News & Updates

May 21, 2015

USPTO and KIPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 20, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral

May 21, 2015

USPTO and JPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 21, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral meeting during the IP5

May 4, 2015

USPTO To Host Combined Medical Device Technology Fair and Partnership Meeting

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday June 3, 2015. The USPTO periodically hosts Medical Device Technology Partnership Meetings to bring industry

April 13, 2015

USPTO Announces Patents For Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting

April 8, 2015

USPTO to Celebrate 225 Years of American Innovation

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate the 225 th anniversary of the Patent Act by hosting a series of panel discussions at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, April 10, 2015. Enacted on April 10, 1790,

April 1, 2015

USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Meryl Hershkowitz as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Hershkowitz will oversee the examination and processing of applications

March 26, 2015

USPTO To Host Second Annual IT Career Fair For Veterans

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second annual career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience in software development, software testing, IT project management, usability, database administration, SaaS, cloud

January 21, 2015

Senate Judiciary Committee Statement

Statement of Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director, before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 21, 2015.

December 19, 2014

Deputy Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Denison Appointed as New Commissioner

Washington– Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mary Boney Denison to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) effective January 1, 2015. “Mary Denison has done a stellar job serving the American people as the U.S. Patent

December 15, 2014

USPTO To Host Trade Secret Symposium

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives

December 10, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Statement

Statement of Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director, before the Senate Judiciary Committee December 10, 2014.

November 24, 2014

Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia November 19, 2014 Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us at the United

October 20, 2014

USPTO To Host First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on Friday, November 14, 2014, in Menlo Park, California. The meeting will serve as a collaborative forum for stakeholders seeking patent protection

September 25, 2014

Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Alexandria, Virginia September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Assistant Minister of Commerce Tong Daochi and members

September 23, 2014

"Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee "Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights Geneva, Switzerland September 23, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Thaddeus [Burns], for having me here at this fantastic event, and for

September 17, 2014

Boston Patent Law Association

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Boston Patent Law Association Remarks September 16, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Josh [Dalton, Boston Patent Law Association] for that warm introduction, and thanks to the Boston Patent Law Association for hosting

September 11, 2014

USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2014 National Trademark Expo which will be held on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-

September 8, 2014

USPTO Launches Redesigned KIDS! Web Pages

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its newly redesigned KIDS! Web pages aimed to encourage students of all ages to learn about the importance of intellectual property (IP) creation and protection. In

September 4, 2014

USPTO and Smithsonian Launch New Joint Effort to Showcase American Innovation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) establishing a five-year collaboration to develop programs and exhibitions showcasing American innovation. Some upcoming joint

August 26, 2014

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country between September 16 and October 9, 2014, to increase understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the

August 14, 2014

Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks Watch Video August 14, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Louis [Foreman, Patent Public Advisory Committee Chairman], and good morning everyone! It's a

July 30, 2014

USPTO Adds Additional Schools To Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 19 law schools that will join the USPTO's Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. Five law schools will join both the Patent and Trademark portions of

June 30, 2014

Denver Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Opening Ceremony for the Rocky Mountain Satellite Office Denver, Colorado June 30, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, and thank you everyone. This is a great day for the United States Patent and

June 24, 2014

Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System Stanford Law School June 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Malone, for that kind introduction. And I want to also thank

June 24, 2014

The Benefits of IP in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee BIO International Convention San Diego, California June 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Hans, and for inviting me to speak here today. As a native Californian I'm

June 23, 2014

USPTO to Host Software Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Software Partnership Meeting Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. Software

June 19, 2014

USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically

May 30, 2014

USPTO To Host IT Career Fair for Veterans

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. There are available positions in the

May 30, 2014

USPTO Announces Denver Satellite Office to Open June 30

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its permanent satellite office in Denver, Colorado, will officially open on June 30, 2014. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver's central business district, the

May 27, 2014

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery May 21, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe, for the kind introduction. I appreciate the great work you and the USPTO Military Association (UMA)

April 24, 2014

The Benefits of Transparency Across the Intellectual Property System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Fordham University School of Law 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference New York, NY, April 24, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Hansen, and good afternoon, everyone

April 24, 2014

USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2014 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event, which attracts thousands of

April 3, 2014

USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC). The OIPC will be led by Mark Powell who will serve as USPTO's first Deputy Commissioner for International Patent

April 2, 2014

USPTO Renews Patents for Humanity Program

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Patents for Humanity is being renewed as an annual program. Started as a one-year pilot in 2012, the program recognizes businesses, inventors, non-profits, and universities who

March 31, 2014

Presentation of Design Patent 700,000

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Langdon Education Campus, Washington, D.C. March 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much for that introduction, Peggy, and good morning, everyone. We have a great program today

March 26, 2014

Building a Better Patent System Together - PTO Day Conference

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee IPO Education Foundation's 24th PTO Day Conference Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Herb. It's wonderful to be here today,

March 26, 2014

USPTO Launches New Glossary Pilot Program to Promote Patent Claim Clarity

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its new Glossary Pilot Program as part of ongoing Obama administration efforts to strengthen the U.S. patent system. The pilot, which will begin on June 2 and run through

March 26, 2014

United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues 700,000th Design Patent

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000 th design patent during a ceremony with United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, DC. The patent for

March 25, 2014

Building a Better Patent System Together

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Managing IP -- U.S. Patent Forum 2014 Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, James, and for inviting me to speak today. I'm a big

March 25, 2014

USPTO to Host Roundtables on AIA Trial Proceedings in Eight Cities Nationwide

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a series of roundtables across the country to educate the public and collect feedback about the America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings. The series will begin on

March 24, 2014

USPTO to Host Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Access to Prior Art

Washington- The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable to solicit public opinion on boosting crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions identifying relevant prior art. The goal of this outreach is to enhance the quality of

March 5, 2014

USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process of

February 27, 2014

USPTO Expands Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit a limited number of additional schools to commence participation in the fall 2014 academic semester.

February 27, 2014

USPTO to Host First-Inventor-to-File Anniversary Forum

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a public forum to discuss the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The forum marks the first anniversary of the implementation of

February 20, 2014

Building a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee White House Event on Executive Actions Related to Strengthening Patent System February 20, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you. I'm pleased to be here at the White House today with Secretary Pritzker,

December 4, 2013

USPTO to Host Webinar on Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a webinar on Monday, December 16, 2013, to discuss changes to the patent law introduced by the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act . USPTO subject matter experts

December 3, 2013

USPTO Designates Kentucky Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the W. Frank Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. PTRCs, located

November 12, 2013

USPTO Applauds Pro Bono Programs and Newly Formed Advisory Council

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new charter agreement placing the continued success of regional pro bono programs in the hands of a newly-formed advisory council. More than 30 representatives from regional inventor

November 5, 2013

USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Public Forum

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea November 5, 2013 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Public Forum Prepared Remarks Thank you, Andrew, and good morning, everyone! Thank you to those here in the audience for attending and to all of you watching on the

November 4, 2013

USPTO Names Houghton Michigan Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library of Michigan Technological University. PTRCs, located in nearly

October 31, 2013

USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next public Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. Partnership Meetings are an opportunity to bring stakeholders together

October 17, 2013

USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the USPTO's draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2014-2018 is posted for public review and comment on the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/index.jsp . The draft

September 16, 2013

USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Public Forum

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea September 16, 2013 USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Public Forum Prepared Remarks Thank you and good afternoon, everyone! I want to thank you all for taking the time to join us as we mark the two-year anniversary of

September 10, 2013

USPTO to Host 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on October 11-12, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet

September 4, 2013

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Second Anniversary Forum

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host an America Invents Act (AIA) Second Anniversary Forum on Monday, September 16, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The public meeting will serve as

August 28, 2013

Lectures on American Patent Law

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Japan Patent Attorney Association Hosted "Lectures on American Patent Law" Tokyo, Japan ~ August 29, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Before I begin, I would first like to thank the Japanese Patent Attorney

August 19, 2013

USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Berkeley, California

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its next Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. The public meeting will serve as an

August 13, 2013

USPTO Seeks Nominations for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before September 30, 2013. Submission details can be found in

June 28, 2013

Statement from Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea on Adoption of Historic Treaty Improving Access to Published Works for the Blind and Other Print Disabled Persons

WASHINGTON - Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Teresa Stanek Rea today applauded the adoption by more than 150 countries of a landmark international treaty to facilitate access to published works

May 23, 2013

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, Va. May 23, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe. I appreciate the kind introduction. I also appreciate the great work that you and

April 26, 2013

Creativity: The Next Generation

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea World IP Day Welcoming Remarks USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Va. April 26, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Todd. I would like to welcome all of you to the United States Patent and Trademark

April 12, 2013

Patents for Humanity Awards Presentation

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea April 11, 2013 Dirksen Senate Office Building Prepared Remarks Time and again history shows the profound impact that one good idea-patented and marketed-can have on human beings, our world, and our way of

April 11, 2013

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the winners of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patents for Humanity pilot program during an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part

April 5, 2013

RCE Roundtable Opening Remarks

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Va. April 3, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much, Andy! It is great to be here this morning for the last of the RCE roundtables. Kudos to Andy and his team for

April 2, 2013

USPTO and Kauffman Foundation to Announce Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will honor patent holders who have made use of patented technologies to address humanitarian challenges on April 11, 2013, at a Capitol Hill event supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Acting Under

March 28, 2013

USPTO to Hold Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference on April 19-20, 2013 at the National Aviation Training Center in Wichita, Kansas. The event, co-sponsored by the USPTO's Office of

March 27, 2013

USPTO Announces 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame today announced the inductees for 2013. This year's class includes inventors behind patented innovations such as the electronic synthesizer, flat panel plasma

March 19, 2013

Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum 2013

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea March 19, 2013 Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for that kind introduction, James. What a pleasure it is to be back for your second annual U.S. Patent Forum! Just like

March 15, 2013

First-Inventor-to-File, Micro-Entity, and Patent Fees Public Forum

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea March 13, 2013 First-Inventor-to-File, Micro-Entity, and Patent Fees Public Forum Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon, everyone! It is great to see so many of you at our Alexandria headquarters, and

March 13, 2013

Real Property in Interest Roundtable

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos January 11, 2013 Real-Party-in-Interest Roundtable Remarks Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and thank you for coming. Also, Happy New Year! Each of

March 5, 2013

USPTO and AutoHarvest Collaborate to Accelerate Advanced Manufacturing

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the AutoHarvest Foundation today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to spur innovation and generate jobs in advanced manufacturing. The two organizations

February 25, 2013

Federal Circuit Bar Association Remarks

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 30, 2012 Federal Circuit Bar Association, London Prepared Remarks Good morning, everybody. Let me say what an honor it is to be your guest today in the great city of London, the capital of one of the world's

February 25, 2013

USPTO and NIST Release New Version of IP Awareness Assessment Tool

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today unveiled an updated beta version of the web-based IP Awareness Assessment Tool, which is designed to help

February 13, 2013

USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The provision, one of the hallmarks of the AIA, is a major step

February 12, 2013

USPTO to Host Public Roundtables on Requests for Continued Examinations

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), will host a series of public roundtables to solicit stakeholder input on ways the agency can reduce the number of Request for

February 11, 2013

USPTO, NSF, and NBC Learn Launch "Science of Innovation" Series

Washington- The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, today launched an 11-part " Science of Innovation " series to coincide with the 165 th birthday of American inventor

February 7, 2013

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea February 1, 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Awards Dinner Good evening, everybody. It is such an honor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office to play a part in this annual event

February 6, 2013

Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea January 29, 2013 Combined Medical Device & Biotechnology Partnership Meeting Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We are

February 5, 2013

Intellectual Property Trends and Developments with China

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Teresa Stanek Rea Fordham Law School China Event January 28, 2013 Prepared Remarks Good morning, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here at Fordham Law School, in a room of bright legal minds, from students to professors to IP practitioners. I would like to

January 28, 2013

Software Partnership

USPTO has formed a partnership with the software community to enhance the quality of software-related patents (Software Partnership). The Software Partnership is an opportunity to bring stakeholders together through a series of roundtable discussions to share ideas, feedback, experiences, and insights on software-related patents.

January 25, 2013

USPTO Releases New Patent Term Calculator

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the release of a new calculator that enables members of the public to estimate the expiration date of a utility, plant, or design patent. The calculator can be downloaded at www.uspto.

January 23, 2013

USPTO's Patents for Humanity Wins 2012 LESI Award

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was honored yesterday for its Patents for Humanity initiative, a pilot program designed to encourage the use of patented technology to address humanitarian challenges. The non-profit Licensing

January 16, 2013

USPTO Collaborating with Smithsonian to Open "Innovation Pavilion"

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the USPTO to support the Smithsonian's development of an "Innovation Pavilion" that will showcase educational programs and

January 10, 2013

USPTO Opens Patent and Trademark Resource Center on Long Island

Washington- The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Smithtown, New York, at the Smithtown Library to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public. "Patent and Trademark

January 4, 2013

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological

January 2, 2013

USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. An ambitious harmonization

December 10, 2012

USPTO to Host Combined Medical Device & Biotechnology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 designed to bring the medical device and biotechnology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and

December 10, 2012

USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Alexandria campus. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called "3D printing," refers to a group of new

November 29, 2012

USPTO Announces Location for Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Satellite Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it has chosen the Terminal Annex Federal Building as the site for its Dallas-Fort Worth regional satellite office. The Terminal Annex Federal Building is located along the southern

November 20, 2012

An Examination of Software Patents

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 20, 2012 Center for American Progress Keynote Address Thank you, Winnie, for that kind introduction. Good morning, everyone. It's great to be here at the Center for American Progress. I'm pleased to be able to talk

November 13, 2012

USPTO Announces Call for 2013 Innovation Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced its call for exhibitors for the 2013 Innovation Expo, to be held on the agency's Alexandria, Va. campus, June 20-22, 2013. Free and open to the public, the Expo will feature patented and

October 25, 2012

USPTO Helps Expand Pro Bono Patent Assistance to Nation's Inventors

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the start of two new regional pro bono patent programs in California and the District of Columbia-the result of the USPTO's cooperative efforts with the California Lawyers for the Arts

October 18, 2012

USPTO Proposes Updated Professional Conduct Rules

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today its proposal to update the USPTO Code of Professional Responsibility to conform to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association (ABA), versions of which have

October 16, 2012

RCE Outreach

The USPTO is looking for feedback from the public to help us reduce our backlog of patent applications associated with a Request for Continued Examination (RCE).

