Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Help improve DOCX application submissions

As a part of the eCommerce Modernization effort (eMod), you are now able to file new utility applications in the structured text format, DOCX. As we continue to make improvements to our systems, we invite you to participate in a brief survey to provide your input on this change. 
Your feedback is valuable to us and your participation shapes the future of our systems at the USPTO. Please respond by September 6.
More information is available on the DOCX webpage.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

PTAB “Boardside Chat” Webinar

The next USPTO "Boardside Chat" will be on Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 12 noon to 1 pm Eastern Time. The topic will be about hearings, including both appeal and AIA hearings.

To connect to the chat, please visit: PTAB Boardside Chat Webinar

Friday, August 9, 2019

U.S. lawyers: Beware of unauthorized withdrawal and revocation of attorney forms

What’s happening Bad actors are making unauthorized changes to attorney information using Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) withdrawal and revocation of attorney forms by:
  • Signing the attorney of record’s name
  • Resetting the correspondence address to the applicant’s address in the initial application
  • Replacing the primary correspondence email address with the bad actor’s email address or deleting the email address
What we’ll do When we receive a request to change the primary email correspondence address of record, we’ll send an email to the prior primary email correspondence address to alert the attorney. Look for an email message from TEAS@uspto.gov with the subject line "Alert USPTO Change of Email Address" notifying you of changes to the primary email correspondence address in your cases.
What you should do
Keep contact info updated Bad actors appear primarily to be targeting registrations that don’t include a correspondence email address. You won’t receive a change of address alert if you don’t have a correspondence email address on record. Avoid this problem by ensuring that your registrations contain current contact information.
Future plansWe’re implementing a login requirement this fall to combat this problem.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Free seminar on trending issues in trade secrets

Register now to attend the September 19 USPTO program, “Trending Issues in Trade Secrets: 2019.”
This free, day-long seminar will feature informative presentations by leading government, judicial, and industry experts in the field of trade secret protection.
The program will also be available for viewing remotely via LiveStream. See the registration page for more details.

USPTO wants your feedback to help us enhance our services

USPTO is seeking volunteers to provide feedback as we enhance our customer experience. Sharing your opinion will inform and strengthen our efforts to provide consistent, clear, and intuitive services to trademark customers.
Sign up to share your opinion as we make improvements. We’ll contact you for feedback on our website, online systems, communication materials, and other trademark services.

Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

The next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting is on Thursday, August 8. You can watch online or attend in person at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Learn more about the PPAC quarterly meeting, including the agenda and how to access the meeting online.

Trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney now in effect

If you are a foreign-domiciled trademark applicant, registrant, or party to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, in all U.S. trademark matters you must now be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States. This includes Canadian applicants, registrants, and parties.
In addition to this change, U.S.-licensed attorneys representing anyone before the USPTO in trademark matters are now required to confirm they are an active member in good standing of their bar and to provide their bar membership information.
Learn more about this federal trademark law change.

Monday, August 5, 2019

New exam guide on U.S.-licensed attorney requirement

We have a new exam guide, "Requirement of U.S.-Licensed Attorney for Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants." It explains examination procedures in light of these new requirements. You can direct questions about the guide to TMPolicy@uspto.gov.

New rule requires electronic filing for trademark submissions

The USPTO has published a new rule in the Federal Register requiring electronic filing for trademark submissions.
This rule becomes effective on October 5.
Trademark applicants and registrants will be required to file online using the USPTO's Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). Applicants and registrants will need to provide and maintain an accurate email address for receiving correspondence from the USPTO.
Paper and fax submissions will no longer be accepted. Email submissions will continue to not be accepted.
To learn more about this federal trademark law change, please visit the USPTO website.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Verified account required for EFS-Web and Private PAIR


