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USPTO Director Iancu reflects on his tenure in a farewell blog to stakeholders:

"Through it all, the most amazing people I met these past few years are the inventors of the future—starting with kindergarteners making their first creations and excitingly explaining them to me… Their unbridled enthusiasm assures me that America’s best days are yet to come." 

 

http://bit.ly/2XX1AHf 

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Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Drew Hirshfeld is performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Mr. Hirshfeld's permanent role is Commissioner for Patents, where he manages and leads the Patents organization as its chief operating officer. He is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of the organization that affect administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration.

During his time as Commissioner, Mr. Hirshfeld has led the Patents business unit by emphasizing both transparency and collaboration. He has managed efforts to ensure the consistency and reliability of patent grants. Mr. Hirshfeld has further played a lead role to ensure that the examining corps is provided with updated examination guidance and training.  

Prior to serving as Commissioner for Patents, Mr. Hirshfeld held the positions of Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Hirshfeld began his career in 1994 as a Patent Examiner and became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 2001. He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2008 as a Group Director in Technology Center 2100.

Mr. Hirshfeld received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

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Feb. 4: Webinar on the basics of IP in China, Part 1

Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “China IP Basics, Part 1: Protecting your patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights,” is on Thursday, February 4, from 9-10:50 a.m. ET.

Specially designed to address the needs of small and medium-sized businesses looking to protect their IP in China, this program will include presentations by senior attorneys from the USPTO’s China team and experienced practitioners from the private sector.

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Reserve your slot for the February 10 and 12 USPTO Black History Month celebrations

Slots are limited for the USPTO’s free online Black History Month celebrations, so make sure to register early.

On February 10, learn from inventors Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard, and Arlyne Simon during “Three contemporary Black women inventors.” Their careers include success in areas as varied as mechanical engineering, robotics, writing books for young inventors, and more. Register today.

On February 12, tune in to “A focus on business—The collaboration between cartoonist and illustrator Liz Montague and Google art director Angelica McKinley” to learn firsthand how large scale creative projects are produced from concept to launch. Get a behind-the-scenes view of how Montague and McKinley created the first guest artist Google Doodle slide show featuring groundbreaking Black cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes. Register today.

For more information, please email InnovationOutreach@uspto.gov.

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Learn online how examiners approach after final practice

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on after final practice? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course "After Final Practice" on January 26, 27, or 28.

Our trainers will lead this course based on recent training delivered to patent examiners. The course has limited capacity, and selection for attendance is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign up by Monday, January 25 to attend.

The USPTO is applying for one hour of CLE credit in Virginia for this course.

Visit the vILT page of the USPTO website to learn more about the program and upcoming sessions.

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Learn about National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees in a new biweekly series

The USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization, have partnered since 1973 to encourage creativity, exploration, and inventiveness; manage the museum located at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia; and induct extraordinary inventors into the Hall of Fame.

In a new series highlighting some of the world-changing innovators inducted into the Hall of Fame, we’ll feature an inductee on social media every other Monday. Dr. Victor Lawrence, inducted in 2016, is our first #FeaturedInductee.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest #FeaturedInductee and to learn more about Victor Lawrence.

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Federal Register -- Secondary Trademark Infringement Liability in the E–Commerce Setting

Federal Register
Vol. 86, No. 6
Monday, January 11, 2021

Patent and Trademark Office

NOTICES

Secondary Trademark Infringement Liability in the E–Commerce Setting

1951–1952 [2021–00216]                                           [TEXT]  [PDF]

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Mark your calendar: USPTO Black History Month celebrations coming February 10 and 12

Don’t miss the USPTO’s free online Black History Month celebrations coming February 10 and February 12.

On February 10, tune in to “Three contemporary Black women inventors.” Drs. Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard, and Arlyne Simon’s combined careers include success in areas as varied as mechanical engineering, robotics, writing successful books for young inventors, and more. Get valuable insights from firsthand accounts of their amazing careers. Slots are limited, so register today for this free special event.

On February 12, join in for “A focus on business—The collaboration between cartoonist and illustrator Liz Montague and Google art director Angelica McKinley.” Hear how large scale creative projects are produced from concept to launch. Get a behind-the-scenes view of how Montague and McKinley created the first guest artist Google Doodle slide show featuring groundbreaking Black cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes. This promises to be an inspiring and informative panel discussion about fostering creativity and executing impactful work during a global pandemic. Register early for this free special event.

For more information, please email InnovationOutreach@uspto.gov.

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Texas Regional Office Update

Join the USPTO’s Texas Regional Office for exciting events this winter.

We will continue the year with unique programming specially designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) practitioners. Hear from patent experts on how to file applications and avoid common mistakes or broaden your IP expertise by attending seminars on patents, trademarks, and design patents. Our signature Meet the Experts series will also continue with new installments.

We have other events occurring throughout our eight-state region. For a full event listing, visit the Texas Regional Office’s webpage.