October 4, 2012

USPTO Updates Registration Examination for New Patent Practitioners

WASHINGTON - As part of a wider effort aimed at stakeholders fully benefitting from the sweeping reforms of the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it has updated a critical examination for applicants

October 3, 2012

USPTO Announces Three New Patent Prosecution Highway Partnerships

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the October 1, 2012 launch of a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the patent office of the Czech Republic, and the planned launch of two additional PPHs with the patent offices

September 17, 2012

Historic Patent Reform Implemented by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Washington - The most significant reform to the U.S. patent system in more than a century took a major step forward at 12:01 am Sunday, as numerous provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 went into effect. The new rules will spur innovation and economic growth by streamlining the

September 14, 2012

Patent and Trademark Resource Center Opens at Western Illinois University

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) today at the Western Illinois University Libraries in Macomb, Ill., to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public. "PTRCs are the face of the USPTO on a

September 14, 2012

USPTO Connects Innovators to Key Patent and Trademark Resources

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is making its patent and trademark examining manuals more accessible to the public through a new, user-friendly search tool. The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and Trademark Manual of

September 10, 2012

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office To Implement New Patent Quality Process

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is creating a new proceeding designed to ensure the first person to file a patent application is actually the true inventor. Part of the Office's implementation of the Leahy-Smith America

August 29, 2012

USPTO Hosting Two Public Information Events on America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host two public events next week to provide information on and receive public input regarding the Office's continuing implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The events are

August 23, 2012

USPTO Selects Central Denver Location for Regional Satellite Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its Denver regional satellite office will be located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver, Colorado. The USPTO announced plans to open a regional office in the Denver

August 10, 2012

USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Administrative Trials Under America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on August 14, 2012, to implement three administrative trial provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA); inter partes

August 10, 2012

USPTO to Hold Texas Regional Inventors Conference in Austin, September 14-15

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference on September 14-15, 2012 in the Thompson Conference Center located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Co-hosted by Invent

August 6, 2012

Remarks to Open Elijah J. McCoy USPTO Detroit Location

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 13, 2012 Detroit Office Opening Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning everybody. Let me begin by extending my heartfelt thanks to Acting Secretary Blank, Senator Stabenow, Members of the Michigan

August 2, 2012

Trademark Education Event Returning to USPTO

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is once again hosting its annual National Trademark Expo, October 19-20 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free event is open to the public and advances the agency's mission in educating

July 31, 2012

USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of nine additional law schools to join the Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. The program allows law students to practice trademark law

July 30, 2012

Final Rule for Statute of Limitations Provision of the America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012, that relate to the statute of limitations provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) for Office disciplinary

July 26, 2012

USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules Governing First-Inventor-to-File

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a proposal to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the "first-inventor-to-file" provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The first-inventor-to-file

July 18, 2012

USPTO Expands Patent Law School Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 11 additional law schools to join the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, starting this fall. The program allows law students to practice

July 17, 2012

USPTO Publishes Final Rules Governing Preissuance Submissions

Washington - The United States Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published final rules to implement the preissuance submission provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The preissuance submission final rules appear in the Federal Register

June 22, 2012

America Invents Act Implementation and International Harmonization Efforts

STATEMENT OF DAVID J. KAPPOS UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE "Implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and International Harmonization Efforts

June 20, 2012

USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot to Sept. 30, 2012

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended its After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) to Sept. 30, 2012. Originally scheduled to end on June 16, 2012, the extension of the AFCP will give more stakeholders the opportunity to have their patent applications given

May 22, 2012

USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for

May 10, 2012

USPTO to Test New Option for Information Disclosure Statements (IDS)

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the start of the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program as part of its on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and pendency reduction. The program reduces the number of Requests for

May 7, 2012

USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit additional schools for the upcoming fall 2012 academic year. This pilot program allows law students to practice trademark

May 4, 2012

USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before June 11

May 2, 2012

National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 2, 2012 National Inventors Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Ceremony Remarks introducing posthumous induction of Steve Jobs Wow. What a terrific evening. On behalf of President Obama, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, and my 11,

May 2, 2012

NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME HONORS 2012 INDUCTEES

Washington - Dedicated to honoring the individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced the great technological achievements that have changed the world, the National Inventors Hall of Fame is honoring its 2012 Inductees at a formal Induction ceremony taking place in Washington, D.C. The inventors

April 26, 2012

Visionary Innovators

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 26, 2012 World IP Day - Dirksen Senate Office Building Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for joining us as we celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day here on Capitol Hill. I

April 19, 2012

A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos April 11, 2011 Fordham IP Law Institute - China Snapshot of China's IP landscape Good afternoon everybody - and thank you for that warm introduction. I'd like to begin by thanking the Fordham School of Law's IP Institute,

April 19, 2012

USPTO and UKIPO Issue Preliminary Progress Report on Worksharing Initiative

Washington - Today, a joint report published by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reports that both offices have been making efficient use of each other's work, which has led to an improvement in the quality of patents being

April 17, 2012

USPTO to Hold Florida Regional Inventors Conference in Tampa, April 27-28

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its annual Regional Independent Inventors Conference on April 27-28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. at the Embassy Suites located on the campus of the University of South Florida. Co-sponsored by Invent Now ® and the National

April 13, 2012

USPTO to Host Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 to bring industry stakeholders and patent examiners and directors from Technology Center 3700 (TC 3700) together to share ideas, experiences, and

April 12, 2012

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Venture Summit

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 12, 2012 - 3:30PM Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Venture Summit Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you so much for that introduction. It's an honor to be here alongside

April 11, 2012

U.S. Commerce Department Release of Intellectual Property Study

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos April 11, 2012 Releasing the "Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus Report" Remarks as prepared for delivery Well, first of all, thank you Secretary Bryson and Deputy Secretary Blank for leading

April 2, 2012

After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 Extension

The extension of the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) is part of the USPTO's on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.

April 2, 2012

USPTO Expands Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit 10 additional schools for the upcoming fall 2012 academic year. This pilot program allows law students to practice patent

April 2, 2012

USPTO to Test New Post Final Rejection Option

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders, today announced the start of the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP). "Compact prosecution is one of our

March 30, 2012

USPTO and NIST Unveil New IP Awareness Assessment Tool

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today unveiled a new web-based IP Awareness Assessment Tool designed to help manufacturers, small businesses,

March 28, 2012

USPTO to Boost Job Opportunities for Veterans through Veteran Intern Program

Washington - As part of an aggressive veteran hiring campaign, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is launching the Veteran Intern Program (VIP). Open to veterans who have completed at least three academic years of study in electrical, mechanical, biomedical, or computer

March 15, 2012

USPTO and AUTM Announce Joint Patent Examiners Training Initiative

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) today announced the launch of the USPTO/AUTM Patent Examiners Training Initiative, a joint program designed to improve the strength and quality of U.S. patents through

March 13, 2012

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 13, 2012 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you so much for that introduction. Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored and excited to

March 13, 2012

USPTO Announces 2012 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2012 National Trademark Expo on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about trademarks and their

March 1, 2012

Welcome Remarks for USPTO's AIA "Roadshow" in Sunnyvale, CA

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos February 24, 2012 AIA Roadshows - Sunnyvale, CA Good morning everybody and thank you all for taking the time to attend this important forum on the implementation of the historic America Invents Act-the most significant

March 1, 2012

National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

Washington - In celebration of its mission to recognize and foster invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 Inductees. The inventors to be honored this year created remarkable innovations that include the now ubiquitous laser printer commonly found in the workplace, the

February 16, 2012

USPTO Establishes Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the establishment of the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program designed to enlist the services of leaders in academia who can devote up to six months of service to the agency on a full time basis. The first

February 15, 2012

USPTO to Host February 21 Webinar with Senior Agency Officials

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. USPTO Director David Kappos and other agency leaders will outline proposals for new patent fees, as well as other

February 8, 2012

USPTO Launches Patents for Humanity Pilot

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today at the White House announced the Patents for Humanity pilot program that rewards patent owners for using their patented technology to address humanitarian needs. This 12-month pilot advances the President's global development

February 7, 2012

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fees

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week published proposed fees for all of its patent services after working with IP stakeholders - taking the first step in setting fees through the regulatory process under authority provided in the Leahy-Smith America Invents

January 31, 2012

Expanding Outreach to the Native American Community

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos Jan. 30, 2012 Native American Intellectual Property Enterprise Council Reception Opening Remarks Good evening, everyone and thanks for taking the time to join us today. Before I say a few words I want to extend my sincere

January 25, 2012

Swearing-In Ceremony for New Administrative Patent Judges

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos January 25, 2011 Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Welcoming Remarks Good morning everybody - and thanks, Kurt, for that kind introduction. I want to thank Chief Judge Randall Rader, of the U.S. Court of Appeals

January 11, 2012

USPTO Announces Location for Elijah J. McCoy Satellite Office in Detroit

WASHINGTON -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on Jan. 11, 2012 that it has concluded a five-year lease agreement through the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Great Lakes Region for a 31,000 square foot space to be located at 300 River Place Dr. in Detroit,

December 30, 2011

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological

December 19, 2011

A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos December 13, 2011 GW University Law School & Fordham University School of Law "A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China" Good morning everybody - and thank you for that warm introduction, Chief Judge Rader

December 19, 2011

USPTO and Rospatent Announce Patent Cooperation Treaty Agreement

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have implemented an agreement under which Rospatent will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining

December 19, 2011

USPTO Updates Rules for "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today a final rule change permitting applicants to request prioritized examination for applications after the filing of a request for continued examination. The changes in this final rule are applicable to any patent

December 15, 2011

USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Program, originally set to expire on December 31 of this year, is being extended through March 30, 2012 or until 3,500 applications have been

December 9, 2011

Harmonizing Patent Systems - A Common Mission at an Economic Turning Point

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos December 9, 2011 IP Week 2011 -- Brussels "Harmonizing Patent Systems -- A Common Mission at an Economic Turning Point" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody, and thank you for that introduction, Peter. It

December 8, 2011

The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 4, 2011 3 rd Annual Georgetown Law & Stanford Law Conference "The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody - and thank you so much for inviting

December 8, 2011

The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 22, 2011 WIPO Symposium of IP Authorities - Promoting Innovation & Creativity "The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you

December 7, 2011

Introduction to the Great American Hall of Wonders Lecture

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos December 1, 2011 Claire Perry Lecture on the Great American Hall of Wonders Introduction Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for coming. And very special thanks to our

December 7, 2011

The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos October 17, 2011 5 th Transatlantic Market Conference "The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody. I want to thank Petra Pissulla, Director of the

November 30, 2011

USPTO and SIPO Announce Launch of Landmark Patent Prosecution Highway Pilots

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Commissioner Tian Lipu, announced the start of the Paris Route and PCT Patent Prosecution

November 29, 2011

USPTO Seeking Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a Federal Register Notice today seeking written comments on potential additional locations for USPTO satellite offices. "Establishing satellite offices in geographically diverse areas of the country will allow the agency to

November 15, 2011

USPTO to Host Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the "Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2011" conference November 16-17, 2011 to explore advances in the analysis of patent information in the context of the changing legal, economic, competitive and technological

November 10, 2011

USPTO Launches Recruitment Effort to Hire Veterans

WASHINGTON ─ The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced today that in response to the President's call to hire veterans, the office is launching an intensive recruitment effort to increase veteran hiring in its patent examiner corps. The program will feature broad outreach and support

November 8, 2011

USPTO and SIPO Herald a Milestone in Bilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Teresa Stanek Rea and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Deputy Commissioner Yang Tiejun, signed a Joint Statement of Intent on November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011

USPTO to Host Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday November 29, 2011 to bring industry stakeholders and patent examiners and directors from Technology Center 3700 (TC 3700) together to share ideas, experiences, and

October 28, 2011

USPTO Launches Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - Earlier today President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum (PM) directing all Federal agencies with research facilities to improve the transfer of research from their labs to the marketplace. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the

October 19, 2011

USPTO and Smithsonian American Art Museum to Host Free Inventors Symposium

WASHINGTON - As part of a series of programs complementing The Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will sponsor a free, two-day Inventors Symposium on October 27-28, 2011 in the museum's Nan Tucker

October 19, 2011

USPTO Meets or Exceeds its FY2011 Goals

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today some preliminary statistics for the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. In both Patents and Trademarks, many of the agency's goals were achieved or exceeded. The USPTO ended the fiscal year with its lowest patent backlog

