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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. Sign up by May 19 to attend.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.
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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.
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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 AppOn 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.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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.
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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.
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