Friday, December 23, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The USPTO has worked hard to fight solicitations from companies fraudulently promising to protect trademarks, and we have taken a number of steps to help raise awareness of these schemes in an attempt to limit the number of victims defrauded. Our agency works closely with federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the United States Postal Inspection Service to combat the problem........
You can read the entire article on the USPTO Director's Forum
Monday, January 9, 2016
A Conversation on Claim Interpretation and 112(f)
Please join the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for A Conversation on Claim Interpretation and 112(f).
Wednesday, January 18, 2016
Meet the Trademark Experts
Texas Regional Office
Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts.
Thursday, January 19, 2016
Meet the Patent Experts: Class 1
Texas Regional Office
The USPTO Texas Regional Office starting in 2017 will begin is 4-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 will be an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web and USPTO resources.
Saturday, January 21, 2016
Patents & Trademarks Workshop
Corpus Christi, TX
Have an idea? Then don’t miss this workshop where you can get free advice from registered patent and trademark attorneys and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office examiners who are volunteering their time to serve the community.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
We will also go over the different forms, fees, and formalities required for the respective type of application. This interactive presentation will allow online users to send questions via the chat function to have them answered live!
Date and Time:
January 23, 2017 (Monday)
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
Monday, December 5, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
This second roundtable will focus on receiving feedback regarding larger questions concerning the legal contours of eligible subject matter in the U.S. patent system. Additional details about the roundtables are in a Federal Register Notice, published Oct. 17, 2016.
Learn more about quality programs and results from the , how patent quality impacts the U.S. Courts, and next steps the USPTO is taking to advance patent quality. More information will be forthcoming.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 2:34 PM
Guest blog by Chief Technology Officer David Chiles
Improving the way the government delivers information technology (IT) solutions to its customers isn’t just a goal, it’s our mission. We at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office know that by publishing our open source code, the public can help us come up with new and better IT solutions. In advance of the new Federal Source Code Policy and in support of the Administration’s Open Government Initiative, we have been publishing content on Github for over a year, and it now includes source code for a mobile application for trademarks.
The new published source code on Github is for a sample application enabling a user to access and track the status of a trademark. This application enables the user to receive a push notification anytime the status of a trademark application changes. The idea for this app began with feedback from the leadership in Trademarks, and we believe that it will also be a useful tool for our own employees. We’re making our code for this application open to the public, so you can also use it in your own projects, improve it so it works best for you, or create an entirely new application.
Through our Open Data and Mobility Program, we’ve already made over 200 years of intellectual property information available to the public, and have published application program interfaces (APIs) so you can more easily search, use, and manipulate patent and trademark information. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to use our data.
As America’s Innovation Agency, we hope that our open source initiatives will spur innovation and create new ideas. We are looking to the public to come up with the next greatest idea, like we recently did through our Cancer Moonshot Challenge.
Let us know how you like our Trademark app, and keep an eye on our Github page as we’ll be publishing more and more open source projects.
Monday, November 14, 2016
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office publishes this notice to announce that interested persons may participate at the USPTO's Alexandria, VA office for its Roundtable to be held on December 5, 2016.
DATES: This notice is applicable to Roundtable 2 being held December 5, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., PST Stanford, CA. Written comments are due by January 18, 2017.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information regarding registration and speaker presentations should be directed to the attention of Elizabeth Shaw, by telephone at 571-272-9300, or by email at Elizabeth.email@example.com.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October, 17, 2016, the USPTO published in the Federal Register a notice of public roundtables and request for comments related to patent subject matter eligibility. (81 FR 71485). The USPTO publishes this notice to announce that in addition to those USPTO offices identified in the October 17, 2016 notice, the public is also invited to participate at Roundtable 2 by appearing, in person, at the USPTO Headquarters, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
Please see the October 17, 2016 notice for registration instructions and further information on the Roundtables.
Dated: November 7 2016.
Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2016-27279 Filed 11-10-16; 8:45 am]
For more information, please see https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-14/html/2016-27279.htmSee more information about attending at Stanford or at the USPTO at https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ip-policy/rulemaking/patent-subject-matter-eligibility-roundtable-2-webcast
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The Federal Register Volume 81, Number 214 (Friday, November 4, 2016,Pages 76867-76870), 37 CFR Part 6, contains the following final rule:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues a final rule to incorporate classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Agreement). These changes are effective January 1, 2017, and are listed in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (11th ed., ver. 2017), which is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
DATES: This rule is effective on January 1, 2017.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cain, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, at (571) 272-8946 or TMFRNotices@uspto.gov.
Purpose: As noted above, this final rule incorporates classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement that will become effective on January 1, 2017. This rule benefits the public by providing notice regarding these changes.
Summary of Major Provisions: The USPTO is revising Sec. 6.1 in part 6 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations to incorporate classification changes and modifications that will become effective January 1, 2017, as listed in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (11th ed., 2017) (Nice Classification), published by WIPO.
The Nice Agreement is a multilateral treaty, administered by WIPO, which establishes the international classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. As of September 1, 1973, this international classification system is the controlling system used by the United States, and it applies to all applications filed on or after September 1, 1973, and their resulting registrations, for all statutory purposes. See 37 CFR 2.85(a). Every signatory to the Nice Agreement must utilize the international classification system.
For more information: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-04/html/2016-26682.htm
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The USPTO is offering several avenues for interested parties to learn more about patent operations and provide input about patent quality.