October 12, 2011

Exercising Ingenuity: A New Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON - The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum will feature Exercising Ingenuity beginning on October 14, 2011. This exhibit highlights inventions, patents, and trademarks that have emerged from the fitness, nutrition, and exercise industries. Organized in a decade by decade timeline

October 5, 2011

USPTO Issues 500th Patent Through Successful Green Technology Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued the 500 th patent through its Green Technology Pilot Program for a "Wind Turbine Rotor Blade with Aerodynamic Winglet" to General Electric Company (patent no. 8,029,241). This is the 116 th patent General Electric has

September 30, 2011

The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 30, 2011 The Brookings Institution "The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer" (You can view several video clips of this presentation on the Brookings Institution website ) Draft Remarks as Prepared for

September 28, 2011

USPTO Rebrands National Library Network as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its nationwide network of Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) will become known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) on October 1, 2011. The name change signifies a major shift in focus

September 28, 2011

TOMORROW: Obama Administration to Announce Winners of i6 Green Challenge

promoting a green economy and clean technology commercialization WASHINGTON - Obama Administration officials, including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, will hold a national press conference call with reporters tomorrow to announce the winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an effort to

September 27, 2011

President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2011 President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators President Obama today named seven eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and five inventors as recipients of the National

September 23, 2011

USPTO Updates Effective Date of "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced today plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications through the Track One prioritized patent examination program now scheduled to go into effect on Monday September

September 8, 2011

The Historic Visions That Build a Nation

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 8, 2011 Patent Number 8 Million Ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum "The Historic Visions That Build a Nation" Prepared Remarks as Delivered Good morning everybody, and thank you for joining us for

August 16, 2011

United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues Patent Number 8,000,000

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued patent number 8,000,000 to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration

July 19, 2011

Building the Innovation Revolution

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 18, 2011 President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology "Building the Innovation Revolution" Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning everybody - and thank you for that kind introduction. I want

July 19, 2011

USPTO Announces 2011 National Trademark Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2011 National Trademark Expo. The Expo will be held on October 14-15, 2011 at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about the

July 7, 2011

"The Munich Talks: A Global Call for Harmonization"

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 5, 2011 Tri-Lateral Press Conference "The Munich Talks: A Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody. I want to thank you all for attending and also express the sincere

July 1, 2011

"From Chakrabarty to Today"

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos June 29, 2011 Biological Industry Organization - Celebrating 30 years of Biotech "From Chakrabarty to Today" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and on behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark

June 20, 2011

Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos June 9, 2011 Medical Device Manufacturers Association "Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for that kind introduction. I'd like

June 15, 2011

USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Mary Boney Denison as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Ms. Denison will oversee the examination and processing of applications throughout the trademark operation.

May 25, 2011

Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 25, 2011 6 th Annual International Judges Conference "Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for that kind introduction. It'

May 23, 2011

Intellectual Property Priorities of the US Government

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Terry Rea April 27, 2011 The PhRMA Law Section "Intellectual Property Priorities of the US Government " Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for inviting me to participate in this year's annual law section meeting. I

May 23, 2011

Intellectual Property & the Landscape of 21st Century Life Sciences

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 5, 2011 Licensing Executive Society (LES) Spring Meeting Keynote "Intellectual Property & the Landscape of 21 st Century Life Sciences" Good morning everybody and thank you for inviting me to the Licensing Executive

May 20, 2011

USPTO Announces U.S. Government-Wide Intellectual Property Training Database

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the ffice of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today announced the launch of a new online database ( www.usipr.gov ) where U.S. government agencies are now posting information about the

May 19, 2011

Innovating to Win the Future in the 21st Century

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 9, 2011 United Inventors Association - Inventor's Education Day "Innovating to Win the Future in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody! Let me begin by saying that I'm feeling

May 18, 2011

Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 18, 2011 Global & European Initiatives for Work Sharing Conference - Budapest "Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for

May 17, 2011

Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 13, 2011 Stanford University & USPTO Joint Conference "Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you Dean Pizzo for that kind

May 17, 2011

A Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 28, 2011 Fordham Law School IP Conference - Lunch Keynote "A Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you. It's always a pleasure to participate in Fordham Law School

May 16, 2011

USPTO Announces Full First Action Interview Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program so as to include all utility applications in all technology areas and filing dates. As with

May 13, 2011

"Innovating to Win the Future in the 21st Century"

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 11, 2011 Bright Lights Conference 2011 "Innovating to Win the Future in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for inviting me to be a part of this year's Bright Lights

May 3, 2011

USPTO Announces 2011 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2011 National Trademark Expo on October 14-15, 2011 at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about the value of trademarks in the global marketplace.

April 29, 2011

James Donald Smith Named Chief Administrative Patent Judge at USPTO

Smith to lead Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences effective May 8, 2011 Washington - James Donald Smith of Chicago, Ill. has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (

April 27, 2011

USPTO Postpones Effective Date of "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has postponed the start date of the Track One prioritized patent examination program, which was scheduled to go into effect on May 4, 2011, until further notice due to reduced spending authority in the Full-Year Continuing

April 18, 2011

Modernizing a 21st Century Patent Office

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 14, 2011 Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Leadership Breakfast @ Applied Materials Inc. "Modernizing a 21 st Century Patent Office" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for inviting me to

April 11, 2011

USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for discussion on how the USPTO can

April 7, 2011

USPTO Updates Registration Exam for Patent Practitioners

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will update its registration examination and provide new reference materials effective April 12, 2011. The changes will help ensure that newly registered patent attorneys and agents are fully qualified in the most current patent

April 6, 2011

A Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 5, 2011 Managing IP International Patent Forum, London "A Global Call for Harmonization" Good morning everybody and thank you for those kinds words, Eric. It's a distinct pleasure to kick things off at the 2011 Managing IP

April 5, 2011

U.S. and U.K. Highlight Progress on Patents Cooperation

London - The governments of the United States and United Kingdom today highlighted the progress made on a joint action plan launched in March 2010 to combat the problem of patent backlogs and their effects on the economy and job creation. The announcement was made today in London by David Kappos,

April 4, 2011

USPTO Announces Launch Date for Fast-Track Patent Processing

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications - allowing inventors and businesses to have their patents processed within 12 months. It currently takes nearly

March 30, 2011

Kappos House Testimony

Statement of David J. Kappos Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Committee on the judiciary U.S. House of Representatives H.R.___, the "

March 14, 2011

Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21st Century

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 13, 2011 South-by-South-West (SXSW) Interactive "Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody! Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored to be

March 14, 2011

Winning a Future by Women, for Women

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce Teresa Stanek Rea March 11, 2011 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium "Winning a Future by Women, for Women" Thank you, Richard [Maulsby], for that incredibly warm introduction. I'd like to take a moment to congratulate Richard on his new appointment as the

March 8, 2011

USPTO Urges Senate to Pass the America Invents Act

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent Office (USPTO) David Kappos today issued the following statement in anticipation of a Senate floor vote on S. 23, the America Invents Act of 2011. "We are encouraged by the Senate's progress

March 7, 2011

Taking Up the Charge for Patent Harmonization

Undersecretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 7, 2011 Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Conference Opening Address "Taking Up the Charge for Patent Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for joining us today at the United

March 2, 2011

USPTO FY 2012 Budget Request

Statement of David J. Kappos Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives "USPTO FY 2012

March 1, 2011

USPTO Applauds Adoption of Manager's Amendment to S. 23

Washington - Following the Senate vote in favor of adopting the Manager's Amendment to S. 23, the America Invents Act of 2011, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos issued the following statement. "We

March 1, 2011

USPTO to Host Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Forum

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) will host the Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation in the 21 st Century Forum March 6-8, 2011, bringing together intellectual property office representatives from the Asia-Pacific

January 31, 2011

USPTO Names Albert Tramposch Administrator for Policy and External Affairs

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Albert Tramposch as Administrator for Policy and External Affairs. In this role he will serve as a policy advisor to Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

January 25, 2011

How an Improved U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Can Create Jobs

Statement of David J. Kappos Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives USPTO Oversight

January 21, 2011

Innovation Alliance Conference

Remarks As Prepared Innovation Alliance Conference Under Secretary Kappos January 21, 2011 Thank you Roger [Martin], for that kind introduction. I would like to thank the Innovation Alliance for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property's vital role in today's innovation

January 19, 2011

Patent Offices of United States and Australia Expand Work Sharing Efforts

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia (IPAU) announced the extension of their existing pilot bilateral Paris Convention Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement and the formation of a new PPH pilot agreement utilizing Patent Cooperation Treaty results

January 18, 2011

Patent Offices of United States and Finland to Expand Work Sharing Efforts

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) announced today the expansion of their existing bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement to include international search reports with written opinions

January 7, 2011

USPTO Creates "E-mail Hotline" For New Detroit Office Hiring News

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is streamlining hiring information for people interested in job opportunities at the agency's new office in Detroit with the creation of an e-mail hotline. Those interested in working for the USPTO in Detroit can ask questions or

January 6, 2011

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological

December 17, 2010

USPTO Deputy Director Sharon Barner to Leave Agency

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner has announced she will be leaving the USPTO effective January 14, 2011. Barner was appointed to the position by Commerce Secretary

December 16, 2010

USPTO to Open First Ever Satellite Office in Detroit

Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today plans to open the first ever USPTO satellite office in Detroit, Mich., in 2011. The new office

December 10, 2010

30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act

Remarks As Prepared 30 th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act Under Secretary Kappos Thursday, December 9, 2010 Good evening, it's an absolute pleasure to be standing here with the USPTO staff and all of our distinguished guests tonight in celebration of the 30 th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. We

December 9, 2010

USPTO Marks 30th Anniversary of Bayh-Dole Act

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act with a special program at its Alexandria, Va., headquarters featuring congressional leaders who were instrumental in the passage of the legislation, including former U.S.

November 22, 2010

USPTO Extends Deadline for Patent Application Exchange Program by One Year

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the deadline extension of its Project Exchange program to December 31, 2011. Under Project Exchange, any applicant with more than one application filed prior to October 1, 2009, that is currently pending at the USPTO

November 17, 2010

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Launches Twitter Account

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is expanding its communications outreach through social media with the official launch of a Twitter account. Along with its use of Facebook and other online tools like the "Director's Forum" blog

November 3, 2010

USPTO to Hold Annual Independent Inventors Conference November 4-5

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its Annual Independent Inventors Conference on November 4-5, 2010, at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The conference will feature numerous experts and USPTO employees who will address topics such as the fundamentals of

October 29, 2010

Independent Inventors Conference Kicks Off November 4 at USPTO Headquarters

Post-It Notes co-inventor Art Fry to give keynote speech Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its annual Independent Inventors Conference on November 4-5 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Co-sponsored by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of

October 25, 2010

USPTO and EPO Work Toward Joint Patent Classification System

Washington and Munich -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to work toward the formation of a joint patent classification system. Unlike other major patent document classification systems, the U.S. patent classification system is

October 15, 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA HONORS NATION'S TOP SCIENTISTS AND INNOVATORS

Washington - President Obama today named ten eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and three individuals and one team as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers

October 13, 2010

USPTO Director David Kappos to Kick Off the National Trademark Expo

Kappos to Address the Importance of Trademarks to the U.S. Economy WASHINGTON - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos will kick off the USPTO National Trademark Expo Friday in Alexandria, Va. He will be joined by USPTO's Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford. The

October 7, 2010

Employee Event with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

Remarks As Prepared USPTO Employee Event Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Wednesday, October 6, 2010 USPTO Alexandria Campus Thank you for the kind words. Good morning everyone. It's great to be here with Director Kappos, Deputy Director Barner, and all of you. Let me start by acknowledging the

October 7, 2010

USPTO Adopts New Patent Examination Quality Measurement Procedures

Additional Measures Offer a More Comprehensive View of Patent Quality Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is adopting new, more comprehensive procedures for measuring the quality of patent examination. These new measurement procedures were

September 21, 2010

USPTO and DPMA Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Enhanced cooperation to further improve patent and trademark systems Geneva - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) President Cornelia Rudloff-

September 21, 2010

USPTO and UKIPO Issue Joint Statement on Cooperation

Geneva - In March 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) announced plans to begin cooperation on increasing the efficiency and quality of the patent examination process by making greater use of each other's work on

September 20, 2010

USPTO Launches Effort to Incentivize Humanitarian Technologies

technologies that address humanitarian needs Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO is seeking public comments on proposals to incentivize the creation and wider distribution of

September 15, 2010

USPTO Expands Technical Training Opportunities for Patent Examiners

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO has instituted a Patent Examiner Technical Training Program which formalizes the process for seeking public assistance in providing technical

September 1, 2010

USPTO Issues Update to KSR Examination Guidelines

Guidelines include additional examples in response to stakeholder feedback Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is providing an update to its examination guidelines concerning the law of obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103 in light of recent precedential decisions of the

August 26, 2010

National Minority Enterprise Development Conference

Remarks As Prepared 2010 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference Under Secretary Kappos Thursday, August 26, 2010 Omni Shoreham Hotel-Washington DC Thank you David [Hinson] for the kind introduction and thank you to the entire MED week team for inviting me to speak. Good morning

July 15, 2010

USPTO Extends Public Comment Period for 2010-2015 Draft Strategic Plan

Washington-- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the period for receiving public comments regarding the agency's 2010-2015 draft Strategic Plan has been extended until August 2, 2010. The extension has been made to allow more time for the public to provide feedback

