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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USPTO to Host February 21 Webinar with Senior Agency Officials

February 15, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. USPTO Director David Kappos and other agency leaders will outline proposals for new patent fees, as well as other issues related to the implementation of the Leahy […]

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USPTO Updates Patent Fee Schedule Following Enactment of America Invents Act

September 22, 2011

15 Percent Surcharge on Certain Patent Fees Effective September 26, 2011 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced its revised patent fee schedule on September 16, 2011 following the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Public Law 112-29), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The […]

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Patent System and Recent Patent Wars Infographic

September 8, 2011

An interesting infographic courtesy of www.businessinsurance.org: Via: Business Insurance Site Tweet This Post

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USPTO Makes End-to-End Electronic Trademark Filing and Prosecution a Priority

August 14, 2011

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a goal of improving its electronic systems and making them more user-friendly and efficient. As of June 30, 2011, some 98 percent of trademark applications were filed electronically but only 72 percent were prosecuted electronically from beginning to end. The USPTO believes that, to the extent […]

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USPTO Signs Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government

August 5, 2011

The USPTO and the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government in the People’s Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a general framework for future cooperation in the area of intellectual property (IP). This is the first time that the USPTO has entered into an agreement with a provincial government of the People’s […]

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Guest Post: David Boundy on “Patent Reform” and A Call To Action To Defeat the America Invents Act

April 27, 2011

The following is a guest post by David E. Boundy, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property at a well-known financial services firm in Boston MA.  The views expressed by David are his personal views, and patentability is very pleased to make this forum available to him. Dear fellow patent attorney: I need your […]

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USPTO Director Discusses Effects of Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2011

April 21, 2011

In a message to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) employees today, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos discussed the effects of the Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2011. The FY 2011 budget was signed by the president on April 15, 2011 and contains the USPTO’s appropriation through […]

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USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

April 12, 2011

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will host its first Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for discussion on how the USPTO can improve and expand on its clean technology programs. The […]

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USPTO Announces Launch Date for Fast-Track Patent Processing

April 5, 2011

On April 4, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications – allowing inventors and businesses to have their patents processed within 12 months. It currently takes nearly three years to process the average patent. The program, called Track […]

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