Monday, April 22, 2019

Pre-examination notice revisions

Beginning April 22, USPTO customers will see changes to various pre-examination notices for patent applications. Some of these changes were made in response to feedback from customers.
In general, the revised notices:
  • More clearly define the required items and corrections needed to complete the application and ready it for examination
  • Create consistency between the practices for nonprovisional applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) and national stage applications under 35 U.S.C. 371
If you have questions regarding a pre-examination notice received in an application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111, please contact the Application Assistance Unit at (571) 272-4000. Questions regarding a pre-examination notice received in a national stage application under 35 U.S.C. 371 should be directed to the person listed on the notice or, alternatively, the PCT help desk at (571) 272-4300.

TPAC quarterly meeting

The next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be held on Friday, April 26.
You can attend this meeting at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, or watch it online.
The agenda and webcast link are available on the event page of the USPTO website.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

STEM Summer Program @CampInvention


Camp Invention is a STEM Summer Program that turns curious students into innovative thinkers.

There's still time to sign up for @CampInvention. Take a look at what some past campers had to say about the program, and look for a camp near you: http://bit.ly/2GhOFqo.

Spanish language Inventor Info Chat

La serie de seminarios de ciber chat de la Oficina de Patentes y Marcas regresa el 18 de abril a las 2 de la tarde hasta las 3 de la tarde, ET con una presentacion informativa titulada, "Cómo presentar una solicitud de patente provisional, o no provisional usando el sistema electrónico de presentación de solicitudes de patentes EFS-Web."
Resumen de la presentación:
  • Instrucciones de cómo utilizar EFS para presentar una solicitud provisional
  • Instrucciones de cómo utilizar EFS para presentar una solicitud no provisional
  • Demostración de como completar formularios
  • Uso de PAIR público para comprobar el estado de la solicitud
  • Descripción de los requisitos de formularios para diferentes procesos
Puede enviar sus preguntas a inventorinfochat@uspto.gov durante el evento. Para obtener ayuda, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a oidevents@uspto.gov o visite nuestra página web para ver todos los próximos programas.

English translation:
The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series returns on April 18, 2 - 3 p.m. ET with an informative presentation, "How to file a provisional or non-provisional patent application using the electronic filing system for EFS-Web patent applications."
Presentation summary:
  • Instructions on how to use EFS to file a provisional application
  • Instructions on how to use EFS to submit a non-provisional application
  • Demonstration of how to complete forms
  • Use of public PAIR to check the status of the application
  • Understand the requirements of forms for different processes
You can send your questions to inventorinfochat@uspto.gov during the event. For help, please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov or visit our webpage to see all upcoming programs.

Don't miss these World IP Day events

USPTO will hold two special events this month in celebration of World IP Day and this year's theme, "Reach for the Gold: IP and Sports."
On Monday April 22, from 11 a.m. to noon, join a discussion at the USPTO headquarters or via livestream with former professional football player and entrepreneur Shawn Springs and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter.
After playing for 13 seasons in the NFL, Springs founded Windpact, which uses his patented Crash Cloud technology in football helmets to protect players from severe head injuries. The technology has applications in a variety of sports, as well as in the automotive industry and military sector.
After the discussion, meet representatives from sports companies and groups at an interactive exhibition until 2 p.m.
On Monday April 29, attend the USPTO annual celebration of World Intellectual Property Day on Capitol Hill from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer.
Keynote speaker Dr. Phil Wagner, CEO of Sparta Science, will demonstrate his company’s force plate technology, which helps predict injury risks for athletes. Other speakers will include Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization John Sandage, and members of Congress.
Presentations will run from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and a reception will follow.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Inventor Info Chat: Learn to file and check the status of provisional and non-provisional patents

Learn to file and check the status of provisional and non-provisional patents at the next USPTO Inventor Info Chat webinar Thursday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon ET. Register in advance for a Walk-through for Filing Provisional, Non-Provisional, and Checking Status Using PAIR.

On the day of the program, log in to the event using this link.

