Posts Tagged: Office Actions


The PPH Program at the USPTO: Favorable Stats Don’t Alleviate Big Risks

Since 2006, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has participated in the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program (the PPH Program). Generally, the program is designed to …
By Kate Gaudry
20 days ago 6

Farewell Brazilian Backlog: Brazilian PTO Introduces Standardized Office Action Program

The Brazilian PTO has officially introduced its longed-for strategy to solve the enduring patent backlog problem in Brazil.  The plan is to reduce the patent backlog by …

TPAC Leadership Provides Update on Key U.S. Trademark Issues for 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC), a small group of senior industry trademark professionals who provide guidance to USPTO leadership, …

Testing a Patent Claim against an Abstract Idea, in Response to 35 USC §101 Rejection

One promising approach is to argue that the claims are directed to a specific technological solution to a specific technological problem, as has been successful in the …
By Christopher Hall
2 years ago 8

A STEPP In the Right Direction: A review of the PTO Stakeholder Training on Examination and Practice and Procedure (STEPP)

Hands on exercises were part of the program. In reading and understanding a patent application, materials were provided how examiners learn to break down an application in …
By William E Nowakowski
3 years ago 1