- Patent Quality Chats are a lunchtime free webinar series held the second Tuesday of every month from 12 - 1 pm ET. See more information including how to access a chat.
- Patent Quality Forums will take place at five sites around the country. The first event will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 3, 2016 and the Series will continue with events in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Portland, Oregon throughout the month. The Washington, D.C. event will also be webcast for those unable to attend in person. All Patent Quality Forum Series events are open to the public but require registration since space is limited. See more information.
- The Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) meets quarterly at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia. The PPAC reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of patent operations and advises the director on these matters. You can attend the meeting in person or online. The next meeting will be November 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET. See the details at https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events/ppac-quarterly-meeting?utm_name=.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) is soliciting public feedback as part of an effort to reevaluate its examination time goals. Examination time goals vary by technology and represent the average amount of time that a patent examiner is expected to spend examining a patent application in a particular technology. The Office plans to use the public feedback as an input to help ensure that the Office's examination time goals accurately reflect the amount of time needed by examiners to conduct quality examination in a manner that responds to stakeholders' interests. In addition to accepting public feedback through the submission of written comments, the Office will provide the following avenues for increased interactive participation: IdeaScale[supreg], a Web-based collaboration tool that allows users to post comments and interact with the posted comments of others; and five roundtables that the Office will be conducting in: Alexandria, Virginia; Detroit, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Dallas,Texas; and San Jose, California.
DATES: Written Comments Deadline: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be received on or before December 27, 2016.For more information https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-25/html/2016-25758.htm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Privileged Communications Between Clients and Patent Practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Rule Recognizing Privileged Communications Between Clients and Patent Practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
- November 14, 2016, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Alexandria, VA Written comments will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
- December 5, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stanford, CA. Written comments are due by January 18, 2017.
Friday, October 7, 2016
How are patent lawyers reacting to this report? One example has been provided by Michael Risch, Professor of Law at Villanova University. Risch wrote a blog article, The Long Awaited FTC Study on Patent Assertion and Nuisance Litigation, discussing the report using terms a layman can understand. Risch also states, "A scan of the footnotes alone will make a great literature review for anyone new to this area..."
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017
AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) proposes to set or adjust patent fees as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act or AIA). The USPTO is a business-like operation where external factors affect the productivity of the workforce and the demand for patent products and services. The proposed fee adjustments are needed to provide the Office with a sufficient amount of aggregate revenue to recover its aggregate cost of patent operations (based on current projections), while maintaining momentum towards achieving strategic goals. This rulemaking represents the second iteration of patent fee rulemaking by the USPTO to set fees under the authority of the AIA; the first AIA patent fee setting rule was published in January 2013. This current rulemaking is a result of the USPTO assessing its costs and fees, as is consistent with federal fee setting standards. Following a biennial review of fees, costs, and revenues that began in 2015, the Office concluded that further targeted fee adjustments were necessary to continue funding patent operations,enhance patent quality, and continue to work toward patent pendency goals, strengthen the Office's information technology (IT) capability and infrastructure, and achieve operating reserve targets. Further, in several instances, the fee change proposals offered during the biennial fee review process were enhanced by the availability of cost and workload data (e.g., the number of requests for a service) that was not available in 2013. As a result, the 205 proposed fee adjustments outlined in this proposed rule align directly with the Office's strategic goals and four key fee setting policy factors, discussed in detail in Part V.
DATES: The Office solicits comments from the public on this proposed
rulemaking. Written comments must be received on or before December 2, 2016 to ensure consideration.
For more information: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-03/html/2016-23093.htm
When normal patent application processing goes awry, the Patents Ombudsman Program can help.
When pro se inventors or small business owners have patent questions, the Pro Se Assistance Program is available for answers.
In this Chat, we will detail these programs and the services they provide. Moreover, through a discussion of the frequent issues facing patent prosecutors today, we will help circumvent some more common problems and get your feedback on other assistance we might be able to provide. Improving interactions with our patent customers is an important step towards enhancing our Excellence in Customer Service as a part of the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI). We hope you will join us for an engaging and enlightening discussion.
To join the chat on October 11, please go to: https://www.uspto.gov/patent/initiatives/2016-patent-quality-chats, then scroll down to the bottom of page.
The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is part of the USPTO’s Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative. Webinar login information is available online, where you can also find information about previous and upcoming Patent Quality Chat topics, such as “Electronic Patent Filing”, “Evaluating Subject Matter Eligibility”, and “Interview Practice.”
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
This year’s theme is “Movement and Energy.” Guest speaker Kevin M. Haley, President, Category Management and Innovation of Under Armour, Inc., will kick off the event.
If you are interested in exhibiting please submit the 2016 Application to exhibit. Space is limited.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
- Improved filter and display of basic search results.
- Ability to view attached patent assignment documents from Assignment Details and Abstract of Title section for all electronically available documents from mid-1998 to present.
- A "Quick Look-Up" of reel/frame number, property number, or name that displays the desired detailed assignment data directly.
- Ability to export data to CSV, PDF, and XML files.
- Direct links to PatFT and AppFT from Assignment Details and Abstract of Title sections.
- An API (application programming interface) for external applications to retrieve/read assignments data (support for XML only).
- User-requested features from Legacy AOTW, such as Assignee Summary/Details and Assignor Summary/Details.
- Improved layout, labeling, and tooltips.
- Three ways to search the Assignment database:
- Search results now are displayed in a more user friendly format.
- The user can export the trademark search results to CVS, PDF, and XML formats.
- The user can filter the basic search results as needed.