Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 PTAB “Boardside Chat” Webinar Series

The PTAB is pleased to announce its “Boardside Chat” lunchtime webinar series to be held bi-monthly throughout 2018.  The purpose of the Boardside Chats is to inform you on best practices before the Board as well as to address your questions regarding specific topics.
Please find below the currently scheduled Chats.   All Chats are free and open to all.  Also, all Chats will include time for attendee questions and comment.
Please join us for this learning opportunity and dialogue with the PTAB!

Scroll down to the end of page for link to "Previous PTAB Boardside Chats"


Intellectual property webinars for current SBIR/STTR grantees

For small businesses currently participating in the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, understanding intellectual property (IP)—including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights—is necessary to protect your ideas, products, and product names in today’s knowledge economy. This series of seven 90-minute webinars, organized by the USPTO and the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been designed to specifically address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR and STTR programs. They not only cover all aspects of IP protection, but will also help you understand your IP data rights under the SBIR/STTR grant or contract.

For details information and registration, please go to: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ip-policy/other-ip-organizations-and-agencies/your-intellectual-property

Friday, April 20, 2018

Notice of Trademark system maintenance

Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi) will be unavailable due to system maintenance.
When
Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. until 12:01 p.m. ET
What you should do
File all saved forms and e-signature forms by 7:59 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 5. If you don’t file these forms by that time, you will have to start the process again with the new forms. We apologize for any inconvenience.
To find out more about changes we’re making to TEAS and TEASi
Read the release highlights on our TEAS and TEASi Maintenance and Enhancement page.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trademark Petitions

Patent and Trademark Office
Trademark Petitions
ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. 
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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a 
proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0061 
(Trademark Petitions).
 
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 18, 2018.
 
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0061 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance 
Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Catherine Cain, Attorney Advisor, Office of the 
Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-8946; 
or by email to Catherine.Cain@uspto.gov with ``0651-0061 comment'' in 
the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''
 
For the full announcement please go to:  
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-08021.pdf 

Third-Party Submissions and Protests

Patent and Trademark Office

Third-Party Submissions and Protests 
ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.
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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a 
proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0062 
(Third-Party Submissions and Protests).
 
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 18, 2018.
 
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0062 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance 
Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of 
Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-7728; 
or by email to Raul.Tamayo@upsto.gov with ``0651-0062 comment'' in the 
subject line. Additional information about this collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''
 
For the full accouncement, please go to: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-08022.pdf

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Public Search Facility User ID and Badging”

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
Title: Public Search Facility User ID and Badging.
OMB Control Number: 0651-0041.
Forms:
  • PTO-2030
  • PTO-2224
Number of Respondents: 6,250 responses per year.
Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public between approximately 5 minutes (0.08 hours) and 10 minutes (0.17 hours) to complete the information in this collection, depending on the application. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, prepare the appropriate form, and submit the completed request to the USPTO.
Burden Hours: 500 hours.
Cost Burden: $1,501.96.
Needs and Uses:
This collection covers information that individuals submit in applications to establish a USPTO online access account. This application allows users to obtain, renew, or replace online access account cards which provide access to the electronic search system at the Public Search Facility. The public may apply for an online access account only at the Public Search Facility reference desk by providing the completed application (including contact information) and proper identification. The access account cards include a bar-coded user number and an expiration date. Users may renew their account card in person by validating and updating the required information and may obtain a replacement for a lost account card by providing proper identification. Users who wish to register for the voluntary training courses may do so by completing the appropriate form.
This collection also covers information in applications to establish, renew, or replace security identification badges issued under the authority provided in 41 CFR part 102-81 to members of the public who wish to access the Public Search Facility. Users may apply for a security badge in person at the USPTO Security Office by providing the completed application (including applicant and contact information) and presenting a valid form of identification with photograph. The security badges include a color photograph of the user and must be worn always while at the USPTO facilities.
Frequency: On occasion.
Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov. Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in electronic format through reginfor.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.
Further information can be obtained by:
  • Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include “0651-0041 copy request” in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Information Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before May 17, 2018 to Nicholas A. Fraser. OMB Desk Officer, via email to Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov.or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.
Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-08019 Filed 4-16-18; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-16-P

