USPTO To Implement Pilot Program For Considering Information Disclosure Statements Filed in Allowed Cases

May 10, 2012

More good news from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The USPTO will implement a pilot program, Quick Path IDS (QPIDS), for considering Information Disclosure Statements (IDS) filed in allowed cases that have not yet issued.  The QPIDS pilot program will run from May 16, 2012 to September 30, 2012.  The purpose of […]

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U.S. Commerce Department Releases New Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $5 Trillion, 40 Million Jobs to U.S. Economy

April 12, 2012

At a White House announcement event on April 11, 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” which finds that intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to, or 34.8 percent of, U.S. gross […]

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USPTO and Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) sign Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program

April 6, 2012

On April 5, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding making permanent the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between the two offices and setting forth the common desire to implement further developments of the PPH program during a high level event in […]

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USPTO to Test New Post-Final Rejection Option

April 4, 2012

Pilot program will add limited time for further consideration of after-final responses in patent application prosecution The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders, announced on April 2, 2012 the start of the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP). “Compact […]

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USPTO and AUTM Announce Joint Patent Examiners Training Initiative

March 20, 2012

On March 15, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) announced the launch of the USPTO/AUTM Patent Examiners Training Initiative, a joint program designed to improve the strength and quality of U.S. patents through specialized training between patent examiners, innovators and scientists.  The program aims […]

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United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Educational Outreach Program

March 15, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is looking to partner with colleges and universities, entrepreneurship clubs, and similar groups to present informational lectures on trademarks.  The lectures will be conducted by a USPTO attorney in a location designated by the sponsoring organization.  The target audiences are non-trademark attorneys, the small business community, the entrepreneurial community, […]

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USPTO To Host Career Fair For Veterans and Transitioning Servicemembers on March 2, 2012

February 19, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be hosting a Career Open House for veterans and transitioning servicemembers on March 2, 2012 from 9:00 AM to noon at the USPTO’s campus in Alexandria, VA.  Recent efforts at the USPTO have focused on recruiting patent examiners.  As such, the USPTO is actively seeking veterans […]

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USPTO Establishes Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals Program

February 17, 2012

On February 16, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the establishment of the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals Program designed to enlist the services of leaders in academia and the intellectual property (IP) industry who can devote up to six months of service to the agency on a full time basis. […]

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USPTO Releases Proposed Patent Fee Schedule and Proposed Contested Case Rules

February 15, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released its proposed patent fee schedule and proposed contested case rules related to the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA).  Specifically, the agency has assembled the following documents about proposed patent fees: USPTO Transmittal Letter to PPAC for Patent Fee Proposal Executive Summary: Patent Fee […]

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USPTO Launches Patents for Humanity Pilot

February 15, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the Patents for Humanity pilot program that rewards patent owners for using their patented technology to address humanitarian needs. This 12-month pilot advances the President’s global development agenda by rewarding companies who bring life-saving technologies to underserved regions of the world, and by highlighting positive […]

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