July 9, 2010

USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Draft plan sets priorities to strengthen the USPTO, drive innovation and support economic growth Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO's draft Strategic

June 28, 2010

USPTO Issues Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Bilski v. Kappos

The USPTO issued the following statement in reaction to today's Supreme Court ruling in Bilski v. Kappos: "The Supreme Court today affirmed the USPTO's decision that Mr. Bilski's invention was not patentable subject matter as his claims were drawn to an abstract idea. Significantly, the Court ruled

June 25, 2010

USPTO and the Hungarian Patent Office to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Hungarian Patent Office have agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that streamline the patent system and promote

June 7, 2010

USPTO and Rospatent Sign MOU on Bilateral Cooperation

Washington - On June 2, 2010, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon R. Barner and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) Director Boris Simonov

June 4, 2010

New Exhibit on Food to Open at National Inventors Hall of Fame

Exhibit highlights 200 years of food inventions, innovations, and trademarks Grand opening of Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations to be held June 8 from noon to 1 p.m. Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark

June 3, 2010

USPTO Proposes to Establish Three Patent Processing Tracks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposed new patent examination initiative that would provide applicants greater control over the speed with which their applications are examined and promote greater

June 2, 2010

Center for American Progress

The Innovation Economy: Unleashing Intellectual Property to Fuel Growth and Create Jobs Under Secretary Kappos June 2, 2010 Thank you, Sarah, for that kind introduction. I would like to thank the Center for American Progress for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property's

May 21, 2010

USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to More Inventions

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is revising its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing under the program. Eligibility for the pilot program,

May 20, 2010

USPTO Launches Page on Facebook

Agency's profile will deliver the latest news, photos and videos from the USPTO Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched its official page on Facebook. Intended to engage the public and the intellectual property community directly

May 20, 2010

USPTO and SIPO Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Expanded cooperation to include establishment of Patent Prosecution Highway to reduce patent backlogs and increase efficiency Washington - Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and China's State

May 20, 2010

USPTO Eliminates Patent Prosecution Highway Petition Fee

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it would eliminate the fee for the petition to participate in Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. The elimination of the PPH petition fee is expected to encourage greater PPH

May 12, 2010

GW Law Symposium

Building Bridges and Making Connections Across the IP System Under Secretary Kappos May 11, 2010 Thank you for inviting me to join you today. Thank you to the team from George Washington University for hosting us, and thanks in particular to Mark Whitaker from Howrey LLP for his leadership in

May 5, 2010

Partnering for Global Health

David J. Kappos Partnering for Global Health (BIO and BIO Ventures for Global Health Joint Meeting) McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, Chicago May 3, 2010 I'd like to thank Biotechnology Industry Organization and Bio Ventures for Global Health for inviting me to speak at this important event. I'd

May 5, 2010

House Oversight Hearing

DAVID J. KAPPOS UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY U.S. House of Representatives "USPTO Oversight" MAY 5, 2010 I. Introduction Chairman Conyers, Ranking Member Smith, and Members

April 30, 2010

USPTO to Hold Public Roundtables on Patent Quality and Patent Quality Metrics

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the USPTO-Patent Public Advisory Committee joint task force on quality, is conducting two roundtables to obtain input from organizations and individuals on actions that can improve patent

April 28, 2010

USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will open the current Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Program to admit 20 additional schools into the pilot for the upcoming academic year beginning in fall 2010 through summer 2011. The pilot program

April 26, 2010

Statement from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on World IP Day

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today released a statement on World IP Day. Washington - "On the 10 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day, we join the world in recognizing the important role that intellectual property plays in an increasingly competitive global economy. As America's

April 23, 2010

Innovation Policy and the Economy

NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH, INC. Under Secretary Kappos April 20, 2010 National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC Introduction Good afternoon. I'd like to thank the Bureau for the opportunity to be here today and Josh Lerner and Scott Stern for organizing this great event.

April 6, 2010

USPTO Launches Ombudsman Pilot Program

One-Year Pilot Program to Assist Applicants with Patent Prosecution Issues Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched a new "Ombudsman Program" designed to provide patent applicants with more assistance in handling application-

March 31, 2010

Remarks to the New York Law School

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos Friday March 26, 2010 New York Law School Let me start by thanking New York Law School and Professor Webbink for putting this event together. I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to be here. In fact, I have a history

March 11, 2010

Patent Examiner Count System

The key objectives of the recently implemented count system are to provide more overall time for examination and to place emphasis on complete and thorough initial examination, encourage quicker resolution of issues, and to reduce unnecessary rework.

March 10, 2010

USPTO and UKIPO Announce Action Plan to Reduce Global Patent Backlogs

LONDON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) today agreed to develop an action plan for reducing patent processing backlogs in both offices. Patent backlogs hinder the deployment of innovation and have clear adverse

February 18, 2010

Recently Announced Changes to USPTO's Examiner Count System Go Into Effect

Agency Launches Dedicated Online "Feedback Channel" to Receive Stakeholder Comments on Count System Changes and other Major Agency Initiatives Washington -- The significant changes to the examiner "count system" that were announced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on

January 19, 2010

USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner will open a public roundtable on Wednesday, January 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Va. Chief Judge of the

January 15, 2010

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological

January 12, 2010

USPTO to Hold Public Meeting on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting is an effort of the USPTO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Task Force, which is

December 1, 2009

USPTO to Deploy New Intellectual Property Training Modules

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) has developed a new series of intellectual property video training modules to supplement its training mission for developing and least developed countries. Intellectual property rights,

November 17, 2009

USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Work Sharing for Patent Applications

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public roundtable on Wednesday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at its campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting is being held to evaluate current work sharing efforts and to develop proposals

November 10, 2009

Commerce Under Secretary and USPTO Director Kappos Launches Blog

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today launched a blog to foster a direct dialogue with the USPTO's stakeholders and the general public. "It's important for me to be able to hear

November 5, 2009

Commerce Under Secretary Kappos to Speak to Independent Inventors

14 th Annual Independent Inventors Conference today and tomorrow in Alexandria, Va. General sessions and Kappos' presentation will be Webcast WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos will

October 14, 2009

Commerce Under Secretary Awards 600,000th Design Patent

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today to award design patent number 600,000 to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft and Novelty, and a

October 13, 2009

Commerce Under Secretary to Award 600,00th Design Patent on October 14

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), will award the 600,000th design patent on Wednesday, October 14, to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft

October 2, 2009

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Sharon Barner Deputy Director of the

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today appointed Sharon Barner to the post of deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "I have directed the USPTO to significantly reduce the time it takes to process patent applications," Locke said. "David Kappos has moved

October 1, 2009

USPTO Expands Pilot Program to Reduce Pendency and Improve Patent Quality

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is expanding its First Action Interview Pilot Program in which an applicant is entitled to an interview with the patent examiner prior to the first office action on the merits in a new

September 18, 2009

New Les Paul Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit honoring the late iconic guitar legend Les Paul who died August 13. In its obituary, Rolling Stone hailed Paul as, "one of the

September 3, 2009

USPTO Announces Senior Management Changes

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced significant changes among the senior management team of its Patent organization. After 35 years at the USPTO, Commissioner for Patents John Doll has announced his intention to retire from the

July 15, 2009

USPTO Opens Exhibit of Michael Jackson's Patent and Trademarks

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit featuring material from Michael Jackson's patent and trademark applications. The exhibit is free and open to the public starting Wednesday, July 15

July 4, 2009

Complex Work Unit Pilot Program

The USPTO's Complex Work Unit (CWU) Pilot Program helps users simplify online access to, and availability of, USPTO information and data for purposes of improved examination of applications, as well as publication of pre-grant publications and patent grants.

July 4, 2009

Patent Reform: The Future of American Innovation

Statement of Jon W. Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate June 6, 2007 Introduction Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Specter, and Members of the Committee:

July 4, 2009

Global Trends in IP Protection: A U.S. Perspective

Remarks of Jon Dudas Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO Global Forum on Intellectual Property Protection and Innovation Beijing, China March 27, 2007 Opening Thank you, Mike. Good morning, Tian Lipu, Makoto Nakijima, and honored guests from both industry and government.

July 4, 2009

Piracy of Intellectual Property

Statement of Stephen Pinkos, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property U.S. Senate May 25, 2005 Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Leahy,

July 4, 2009

Pirates of the 21st Century: The Curse of the Black Market

Statement of Jon W. Dudas Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Committee on Governmental

July 4, 2009

Congressional Testimony, March 18, 2004

Statement of Jon W. Dudas Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives March 18, 2004

July 4, 2009

Congressional Testimony, March 23, 2004

Statement of Jon W. Dudas Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Committee on Judiciary United States Senate March 23, 2004 Introduction Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Leahy, and Members of the

July 4, 2009

USPTO 21st Century Strategic Plan

Statement of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark office before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives April 3, 2003 Chairman

July 4, 2009

Statement Before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

Statement of Jon W. Dudas, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Committee on Agriculture U.S. House of Representatives July 22, 2003 Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Stenholm, and Members of

July 4, 2009

International Trademark Association Annual Meeting

Keynote Remarks of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office May 20, 2002 (As Prepared) Introduction Thank you, Anne, for that kind introduction. Good morning everyone. It's good to be here with you today. I

July 4, 2009

Under Secretary Rogan House Testimony

Statement of James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark office before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives July 18, 2002 Mr.

July 4, 2009

Intellectual Property Law Section IPL Summer Conference

Keynote Remarks of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark office at the American Bar Association/Philadelphia, PA June 27, 2002 Let me begin by talking about the office itself, what I am faced with, and that means

July 4, 2009

Agricultural Intellectual Property Rights Issues

U.S. Department of Commerce United States Patent and Trademark Office Meeting in Orange County, California on Agricultural Intellectual Property Rights Issues Thursday, June 6, 2002 Proceedings: MR. LEFEUVRE: Okay, we'll go ahead and begin today's meeting. I want to welcome everybody for coming.

July 4, 2009

Global Recognition of Patent Rights

The Honorable James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office WIPO Conference on the International Patent System March 26, 2002 Good morning. I appreciate being invited to participate in this important conference on the

July 4, 2009

Under Secretary Rogan House Testimony

Statement of The Honorable James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives Ashburn,

July 4, 2009

Under Secretary Rogan House Testimony

Statement of James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives April 11, 2002 Mr.

July 4, 2009

Welcome Statement of James Rogan at U.S. Senate Nomination Hearing

Statement of The Honorable James E. Rogan Nominee to be Under Secretary of Commerce For Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate November 7, 2001 Madame Chairman and Members of the Committee: It

July 4, 2009

Agricultural-Related Intellectual Property Rights Issues (Agenda)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office USPTO Contact: Amy P. Cotton Phone (703) 308-5378 FAX (703) 305-8885 U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Contact: Roger Minami Phone 202 277-9475 Informational Listening Session on Agricultural-Related Intellectual Property Rights Issues Listening Session: Thursday

July 1, 2009

Patent Training Academy Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

WASHINGTON - United States Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Training Academy has received a certificate of registration for the International Standard ISO 9001:2008. The ISO 9001 quality standard is the most widely recognized and established quality management system framework in the world. The

June 29, 2009

USPTO and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that

June 2, 2009

USPTO Receives 2009 Tele-Vision Award for Outstanding Telework Accomplishments

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the 2009 Tele-Vision Award from the Telework Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on eliminating gridlock. The USPTO's Office of General Law Telework Program was recognized in the "Best

May 7, 2009

National Trademark Expo Set for USPTO Campus May 8-9

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will present a National Trademark Expo on May 8 and 9. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on the 8th will kick off the two day event at the agency's campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The Expo will feature

May 6, 2009

Commerce Secretary to Kickoff National Trademark Expo

Washington: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will kick off the United States Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo on Friday in Alexandria, Va. Locke will address the vital role trademarks play in our economy and the efforts to combat counterfeit goods, which cost America billions

April 27, 2009

USPTO Takes First in NAGC's Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

Washington: The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was honored by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) with two winning entries in the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. The USPTO's "Inspiring Invention: Suction Tire

January 30, 2009

USPTO and IPOS to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on February 2. The Patent

January 28, 2009

USPTO and KIPO to Implement Patent Prosecution Highway on Full-Time Basis

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced that they will implement the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on a full-time basis, beginning January 29. A pilot feasibility study of

November 17, 2008

USPTO, NIHFF and the Ad Council Launch "Inspiring Invention" PSA Contest

Washington, D.C. -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) have teamed with the Ad Council to announce the "Inspiring Invention" public service advertising (PSA) development contest to engage a new generation of children in

November 14, 2008

USPTO Announces Interim Senior Management Reassignments

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced two temporary reassignments of responsibilities among its senior management, effective immediately. With the departure of Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual

November 3, 2008

USPTO and DKPTO to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) today. The Patent Prosecution

October 31, 2008

Blueprint Laid Out for Work-Sharing Among Five Intellectual Property Offices

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the development of a blueprint for work-sharing among five major intellectual property offices (IP5) to address the common challenges they are currently facing. The heads of the IP5 met

September 26, 2008

USPTO and Japan Patent Office Sign Statement of Enhanced Mutual Cooperation

Washington, D.C. -On September 24, 2008, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas met with Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) Takashi Suzuki in Geneva, Switzerland. They discussed how the USPTO

September 24, 2008

USPTO and KIPO sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Washington, D.C. -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the signing of a United States-Republic of Korea memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding comprehensive cooperation on patents. Commissioner of KIPO Dr. Jung

