Posts Tagged: patent pendency


Time to Disposition: Some Art Units Really Are Slower

“Time is money” rings especially true for those pursuing patents at the USPTO. Anyone who has previously dealt with this organization can attest to the fact that …
2 months ago 2

The Unforeseen Impact of Alice

The fact is, patent examiners are struggling with the application of 35 USC 101 in light of the Alice decision just as much as everyone else. Greater uncertainty among …
5 months ago 59

PTO Seeks Public Comment on Patent Pendency

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public input to determine the optimal first action and total pendency target levels for patents… The Patent …
1 year ago 0

Track One By the Numbers. What are you Waiting for?

The USPTO has returned to the historical philosophy that patent examiners should work cooperatively with patent applicants to identify allowable subject matter and issue patents on what …
3 years ago 10

Patent Strategy: Discovering Crucial Patent Examiner Data

What if you could have a crystal ball looking inside the United States Patent and Trademark Office to easily determine an array of statistical information related to …
4 years ago 36

Patent Filings Up Worldwide, Outpacing GDP Growth

The question, however, is whether this increased inventive activity is sustainable in light of the overwhelming backlogs faced by Patent Offices around the world. It is great …
4 years ago 2

PTO Announces Austerity Measures in Face of Financial Crisis

The last Continuing Resolution (or CR) ran out on April 8, 2011, with a 11th hour agreement, which was ultimately passed by Congress and signed into law by President …
4 years ago 51

Patent Reform in the Media and De Facto First to File

As I have repeatedly explained over and over again for the past several years, there is nothing to fear about a first to file system (see above) …
5 years ago 14

Kappos to Congress: Funding Woes to Reverse PTO Progress

Specifically, we learned that the USPTO projects an average first action pendency of 23 months by the end of fiscal 2011, that participating in the First Action Interview Pilot …
5 years ago 1

New Budget Crisis: PTO Collects $1 Million Per Day it Can’t Use

Director Kappos was also asked whether there were any plans to allow the community to access the patent search platform that is available to patent examiners. Kappos …
5 years ago 4

Allowance Rate of 45.6% at USPTO for Fiscal 2010

Hopefully the seemingly modest successes of team Kappos in fiscal 2010 will be viewed for what they are, which is rather extraordinary, by our leaders in Washington, DC. …
5 years ago 8

Todd Dickinson Interview Part 2: Patent Reform is Not Dead

In this second installment of my interview with current AIPLA Executive Director and former USPTO Director, Q. Todd Dickinson, we start out discussing pendency at the Patent …
5 years ago 38