, free direct access to the published applications that meet their search criteria.
These customized email alerts may help the public identify prior art for “pre-issuance” submission into these applications. The pre-issuance submission process was established under the American Invents Act (AIA), and to date, the Office has received more than 2,600 submissions across all technologies. More information on the pre-issuance submission program and how members of the public can participate can be found at http://www.uspto.gov/patent/initiatives/third-party-preissuance-submissions.html.
The Patent Application Alert Service is the result of collaboration between the USPTO and its various stakeholders during a public roundtable on crowdsourcing and pre-issuance submissions to identify relevant prior art held in April 2014. The Office is excited that this new service is a direct result of its continued stakeholder engagement and that it may be used to enhance the quality of examination and issued patents.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2 to 5 pm Eastern Time (1 to 4 pm CST) about resources to help applicants secure legal representation and assistance with patent filings to protect their inventions. The webinar is an especially excellent opportunity for independent inventors and those interested in learning more about the patent system to discover what services the USPTO has to offer.
The webinar will feature discussions and questions/answers with agency experts on the following topics:
Mark your calendars to attend! A detailed event agenda and webinar access instructions are available at: http://www.uspto.gov/patent/initiatives/executive-actions/uspto-webinar-patent-pro-se-pro-bono-and-law-school-clinic
- Availability of free attorney representation in nearly all states for under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses in filing and prosecuting patent applications through the Patent Pro Bono Program;
- Availability of free assistance in drafting and filing either patent or trademark applications through various law school clinics across the country; and
- Resources for inventors to learn about the patent application process and how to file their own applications as pro se applicants (i.e., without legal representation).
Learn more about USPTO tools and services to address patent filing needs by consulting:
- Patent Pro Bono Program: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/pro-bono
- Law School Clinic: http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ip-policy/public-information-about-practitioners/law-school-clinic-1
- Pro Se Assistance Program: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/pro-se-assistance-program
- Inventor and Entrepreneur Resources: http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/inventors-entrepreneurs-resources
Webinar Series Schedule
Tuesday: Copyrights – April 28, 1 p.m. ET (noon CST)Webinar overview: There is no such thing as “international copyright,” but most countries do offer copyright protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions. Nonetheless, today’s businesses are increasingly facing both national and global copyright issues through protection and use of copyrighted materials in the digital age. This webinar will lay the foundation with a brief explanation of the Berne Convention, followed by a discussion of the ways in which copyright laws in the countries of the world are similar or different, and conclude with examples of typical scenarios encountered by today’s businesses in protecting and using copyrighted works on the internet. Participants also will be provided a “refresher” on what copyright is and the importance of copyright to all businesses, regardless of the industry or nature of the business.
Presenter:Susan Anthony is the Acting Director for the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs in Alexandria, Virginia. GIPA provides training and education on all intellectual property issues – patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright – for foreign and U.S. government officials, U.S. small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to the general public. Ms. Anthony has a broad range of experience and expertise in almost all facets of intellectual property protection and enforcement, in the United States and abroad.
Wednesday: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – April 29, 1 p.m. ET (noon CST)Webinar overview: Discover how filing an international patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) can simultaneously assist you in seeking patent protection for your invention in 148 countries around the world. Also, learn how the PCT provides guidance to collaborating patent offices on patent granting decisions, and offers the public access to technical information relating to intellectual property issues.
Presenter:Michael Neas is the Deputy Director of the International Patent Legal Administration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Neas has spoken extensively on PCT subject matter to organizations such as national and local bar associations, and foreign IP Offices. In addition, Mr. Neas and his staff provide training on the filing and prosecution of PCT and United States (U.S.) national stage applications to inventors, applicants, patent practitioners, patent examiners, and paralegals. His staff also provides direct assistance on PCT and U.S. national stage applications via the USPTO’s PCT Help Desk call center.
Thursday: Trademarks – April 30, 1 p.m. ET (noon CST)Webinar overview: Well-protected, strong trademark rights provide a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademarks distinguish your business from those of your competitors by signaling it as the source of particular goods and services and assuring consumers that a certain level of quality accompanies those goods and services. As such, trademarks often represent one of the most valuable assets that a company can own. This webinar will equip today’s businessperson with a fundamental understanding of this valuable form of intellectual property and offer a framework for protection of their marks at home and abroad. Although protection of trademarks can be complex and varies country by country, by learning some basic strategies, today’s business person can safeguard these important assets whether the company does business on a national or international basis.
Presenter:Susan M. Richey is the Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ms. Richey has been a frequent speaker on IP issues, has authored several law review articles and has co-authored a book on trademark valuation. She has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Trademark Reporter, as chair of the INTA Panel of Neutrals, and as a member of INTA’s Academic Committee. Before joining the TTAB in 2014, Ms. Richey served as a Professor of Law and Associate Dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
More information including a registration link at: http://www.mbda.gov/blogger/export-basics/free-usptombda-webinars-going-global-intellectual-propertyDirect registration link (slow responding): http://www.mbda.gov/main/register-going-global-intellectual-property-webinar
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Free workshop to help inventors decide whether they need a patent.Sat., May 2, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young St., 5th floor.
Register by calling 214-670-1468 or emailing Government@dallaslibrary.org
Monday, April 6, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
See Patents and Trademarks 101 (http://library.rice.edu/events/patents-and-trademarks-101) for more information about this free patent and trademark searching training from the USPTO on Tuesday, May 19, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The USPTO will hold a Quality Summit on March 25 and 26, 2015 at the Madison Building, USPTO Headquarters, in Alexandria, Virginia. This Summit will be broadcast via webinar and recorded for later viewing. For webinar participants, participation in all Summit sessions, including the group brainstorming sessions, will be possible. In order to best prepare for the Quality Summit, the USPTO requests that those interested in attending the Quality Summit send an email to WorldClassPatentQuality@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail) indicating their planned attendance by March 18, 2015. ► View Proposed Agenda.
For more information about initiatives to improve the quality of U.S. patents, see Patent Quality Initiative and a blog post by Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO.
The full text of the letter is available at: http://www.aau.edu/policy/article.aspx?id=15923
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
For additional information about the courtesy e-mail reminders, including instructions on how to add the USPTO to your “safe senders list,” please visit www.uspto.gov/trademarks/notices/reminder_maintenance_filings.jsp.