September 22, 2008

USPTO to Host IT Security Expo September 24

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting an Information Technology (IT) Security Expo on Sept. 24, 2008, at its Alexandria, Va. campus. The event is free and open to the public. Special speakers will kick off the event beginning at

August 4, 2008

USPTO Unveils New Educational Museum Exhibit

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new exhibit at the USPTO Museum highlighting past and present individuals who have made a contribution to America's intellectual property (IP) system. The new "Portrait Gallery"

July 29, 2008

USPTO Deputy Director Margaret J.A. Peterlin to Leave Agency

Washington, D.C. - Margaret J.A. Peterlin, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that she will be leaving the USPTO in August with plans to pursue employment opportunities in the

July 16, 2008

USPTO Extends and Expands Peer Review Pilot

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it will extend the duration, increase the maximum number of applications, and expand the scope of applications eligible to participate in the Peer Review Pilot. The pilot, launched in June

May 28, 2008

USPTO Welcomes New Member to Management Team

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas has appointed Stephen Smith as the agency's Chief Administrative Officer. Smith will be responsible for leading the Offices of Civil Rights, Human

May 12, 2008

USPTO to Host Sally Ride Science TOYchallenge East Coast Showcase

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2008 Sally Ride Science TOYchallenge East Coast National Showcase at the USPTO campus on Saturday, May 17. The TOYchallenge is a national toy design competition for 5th - 8th graders designed to

May 5, 2008

USPTO Embarks on Listening Tour on Design Protection of Automotive Parts

Washington - On Tuesday, May 6, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Margaret J.A. Peterlin will meet with executives from the automotive industry to kick off a listening tour to seek the

April 28, 2008

USPTO and EPO to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) in September. The Patent Prosecution Highway

April 14, 2008

USPTO Introduces New Intellectual Property Curriculum

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of a new, dynamic curriculum that inspires students to be creative and teaches them about the value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as the importance of

April 14, 2008

USPTO Initiates New Program to Reduce Pendency and Improve Patent Quality

First Action Interview Pilot Will Enhance Information Exchange Between Applicant and Examiner and Promote Early Resolution of Outstanding Issues Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is initiating a six-month pilot

April 8, 2008

USPTO Celebrates Trademarks

Washington - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will formally open the National Trademark Expo on Thursday, April 10. Joining Under Secretary Dudas will be Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille,

April 7, 2008

USPTO Pilots Law School Clinical Certification Program

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot program through which law students will be able to gain practical experience practicing intellectual property (IP) law before the agency. During this two-year pilot program

April 1, 2008

USPTO and IP Australia to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IP Australia) today announced that they will launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway in April. The Patent Prosecution

March 31, 2008

USPTO Celebrates Trademarks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will highlight the vital role trademarks play in the global economy and private and public sector efforts to combat counterfeiting at the National Trademark Expo next Thursday through Saturday. The Expo is

February 27, 2008

USPTO Director Testifies in House Subcommittee Oversight Hearing

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas testified today in an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. Dudas's

February 20, 2008

Nominees Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the nation's highest honor for technological achievement. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is presented each year by the president of the United States

February 4, 2008

Under Secretary of Commerce Announces FY 2009 Budget Proposal for USPTO

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today announced the president's fiscal year 2009 budget request for the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is $2.075 billion. The FY 2009 request represents a $159 million (8

January 24, 2008

USPTO to Administer National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has delegated responsibility for administering the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The medal, presented each year by the president of the United States, is the nation's highest honor for

December 21, 2007

USPTO and JPO to Implement Patent Prosecution Highway on Full-Time Basis

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced today that they will implement the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on a full-time basis, beginning January 4, 2008. A pilot feasibility study of the PPH, which began July 3, 2006,

October 4, 2007

USPTO Will Begin Study of Patent Examiners' Production Goals

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that, as part of its quality initiatives, it will review assumptions the agency uses to establish production goals for patent examiners. This announcement coincides with the release of the Government

September 11, 2007

12th Annual Independent Inventors Conference Comes to Raleigh, N.C.

United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame ® Foundation and the N.C. State College of Textiles WHAT 12th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, presented by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) in conjunction with North Carolina

August 23, 2007

New Exhibit Opens in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today opened the agency's new exhibit, "Art of Invention - Invention of Art." The exhibit features 70 works of art that emerged from

August 22, 2007

New Exhibit to Open in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will formally open the agency's new exhibit, "Art of Invention - Invention of Art," on August 23. The exhibit is arranged in two sections.

August 20, 2007

USPTO to Publish Measures to Improve Patent Quality

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish tomorrow in the Federal Register new rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater precision in

August 10, 2007

USPTO Proposes New Measure to Improve Patent Quality and Reduce Pendency

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing new rules in the Federal Register that will improve an examiner's ability to focus the examination process for claims that contain more than one independent and distinct invention. "We believe such a rule

August 7, 2007

USPTO, U.S. Chamber and Washington State Attorney General to Educate Washington Businesses About the Threats of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will join with Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna on Friday, August 10, to present a free educational forum and news conference that will highlight the

June 7, 2007

USPTO's Community Day Celebration Recognizes Diverse Workforce

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas was joined today by Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille in celebrating the agency's 11th annual Community Day. For over a decade, the USPTO has held this special

June 4, 2007

USPTO Celebrates a Decade of Telework

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today celebrated the ten-year anniversary of its Trademark Work at Home program, the agency's first telework initiative. Based on this successful model, the USPTO expanded its telework offerings to include

May 9, 2007

Independent Inventors Conference Comes to NYC May 12-13

United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Inventors Hall of Fame and Foundation Invite Local Inventors to Learn from Experts and Connect with Fellow Inventors WHO Inventors from the New York City area. Top officials from the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark

March 15, 2007

USPTO Grants First Patent Under New Accelerated Review Option

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it has issued the first patent under its accelerated examination program that began in August 2006. The patent, for a printer ink gauge, was filed with the USPTO on September 29, 2006, and

March 14, 2007

Deputy Under Secretary Pinkos to Leave USPTO

Stephen M. Pinkos, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that he will be leaving the USPTO at the end of March. "My time here has been very rewarding and a tremendous opportunity to

February 5, 2007

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce Announces FY 2008 Budget Proposal for USPTO

In a telephone press conference today, Steve Pinkos, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property, announced the president's fiscal year 2008 budget request for the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is $1.916 billion. This is the fourth

February 1, 2007

USPTO To Unveil FY 2008 Budget

[Call in starting at 1:10 p.m. ET] Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Steve Pinkos will unveil highlights of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) FY 2008 budget request by teleconference on Monday, February 5, 2007. WHO Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for

January 23, 2007

USPTO Announces New Key Member to Management Team

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon W. Dudas has named John J. Love deputy commissioner for patent examination policy for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Love most recently served as the acting deputy commissioner for patent examination policy. As deputy

January 5, 2007

Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Seattle's Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today told reporters that protecting intellectual property against piracy and counterfeiting is a key part of economic growth in Seattle-Tacoma. "

January 4, 2007

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Seattle's Innovation

[Call in by 9:55 a.m. PT] Washington, D.C . - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will highlight by teleconference on Friday, January 5, the importance of intellectual property protection to Seattle-Tacoma, to

December 22, 2006

Fiscal Year 2006: A Record-Breaking Year for the USPTO

Washington, D.C. - In Fiscal Year 2006, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) set new agency records in goals related to quality, production, electronic filing, telework, electronic processing and hiring. "The USPTO has spent the last four years

December 5, 2006

United States Patent and Trademark Office Opens New Art Gallery

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new art gallery at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The Gallery 600 - The ArtSpace @ USPTO celebrates the artistic expression and diversity within the agency. "In the 28 years I've

December 1, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Kansas City's Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today told reporters that protecting intellectual property against piracy and counterfeiting is a key part of economic growth in Kansas City. "

November 30, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Kansas City's Innovation

[Call in by 11:55 a.m. ET] Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will highlight by teleconference on Friday, December 1, the importance of intellectual property protection to Kansas

November 16, 2006

USPTO to Eliminate the Disclosure Document Program

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will eliminate its Disclosure Document Program on February 1, 2007. The USPTO implemented the Disclosure Document Program in 1969 to provide inventors not ready to file for a patent with an alternative

November 3, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Southeast Florida Innovation and Employment

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today told members of the Business Development Board's Life Sciences Cluster Committee that protecting intellectual property against piracy

November 1, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Southeast Florida Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will address members of the Business Development Board's life sciences cluster committee on Friday, November 3, to highlight the importance of

September 12, 2006

U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minn. - United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today warned members of Minnesota's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Under Secretary Dudas urged America's small

July 26, 2006

Doors Open to the Public at Patent and Trademark Appeal Hearings

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that beginning on August 1, 2006, hearings conducted by the agency's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) will be open to the

July 18, 2006

U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. - United States Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos today warned members of Tennessee's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Deputy Under Secretary Pinkos urged

July 13, 2006

"Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet" Opens in USPTO Museum

Washington, D.C. - A new exhibit opened today in the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Museum. "Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet" highlights shoe technology past and present. Visitors to the museum can learn the history of patented footwear, view stylish

July 12, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary to Present Student Awards

Washington, D.C . - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by David Fink, president and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), on July 13 to present the first awards for the ©®

July 12, 2006

New Exhibit to Open in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by David Fink, president and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the agency's new

July 10, 2006

USPTO Requesting More Timely and Useful Information From Patent Applicants

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote investment in innovation and spur economic growth, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new proposal that would streamline and improve the patent application review process. The new proposal would

July 6, 2006

USPTO Adds Key Member to Management Team

Jefferson D. Taylor has joined the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as director of congressional relations. "I am happy to welcome Jeff as a member of senior management at USPTO," noted Jon Dudas, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property. "Jeff

July 5, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Indiana's Employment and Innovation

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by Congressman John Hostettler in Terre Haute, Ind., on Friday, July 7, to highlight the importance of intellectual property protection in a global market, the

June 26, 2006

USPTO to Give Patent Filers Accelerated Review Option

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is publishing procedures setting forth requirements for patent applicants who want, within 12 months, a final decision by the examiner on whether their application for a patent will be granted or denied. To

May 24, 2006

U.S. and Japan fo Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced today that on July 3, 2006 they are launching a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway. The Patent Prosecution Highway will leverage fast-track patent examination

May 17, 2006

Commerce Deputy Secretary to Speak at USPTO's Community Day

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, May 18, 2006, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) will hold its 10th annual Community Day recognizing the many cultures represented in its workforce. Joining USPTO Director Jon W. Dudas and agency staff at Community Day will be

May 15, 2006

U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Ohio

Columbus, Ohio - United States Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) today warned members of Ohio's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Both

April 25, 2006

Alexandria Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Improvements to Patent Review Process

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today held a town hall meeting to engage the public and learn their views on USPTO's proposals intended to streamline the application review process. A four-person panel representing a spectrum of organizations with interests

April 21, 2006

USPTO to Sponsor Panel Discussion on Proposals to Improve Patent Examination

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a town hall meeting to educate the public on USPTO's plans to streamline the application review process. A four-person panel representing a variety of organizations with interests in the patent system will offer

April 6, 2006

USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2005

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2005. Listed below are the universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking. The

March 10, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Florida's Innovation and Competitiveness

Orlando, Fla. -- Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today echoed President Bush's agenda to improve America's ability to innovate, maintain a competitive edge and make health care more efficient.

February 28, 2006

Berkeley Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Improvements to Patent Review Process

Berkeley, Calif. - Efficient and effective patent examination is critical to American competitiveness and innovation, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today told an audience of California patent attorneys, patent agents, independent inventors and members of the small

February 24, 2006

Berkeley Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Improvements to Patent Review Process

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will lead a town hall meeting to provide background information regarding proposed new rule changes to improve patent examination. The changes will make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by

February 14, 2006

United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues 7 Millionth Patent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued patent no. 7,000,000 to DuPont senior researcher John P. O'Brien for "polysaccharide fibers" and a process for their production. The fibers have cotton-like properties, are biodegradable

February 2, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Nevada's Innovation and Competitiveness

Las Vegas, Nev. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today highlighted Nevada's innovation and competitiveness as a follow-up to President George W. Bush's State of the Union address announcing the

February 1, 2006

Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Nevada's Innovation and Competitiveness

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be in Las Vegas to highlight the innovation and economic competitiveness of the area following President George W. Bush's State of the Union address announcing

January 30, 2006

USPTO Mourns the Death of Former Commissioner Banner

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Jon Dudas issued the following statement upon learning of the death on January 29, 2006, of Donald W. Banner, a former Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks (1978-1979). "On behalf

January 3, 2006

USPTO Proposes Measures To Improve Patent Examination

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in its continuing efforts to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient, is proposing changes that would reduce the amount of rework by the USPTO and reduce the time it takes for the patent review

December 21, 2005

USPTO Expands Telework Program for Patent Employees

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a new patents hoteling program, which will offer patent employees the opportunity to work from home regularly. Participants will have all the communications tools and application processing

November 28, 2005

USPTO Publishes Patent Search Templates

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is building a library of search templates for use by applicants, patent practitioners and patent examiners to assist them in finding evidence, known as prior art, to help determine if an invention is patentable. Similar

November 22, 2005

USPTO Receives Record Number of Patent and Trademark Applications for 2005

PRESS RELEASE In fiscal year 2005, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received a record number of patent and trademark applications. The agency received 406,302 patent applications, and 323,501 applications for trademark registration as reported in its