Practitioners and independent inventors need a verified USPTO.gov account to access EFS-Web for registered eFilers and Private PAIR. Support staff, who are working on behalf of a practitioner, need to be sponsored to obtain access.
New customers, or customers who did not migrate by the migration deadline, can obtain a verified USPTO.gov account using the new verification process. See the USPTO website for more information.
If you have questions, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) at ebc@uspto.gov or 866-217-9197.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Apollo 50: The role of intellectual property in space commerce

Join the USPTO on July 23, 2-4 p.m. ET, at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the USPTO will host a free event focused on space innovation, technology transfer from the Apollo missions, and an overview of the current administration’s policy on space exploration and space commerce. Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y2a4tyqh to attend in person. More information and livestream link are available on the USPTO website.
Featured speakers include federal government executives, astronauts, inventors, and commercial space industry executives.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Inventor Info Chat: Learn to use USPTO resources

Join the Patent Office for the next live USPTO Inventor Info Chat webinar on USPTO resources on July 18 from 11 a.m. to noon ET. 
The webinar will cover:
  • Using the Pro Se Assistance Program for pre-filing questions
  • Understanding how to qualify for the Pro Bono Program
  • Using Patent Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) for searching patents
  • The September 13-14 Invention-Con 2019:
    "Leveraging your intellectual property in the marketplace"
During the event, you will have an opportunity to ask questions via inventorinfochat@uspto.gov.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Learn online how examiners approach restriction practice

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance related to restriction practice? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course titled “Restriction Practice” on August 6. This course will be led by USPTO trainers and is based on recent training delivered to patent examiners.
This course has limited capacity, and selection for attendance is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Use our sign-up form to register.
The USPTO is applying for three hours of CLE credit in Virginia for this course.
You can learn more about the program, and upcoming sessions, on the USPTO vILT page.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Inventor Info Chat in Spanish Language

Join the next live USPTO Inventor Info Chat webinar, "Understanding Trademarks." This event will be a Spanish language broadcast on June 20, from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Applicants will learn how and when to file for a trademark and be able to ask questions about the steps of filing. Please email questions during the chat to inventorinfochat@uspto.gov.
To register for this chat, go to the Inventor Info webinar event page.
For assistance and to view past programs, please contact oidevents@uspto.gov.

EN ESPAÑOL

Únase a la próxima Charla de Información para Inventores de la Oficina de Patentes y Marcas de los Estados Unidos, transmitida en vivo, “Entendiendo las Marcas Comerciales.” Este evento será transmitido en español el 20 de junio, de 11 a.m. a 12 del mediodía, hora del este. solicitantes entenderán cómo y cuándo solicitar una marca comercial y tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas sobre los pasos para presentar la solicitud. Durante la charla, favor de enviar sus preguntas a través del correo electrónico a inventorinfochat@uspto.gov.
Para registrarse para esta charla, visite la página del evento.
Para obtener asistencia y para ver los programas anteriores, comuníquese con oidevents@uspto.gov.

Monday, May 20, 2019

National Summer Teacher Institute

National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property (NSTI)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 6th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 28-August 2, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Deadline to apply is May 22, 2019. 

To apply: https://www.uspto.gov/…/o…/national-summer-teacher-institute

Copyright protection among topics explored at free Los Angeles program on protecting your intellectual property in China

Are you a business, individual, or attorney looking to hear about strategies for better protecting intellectual property in China? If so, plan to attend a free USPTO China IP Road Show in Los Angeles on Friday, June 7.
Several sessions of the all-day program will focus on copyright protection and enforcement.
USPTO Director Andrei Iancu will provide opening remarks. 
Register to attend this free program. 
Additional programs are planned for later in 2019. Check the China IP Road Show page for updates.

