Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Legal Help to Apply for a Patent

Inventors in the Houston area presently have two options to apply for pro bono (free) legal help when getting a patent. 
  1. South Texas College of Law Houston participates in the Pro Bono Assistance Law School Clinic Program. Under the supervision of a patent attorney, law school students work with inventors to file their patent. Inventors get free legal help, but must still pay patent filing fees. Income guidelines to qualify for this program are more liberal than for the TALA program mentioned next.
  2. Pro Bono through the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) linked from the USPTO's Pro Bono page. (Check the Pro Bono page if the volunteer organization changes.) This program is for residents of Texas and Louisiana who have a total combined household income of less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines and are "currently under no obligation to assign the rights to the invention." Before being accepted into the program, inventors are required to become a member of TALA for a small yearly fee of $75 and:
    •  complete the USPTO online course “Basic Patent Training for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses” and print out the certificate of completion;
    • perform a prior art search: and
    • have filed a provisional application with the USPTO with at least six months remaining until the nonprovisional is due.
    Inventors accepted get free legal help, but must pay the patent filing fees. See more information at the TALA website.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

World IP Day - Houston

World Intellectual Property Day is an initiative of the World Intellectual Property Organization's outreach program to educate communities in different parts of the US regarding the importance of protecting intellectual property and the resources available for its protection.

DATE:  April 26, 2017
Time:  4:00 PM CT - 7:00 PM CT
Location:
University of St. Thomas
3817 Mount Vernon
Carol Tatkon Boardroom - Mallory Hall
Houston , TX 77006


Register


The program is free and open to the public. For inquiries about the event:
please email texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV(link sends e-mail), visit us at the Texas Regional Office home page, or call us at 469-295-9000.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

China IP Road Show & Mandarin Intro to IP

China IP Road Show & Mandarin Intro to IP

Please join the USPTO in Dallas and Houston for two seminars about protecting your IP in China and another seminar discussing IP basics in the Mandarin language.  These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required and seating is limited.  We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 2: Lone Star Strategies for IP in China, What Texas Companies Need to Know Now in Dallas, TX
Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM CT
Registration Deadline is April 28.

Thursday, May 4: Mandarin Language Intro to IP in Houston, TX
1:00 – 5:30 PM CT
GE Oil and Gas
4424 W. Sam Houston Pkwy North
Room 108 (1st Floor)
Houston, TX 77041
Following the event is a reception from 5:30 – 6:30 PM CT.

Friday, May 5: Lone Star Strategies for IP in China, What Texas Companies Need to Know Now in Houston, TX
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM CT
Bracewell LLP
711 Louisiana Street
Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77002



USPTO - Texas Regional Office
Terminal Annex Federal Building | 207 S. Houston St., Ste. 159, Dallas, Texas 75202
469-295-9000

Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

Fraudulent alert roundtable on July 26

Last week, a fifth person was convicted for his role in a scam that defrauded thousands of trademark applicants. We are proud to have assisted federal law enforcement officials in this recent example of the fraudulent solicitations that continue to target our customers.
We continue to work hard to publicize and combat this ongoing issue. The USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison writes about our ongoing efforts in her blog post, USPTO fights fraudulent trademark solicitations.
On July 26, the Trademark Organization and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee plan to hold a roundtable discussion on fraudulent solicitations. If you or your client would like to share your experience with a fraudulent advertisement at the roundtable, please contact Leigh Lowry at TMPolicy@uspto.gov.

Patent Quality Chat - April 11

Patent Quality Chat - Webinar

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar is tomorrow, April 11, from noon – 1 p.m. ET. Join the event via this link.
This month’s topic is “Examination Time Analysis.”
Throughout the event, you can send questions and comments to patentquality@uspto.gov.
The Patent Quality chat webinar series is part of the USPTO's ongoing efforts to enhance patent quality.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trademark Q&A Session

Do you have questions about trademarks? Trademarks experts from the USPTO will be hosting an interactive question and answer webcasted session for Rice University's PTRC (Patent & Trademark Resource Center) on Wed., April 5, 2017 from 12:30-1:30 pm in Fondren Library Rm 410. The event is free and open to the public. See the following for more information:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sign-Up Open for June STEPP Training