September 26, 2005

U.S. Government Brings Anti-counterfeiting and Piracy Program to South Florida

PRESS RELEASE Efforts Focus on Small Businesses, Particularly Those Investing In or Exporting to Latin America Miami, Florida - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today warned an audience of South Florida small-businessmen and -women that they are increasingly at

September 21, 2005

USPTO Contracts International Patent Application Searches to Commercial Firms

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it has awarded contracts to Landon IP, Inc., and IP Data Miner Inc., to participate in a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) search pilot program. This pilot will determine whether searches by commercial entities

August 18, 2005

John J. Doll Named Commissioner for Patents

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has named John J. Doll to be Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Doll has been Acting Commissioner for Patents since April 2005. In response to the appointment, Under Secretary of Commerce

August 12, 2005

U.S. Intellectual Property Chief Salutes America's Independent Inventors

PRESS RELEASE Group Reminded to Guard Their Inventions Against Intellectual Property Theft Alexandria, VA - U. S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today asked independent inventors to protect American ingenuity by safeguarding their inventions from intellectual

August 11, 2005

USPTO to Convene Conference Celebrating America's Independent Inventors

Alexandria, VA - On Friday, August 12, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join more than 200 independent inventors at the 10th annual Independent Inventors Conference sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Attendees will hear from government

July 29, 2005

USPTO Improves Process for Reviewing Patents

PRESS RELEASE The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has implemented new processes for handling reexamination proceedings to improve timeliness and quality. Patent reexamination is a valuable, low-cost alternative to litigation for determining the

July 18, 2005

USPTO Reduces Fees for Trademark Electronic Application Filing

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that beginning July 18, 2005, the agency will offer applicants for trademark registrations a new Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) known as TEAS Plus that will add up to

July 13, 2005

USPTO Museum Opens at New Headquarters

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas was joined today by Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, U.S. Representatives Jim Moran and Frank Wolf, and David Fink, President and CEO of

July 11, 2005

USPTO Museum To Open at New Headquarters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille and David Fink, President and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in a ribbon-

July 8, 2005

Lynne G. Beresford Named Commissioner for Trademarks

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has named Lynne G. Beresford to be Commissioner for Trademarks at the Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Beresford has been acting Commissioner for Trademarks since September 1, 2004. In response to the

July 1, 2005

USPTO Completes Move to New Headquarters

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced completion of its move to new, consolidated headquarters in Alexandria, VA, which involved relocating over 7,000 employees and contractors. The consolidation from 18 buildings in Crystal

June 6, 2005

U.S. Expands Outreach in Campaign to STOP! Trade in Fakes

For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, D.C . - Officials representing seven federal agencies will travel to Europe June 6-10 in the next leg of the Administration's Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!) to deepen cooperative enforcement efforts against the trade in fakes. Having returned from

May 17, 2005

Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary to Speak at USPTO's Community Day

On Thursday, May 19, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its 9th annual Community Day recognizing the many cultures represented in its workforce. Joining USPTO Director Jon W. Dudas and agency staff at Community Day will be Acting Deputy

April 27, 2005

USPTO Opens New Electronic Facility to Hear Patent and Trademark Appeals

Furthering USPTO's Commitment to the President's Management Agenda The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched a new state-of-the-art electronic facility for hearing patent appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) and appeals

April 14, 2005

U.S. Proposes Partnership Program for World Intellectual Property Organization

GENEVA - The United States has proposed establishing a Partnership Program within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that would further strengthen the contribution that WIPO and strong and balanced intellectual property (IP) protection play in promoting development. The proposal

April 11, 2005

U.S. Advances Global Outreach To Stop! Trade In Fakes

PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C. - Officials from seven federal agencies will travel to Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Singapore on April 11-21 to further the Administration's Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!). Their mission is to deepen cooperative enforcement efforts and to work toward

April 8, 2005

USPTO to Hold Seminar on Intellectual Property Enforcement in China

Washington - Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will sponsor a seminar on "General IP Enforcement in China" on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in Baltimore, Md. WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Press must confirm attendance by 3:00 p.m.,

March 18, 2005

USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2004

T he Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2004. Listed below are the 10 universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2004, along with their 2003 ranking.

March 3, 2005

Patent Office Director to Announce New Initiatives to Improve Patent Process

University of California leads U.S. academic institutions for 11 th consecutive year Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Chicago-area native, will announce new initiatives to improve the quality of patents and

February 22, 2005

USPTO Adds Key Member to Management Team

PRESS RELEASE Agency's Chief Information Officer Sworn In Jon Dudas, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today administered the oath of office to David J. Freeland, the USPTO's new

February 16, 2005

USPTO Wins Excellence.gov Award

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is a recipient of the 2005 Excellence.gov Award for demonstrating best practices in federal e-government implementations. The Industry Advisory Council and the American Council for Technology

February 11, 2005

Secretary Gutierrez to Award 500,000th Design Patent

Patent presented to DaimlerChrysler Corporation for body design of Crossfire Convertible Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today awarded the 500,000th design patent for DaimlerChrysler Corporation's Crossfire convertible

February 9, 2005

Secretary Gutierrez to Award 500,000th Design Patent

Patent to be presented to DaimlerChrysler Corporation for body design of Crossfire Convertible Friday, February 11, 2005 11:00 a.m. Lobby, U.S. Department of Commerce Main Entrance, 14th Street, N.W. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property

February 4, 2005

USPTO To Unveil FY 2006 Budget

Monday, February 7, 2005 1:45 p.m. (dial in by 1:40 p.m.) Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Steve Pinkos, will unveil highlights of USPTO's FY 2006 budget request by teleconference on Monday, February 7, at 1:45 p.m. Pinkos will focus on the strategic initiatives started

January 28, 2005

Internet Access to Trademark Application Files Now Available

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reached a major milestone in maximizing electronic tools to make the trademark registration process fully transparent to the public. For the first time, anyone with Internet access anywhere in the world

January 25, 2005

USPTO Releases FY 2004 Performance and Accountability Report

PRESS RELEASE In fiscal year 2004, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted 187,170 patents, including 169,296 utility (inventions), 16,533 design, and 998 plant patents as reported in its fiscal year 2004 Performance and Accountability Report released

January 12, 2005

Under Secretary of Commerce Jon Dudas Returns to China

PRESS RELEASE USPTO Offers Technical Assistance to Reduce Piracy and Counterfeiting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas returns to China this week as part of a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans. While there, Under Secretary Dudas will announce

January 11, 2005

USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the 2004 top 10 private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2004, along with their 2003 ranking. For the twelfth consecutive year,

January 11, 2005

Commissioner for Patents Announces Retirement

PRESS RELEASE Nicholas P. Godici, Commissioner for Patents, announced today that he will be retiring from the USPTO and will not be seeking reappointment to the Commissioner for Patents position. His term expires on March 29, 2005. "It's been an honor to serve the USPTO and the patent community as

January 7, 2005

USPTO Announces Three Key Appointments

PRESS RELEASE Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has named three Deputy Commissioners for Patents, effective January 21, 2005. Joseph Rolla, currently a director in

January 7, 2005

USPTO and City of Alexandria Kick Off Lunchtime Shuttle Service

Monday, January 10, 2005 Outside USPTO Headquarters Dulany Street @ Ballenger Avenue Alexandria, Virginia 11:00 a.m. Steve Pinkos, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and officials of the City of Alexandria will officially kick off a new lunchtime shuttle service between

December 10, 2004

USPTO's Office of Public Affairs Moves to New Facility

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office Office of Public Affairs moved this week to USPTO's new headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The office is now located at: 600 Dulany Street Madison West Building First Floor Alexandria, VA 22314 The office also has a new phone

November 22, 2004

USPTO Enhances Trademark Postal System (TPostal)

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently added 10 new forms to TPostal, the agency's electronic bulk mailing system for trademark related notices. TPostal uses the U.S. Postal Service's Web-based NetPost Mailing Online system to print,

November 22, 2004

Senate Confirms Jon Dudas as Head of USPTO

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Jon W. Dudas as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "I thank President Bush for the confidence he has expressed in me, and I am honored by the U.S. Senate's confirmation

November 2, 2004

Electronic Forms Available for Madrid Protocol Filings

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the availability of electronic forms for submitting Madrid Protocol related documents. Now a U.S. trademark owner may file a single online application with the USPTO in English, based on an existing U.S.

October 22, 2004

New Electronic Filing Options in Trademark Disputes

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded its electronic filing tools with the addition of two new electronic forms for filing Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) documents on line. One e-form allows parties in opposition and cancellation

October 14, 2004

USPTO Named One of the Best Workplaces for Commuters

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today was recognized as one of the best workplaces for commuters by the Greater Washington Region's Best Workplaces for Commuters Coalition. The coalition is led by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and

October 13, 2004

USPTO Receives Telework in the Federal Government Leadership Award for 2004

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the Telework in the Federal Government Leadership Award for 2004 in the category of "leadership in enterprise-wide telework applications." The award was presented during the Telework in the Federal

October 8, 2004

Trademark Operation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Move to New Facility

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues its move this week to new consolidated headquarters in Alexandria, Va., with the relocation of the trademark operation and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Over the next two months, the entire

September 13, 2004

USPTO China Expert Assigned to American Embassy in Beijing

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Mark A. Cohen, an attorney-advisor in the agency's office of enforcement, has been appointed intellectual property attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. In this post, Cohen will

September 7, 2004

USPTO Offers Alexandria Businesses Tips on "How to Do Business with the USPTO"

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 8 - 11 a.m. Jefferson Building Conference Room 500 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a conference with the Alexandria Small Business Development Center entitled, "How to Do Business

September 1, 2004

Bush Administration Official Honors Arizona Company for Export Achievement

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today presented the Commerce Department's Export Achievement Certificate to the Breault Research Organization of Tucson, Ariz. The award recognizes companies and organizations that have used the export services of the U.S. Commercial

August 31, 2004

Bush Administration Official To Honor Local Company for Export Achievement

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 10 a.m. Breault Research Organization, Inc. 6400 East Grant Road Suite 160 Tucson, AZ Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) will present the

August 2, 2004

Internet Access to Patent Application Files Now Available

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reached a major milestone in maximizing electronic tools to make the patent examination process fully transparent to the public. For the first time, anyone with Internet access anywhere in the world can use USPTO's

July 28, 2004

Commissioner for Trademarks Announces Departure

Anne H. Chasser, Commissioner for Trademarks at the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that she will be leaving the USPTO on September 1, 2004. "It has been a privilege to work with Acting Under Secretary Jon W. Dudas and to serve the

March 23, 2004

USPTO Supports Greater Protection for Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) supported ambitious proposals to focus and accelerate work on the protection of traditional knowledge and folklore at a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland last week. At the

March 17, 2004

Statement by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans on President's Intent to Nominate Jon Dudas as Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

"I am delighted that President Bush has expressed his intent to nominate Jon Dudas as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jon for the past two years. During that time, he

March 4, 2004

House Votes to Fund USPTO 21st Century Strategic Plan

The United States House of Representatives today passed the "U.S. Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act" (H.R. 1561), a landmark bipartisan bill supporting a quality driven, highly productive, cost-effective organization. The bill would give the Department of Commerce's United States Patent

February 27, 2004

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Visit China

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will travel to China Feb. 29 to March 5 for consultations with senior officials at China's patent and trademark and other intellectual property agencies on issues ranging from ways to meet the challenges posed by the growth in

February 13, 2004

USPTO to Hold Roundtable on Reexamination Proceedings

Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Crystal Park 2, 2nd Floor Conference Room 2121 Crystal Drive Arlington, Virginia Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a roundtable meeting at its offices in Arlington, Va., on February

February 9, 2004

USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2003

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2003. Listed below are the 10 universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2003, along with their 2002 ranking.

February 2, 2004

President's Proposed Budget Ends USPTO Fee Diversion in FY 2005

The president's FY 2005 budget submission allocates to the USPTO all of the $1.533 billion in fees it is projected to raise next year. This marks the first time since FY 1998 that a president's proposed budget allows the USPTO to retain all of its fees in the year collected. "The administration has

January 12, 2004

Jon Dudas Becomes Acting Under Secretary for Intellectual Property

Jon Dudas today became acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dudas takes the post under the succession provisions of the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act. For the two years prior to assuming

January 12, 2004

USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the 2003 top 10 private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in calendar year 2003, along with their 2002 ranking. For the 11th

December 19, 2003

USPTO Proposes Recertifying Attorneys and Agents Who Practice Before the Agency

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing several reforms to help assure competency in legal practice before the agency. The major change requires mandatory periodic continuing education for everyone registered to practice before the agency. USPTO

December 9, 2003

Rogan to Leave USPTO in Early 2004

James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that he intends to leave his post on January 9, 2004. Under Rogan's direction, the USPTO has improved in every aspect of its operations. Early

November 26, 2003

New USPTO Headquarters Opens for Business in Alexandria, Va.