To see the official electronic format:

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form”

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposals for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
Title: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form.
OMB Control Number: 0651-0045.
Form Number(s):
  • PTO-2042
Type of Request: Regular.Start Printed Page 16834
Number of Respondents: 3,825 responses per year.
Average Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately 30 minutes (0.50 hours) to read the instructions and subscriber agreement, gather the necessary information, prepare the Certificate Action Form, and submit the completed request.
Needs and Uses:
This information collection covers the Certificate Action Form (PTO-2042), which is used by the public to request a new digital certificate, revoke a current certificate, or recover a lost or corrupted certificate. Customers may also change the name listed on the certificate or associate the certificate with one or more Customer Numbers. A Customer Number allows an applicant to associate all correspondence and USPTO actions regarding multiple patent applications to a single address and name. The Certificate Action Form must include a notarized signature in order to verify the identity of the application. The Certificate Action Form has an accompanying subscriber agreement to ensure that customers understand their obligations regarding the use of the digital certificates and cryptographic software. When generating a new certificate, customers also register to receive a set of seven codes that will enable customers to recover a lost certificate online without having to contact USPTO support staff.
Frequency: On occasion.
Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov. Once submitted, this request will be publicly available in electronic format through www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.
Further information can be obtained by:
  • Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include “0651-0045 copy request” in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before May 17, 2018 to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-5197, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.
Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-08020 Filed 4-16-18; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-16-P


To see the official electronic format:
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-08020.pdf

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Inventor Info Chat

Join the USPTO on April 19 from 11 a.m. - noon ET for its Inventor Info Chat webinar “Understanding the ADS (Application Data Sheet): Little Things Make a Big Difference."
Learn how to effectively file your patent application. We will cover how to properly use and correct an ADS.
More information, including how to attend, is available on our Inventor Info Chat event page.

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Please join us in celebrating World Intellectual Property (IP) Day on Monday, April 23rd.  This year’s theme is Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity which celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.​  Dallas’ celebration of World IP Day will feature opening remarks by Hope Shimabuku, USPTO Texas Regional Office Director, followed by a panel discussion including female inventors.  A complimentary film screening of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story will follow at the conclusion of the panel discussion.
 
Monday, April 23rd at 6:00 PM 
Alamo Drafthouse Cedars 
1005 South Lamar, Dallas, TX 
This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in attending.  Please REGISTER at dallasworldipday.eventbrite.com.

Friday, April 6, 2018

USPTO Webinar: Understanding Utility Model Patents in China

The utility model patent (UMP) is a category of patent granted in China. It is meant to protect incremental inventions, demands a comparatively lower level of inventive step than those of invention patents, and generally takes less time from filing to grant. Compared to many foreign companies, however, U.S. companies do not often file UMPs in China.
For this two-hour webinar, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Policy and International Affairs has brought together a group of five experienced private practitioners and in-house counsel to offer their expertise and practical insights on UMPs and how U.S. companies can best utilize them when doing business in China.

To VIEW THE AGENDA, please follow here.

To REGISTER, please visit the event page here.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Inventor Info Chat

Join the next USPTO Inventor Info Chat webinar, “Understanding the Application Data Sheet (ADS): Little Things Make a Big Difference” on April 19, 11 a.m. to noon ET.
The chat will present tips for effectively filing your patent application as we focus on how to properly use and correct an ADS.
The Office of Innovation Development (OID) presents the Inventor Info Chat webinar series. OID fosters invention and entrepreneurship by providing full access to the U.S. intellectual property system.
More information, including how to attend, is available on our InventorInfo Chat event page.