PKI Outage for EFS-Web and Private PAIR

The USPTO will have a series of upcoming outages to begin the phased termination of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates for Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and Private Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR). This will not affect users accessing EFS-Web and Private PAIR with a verified USPTO.gov account.
The first PKI outage will be on May 22, starting at 12:01 AM and ending at 11:59 PM ET. Additional outages will be scheduled. Please see the USPTO System Status and Availability page for more information.
During the PKI outage, users will be unable to use PKI certificates to authenticate. However, authentication via verified USPTO.gov accounts to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR will be available. Please ensure that you migrated the proper PKI to the correct USPTO.gov account prior to the outage. If you have not migrated or need to sponsor support staff, please visit the Authentication Change webpage for guidance.
If you need to file a new application during this outage, please access EFS-Web with your verified USPTO.gov account, use EFS-Web for Unregistered eFilers, or use EFS-Web Contingency. If you need to file a follow-on submission and do not have a verified USPTO.gov account, please use an alternative filing method.
If you have questions or need to reverse an incorrectly migrated account, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) at ebc@uspto.gov or 866-217-9197.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Learn online how examiners approach claim interpretation

Do you want to learn about recent examination practice and procedure guidance? Attend our virtual instructor lead (vILT) course titled “Claim Interpretation” on June 4 and 5. 
The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Virginia for this course. USPTO trainers will lead the course and have based the curriculum on recent patent examiner training. Class size is limited and selection for attendance is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
You can learn more about the program and upcoming sessions on the USPTO vILT page.

EFS-Web and PAIR unavailable May 24-27

EFS-Web, Private PAIR, and Public PAIR will be unavailable due to maintenance beginning Friday, May 24, at 11:59 p.m. and ending Monday, May 27, at 5 p.m. ET.
During the maintenance period, applicants may file new applications, except for National Stage applications under 35 U.S.C. 371, via EFS-Web Contingency.
If you need to file a National Stage application under 35 U.S.C. 371 or a follow-on submission to an existing application during the maintenance period, please use an alternative filing method.
For more information about the systems affected by the maintenance outages, please visit USPTO Systems Status and Availability.
If you have questions, please contact the Patent EBC at 1-866-217-9197 or ebc@uspto.gov.

TSDR API unavailable starting May 7

The Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) Application Programming Interface (API) will be unavailable starting May 7 at midnight ET for at least two weeks to address the impact of significant usage spikes. Unprecedented levels of bulk data scraping has impeded the work of Trademark employees and caused other significant IT issues. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
If you rely on third-party organizations to receive trademark status and document retrieval, these services could be impacted if the third party uses our TSDR API. 
Customers can still check the status of a trademark application and retrieve documents directly from TSDR at http://tsdr.uspto.gov
Bulk data customers who rely on the TSDR API can use alternative methods to receive bulk data from TSDR. If you are a bulk data customer who has questions or needs additional information, please send an email to TSDR@USPTO.GOV and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

New TM Status App

On Wednesday, May 8, you will be able to download the new TM Status App from Google Play or the Apple Store. With this app you can easily access trademark status information and set up notifications from your mobile device.

Attend a free forum on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies

If you are interested in learning brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies, join us for a free, full-day conference on June 6 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Experts from the government and private sector will take an in-depth look at effectively combating counterfeit goods and strengthening your brand.
Unable to attend in person? The event will also be webcast.
Agenda, livestream, and registration information are available on our event page of the USPTO website.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Patent Term Adjustment Procedures in View of the Federal Circuit Decision in Supernus Pharm., Inc. v. Iancu.

Please see the following announcement in the Federal Register regarding “Patent Term Adjustment Procedures in View of the Federal Circuit Decision in Supernus Pharm., Inc. v. Iancu.”

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 90 (Thursday, May 9, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20343-20345]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
Please see[FR Doc No: 2019-09600]

Attend a free forum on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies

If you are interested in learning brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies, join us for a free, full-day conference on June 6 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Experts from the government and private sector will take an in-depth look at effectively combating counterfeit goods and strengthening your brand.
Unable to attend in person? The event will also be webcast.
Agenda, livestream, and registration information are available on our event page of the USPTO website.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018


Please see the following announcement in the Federal Register regarding “Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearings on the Report Required by the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018.”

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 81 (Friday, April 26, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17809-17810]
From the Federal Register Online
Please see [FR Doc No: 2019-08437]