Sign-up is now open to attend the USPTO's three-day training course on examination practice and procedure, June 20-22, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The course is offered to members of the public as part of our Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program.
This course is provided through a partnership between the Office of Patent Training (OPT) and the Office of Innovation and Development (OID), and is intended for current and future inventors. The course is not intended for those interested in representing applicants before the USPTO. As a prerequisite, those accepted will be required to review several computer based training (CBT) modules prior to the start of the course. More information, and a proposed upcoming course schedule, is available on the USPTO STEPP page.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Interim DCM Tool Now Available

The USPTO is making available a new Java Web Start technology-based interim solution that will allow for authentication into EFS-Web, Private PAIR, and DCM (Digital Certificate Manager) utilizing your  current digital certificate. While you can continue to use the existing method (Java Applet), the new authentication method is available for use. See the details at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USPTO/bulletins/18c0799 .

Rio Grande Valley Intellectual Property Workshop

Have an idea? Invented something? Think it is patentable? Inspired to start a business?
Then don’t miss this workshop where you can get free advice from registered patent and trademark attorneys and USPTO examiners who are volunteering their time to serve the community.
Don’t miss this great opportunity. Register now!

Thursday, March 23, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT
UTRGV Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center
1601 Price Rd., Suite E
Brownsville, TX 78520

Friday, March 24, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT
UTRGV Small Business Development Center
1800 S. Main St. , Suite #1100
McAllen, TX 78503

Registration is Required.

The program is free and open to the public. For inquiries about the event:
please email texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV
visit us at the Texas Regional Office home page, or
call us at 469-295-9000

Monday, March 13, 2017

USPTO Texas Regional Office Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: Meet the Patent Experts: Class 3 at the Texas Regional Office
Beginning in 2017, the USPTO Texas Regional Office will begin its 4-class curriculum on patents.  Class 3 will cover non-provisional applications and key aspects.  Also, this event will be broadcast to the USPTO PTRCs.  Check out uspto.gov for a PTRC near you.

Thursday, March 23, 2017: Rio Grande Valley IP Workshop in Brownsville, TX
Have an idea? Invented something? Think it is patentable? Inspired to start a business? Then don’t miss this workshop where you can get free advice from registered patent and trademark attorneys and USPTO examiners who are volunteering their time to serve the community. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Friday, March 24, 2017: Rio Grande Valley IP Workshop in McAllen, TX
Have an idea? Invented something? Think it is patentable? Inspired to start a business? Then don’t miss this workshop where you can get free advice from registered patent and trademark attorneys and USPTO examiners who are volunteering their time to serve the community. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Meet the Trademark Experts at the 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.  Also, this event will be broadcast to the USPTO PTRCs.  Check out uspto.gov for a PTRC near you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Meet the Patent Experts: Class 4 at the Texas Regional Office
Beginning in 2017, the USPTO Texas Regional Office will begin its 4-class curriculum on patents.  Class 4 will cover claim drafting and potential pitfalls.  Also, this event will be broadcast to the USPTO PTRCs.  Check out uspto.gov for a PTRC near you.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017: Loan Star Strategies for China IP: What Texas Companies need to know now in Dallas, TX
Insights into the China IP system and how to protect IP rights in China and the US.

Thursday, May 4, 2017: Intro to IP in Mandarin in Houston, TX
The USPTO Texas Regional Office is supporting an IP seminar in Mandarin Chinese.

Friday, May 5, 2017: China IP Road Show: Strategic Enforcement in Houston, TX
Insights into the China IP system and how to protect IP rights in China and the US.

For inquiries about any event:
please email 
texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV
or call us at 469-295-9000.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Texas Regional Office
Federal Annex Terminal Building
207 South Houston Street
Suite 159
Dallas, TX 75202

Business Hours:
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM CT
Closed for Federal Holidays

Public Search Facility:
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Friday, March 10, 2017

Inventor Info Chat - Webinar

Inventor Info Chat: How to Search and why you want to?

