Posts Tagged: patent office


Earlier today the United States Senate confirmed Michelle Lee to head the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant since the resignation of David Kappos at the end of January 2013. Lee's official title will …

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Senator Coons: ''[P]atents are not just foundational. Patents are really about the American Dream. They are about what it means to come to this country or be from this country and believe in the possibility that you …

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The summit will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and thought leaders in the innovation ecosystem to engage on how government, academia, and industry can work together to spur economic growth. The event will include panels on …

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The USPTO has put SAWS to rest, literally. The USPTO has posted a message on the agency's website explaining that after conducting an internal review of the SAWS program the agency has ''decided to retire this program.'' Furthermore, …

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On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Michelle Lee to serve as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ranking Member Patrick …

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The 2015 Innovation Festival will be held on September 26th & 27th and will explore how today's inventors are creating the world of our future. In preparation for the event, the USPTO and the Smithsonian are now accepting applications of inventors …

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The USPTO will soon publish the Final Rules governing processing and examination of international design applications filed pursuant to the Hague Agreement. The Agreement and the USPTO’s Final Rules are all expected to go into effect on May 13, 2015. …

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SAWS is not a minor agency-internal policy that has no impact on applicants. Accordingly, the agency should have gone through official rulemaking (e.g., notice-and-comment) processes. Currently, the program structure does not give any clear indication as to which …

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This latest budget increases the amount of money that will be available to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, although the amount specifically appropriated is less in FY 2016 than it was in FY 2015. This has lead some to …

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Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office released the promised patent eligible subject matter examples, which together with the recently released guidance will give applicants, patent prosecutors and patent examiners more information about how the USPTO interprets …

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She then pivoted to address the other side of the issue, which relates to issuing patents that should never have been issued in the first place. Lee explained: “I’ve see the effect of patents that should not have …

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Drew Hirshfeld, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, went over the highlights of the USPTO interim guidance, explaining “first, we were able to narrow the funnel that we use to determine which claims should be analyzed for subject matter …

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