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Fee schedule update

The fee schedule was recently updated with the following changes:

PCT fees to foreign offices changes, effective January 1:

  • 1701: International filing fee (first 30 pages—filed electronically without ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file)—fee increase from $1,337 to $1,344
  • 1710: International filing fee (first 30 pages—filed electronically with ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file)—fee increase from $1,229 to $1,235
  • 1702: International filing fee (first 30 pages)—fee increase from $1,446 to $1,453
  • 1704: International search (EPO)—fee decrease from $2,107 to $2,091
  • 1715: International search (ILPO)—fee increase from $1,036 to $1,051
  • 1712: International search (IPAU)—fee decrease from $1,587 to $1,580
  • 1717: International search (IPOS)—fee increase from $1,622 to $1,646
  • 1716: International search (JPO)—fee increase from $1,457 to $1,476
  • 1709: International search (KIPO)—fee increase from $1,003 to $1,036
  • 1714: International search (Rospatent)—fee decrease from $537 to $510
  • 1705: Handling fee—fee increase from $217 to $218
  • 1706: Handling fee—90% reduction, if applicant meets specified criteria—fee increase from $21.70 to $21.80

Trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) fee changes, effective January 2:

Some Trademark and TTAB fees changed, effective January 2. See the Summary of FY 2021 Final Trademark Fee Rule for more information.

The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for our products and services. For additional information, please call the USPTO Contact Center at 571-272-1000 or 800-786-9199, or visit the Fees and payment page of the USPTO website.

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Webinars on Intellectual Property

In 2021, USPTO will be offering around 20 free webinars on Intellectual Property each quarter.  These are available to basically anybody with a desire to learn more about Intellectual Property.

The latest webinar offerings can be found using the link below.

https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events

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Federal Register -- National Strategy for Expanding American innovation

Federal Register
Vol. 85, No. 247
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Patent and Trademark Office

NOTICES

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation,

83906–83908 [2020–28298]                                                 [TEXT]  [PDF]

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Federal Register -- Roster of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents Admitted to Practice

Federal Register
Vol. 85, No. 247
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Patent and Trademark Office 

NOTICES

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

Roster of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents Admitted to Practice,

83903–83906 [2020–28412]                                                 [TEXT]  [PDF]

  
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Federa Register -- Rules of Practice to Allocate the Burden of Persuasion

Federal Register
Vol. 85, No. 245
Monday, December 21, 2020

Patent and Trademark Office

RULES

Rules of Practice to Allocate the Burden of Persuasion on Motions to Amend in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,

82923–82936 [2020–28159]                                                                                                    [TEXT]  [PDF]

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Federal Register -- Applications for Trademark Registration

Federal Register
Vol. 85, No. 244
Friday, December 18, 2020

Patent and Trademark Office

NOTICES

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

Applications for Trademark Registration, 

82456–82458 [2020–27904]                                    [TEXT]  [PDF]

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Federal Register -- PTRC Metrics

Federal Register
Vol. 85, No. 243
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Patent and Trademark Office 

NOTICES

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

Patent and Trademark Resource Center Metrics,

81904–81906 [2020-27784]                                      [TEXT]  [PDF]

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Madrid application fee change

Effective February 18, 2021

In its recent Trademark Fee Adjustment rule, the USPTO amended the application fee for international applicants designating the United States under the Madrid Protocol. The fee is set to increase from $400 to $500 per class.

The effective date for this fee change will be February 18, 2021, based on Madrid Protocol treaty requirements. For more information, see the final rule.

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USPTO requests comments on a national strategy for expanding American innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in consultation with the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI), is seeking public comments to assist in the development of a national strategy to expand the innovation ecosystem demographically, geographically, and economically. The NCEAI, established by the USPTO as an outgrowth of its SUCCESS Act report to Congress, consists of distinguished leaders from industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations.

“Expanding participation in the innovation ecosystem is one of our nation’s best and most tangible opportunities for enhancing economic growth and improving the standard of living and quality of life for every American,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “The NCEAI and the public will play a critical role in helping the United States achieve those goals.”

The full text of the notice is available in the Federal Register and can also be found on the Patent Related Notices webpage. To ensure consideration, comments must be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov on or before 45 days after the publication date in the Federal Register.

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Office of Petitions: Updated forms

The USPTO has updated its forms for a petition for revival of an application abandoned unintentionally (PTO/SB/64, PTO/SB/64a, and PTO/SB/64PCT) and a petition to accept an unintentionally delayed payment of maintenance fee in an expired patent (PTO/SB/66). View the updated forms on the Patent Forms page of the USPTO website.

These forms remind the petitioner about the unintentional delay standard and allow the petitioner to provide additional information about the unintentional delay when the petition is filed more than two years after the application became abandoned or two years after the date the patent expired for nonpayment of a maintenance fee. For more information regarding the additional information required when the delay in filing the petition was more than two years, see Clarification of Practice for Requiring Additional Information in Petitions Filed in Patent Applications and Patents Based on Unintentional Delay in the Federal Register.   

The corresponding ePetition forms have also been updated to include the reminders about the unintentional delay standard. Find additional information regarding ePetitions on the ePetition Resource Page of the USPTO website.

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USPTO announces final rule concerning small entity status exceptions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a final rule to clarify and expand the exceptions that permit a party to qualify for small entity status when a use license in its invention is held by the federal government.

The rulemaking is designed to ensure that independent inventors, small business concerns, and nonprofit organizations obtain appropriately discounted fees when filing patent applications. This rulemaking is also designed to encourage collaboration with the federal government by expanding the opportunities to qualify for the small entity discount for inventions made during the course of federally-funded or federally-supported research.

Read the full text of the final rule in the Federal Register and on the Patent Related Notices page of the USPTO website.

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