Description:
Join the Office of Innovation Development as we present:
How to Search and why you want to?
Performing a search can help prevent a person from submitting an application with an invention that is already described in existing patents.
This presentation will provide you with information about:
  • Prior art – what it is and why search for it
  • Tools and Resources available for searching
  • Text and classification search strategies
  • Understanding the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system and how to use it
Location:
Live Online Web Chat


Date and Time:
Thu, March 16, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

The Participation Link will be provided 24 hours before the program.
Register hereFor assistance, please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov.

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

USPTO Systems Maintenance on February 26, 2017

Due to maintenance, EFS-Web, EFS-Web Contingency, and Private and Public PAIR will be unavailable on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET.
When systems are available, notification will be posted on the USPTO Systems Status and Availability at http://www.uspto.gov/blog/ebiz/
EFS-Web Applicants
If you need to file patent applications or submissions during the maintenance period, please use an alternative filing method.
If you have questions, please contact the Patent EBC at 1-866-217-9197 or ebc@uspto.gov.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meet the Trademark Experts -- March 1, 2017

Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts. If you have questions about your current trademark application or if you are looking to get one or you are just interested, please join us.  During this virtual meeting with the Trademark Assistance Center, participants will be able to ask questions through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about the trademark registration process. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. Space is limited.  Please check back for further details about updated material.

To register for this event, please go to: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/uspto-locations/dallas-tx/meet-trademark-experts-5



NOTICE: 
If you are unable to come to the Texas Regional Office in Dallas, TX. This event will be webcasted to Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Please check PTRC locations to find the PTRC nearest to you. Please call ahead to ensure the seminar is being shown at your particular PTRC.
The program is free and open to the public. For inquiries about the event:
please email texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV(link sends e-mail), visit us at the Texas Regional Office home page, or call us at 469-295-9000.

Meet the Patent Experts Classes

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO).  Starting in 2017, The TXRO will begin its 4-class curriculum on patents.
  • Class 1 will be an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web and USPTO resources.
  • Class 2 will cover provisional applications and key aspects.
  • Class 3 will cover non-provisional applications and key aspects.
  • Class 4 will cover claim drafting and pitfalls.
Current Schedule:
Class 2: February 15
Class 3: March 15
Class 4: April 19
Class 1: May 17

If you have questions about your current patent application or if you are looking to pursue one or if you are just interested, please join us.  
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended since space is limited. Register now to secure your seat.

To register for these classes, please go to: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/uspto-locations/dallas-tx/meet-patent-experts-class-2

For inquiries about the event:
please email texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV (link sends e-mail)visit us at the Texas Regional Office home page, or call us at 469-295-9000. 


 

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Different Types of Patent Applications - Webinar


Are you an inventor looking to protect your idea but unsure of which application to file?  Then join us as we go over the differences between Utility and Design Patent applications and the advantages of filing a Provisional and/or Non Provisional Utility Patent Application.
We will also review the different fees required for the respective type of application. You will have an opportunity to ask your questions via email during the chat.

Please register here (link is external)For assistance, please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail)

General Deposit Account Number on Electronic Acknowledgement Receipts

Wrong General Deposit Account Number Displayed on Electronic Acknowledgement Receipts
Due to an integration issue between EFS-Web and the USPTO’s new payment system, electronic Acknowledgement Receipts for EFS-Web submissions between June 2, 2016 – September 17, 2016, may display the wrong general deposit account number for fee pre-authorization(s).
To address this issue, the USPTO is generating corrected acknowledgement receipts that display updated general deposit account information to replace the previously generated acknowledgement receipts that have the wrong deposit account number in the respective application’s Image File Wrapper (IFW). By March 2017, the corrected receipts will be visible in Private PAIR with the document description of “EFS Acknowledgment Receipt (Corrected)” (doc code: N417.CORR). Therefore, it is not necessary for applicants to request a corrected Acknowledgement Receipt. 
EFS-Web submissions are impacted if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • The EFS-Web submission was submitted between June 2, 2016 – September 17, 2016;
  • A general deposit account was applied to authorize the USPTO to charge any missing fees;
  • Payment was processed using the new payment system, Financial Manager; and
  • Payment method for online processing was different than the general deposit account number, i.e., (1) You paid with credit/debit card or EFT and applied a general deposit account, or (2) You paid with a deposit account and used a different deposit account for pre-authorization.
If you received an adverse action as a result of this error, please contact the business unit that sent the action. If you have questions, please contact the EBC (Patent Electronic Business Center) at 1-866-217-9197, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. - midnight ET, or by email.  
You can also visit USPTO's website for this information.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Changes in Requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases

The Federal Register (Vol. 82, No. 12, Thurs., Jan. 19, 2017,pages 6259-6265) contains a final rule regarding changes in requirements for affidavits or declarations of use, continued use, or excusable nonuse in Trademark Cases. The summary follows:

SUMMARY: In order to assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) amends its rules concerning the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 8 of the Trademark Act, or affidavits or declarations of use in commerce or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 71 of the Act. Specifically, under the regulations enacted herein, the USPTO may require the submission of information, exhibits, affidavits or declarations, and such additional specimens of use as may be reasonably necessary for the USPTO to ensure that the register accurately reflects marks that are in use in commerce in the United States for all the goods/services identified in the registrations, unless excusable nonuse is claimed in whole or in part. A register that does not accurately reflect marks in use in commerce in the United States for the goods/services identified in registrations imposes costs and burdens on the public. The amended rules will allow the USPTO to require additional proof of use to verify the accuracy of claims that a trademark is in use in commerce in connection with particular goods/services identified in the registration.

DATES: This rule is effective on February 17, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cain, Office of the Deputy\Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, by email at TMFRNotices@uspto.gov, or by telephone at (571) 272-8946.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Purpose: The USPTO revises the rules in parts 2 and 7 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations to allow the USPTO, during the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 8 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1058, or affidavits or declarations of use in commerce or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 71 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1141k (section 8 or section 71 affidavits), to require the submission of such information, exhibits, affidavits or declarations, and such additional specimens of use as may be reasonably necessary for the USPTO to verify the accuracy of claims that a trademark is in use in commerce in connection with the goods/services listed in the
registration.

This will benefit the public because it will facilitate the USPTO's ability to assess and promote the integrity of the trademark register by encouraging accuracy in the identification of goods/services for which use in commerce or continued use is claimed. 





Accelerated Examination Program - Continue?

The Federal Register (Vol. 82, No.8, Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, pages 3758-3759) published a comment request asking input about whether the accelerated examination program should continue. The summary follows:

SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting comments from its stakeholders on whether the accelerated examination program should be retained. In an August 16, 2016 notice updating the program to reflect changes in the law and examination practice, the USPTO indicated that the number of accelerated examination requests has been quite low. In particular, in each of the fiscal years 2012-2015, fewer than 250 applications were accepted into the accelerated examination program. Accordingly, the USPTO seeks feedback from its stakeholders on whether the accelerated examination program provides a sufficient benefit to the public to justify the cost of implementation.

Comment Deadline: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be received on or before March 13, 2017. No public hearing will be held.

Addresses for Comments: Written comments should be sent by electronic mail addressed to AEcomments2016@uspto.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments--Patents,Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Pinchus Laufer, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Although comments may be submitted by mail, the USPTO prefers to receive comments via the Internet.

The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, located in Madison East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia, and will be available via the USPTO Internet Web site at http://www.uspto.gov. Because comments will be available for public inspection, information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments.

For more information: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-12/html/2017-00568.htm

Friday, January 13, 2017

More New Ways to Explore Patent Data

Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee

Making patent data accessible to the public has been a cornerstone of this agency’s policy since its inception. I’m pleased to announce yet another step we’ve taken at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to make such data even easier for the public to understand and use, namely the addition of new features to our patent data visualization and analysis tool, PatentsView. First launched in 2014, PatentsView provides the public a variety of ways to interactively engage, through a web-based platform, the highest-quality patent data available. The underlying database connects 40 years’ worth of information about inventors, their organizations, and their locations in unprecedented ways. PatentsView is a key component of our open data efforts to improve the accessibility, usability, and transparency of U.S. patent data......

To read the complete blog, please go to the Director's Forum Blog.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Different Types of Patent Applications

Are you an inventor looking to protect your idea but unsure of which application to file?  Then join us as we go over the differences between Utility and Design Patent applications and the advantages of filing a Provisional and/or Non Provisional Utility Patent Application. 
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
Location:
Webinar
Registration:
Register here(link is externa(external site).

