Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Removal of Regulations Governing Requests for Presidential Proclamations under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 and Certain Rules of Practice Relating to Registration to Practice and Discipline

From the Federal Register, USPTO Proposed Rules of Removal of Regulations Governing Requests for Presidential Proclamations under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 and Certain Rules of Practice Relating to Registration to Practice and Discipline, and request for comments.

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Secrecy and License to Export

From Federal Register Notices on Monday, November 25, 2019 (vol. 84, no.227), page 64873-64876; as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on the extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0034 (Secrecy and License to Export).

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Office Patent Trial Practice Guide, November 2019 Edition

According to the Federal Register notice of Thursday, November 21, 2019 (vol. 84, no.225, page 64280), the USPTO is issuing a consolidated Office Patent Trial Practice Guide ("Practice Guide") to incorporate prior updated to the original August 2012 Practice Guide.

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The 2019 PPAC Annual Report is available

The report includes information on patent policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. PPAC prepares the report to be transmitted to the president, secretary of commerce, and the judiciary committees of the Senate and House of Representatives within 60 days following the end of each fiscal year.
To learn more about PPAC, please visit the PPAC page on the USPTO website.

USPTO -- Now accepting Patents for Humanity awards applications

USPTO is now accepting applications for the 2020 Patents for Humanity awards. These awards go to innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. Winners receive public recognition of their work and a patent acceleration certificate to expedite select proceedings at the USPTO. Apply for free by January 31, 2020.
Patents for Humanity recognizes inventions that address global development issues such as medicine, nutrition, living standards, sanitation, and energy. Individuals, corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies are eligible to compete. View the 2018 award recipients.
For more information, visit the Patents for Humanity page on the USPTO website.

Trademark -- Attorneys: Monitor for improper use of your information in filings

Attorneys should proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent.
For instructions on how to monitor and notify us of improper use of your information, read the news brief on safeguarding attorney information on the USPTO website.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Webinar for those new to AIA trials

Are you new to AIA trials and want to learn the basics? Attend our Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, November 21 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Lead Judge James Worth and Judge Alyssa Finamore will walk through the AIA trial process and explain each step in detail.
The webinar is free and open to all. There will be a Q&A session with the judges at the end of the presentation, so please send questions in advance or during the webinar to

More information, including the webinar access information, is available on the PTAB Boardside Chat page of the USPTO website.

Trademark -- What’s the impact of the mandatory electronic filing rule change?

Beginning December 21, 2019, trademark applicants and registrants will be required to file trademark applications and related documents using TEAS.
To learn about the new requirements, how this change affects filings, the petition process, outage procedures, Madrid protocol applications, and TEAS forms, register for our free webinar on December 10 from 3-4 p.m. ET. An application for Virginia CLE is pending.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Event on China's shifting IP landscape

There is still time to register to attend “China’s Shifting IP Landscape and the Consequences for Rights Holders,” a free, day-long program on Wednesday, November 20 at our Global IP Academy in Alexandria, Virginia.
Hear experts from academia, industry, and government, including introductory remarks from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, address China’s shifting political and economic needs and the implications for IP protection and enforcement.
Learn more on the event page of the USPTO website.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

Attend our next quarterly meeting with the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) on Thursday, November 14 for a review of policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. 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.