April 25, 2018 -- 12th Annual USPTO Design Day at the Texas Regional Office

Join the Texas Regional Office (TXRO) of the USPTO to spend the day with USPTO Design Examiners, Managers, Design Patent Practitioners and Industrial Designers from across the country on April 25, 2018.

There is no fee to attend; however, we ask that you register by April 6, 2018 at 6pm.


Topics included:
  • Update from the Director of Technology Center 2900
  • USPTO Developments including updates on Hague, ID5, and Design Law Treaty initiatives
  • Report from Japan Patent Office on its Study of Industrial Design Competitiveness and Design
  • Return of the popular Patent Prosecution Best Practices Panel where experienced practitioners and USPTO examiners discuss recent examination and prosecution trends
  • Presentations from major corporations on strategic protection and enforcement of designs, including Microsoft Corporation, Sugarfina, Inc., and more!
  • Panel discussion about the challenges of enforcement of design rights on the Internet
  • Case law summaries on important design patent decisions over the past year, from the Federal Circuit, district court, and PTAB
No CLE credit is offered for this event.
 
8:00 am -- 4:00 pm CT: Meeting Webcast begins
11:00 am -- 12:15 pm CT: Lunch (BYOB or offsite; meals will not be provided by the TXRO) The Texas Regional Office will not be serving continental breakfast. 

Tours of the regional office will be provided.

To register for this event, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-uspto-design-day-at-the-texas-regional-office-tickets-44842943451

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Patent Quality Chat

Our Patent Quality Chat webinar continues its 2018 series on April 10, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, with “Strengthening your IP internationally using the expanded Collaborative Search Pilot.”
Officials from USPTO’s International Work Sharing Planning and Implementation Division of the Office of International Patent Cooperation will be discussing our expanded Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP). CSP provides those cross-filing their patent applications internationally with search results from multiple offices early in the examination process. During this chat, you will learn how to leverage CSP to strengthen your intellectual property internationally. 
This webinar is of interest to all those filing patent applications internationally, particularly with the Japan and Korea offices.
No registration is necessary to attend; the link to join is available on our event page.
The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is presented as a part of the USPTO’s continuous effort to improve patent quality

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Chat with the Chief"



The PTAB is pleased to announce a new webinar series called “Chat with the Chief” for Chief Judge David Ruschke to share updates on current PTAB developments and initiatives.

The “Chat with the Chief” is free for all to attend.  The Chief will receive questions for a two-way discussion.

In addition to the “Chat with the Chief” webinars, the PTAB is continuing its “Boardside Chat” webinar series on a bi-monthly basis.  Boardside Chats feature conversations with Board judges on various ex parte appeal and AIA trial topics.
 Please mark your calendars, and join the Board for informative and lively conversations!

Date Time Topic Speakers
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 Noon to 1 p.m.
New PTAB Studies in AIA Proceedings:  Expanded Panels and Trial Outcomes for Orange Book Listed Patents

To access the webinar

Thursday, March 1, 2018

From High Tops to High Tech: The IP of Basketball

From High Tops to High Tech: The IP of Basketball
Join the Texas Regional Office for a brown bag lunch panel discussion on intellectual issues relating to the sport of basketball. What role does innovation play in this ever-evolving game? Topics include famous historical patents, trademark and branding, right of publicity and more.
  • Tamera Bennett, Entertainment Law Attorney
  • Christian Dennie, Sport Law Attorney
  • Andrew Faile, USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
  • Andrew Hirshfeld, USPTO Commissioner for Patents
Food trucks will be available onsite.  The event is free to all participants, but registration is required.
Texas CLE pending for 1.0 hours.
Registration (link is external)
For more information, please email TXROEvents@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail) or call (469) 295-9000.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Patent Quality Chat

Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues March 13, from noon – 1 p.m. ET, with Subject Matter Eligibility: Guidance & Examination Resources. No registration is necessary.
The USPTO’s Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Bob Bahr will discuss the resources we provide on subject matter eligibility, with an emphasis on the latest revision of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure from January. This webinar will be especially helpful for those prosecuting patent applications and/or with an interest in statutory compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 101.
Please send your input and questions to patentquality@uspto.gov.
More information, including how to attend, is available on the event page of the USPTO website.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Inventor Info Chat, Feb. 15, 11 am ET

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues tomorrow, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon ET, when we provide a presentation on claim drafting.
Presentation overview:
  • Learn about the questions to answer before claiming your invention
  • Learn how patent claims can be written, what to emphasize, and what to avoid
  • Learn about one possible approach to drafting patent claims
For assistance, please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov. For more information and registration, please visit our event page on the USPTO website.

Friday, February 2, 2018

USPTO Texas Regional Office Directors discuss Intellectual Property, Feb. 7

Join us to hear from Hope Shimabuku, JD, and Jacob Choi, from the Texas Regional Office of the US Patent and Trademark Office who will speak on:

  • Types of Intellectual Property
  • Patent Application Process
  • Federal Trademark Registration Process
  • USPTO Resources for Start-ups, Entrepreneurs and Everyone
February 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, followed by question & answer
Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room
Rice University

No registration required.
Hosted by the Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, Fondren Library.

Embracing Smart Technology to Grow Your Business

On Feb. 7, the USPTO and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will co-host "Embracing Smart Technology to Grow Your Business."  The webinar is from 1 – 2 p.m. ET.
Topics will include:
  • Social media usage
  • Hosting educational webinars
  • Crowd-funding
  • Utilizing ‘open data’ platforms
  • How to protect your business from scams, phishing and identity theft
For more information and to register, please visit our event page.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Patent Quality Chat

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar continues its 2018 series on Feb. 13, from noon – 1 p.m. ET, with an “eMod Update: Patent Center and Structured Text.”
The USPTO’s eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will discuss:
  • new structured text features
  • file structured text via the electronic filing system (EFS-Web) 
  • access structured text submissions, structured text office actions, and XML downloads using the Private Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system  
Additionally, the eMod team will share information about the upcoming Patent Center Beta Release for participants to use the new Patent Center tool (to replace EFS-Web and PAIR), and provide feedback for further improvements. Please send your input and questions to patentquality@uspto.gov before and during the event.
The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is presented as a part of the USPTO’s continuous efforts to improve patent quality.  
No registration is necessary.  More information, and how to join, is available on our event page.

Inventor Info Chat

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon ET when we provide a presentation on claim drafting.
Presentation overview:
  • Gain awareness of the questions to answer before claiming your invention
  • Learn how patent claims can be written, what to emphasize, and what to avoid
  • Learn about one possible approach to drafting patent claims
We will discuss the parts of the claim and will include claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents. The presentation will be particularly helpful for those inventors considering filing a patent application and for those who are currently prosecuting their patent application.
For assistance, please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov. Learn more, including how to attend, at our event page.

Friday, January 26, 2018

11th Annual Texas STEM Conference

The Texas STEM Coalition invites you to Galveston to join in on the largest gathering of STEM educators in the state of Texas. Be part of over 1,100 STEM supporters as we learn about the most cutting-edge STEM Technologies and STEM Best Practices, maximize STEM Leadership Capacity, and learn about developing Successful Partnerships.


Representatives from the USPTO Education and Outreach Team and the Texas Regional Office will participate at this event as a speaker and also host a booth. This 3-day conference will be held at Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston, TX.


Registration (link is external) for the conference is currently open. For more information please visit the Texas STEM Conference homepage (link is external).

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Inventor info Chat

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues Thursday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. - noon ET with an “Overview of the Patent Examination Process.”
Topics will include:
  • When to expect a response from the USPTO
  • What examiners consider
  • Talking to a patent examiner about your invention
  • Office actions
For more information, and to register for this free webinar, please visit our Inventor Info webinar event page.