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

January 13, 2021 - 1:19pm

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

January 11, 2021 - 10:58am

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

January 8, 2021 - 11:24am

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

January 5, 2021 - 3:16pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 3:14pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 1:16pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 1:08pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 1:06pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 1:00pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 12:51pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 12:45pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 12:36pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 12:17pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 12:12pm

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

January 5, 2021 - 12:11pm

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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A year to remember

January 5, 2021 - 11:55am

Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO 

 

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

The end of a year is always a time for reflection on what we’ve accomplished and where we want to go. In 2020, the world faced a pandemic unlike anything we have seen in a century. Yet, as they always do during difficult times, inventors and entrepreneurs rose to the challenge.

Keep Reading.

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USPTO year in review: New search tool, shorter examination times, and unexpected higher filing volume among highlights of 2020 for Patents and Trademarks

January 5, 2021 - 11:53am

In an unprecedented year, both the Patents and Trademarks organizations worked tirelessly to ensure that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continued to improve its services for the innovation community.

Improved Patent Examinations

Patents continued its focus on improving the quality of patent examination:

  • The Patents End-to-End (PE2E)-Search Tool, a new patent search system, provides examiners with increased access to prior art. This tool currently provides examiners access to 39 million more foreign documents and full English translation documents than the current search tool (EAST/WEST); by April 2021, that number will increase to over 70 million. The search system can also integrate with an artificial intelligence-based tool to help examiners find more relevant prior art.
  • An updated performance appraisal plan for examiners provides a roadmap for enhanced patent quality, including an increased focus on search and the clarity of the written prosecution record.
  • Patent applications are now routed to examiners based on the correspondence of a technological profile of each application and each examiner’s work history profile.

Reduced Patent Examination Time

Under the leadership of Andrew Hirshfeld, who was reappointed as Commissioner for Patents in July 2020, the USPTO continued to reduce average patent examination time. The agency is now issuing final decisions—either allowing a patent or issuing a final rejection—on average within 23.3 months—faster than last year’s 23.8 months and significantly faster than in recent years. 

New Milestones for Trademarks

Under the leadership of the new Commissioner for Trademarks, David Gooder, who joined the agency in February 2020, the Trademarks organization saw several new milestones:

  • All-electronic processing of trademark applications rose to 88.7%, leading to more efficient processing, fewer errors, and more cost-effective transactions for USPTO customers.
  • The gains made in efficiency enabled Trademarks to meet pendency and quality performance goals for the 15th straight year, even as applications increased by 9.6% and operations shifted dramatically. The USPTO issued over 400,000 trademark registrations this year.
  • The Trademark Assistance Center answered 128,370 calls, a 10% increase over the prior year, and responded to 29,246 emails.
  • The organization advanced a number of initiatives to mitigate suspicious filings, fraudulent filings and specimens, and counterfeit products, including a joint anti-counterfeiting campaign with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), post-registration audits to validate marks in use, and a new U.S. counsel rule that requires U.S.-based representation for applicants, registrants, or parties to a trademark proceeding before the USPTO.

For more information on the Patents and Trademarks organizations’ work this year, view the full USPTO FY 2020 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) on the USPTO website.

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USPTO year in review: In March, USPTO transitions 13,000 employees to remote work without missing a beat

January 5, 2021 - 11:34am

After the intensive IT stabilization and modernization efforts of the past two years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was well prepared when the agency’s physical offices closed in March due to the pandemic.

The USPTO transitioned seamlessly to mandatory telework, despite having an unprecedented number of employees accessing agency IT systems from home. 

  • On average, over 13,000 secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections to the headquarters campus occur every day, a 75% increase over the daily average prior to the pandemic. 
  • Each day, an average of 6,000 participants hold 1,200 virtual meetings using the agency’s secure teleconferencing tools—supported by five system upgrades and configuration enhancements—which connect USPTO employees, contractors, and the public.
  • Over 9,000 patent examiners and trademark examining attorneys working virtually continue to diligently process tens of thousands of patent and trademark applications: examiner productivity has improved by 3%.

Utilizing these tools, the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) were among the first tribunals in the nation to conduct virtual hearings, allowing pending appeals to continue on schedule. This year, PTAB held more than 1,024 all-virtual hearings, 213 of which had public attendees.

To support this all-virtual environment, IT and administrative personnel worked together to procure and deploy 2,000 monitors, 3,200 printers, and 4,500 broadband routers to teleworking employees in the first few weeks following the stay-at-home order. 

For more information on the USPTO’s successes in modernizing its technology infrastructure, read the Director’s Forum: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership on the USPTO website. For all news updates on the USPTO’s responses to the pandemic, please visit USPTO notices regarding COVID-19.

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USPTO year in review: Nearly 400 applications receive prioritized examination under USPTO’s historic COVID-19 relief programs

January 5, 2021 - 11:32am

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this year launched the COVID-19 Prioritized Patent Examination Pilot Program and the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program.

These programs enable the USPTO to grant requests for prioritized examination to qualifying patent applicants and to accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for trademarks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services, without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination.

Since the programs’ enactment in May 2020 for patents and June 2020 for trademarks:

  • 251 patent requests for prioritized patent application examination have been granted, resulting in 33 patents being allowed or granted, and 
  • 129 trademark petitions have been granted.

More than half of the patent applications granted prioritized examination are directed to medical treatments, vaccines, and diagnostic technology. The balance of the applications are directed to ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other technology related to COVID-19.

Almost half of the trademark petitions granted are for items designed to detect and treat COVID-19. The other half are for PPE and medical goods, as well as medical services related to COVID-19.

“Our staff is working very hard to move COVID-19 related patent and trademark requests, ensuring the intellectual property system is fully responsive to this national emergency,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “Over the past two centuries, solutions to some of the nation’s greatest problems have passed through the halls of the USPTO, and it’s very likely that some of the solutions to America’s current pandemic have already been examined by this agency.”

For more information on applying, please visit the patent application and trademark application webpages on the USPTO website. For all news updates on the USPTO’s responses to the pandemic, please visit USPTO notices regarding COVID-19.

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Interview practice and its importance at the USPTO

January 5, 2021 - 11:30am
First Action Interview Pilot Program to end on January 15, 2021

Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents

Virtual interview between a patent attorney and a patent examiner

Whether initiated by the applicant or the examiner, interviews during patent prosecution provide an opportunity for the participants to discuss the merits of an application and gain insights that are sometimes not apparent through written exchanges. Examiners are available for telephonic or video interviews, with video interviews gaining in popularity. The USPTO’s improved information technology infrastructure is now permitting high-quality virtual interactions that far exceed past experiences.

Keep reading.

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