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 Press tour at 5 p.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. 400 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and LCOR Alexandria, LLC (LCOR), will officially open

November 7, 2003

USPTO Hosts International IP Officials

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted government officials and intellectual property professionals from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central America for two weeks of seminars October 27 - November 7, 2003. The participants, known as visiting

November 7, 2003

USPTO Receives Award for Best Organization for Teleworkers

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the "Best Organization for Teleworkers" award from the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Council (MATAC). The MATAC chose the USPTO for this award because "the agency's telework program is results-oriented

November 6, 2003

USPTO Receves Government Best Practices Award

On November 5, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received the IDEA's first annual government best practices team award for its successful implementation of Section 508 goals and guidelines. The provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

November 3, 2003

USPTO Expands Options for Electronic Filing in Trademark Disputes

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded the options for electronically filing documents in trademark disputes. Using the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA) system, parties

September 29, 2003

Documents in Trademark Disputes Can Now Be Accessed Online

Today, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled TTABVue, a system that allows users to view images of documents relating to trademark disputes on the Internet. TTABVue includes images of most

August 21, 2003

American Library Association Hails USPTO Website

The American Library Association (ALA) recently selected the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website as one of the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites of 2003. MARS is the ALA's Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User Services

July 11, 2003

United States Patent and Trademark Office Director to Visit Camp Invention

Monday, July 14, 2003 2:30 p.m. Stratford Landing Elementary School 8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, VA Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) James E. Rogan will visit Camp Invention on Monday, July 14, 2003,

July 1, 2003

Electronic Patent Application Records Replace Paper Files at USPTO

The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that effective June 30, 2003, all newly filed patent applications will be converted to electronic applications and processed electronically. Additionally, over the next 15 months, the USPTO will scan

May 22, 2003

House Subcommittee Approves USPTO Fee Proposal

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today approved H.R. 1561, the "United States Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act of 2003." The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is fully funded by user fees. The new

April 4, 2003

USPTO China Specialist to Discuss Chinese Intellectual Property Law

Monday, April 7, 2003 10 - 11:15 a.m. Savannah State University Campus King-Fraizier Student Center Savannah Room Savannah, GA Mark A. Cohen, an attorney-advisor in the Office of Enforcement of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will give a lecture to

March 26, 2003

USPTO Changes Correspondence Addresses

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing some of its mailing addresses so all correspondence will be routed through a United States Postal Service facility in northern Virginia, in preparation for its move to new office space in

February 26, 2003

USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2002

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2002. Listed below are the 10 universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2002, along with their 2001 ranking.

January 31, 2003

USPTO Announces Two Key Appointments

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the appointments of two key players in the USPTO's management team. Jo-Anne Barnard will serve as the agency's Chief Financial and Chief Administrative Officer. During the past seven years,

January 30, 2003

Agreement Reached on Patent Telework Program

Management of the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), the union representing USPTO's 3,500 patent examiners, have reached agreement on an ongoing telework program. Under the program, approximately 700 senior

January 13, 2003

USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the 2002 top 10 private sector patent recipients today. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2002, along with their 2001 ranking. For the tenth consecutive year, IBM

December 19, 2002

USPTO Holds Round Table on International Harmonization of Patent Laws

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today held a round table meeting in Arlington, VA, to hear from representatives of small businesses and global patent issues experts on solutions to the challenges faced by American innovators in protecting

December 18, 2002

USPTO to Hold Roundtable on International Harmonization of Patent Laws

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable meeting to hear from representatives of small businesses and experts in global patents issues on patent harmonization matters of concern to small business and other patent owners.

December 18, 2002

USPTO Enhances Web Site To Assist Independent Inventors

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently updated its Web site ( www.uspto.gov ) to specifically meet the special needs and interests of independent inventors and entrepreneurs. "How to" brochures, previously available only in paper, are

December 10, 2002

USPTO Will Update Plan to Remove Paper Search Files

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is revising its plan for providing public access to its patents and trademark registrations. Before finalizing the transition to electronic search systems for public researchers, the USPTO is reviewing its systems to ensure that paper

December 6, 2002

Documents in Trademark Disputes Can Be Filed Online

Washington - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week began accepting Internet filings for initial extensions of time in cases challenging federal registration of trademarks. The Electronic System

December 6, 2002

USPTO to Begin Electronic Processing of Patent Applications

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week launched a prototype to test replacing its standard paper processing of patent applications with electronic processing. The prototype will include front-end administrative processing of

November 1, 2002

Electronic Trademark Applications Outnumber Paper Filings for the First Time

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received more electronically filed applications than paper filings for registration of a trademark for the first time during September. Fifty-two percent of the applications were filed electronically using

November 1, 2002

USPTO Implements Trademark Postal System (TPostal)

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently implemented a new electronic bulk mailing system in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. The Trademark Postal System, or TPostal, uses the Postal Service's NetPost Mailing Online service to

October 16, 2002

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Marks Bicentennial

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) concluded several events today commemorating the agency's bicentennial, honoring thirty-eight of America's greatest inventors and celebrating 200 years of innovation. Under Secretary of Commerce for

October 9, 2002

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Marks Bicentennial

October 15, 2002 12:00 p.m. ET The Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property James E. Rogan will kick-off USPTO's bicentennial events at the Heritage Foundation where he will give a lecture entitled "Reaffirming Intellectual Property

October 3, 2002

Complete Collection of U.S. Patents Now Available on DVD-ROM

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) now offers the complete collection of U.S. patents on DVD-ROM discs. USAPat, as the collection is known, provides images of over 6.5 million patent grants issued from 1790 through today. "This collection

October 3, 2002

Congress Expands Protection for American Intellectual Property

Washington - Congress enacted today, as part of the Justice Department Reauthorization Act, a bill that will simplify international trademark registration, improve patent quality, decrease reliance on patent litigation, protect the small inventor, and enhance educational opportunities for Americans

September 25, 2002

USPTO Recognizes Hispanic American Innovators

Washington - National Hispanic Heritage Month, held each year from September 15 to October 15, celebrates Hispanic culture and heritage and recognizes the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this nation's social and economic well being. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month,

September 13, 2002

USPTO Hosts Member of House Judiciary Committee

Washington - James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided an insider's view of USPTO's pioneering e-government patent and trademark systems to Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) of the Judiciary

September 5, 2002

USPTO Web Site Ranked Number One

Washington - The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site ( www.uspto.gov ) has been ranked number one for its design and content offerings in "The State of Federal Websites: The Pursuit of Excellence," a review of 148 federal Web sites by PricewaterhouseCoopers

August 13, 2002

Official Publication of Patents Issued Available Electronically

Washington - In concert with its 21st Century Strategic Plan, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) will discontinue paper publication of the Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office - Patents (Official Gazette-Patents) after the

August 9, 2002

Secretary of Commerce Don Evans Names Two New Members to Patent Advisory Panel

Washington - Prominent patent attorneys William L. LaFuze of Houston and Albert L. Jacobs, Jr. of New York City were named today to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Public Advisory Committee. They will serve three-year terms on the panel, which was created by the 1999

August 1, 2002

USPTO to Hold 7th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventor Programs (OIIP), will host the 7th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, ICON 2002, highlighting the agency's recent announcement on expanding programs for independent

July 29, 2002

USPTO Announces Sharper Focus on International and Legislative Relations

Washington - As part of its 21st Century Strategic Plan, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today a restructuring of its legislative and international affairs operations. The restructured office will have three divisions dealing with

July 1, 2002

USPTO Announces Expanded Programs for Independent Inventors

Washington - America's independent inventors, who comprise about 18% of filers with the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), stand to gain substantially from the agency's 21st Century Strategic Plan. The plan proposes legislation to establish a new micro-

May 20, 2002

USPTO recognizes Walt Disney and his advancement in animation

Washington - Walter E. Disney, of Los Angeles, received patent #2,201,689 for the art of animation on May 21, 1940, the 62nd anniversary of his patent. It was for a multi-plane camera that allowed for a more realistic three-dimensional image as well as depth and richness to the animation. Disney's

May 17, 2002

USPTO Museum Opens New Exhibit Showcasing Trademarks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "Trademarks, The Fingerprints Of Commerce" on May 20, 2002 in conjunction with the International Trademark Association's annual meeting, which is being held in

May 17, 2002

Under Secretary Rogan to give Keynote address at INTA annual meeting

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will speak about the importance of intellectual property to the economy in his keynote address before the International Trademark Association's Annual

May 15, 2002

Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Visit Bay Area

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will talk about emerging issues at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, including his plans for the agency

May 9, 2002

Asian Pacific Americans Hold Patents on Important Inventions

Washington - In conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is recognizing Asian Pacific Americans whose inventions have contributed to making this country the most technologically advanced in the world.

May 8, 2002

Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Commerce Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne H. Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and-

May 3, 2002

USPTO Hosts International IP Officials

Washington - The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) begins hosting intellectual property officials from nine countries for two weeks of seminars beginning May 6, 2002. This year's 31 participants, known as visiting scholars, will receive classroom and hands-on

May 1, 2002

USPTO Explores Outsourcing International Patent Examination Functions

Washington - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a study to identify organizations able to process international patent applications. This year, USPTO expects to receive 46,000 requests to search and/or examine international applications. USPTO's patent examiners now do this work,

April 30, 2002

USPTO Welcomes Vice Chairman Of House Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Washington - James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today offered a first-hand look at USPTO's pioneering e-government patent and trademark systems to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Vice Chairman of the

April 22, 2002

Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Commerce Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne H. Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and-

April 9, 2002

The U.S. Patent System Celebrates 212 Years

Washington - On April 10, 1790, President George Washington signed the bill that laid the foundation of the modern American patent system. This date marks the first time in American history that the law gave inventors rights to their creations. The 1790 law gave the Patent Board members the power

March 26, 2002

Under Secretary Rogan Speaks to International Patent Conference

Washington - James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today made his first presentation before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva at a conference on the international

March 14, 2002

USPTO Director to Showcase Inventions Related to Homeland Security

Washington - The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plays a vital role in advancing the technology that will help the United States win the war on terrorism and strengthen homeland protections. The President's budget request for USPTO provides the agency with an

March 6, 2002

Congresswoman Melissa Hart Headlines USPTO Women's History Month Event

Washington - James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today welcomed Congresswoman Melissa Hart (R-PA) to the USPTO and introduced her to the throng of agency employees gathered to hear her present the

March 1, 2002

USPTO recognizes inventive women during Women's History Month

Washington - In celebration of Women's History Month, held each year during the month of March, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is recognizing some very special women whose inventions have made a great contribution in making this country the most

February 27, 2002

Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Government Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and-

February 19, 2002

Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Government Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and-

February 13, 2002

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Celebrates Valentine´s Day

Numerous patents and trademarks have a love connection Washington - Patents and trademarks may not be synonymous with Valentine's Day. However, the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patents and trademarks to many types of candies, flowers, and jewelry

February 11, 2002

USPTO Museum Opens New Exhibit Showcasing American Ingenuity

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled its newest periodic exhibit "Patent Models: Icons of Innovation," in celebration of the 155th anniversary of Thomas Edison's birthday. In the 19th Century, the United States was the only

February 8, 2002

African Americans Hold Patents on Important Inventions

Washington - Black History Month, held each year during the month of February, celebrates African American cultures and heritage and recognizes the many contributions African Americans have made to this nation. In conjunction with Black History Month, the Department of Commerce's United States

February 5, 2002

USPTO Announces Kick Off of E-Government Customer Training

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will begin a series of training seminars on the electronic filing of trademark applications and other documents, Thursday, February 7 in Los Angeles. The USPTO has proposed the mandatory electronic filing of trademark applications

February 5, 2002

USPTO Hosts Chairman of House Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Washington - James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today provided an insider's view of USPTO's pioneering e-government patent and trademark systems to Congressman Howard Coble, Chairman of the Judiciary

January 25, 2002

Patent for Play-Doh Issued January 26, 1965

Washington - Noah W. and Joseph S. McVicker, while living in Cincinnati, received patent #3,167,440 for a soft, pliable plastic modeling composition, today better known as Play-Doh®. Play-Doh® was originally designed as a wallpaper cleaner. Its similarity to regular modeling clay, without the

January 10, 2002

USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most Patents

PRESS RELEASE IBM repeats at top of list The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the top 10 private sector patent recipients for the 2001 calendar year. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2001, along with their ranking last year

January 10, 2002

USPTO Launches Media Campaign to Counter Patent Scams

This week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveils a television and radio campaign in five media markets to counter the flood of deceptive advertising aimed at America's independent inventors. USPTO's spots, which will run through March 31, 2002, in San Francisco/San Jose,

December 27, 2001

Woman Invented Dishwasher

Josephine Garis Cochran invented the first useful dishwasher in Shelbyville, Ill., and received patent # 355,139 on December 28, 1886. Cochrane, a wealthy woman who entertained often, wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster than her servants, and without breaking them. When she couldn't find

December 18, 2001

Mark Twain Granted His First Patent on December 19, 1871

Samuel L. Clemens, born in Florida, Mo., received patent #121,992 on December 19, 1871 for an Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain and famous for stories such as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, also was an inventor and received a total

December 13, 2001

USPTO Closed on Monday, December 24, 2001

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2001 in accordance with an executive order issued by President George W. Bush on December 6, 2001. Since Tuesday, December 25, 2001 is already a federal holiday, any action or fee due on those

December 6, 2001

Patent for First Synthetic Plastic Issued December 7, 1909

Leo Hendrick Baekeland was living in Yonkers, N.Y., when he received patent #942,699 for the first synthetic plastic, known as Bakelite, an invention that revolutionized the manufacture of everything from buttons to car parts. Baekeland, a successful innovator, used money from the sale of his first

November 21, 2001

CAT Scan Patent Issued November 25, 1975

Robert S. Ledley, born in 1926 in New York City, received patent # 3,922,552 on November 25, 1975 for the diagnostic X-ray system, also known as the CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scan. Ledley's invention, the ACTA (Automatic Computerized Transverse Axial) diagnostic X-ray scanner, was the first

November 21, 2001

USPTO Changes Address for Patent Express Mail

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has set up an alternate address on a temporary basis for USPS Express Mail being delivered to the agency for patent filings and patent correspondence. The change stems from a memorandum dated November 16

November 21, 2001

The USPTO Joins in the Celebration of Thanksgiving

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the celebration of Thanksgiving by recognizing some patents and trademarks associated with this festive holiday. Food often takes center stage at Thanksgiving, and there are many well-known Thanksgiving-related products

November 19, 2001

Traffic signal patent issued November 20, 1923

Garrett Morgan, the son of former slaves, was born in Paris, Ky., and was living in Cleveland when he received patent # 1,475,024 on November 20, 1923 for the three-way traffic signal. Dependence on the automobile grew rapidly after World War I, and Morgan saw that existing mechanical "stop" and "

November 14, 2001

Patent for Safety Razor Issued November 15, 1904

King C. Gillette was born in Fon du Lac, Wis., and while residing in Boston, received patent #775,134 for the disposable safety razor on November 15, 1904. Prior to the disposable razor, shaving was done with a straight-edge razor which had a thick, sharp blade, making it dangerous. The blade also

November 9, 2001

Patent For Preserving Blood Issued November 10, 1942

Dr. Charles Drew, who was born in Washington, D.C., received patent #2,301,710 on November 10, 1942 for a method of preserving human blood. Prior to Dr. Drew's invention, transfusions required a nearly simultaneous exchange of blood from the donor to the patient before the blood became tainted. Dr

November 9, 2001

In Remembrance of Our Nation's Heroes

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the commemoration of Veterans Day by recognizing some patriotic trademarks. Veterans Day has its roots in a 1921 ceremony first held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor an unnamed soldier, "known but to God."