This chat will cover: 

·         Live demonstrations of how to use the Electronic Filing System  (EFS) to file a provisional and  non-provisional applications
·         Using PUBLIC PAIR to check status of application
·         Understanding the forms requirements for different processes
You will have an opportunity to ask your questions via email to inventorinfochat@uspto.gov. The Inventor Info Chat webinar series is presented by the Office of Innovation Development, which fosters invention and entrepreneurship by providing full access to the U.S. intellectual property system. 
For assistance, please contact oidevents@uspto.gov or visit our web page to see all upcoming programs.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Register now for Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works

On March 28, the Department of Commerce’s Internet PolicyInternet Policy Task Force will host the Third Public Meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. 
The meeting is free and open to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis, either in person or online. The registration form includes a list of possible topics for the breakout sessions so the conference can be tailored to participants' interests. Please register early.
Additional information, including the agenda, federal register notice, and webcast information, is available on the event page of the USPTO website.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Technology Center 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting

Register to attend the Technology Center (TC) 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting on March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The event is free, open to the public, and will be webcast.
You will have the opportunity to:
  • Receive examiner updated training on 35 USC 101, 102 and 103
  • Learn about TC improvements on quality and pendency
  • Share your ideas and experiences with attendees and TC 2600 management
  • With your feedback, help the Technology Center continue to improve our work product
For inquiries, more information, and accessibility requests, please contact:
Patents Customer Partnership Meetings (CPMs) like this one provide an opportunity for our customers to meet directly with technology center representatives in a collaborative forum to share ideas, experiences, and insights and discuss examination policies and procedures, mutual concerns, and solutions to common problems. Visit the CPM web page on the USPTO website to learn more.

Friday, February 22, 2019

U.S. lawyers: Beware of foreign solicitations asking to use your information

USPTO have learned that U.S. attorneys are receiving emails from people in China and perhaps elsewhere, offering to pay to use their information in trademark filings. These solicitations appear to be an attempt to circumvent the proposed U.S.-counsel rulemaking.
Agreeing to such arrangements would likely be aiding unauthorized practice of law and violating federal rules, including the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct, 37 C.F.R. Part 11. Attorneys who violate these rules may receive discipline, including exclusion or suspension from practice before the USPTO, reprimand, censure, or probation. Attorneys disciplined by the USPTO may also be reciprocally disciplined by their state bar.    
We'd like to know about these solicitations. If you receive a solicitation asking to use your information, please forward it to TMFeedback@uspto.gov.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Inventor Info Chat

Join the next USPTO Inventor Info Chat webinar, "Trademark: Live demonstration of how to file a trademark application," on February 21 from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Through this live demonstration, you will learn how to effectively file your trademark application using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). You will also have an opportunity to ask questions by emailing inventorinfochat@uspto.gov.
To register, visit the Inventor Info webinar event page on the USPTO website.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Proposal to require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to use a U.S.-licensed attorney

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a proposal to change federal trademark law  require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to use an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.
The requirement applies to trademark applicants, registrants, and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside the United States. The proposed changes would require these applicants, registrants, and parties to hire an attorney licensed to practice law in the United States to represent them at the USPTO.
In addition to the above proposed change, U.S.-licensed attorneys representing anyone before the USPTO in trademark matters would be required to confirm they are an active member in good standing of their bar and provide their bar membership information.
To learn more about the proposal to change federal trademark law or to submit comments about it, visit our page on the USPTO website. We will accept comments from the public until March 18, 2019.

Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 29 (Tuesday, February 12, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3417-3418]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-01948]
 
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
 
Patent and Trademark Office
 
Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints
 
ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.
 
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: 0651-0044 
(Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints).
 
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 2019.
 
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-0044 
comment'' in the subject line of the message.
    Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Mail: NaThanya Ferguson, Supervisory Innovation and Development 
Program Specialist, Inventor Education and Outreach, 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 NaThanya Ferguson, Supervisory Innovation and 
Development Program Specialist, Inventor Education and Outreach, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-5517; or by email at 
Nathanya.Ferguson@uspto.gov with ``0651-0044 comment'' in the subject 
line. Additional information about this collection is also available at 
http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection Review.'