For assistance contact oidevents@uspto.gov

Monday, January 9, 2017

MyUSPTO: Your Personalized Homepage for USPTO Tasks

The USPTO recently launched a new tool to improve how you manage your intellectual property portfolio. With one single sign on, you can now track your patent and trademark applications, receive alerts when they are updated, and get other news from the USPTO. 
MyUSPTO is your personalized homepage and gateway to all your USPTO business needs, and there is no cost to sign up and use the site. MyUSPTO allows you to access your patent and trademark applications in one central location, and also receive email notifications when the status changes on those applications. The site also allows you to save USPTO webpages as bookmarks, so you won’t need to save them separately in your own browser. Additionally, you can learn about current news, upcoming events, and connect with our Facebook and Twitter accounts on the MyUSPTO homepage. The site uses “widgets,” which are small applications that display snippets of important information; aka shortcuts to larger USPTO applications and affiliated sites. The entire site is fully customizable so you can add a little or as much as you prefer.
MyUSPTO simplifies, personalizes, and streamlines the public’s interactions with the USPTO. Future releases will gradually replace many of the credentials you use to sign in to our other systems with one secure, consolidated sign-in. The accounts are designed for individuals; however, future updates will add the ability for organizations to share information between colleagues.
Let us know your suggestions on how we can further improve the site through our MyUSPTO feedback forum on IdeaScale. I invite you to visit MyUSPTO, create an account, and check it out for yourself.  I’m positive that it will be useful for your business needs. You can also visit our “What’s New” page to find out about future updates and improvements.
Read more from the Director's Forum Blog

Friday, January 6, 2017

USPTO Texas Regional Office upcoming events for January 2017

This was posted on 12/16/2016 without the last event which will be held in San Antonio, TX on January 24, 2017.


Monday, January 9, 2017: A Conversation on Claim Interpretation and 112(f) in Dallas, TX
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, 2017: Meet the Trademark Experts at the 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, 2017: Meet the Patent Experts at the 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, 2017: Patents & Trademarks Workshop in 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, January 24, 2017: Protecting Your IP in San Antonio, TX
Join us for a free public seminar for inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, students and legal professionals that covers how to conduct both a preliminary federal trademark and/or US patent search using USPTO databases and a short presentation on asking the right questions of invention promotion firms.
Registration: http://bit.ly/2h5CNcc

For inquiries about the event:
please email 
texasregionalUSPTOEvents@USPTO.GOV
or call us at 469-295-9000.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program Extended Until Jan. 2, 2018

According to the Federal Register Notice of Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 (Vol. 81, No. 245, pp.93669-93671), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program until January 2, 2018.  See the details in the following summary:

SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a pilot program (Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program) in which an applicant, under certain conditions, can request a 12-month time period to pay the search fee, the examination fee, any excess claim fees, and the surcharge (for the late submission of the search fee and the examination fee) in a nonprovisional application. The Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program benefits applicants by permitting additional time to determine if patent protection should be sought—at a relatively low cost—and by permitting applicants to focus efforts on commercialization during this period. The Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program benefits the USPTO and the public by adding publications to the body of prior art, and by removing from the USPTO’s workload those nonprovisional applications for which applicants later decide not to pursue examination. While the USPTO has not yet completed its evaluation of the program, the number of participants in the program over the past several years indicates that there may be sufficient benefits to the patent community. Thus, the USPTO is extending the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program until January 2, 2018, to allow the USPTO to continue its evaluation of the pilot program. The requirements of the program have not changed.

DATES: Duration: The Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program will run through January 2, 2018. Therefore, any certification and request to participate in the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program must be filed on or before January 2, 2018. The USPTO may further extend the pilot program (with or without modifications) depending on the feedback received and the continued effectiveness of the pilot program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugenia A. Jones, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272–7727, or Erin M. Harriman, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272–7747. Inquiries regarding this notice may be directed to the Office of Patent Legal
Administration, by telephone at (571) 272–7701, or by electronic mail at PatentPractice@uspto.gov. Alternatively, mail may be addressed to: Mail Stop Comments—Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450, marked to the attention of Eugenia A. Jones.

For more information see https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-21/pdf/2016-30733.pdf .