Posts Tagged: Department of Commerce


Status of USPTO Regulatory Reform Task Force Uncertain

What I do know is that the Department of Commerce has created a Regulatory Reform Task Force and that the USPTO will participate on that Commerce Department …
By Gene Quinn
4 hours ago 3

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross interviews candidates for USPTO Director

Michelle Lee's days seem numbered at the Patent Office. According to credible sources, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been interviewing perspective candidates for the position of Under …
By Gene Quinn
28 days ago 20

Trump FY 2018 budget cuts $1.5 billion from Commerce, how much will come from the USPTO?

With a proposed budget of $7.8 billion and $1 billion in cuts to identify, questions arise about where those cuts will come. Is the USPTO budget safe?Will the …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 9

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The 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 …
By Press Releases
2 months ago 0

USPTO diverts funds to Commerce Department as user fee increases are prepared

In a shocking revelation, Frank Murphy, Acting Chief Financial Officer, explained that the USPTO has been and will continue to make payments to the Department of Commerce …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 29

Michelle Lee seems to be USPTO Director, but Commerce Department Declines Comment

Michelle Lee seems to still be Director. She is signing patents and Federal Register Notices, but both Commerce and USPTO decline comment on her status... Presumably at …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 15

Provenance of U.S. patents in question as they continue to carry signature of Michelle Lee

Sources tell me that the USPTO was prepared last week to issue patents with the signature of Drew Hirshfeld, who is the Commissioner of Patents and seems …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 20

Commerce Department website contradicts itself on status of Michelle Lee as USPTO Director

Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on the status of Michelle Lee, as of 3:49pm EST on Monday, January 23, 2017, the …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 38

USPTO continues to decline comment on status of Michelle Lee

The first full work week for the Trump Administration begins in earnest today, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to decline comment on …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 7

Senate Commerce Committee seems comfortable with Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce

In his opening remarks, Ross noted that he had been a consumer of various forms of data published by various agencies within the commerce department. He seemed …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Is Michelle Lee Still PTO Director?

How much longer can there be no official announcement regarding the status of Michelle Lee? The continued silence raises very serious questions, particularly given that there have …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 21

Patent and IP Wishes from K Street for 2017

Last year at this time, I wished for the passage of trade secrets legislation, resolution of the patent reform legislation stalemate in Congress, that the USPTO consider …
By Marla Grossman
4 months ago 23

Wilbur Ross: Zero Tolerance of IP Theft

Wilbur Ross, Trump's nominee to run Commerce, has a zero tolerance for IP theft, which indicates a possible change in direction for US patent policy... Ross has …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 7

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Plan to Accelerate Transition to Private Management of the Domain Name System

The immediate practical consequences for domain-name registration while the transition proposal is developed are likely to be limited. Nevertheless, while the Department's current DNS stewardship is not …

Commerce Announces Change in Copyright Policy Comment Period

The meeting will now be held on December 12, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA and the period for post-meeting …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 1