For detailed information please go to: 
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: 0651-0044 
(Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints).
 
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 2019.
 
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-0044 
comment'' in the subject line of the message.
    Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Mail: NaThanya Ferguson, Supervisory Innovation and Development 
Program Specialist, Inventor Education and Outreach, 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 NaThanya Ferguson, Supervisory Innovation and 
Development Program Specialist, Inventor Education and Outreach, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-5517; or by email at 
Nathanya.Ferguson@uspto.gov with ``0651-0044 comment'' in the subject 
line. Additional information about this collection is also available at 
http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection Review.'
 
 
For detailed information please go to: here
 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

PKI authentication update

Due to recent technical issues, the PKI authentication and migration deadlines associated with the authentication change for EFS-Web and Private PAIR are no longer applicable until further notice. Currently, authentication using both USPTO.gov accounts and PKI certificates continues to be operational. We encourage you to use your USPTO.gov accounts to authenticate in preparation for the upcoming changes.
At this time, most users have successfully migrated and are using their USPTO.gov accounts to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR. If you have not done so, please create your USPTO.gov account, ensure it is opted in to two-step authentication, and use the Migration Tool to link your existing PKI certificate to your USPTO.gov account. Registered practitioners should use the Sponsorship Tool to sponsor their support staff to work on their behalf.
More information regarding updated deadlines is forthcoming.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

PKI sign-in discontinued as of Feb. 15

As of February 15, EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will no longer be able to authenticate using PKI certificates. There is now a simpler and safer login method. Go to your USPTO.gov account (or create one) and opt in to two-step authentication. Next, use the Migration Tool (which will no longer be available as of March 1) to link your existing PKI certificate to your USPTO.gov account. Registered practitioners should use the Sponsorship Tool to sponsor their support staff to work on their behalf.
New users, or users who did not migrate prior to March 1, must obtain a verified USPTO.gov account to access EFS-Web and PAIR using the new verification process, which requires a notarized Patent Electronic System Verification Form. Prior to March 1, you can recover your PKI using your self-recovery codes.
For more information, visit Authentication Change for EFS-Web and PAIR or register for an information session.
Additional information

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Extension of the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program


[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 18 (Monday, January 28, 2019)]
[Notices]
 
SUMMARY: On June 29, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO) implemented the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program,
which permits patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy to
be advanced out of turn for examination and reviewed earlier (accorded
special status). To date, over 300 petitions requesting participation
in the pilot program have been filed, and over 100 patents have been
granted under the pilot program. In view of the continued interest in
the pilot program, the USPTO has extended the pilot program until June
30, 2020. All pilot parameters remain the same as the original pilot.

DATES: Duration: The Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program will continue
to run until June 30, 2020. Therefore, petitions to make special under
the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program must be filed on or before June
30, 2020. In addition, any petition to make special under the Cancer
Immunotherapy Pilot Program filed between December 31, 2018, and the
publication date of this notice will be considered timely. The USPTO
may further extend the pilot program (with or without modifications) or
terminate it depending on feedback received, continued interest and the
effectiveness of the pilot program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pinchus M. Laufer, Patent 
Attorney (telephone (571) 272-7726; electronic mail at pinchus.laufer@uspto.gov
or Susy Tsang-Foster, Senior Legal Advisor (telephone (571) 272-7711;
electronic mail at susy.tsang-foster@uspto.gov), of the Office of Patent Legal 
Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.

For questions relating to a specific petition, please contact Gary
B. Nickol, Supervisory Patent Examiner (telephone (571) 272-0835;
electronic mail at gary.nickol@uspto.gov) or Brandon J. Fetterolf,
Supervisory Patent Examiner (telephone (571) 272-2919; electronic mail
at brandon.fetterolf@uspto.gov), of Technology Center 1600.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Please click here.
 
Dated: January 18, 2019.
Andrei Iancu,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2019-00202 Filed 1-25-19; 8:45 am]
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