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.