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]

Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints

Please see the following announcement in the Federal Register  
regarding Submission for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
Review; Comment Request; 
“Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints.”
 
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 83 (Tuesday, April 30, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18266-18267]
From the Federal Register Online 
Please see [FR Doc No: 2019-08674]

Friday, April 26, 2019

Notice Regarding Options for Amendments by Patent Owner Through Reissue or Reexamination During a Pending AIA Trial Proceeding

Please see the following announcement in the Federal Register regarding Notice Regarding Options for Amendments by Patent Owner Through Reissue or Reexamination During a Pending AIA Trial Proceeding.

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 77 (Monday, April 22, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16654-16658]
From the Federal Register Online 
Please see [FR Doc No: 2019-08022]

Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures

Please see the following announcement in the Federal Register regarding Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures.”

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 77 (Monday, April 22, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16652-16654]
From the Federal Register Online  
Please see [FR Doc No: 2019-08027]

Patent Cooperation Treaty -- Proposed collection; comment Request

Please see the following announcement in the Federal Register regarding Patent Cooperation Treaty.”

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 77 (Monday, April 22, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16658-16662]
From the Federal Register Online  
Please see [FR Doc No: 2019-08026]
 

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.