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USPTO Increasing Patent Fees for 2018

November 16, 2017

The USPTO has issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017″ to set or adjust certain patent fees. Notably, the rule increases a large number of fees including filing fees, search fees, examination fees, and issue fees as well as fees for RCEs, PGRs, IPRs, Appeals, and Petitions. These fee increases will take effect on January 16, 2018.
For the full list of the patent fees that are changing and more information on fee setting and adjusting at the USPTO, please visit https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/performance-and-planning/fee-setting-and-adjusting.


August 2017 Patent Prosecution Update

August 28, 2017

The August 2017 patent prosecution lunch featured a discussion of the recent United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) report concerning patentable subject matter. In addition, the availability of Computer Based Training (CBT) for e-Petitions was highlighted. A summary of a recent case concerning the broadest reasonable interpretation standard for means-plus-function limitations (IPCom v. HTC) was presented. Recent updates for Brazil’s proposed extraordinary solution for its patent application backlog problem and Canada’s promise doctrine were provided. Download the presentation here.


Recent Developments in US Trademark Law

August 22, 2017

Marta Paul spoke on recent developments in US trademark law at the August practice group lunch. Topics included the Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam on “disparaging” trademarks, as well as how the USPTO is handling similar parts of the trademark statute in the wake of the decision. More news from the USPTO included a new examination guideline on “merely informational matter” and recent cases from the TTAB. Finally, Marta discussed a recent precedential decision from the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit, In re I.AM.SYMBOLIC, LLC, involving likelihood of confusion and the effect of subject matter limitations in the identifications of goods or services used in trademark applications. Download the presentation here.


Inventor Info Chat Webinar

April 17, 2017

On April 20, the USPTO Office of Innovation Development will be presenting an Inventor Info Chat on “How to File a Patent Application.” The chat will be held online from 11 a.m. – noon.

Topics included in this chat will be:
• Methods of filing an application
• Different types of applications that can be filed
• Resources available to aid in the filing process

To sign up, click on the link below:
Join the Live Online Web Chat


Dept. of Commerce Blog: Celebrating Women of Innovation

March 22, 2017

Women inventors and scientists have made lasting contributions to our nation’s history, but why is it that many people are unable to name one female inventor, but can easily recall male inventors such as Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein?

Take one woman inventor for example. Actress Hedy Lamarr was best known for her work in Hollywood during MGM’s Golden Age, starring in such films as Ziegfeld Girl (1941), White Cargo (1942), and Samson and Delilah (1949). But Lamarr also worked with Hollywood composer George Antheil to invent and patent a frequency hopping technique that today is referenced as an important development in the field of wireless communications. Lamarr and Antheil’s frequency hopping reduced the risk of detection or jamming of radio-controlled torpedoes.

Commemorating Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme of “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) long-time private sector partner, has developed an impressive display featuring women inventors in the atrium of the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The colorful pictorial exhibit highlights the accomplishments of ten innovative women for their breakthrough contributions and inspiration, empowering current and future generations of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

In addition to inventors such as Hedy Lamar, the exhibit showcases women innovators of all ages, from Made by Girls Scholar Landri Drude, who participated in Camp Invention, to Elizabeth Beatie, who was a finalist in the Collegiate Inventors Competition. These women are vital role models and contributors to the fabric of American innovation and technology.

Read More on the Department of Commerce blog


Inventor Info Chat Webinar

March 15, 2017

Join the USPTO Office of Innovation Development (OID) on Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET for our Inventor Info Chat webinar, “How to Search and Why You Want To.
Performing a search can help prevent a person from submitting an application with an invention that is already described in existing patents.

This presentation will cover such topics as:
• Prior art – what it is and why search for it
• Tools and resources available for searching
• Text and classification search strategies
• Understanding the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system and how to use it

Participation Link will be provided 24 hours before the program.
Register in advance to attend. For assistance, please contact oidevents@uspto.gov.


Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

March 10, 2017

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country’s highest award for technological achievement.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.

The USPTO administers the medal program on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. Detailed information about the requirements for submission of a nomination as well as a nomination form is available at NMTI Nominations. All completed nominations must be submitted to the USPTO by midnight (ET), April 7, 2017.

For more information about the process, please contact: nmti@uspto.gov.


Learn about Patents and Trademarks March 23 in Indianapolis

March 7, 2017

On March 23, 2017, there will be a free program at the Indianapolis Public Library (Central Library) on the Gender Gap in Patents followed by an educational training session to learn the basics about patents and the trademarks and what resources are available for you. Staff from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be available to help answer your questions about your ideas and protecting your intellectual property.

You may register for the program here.

  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM — Registration
  • 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM — Keynote on Gender Gap in Patenting
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM —Winning Strategies: IP Overview: How to Get Started: A Focus on Patents
  • 3:00 PM – 3:05 PM —Break
  • 3:05 PM – 3:55 PM —A Focus on Customer Service—USPTO Programs and Web Resources
  • 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM —Trademark and Branding Strategies
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM —Limited One on One Sessions

  • February 2017 Patent Prosecution Update

    February 16, 2017

    The February 2017 patent prosecution lunch featured a discussion of issues related to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Web-Based Issue Fee From (Web 85b). In addition, a recent case concerning university sovereign immunity to Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings was discussed (Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc.). The latest USPTO patentable subject matter guidelines for business methods were also discussed. The presentation may be downloaded here.


    January 2017 Patent Prosecution Update

    January 19, 2017

    The January 2017 patent prosecution lunch featured a discussion of the conclusion of the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program and information concerning the relatively recent eMod Text Pilot Program. An update is provided as to the impact of Brexit on the European Unitary Patent and Unitary Patent Court (UPC) initiatives. Other presentation topics included potential changes in United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) personnel in light of the upcoming presidential inauguration and recent deadline changes in India for placing the application in condition for grant. The presentation may be downloaded here.

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