United States Patent and Trademark Office

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

  • March 2014 Patent Prosecution Lunch Presentation

    March 28, 2014

    This month’s patent prosecution presentation included a discussion of the Federal Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics N.A. Corp, which upheld the de novo standard of review for claim construction in patent cases. Also discussed were the Obama administration’s latest intellectual property initiatives and new guidelines issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding the examination of “natural product” claims under 35 U.S.C. Section 101. You can download the presentation here.

    USPTO to Roll Out Glossary Pilot Program

    March 27, 2014

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced the initiation of a pilot program to study the effectiveness of glossaries in specifications of US patent applications. The program is part of an overall White House initiative aimed at improving the clarity of patent claims, particularly with respect to functional claiming of software and business methods.

    To qualify for participation, a petition is required in addition to the following:

    • The application must be classified in technological fields that fall under examination jurisdiction of USPTO Technology Centers 2100, 2400, and 2600, or the Business Methods area of Technology Center 3600.
    • The application must include a formal glossary section as part of the specification. Each glossary definition must present a positive statement of what the term means and cannot consist solely of a statement of what the term does not mean. Furthermore, the definitions cannot rely upon other parts of the specification or incorporation by reference for completeness. The definitions in the glossary also cannot be disavowed in other parts of the specification.
    • The application cannot claim priority to an earlier filed non-provisional US application or be a national stage of an international application. However, it can claim priority to a US provisional application.
    • The application cannot have more than four independent claims or thirty total claims.

    The program begins on June 2, 2014 and will run for six months or until the first 200 petitions have been accepted. Accepted applications will receive expedited processing by placing them on an examiner’s special docket prior to the first Office Action and will retain special status up to issuance of the first Office Action.

    October 2013 Prosecution Practice Group Luncheon

    October 21, 2013

    This month, our Prosecution Practice Group Luncheon discussed recent announcements at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, recent developments in the prosecution of patents and trademarks, specifically, marks containing “super”, disparaging and geographically descriptive marks, the re-launch of the After Final Pilot Program, priority claims in designed patents Pre- and Post AIA, as well as 102(b) bar dates as it applies to the sale of an invention by a foreign supplier. You can download the PowerPoint presentation from here.

    USPTO Implements Final First-Inventor-to-File Rules Effective March 16

    February 18, 2013

    The USPTO recently published final rules implementing the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) that take effect on March 16, 2013.  The full text of the new rules is available here.  The USPTO also published examination guidelines accompanying the new rules which include additional information on how the office plans to interpret the new statute and rules. 


    October 2012 Trademark Prosecution Group Luncheon

    November 9, 2012

    Topics covered in this month’s trademark group presentation include recent trademark statistics, examination guidelines on specimens, and recent changes to the federal dilution statute. To download a copy of this presentation click here.

    How to Speed Up Issuance of a Patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

    October 23, 2012

    While obtaining a patent can be a rather lengthy process, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does in fact provide a number of tools and procedures for speeding up prosecution of a patent application. Potential procedures for speeding up prosecution include petitions to make special, accelerated examination, prioritized examination, the first action interview pilot program, and the patent prosecution highway (PPH) program.  Below is a presentation summarizing the options available as well as the benefits and disadvantages of these various options. To download a copy of this presentation click here.

    First Ever Satellite Patent Office To Be Opened In Detroit

    January 11, 2011

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced its plan to open the first-ever USPTO satellite office in Detroit, Michigan.  While the specific location and anticipated opening date will be announced in the coming months, the Detroit satellite office is expected to open sometime in 2011.  The new Detroit office is expected to create more than 100 jobs in its first year alone.  The USPTO hopes that the new Detroit office will help to reduce the current backlog of more than 700,000 patent applications.    

    The announcement marks the first phase of the USPTO’s Nationwide Workforce Program which is an effort to hire more patent examiners and seek out additional resources and technical expertise in locations across the country.  Once the Detroit office is up and running and the USPTO has had an opportunity to evaluate this first satellite office, the USPTO will consider opening additional offices with the hopes of providing the patent applicant community with greater access to the USPTO and the services it offers. 

    Please click here for the official USPTO announcement.

    USPTO Begins Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program with Russian Patent Office (ROSPATENT)

    September 7, 2010

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is participating in a one-year patent prosecution highway pilot program with the Russian Patent Office.  The pilot program will last for one year beginning on September 1, 2010.  Under the Patent Prosecution Highway agreement, an applicant receiving a favorable ruling from one nation’s patent office on at least one claim in an application can request and generally obtain fast-track examination in the other corresponding country.  The Patent Prosecution Highway can be an efficient way in which an applicant can obtain patent protection in additional countries after first receiving a patent in a first country.  Click here for more information on the pilot program.

    Trademark Office Consistency Program Extended

    August 20, 2010

    After assessing the Trademark Consistency Initiative Pilot Program, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has decided to extend and expand the program.  The USPTO is expanding the parameters of the program so that a Request for Consistency Review on substantive or procedural issues (excluding issues involving identifications of goods and services) may include registrations that have issued within the past five years.  Additionally, for at least a period of four months, commencing on June 23, 2010, the Office will accept Requests concerning inconsistency issues with respect to identifications of goods and services.  Please note that applications and registrations based on the Madrid Protocol are excluded and registrations relied upon must have issued within the two years prior to the Request.  Additionally, the pending application at issue must have a final identification or classification requirement outstanding.  

     If you would like more information on the Trademark Office’s Consistency Program, please contact us.

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