October 26, 2001

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the celebration of this year's World Series by recognizing some patents and trademarks relative to baseball. Baseball is America's pastime. The thousands of patented inventions associated with the sport are testament to

October 24, 2001

USPTO Names Three New Technology Center Directors

Nicholas Godici, Acting Undersecretary of Commerce and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has added three new group directors to the Patent SES Management Team in the agency's Patent Examining Technology Centers, effective October 21, 2001. Bruce Kisliuk has

October 18, 2001

High Octane Gasoline Patent Issued October 19, 1948

Donald Campbell, Homer Martin, Charles Tyson and Eger Murphree, four inventors working for Exxon, revolutionized the petroleum industry when they created the first efficient and continuous way to refine crude oil. Their invention, known as fluid cat cracking, was granted patent #2,451,804, and came

October 17, 2001

Patent for Bread-Toaster Issued October 18, 1921

Charles P. Strite, born in Minneapolis, Minn., received patent #1,394,450 on October 18, 1921 for the bread-toaster. During World War I, Strite worked in a manufacturing plant in Stillwater, Minn., where he became frustrated with the burned toast served in the cafeteria. Strite, determined to find

October 16, 2001

USPTO Unveils New Museum Exhibit Wednesday, October 17, 2001 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "School Days," at an opening reception on Wednesday, October 17, 2001. In the 1800s, as America began testing the idea of a common education system that was free and open to all,

October 11, 2001

Kodak Film Patent Issued October 14, 1884

George Eastman, who was born in Waterville, N.Y., received patent #306,594 on October 14, 1884 for photographic film. Eastman's invention revolutionized photography by using coated paper and rollers, rather than heavy glass dry plates, to reproduce images. Eastman began looking for ways to "make

October 5, 2001

Cardiac Pacemaker Patent Issued October 9, 1962

On October 9, 1962, Wilson Greatbatch received patent #3,057,356 for the cardiac pacemaker. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Greatbatch's innovation was selected in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers as one of the two major engineering contributions to society during the previous 50 years

October 5, 2001

Patent for Xerox Technology Issued October 6, 1942

Chester F. Carlson, considered the father of xerographic printing, received patent #2,297,691 on October 6, 1942 for electrophotography. Carlson's invention, the first method of making images by dry copying, evolved from his desire to eliminate hand reproduction of patent specifications and

October 5, 2001

USPTO Hosts International IP Officials

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) begins hosting intellectual property officials from nine countries for two weeks of seminars beginning October 9, 2001. Participants, known as visiting scholars, receive classroom and hands-on learning about the United

October 3, 2001

USPTO Acting Director to Host Online Dialogue

Thursday, October 4, 2001 12 p.m. www.uspto.gov The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO Nicholas Godici will be available online Thursday, October 4, 2001 at 12 p.m

September 28, 2001

USPTO Announces Patent Fee Changes

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a fully fee-funded agency, announces that new patent fees will take effect October 1, 2001. Fees are being increased to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index over the last 12 months. Basic filing fees for utility

September 27, 2001

Hispanic American Hold Patents on Important Inventions

National Hispanic Heritage Month, held each year from September 15 - October 15, celebrates Hispanic cultures and heritage and recognizes the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this nation. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce's United States

August 29, 2001

USPTO Establishes Database of Official Insignia of Native American Tribes

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the establishment of a database to record the official insignia of federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. The USPTO will begin accepting requests on August 31, 2001. The database,

August 24, 2001

Television Patent Issued August 26, 1930

On August 26, 1930, Philo Taylor Farnsworth received patent #1,773,980 for the first television system. Farnsworth, who was born in Beaver, Utah, produced the first all-electric television image at the age of 20. Farnsworth's television patents covered scanning, focusing, synchronizing, contrast,

August 6, 2001

USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Online Dialogue

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne Chasser, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the USPTO. Participants are invited to

August 2, 2001

Deputy Commerce Secretary Celebrates USPTO's Many Facets of Diversity

Today U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Sam Bodman gave the keynote address at the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sixth annual community day, recognizing the agency's diverse workforce. The yearly celebration was attended by over two thousand USPTO

July 31, 2001

USPTO Holds Sixth Annual Community Day

Arlington - U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Samuel W. Bodman will provide the keynote address at the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sixth annual Community Day, recognizing the agency's diverse workforce. Nicholas Godici, Acting Under Secretary of

July 31, 2001

First U.S. Patent Issued Today in 1790

On July 31, 1790 Samuel Hopkins was issued the first patent for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. The patent was signed by President George Washington. Hopkins was born in Vermont, but was living in Philadelphia, Pa. when the patent was granted. The first patent, as well

July 13, 2001

USPTO to Hold 6th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

August 3 - 4, 2001; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The DoubleTree Hotel 300 Army Navy Drive Arlington, Virginia The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Office of Independent Inventor Programs (OIIP) will answer this and other questions about patenting inventions and

July 12, 2001

USPTO Wins E-Gov 2001 Pioneer Award

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Electronic Filing System (EFS) today received the E-Gov 2001 "Trailblazer" honorable mention award at the E-Gov 2001 International Electronic Government Conference and Exposition at the Washington Convention

July 2, 2001

USPTO Launches Telecommuting Program for Patent Examiners

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a work-at-home project for 125 senior patent examiners today. The project provides employees a better quality of life, including more time at home and less time in traffic, while the agency benefits from higher

June 28, 2001

Seventh Annual USPTO University Graduation

The USPTO University, the after-hours college of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the graduation of 40 students today. USPTO-U, which began in 1994, is a tremendously successful on-site program that helps USPTO employees develop skills that

June 27, 2001

USPTO Lauded for Telecommuting Program

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received the 2001 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Telework Award today for its Trademark Work at Home Program from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. USPTO began its telecommuting project in

June 22, 2001

USPTO To Mark 100,000th Electronic Trademark Application

June 25, 2001, 11 a.m. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Museum 2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 0100 Arlington, Va. The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will celebrate the 100,000th web-based trademark filing at a ceremony on June 25, 2001, 11 a.m. at the U.S.

June 12, 2001

USPTO Seeks Public Comment on Prior Art Sources For Business Method Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is soliciting public comment in a Federal Register notice on the databases it uses to find prior art relevant to its examination of software-implemented business method patents. The agency is also seeking public input on

June 7, 2001

USPTO Participates in Minnesota Inventors Congress

June 8-10, 2001 Community Center Fieldhouse Redwood Falls, Minn. The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP) is participating in the Minnesota Inventors Congress, "EXPO 2001," June 8-10, 2001 in Redwood Falls, Minn. This

June 5, 2001

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Acting Director to Host Online Dialogue

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Nicholas Godici, will be available online Wednesday, June 6, 2001 at noon to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the

June 1, 2001

USPTO Announces New Chief Information Officer

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce Douglas Bourgeois as its new Chief Information Officer, taking over the post on May 21, 2001. "Douglas Bourgeois brings to the USPTO a wide range of experience that will be helpful to the agency as

June 1, 2001

USPTO Participates in the Computers for Learning Program

On Thursday, May 31, 2001, Nicholas Godici, acting under secretary of commerce and acting director of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) donated surplus computers to the Cora Kelly Elementary School located in Alexandria, Va. The donation is part of the

June 1, 2001

OPM Approves Patent Professionals Pay Increase

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a request for a special pay scale by the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for patent examiner and patent examiner-related positions. This agreement provides the USPTO with the flexibility necessary to

May 11, 2001

USPTO is a Finalist in USA Today's 2001 Quality Cup Awards

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) electronic trademark filing system was recognized in a ceremony today as a finalist in the 2001 Quality Cup Award sponsored by USA TODAY and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. The

April 25, 2001

USPTO Website Gets Facelift

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has unveiled a new design for its website www.uspto.gov . The new design reflects a more modern Web presence and emphasizes USPTO's commitment to electronic commerce. The new Web pages reflect exhaustive research and are influenced by customer

April 11, 2001

USPTO Acting Director to Host Online Dialogue Thursday, April 12, 2001 1 p.m.

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Nicholas Godici, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the USPTO. Participants

March 28, 2001

USPTO Website Among Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website ( www.uspto.gov ) has been named to Third Annual "Top 100 Best Sites." USPTO's website is one of seven government sites recognized. The sites are recognized for the money and time saving values they offer those who own their own

March 15, 2001

USPTO Publishes First Patent Application

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its first set of patent applications under the American Inventors Protection Act, a 1999 law making far-reaching changes to the U.S. patent system. "Publication of patent applications before a patent is granted is one of the

March 7, 2001

USPTO Library Named Federal Information Center of the Year

The Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been named by the Library of Congress as the Federal Information Center of the Year. In addition, Darcy Bates, a STIC employee, was selected as Federal Library Technician of the Year

February 15, 2001

USPTO Sponsors E-Commerce Trademark Seminar

In a forum, sponsored by several Chicago-area law firms, associations and law schools, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will present the agency's trademark initiatives for 2001. It will be a unique collaboration between the USPTO and senior law firm and corporate trademark

February 13, 2001

USPTO to Hold Symposium on the Internet and Intellectual Property Crime

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe-Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment (UN/ECE), in cooperation with the United Kingdom Patent Office, will hold a three-day

January 23, 2001

USPTO Proposes Database of Official Insignia of Native American Tribes

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing that the agency create and maintain a database of the official insignia of federally and state recognized Native American tribes. The database was recommended in the USPTO's November 30, 1999 report to Congress that was mandated

January 19, 2001

Dickinson's USPTO Tenure Marked by Significan Progress

Since his nomination by President Bill Clinton, and his subsequent unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 1999 as Under Secretary and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson has led one of the largest agencies in the federal government through some of its

January 19, 2001

USPTO Issues White Paper on Patent Pooling

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that the agency has released a white paper on the use of patent pools as one way to address the issue of access to vital patented biotechnology products and processes. "Biotechnology, an increasingly important industry to the

January 17, 2001

Ground Broken for New USPTO Headquarters

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and LCOR Alexandria, L.L.C. (LCOR), today marked the groundbreaking for USPTO's new consolidated headquarters facility in Alexandria, Va. "On a day many thought might never come

January 11, 2001

USPTO Announces New General Counsel

James A. Toupin, formerly Deputy General Counsel at the United States International Trade Commission, will become the new General Counsel at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 28, 2001. Mr. Toupin also served as Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Special

January 10, 2001

USPTO Releases Annual List of 10 Organizations Receiving Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the top 10 private sector patent recipients for the 2000 calendar year. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2000, along with their ranking last year. For the eighth straight year, IBM

December 4, 2000

Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Tuesday, December 5, 2000, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (EST), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United State s Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on

November 27, 2000

USPTO Will Begin Publishing Patent Applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will begin publishing, for the first time, patent applications filed on or after November 29, 2000 eighteen months after the effective filing date of the application. Applications will be published electronically and will be available on the

November 16, 2000

USPTO to Host Seminar For Independent Inventors

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP), is presenting a one-day conference at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, November 18, 2000. This conference consists of various workshops for independent inventors and entrepreneurs, presenting information

November 16, 2000

USPTO Participates In Mississippi Inventor's Conference

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP) is participating in the Mississippi Inventor's Conference, "Inventing the New Millennium," on Saturday, November 18, 2000, in Olive Branch, Miss. This one-day conference consists of various workshops for inventors

November 13, 2000

USPTO Kicks Off Kids and Chemistry Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on November 14, launches its Kids and Chemistry program for 2000/2001. Kids and Chemistry is an outreach program developed by the American Chemical Society to give scientists the resources and training necessary to share hands-on experiments

November 6, 2000

USPTO Web Database Now Includes All Patents Dating from 1790

PRESS RELEASE The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded its 2 million patent Web database to include every United States patent ever issued, a total of more than 6.5 million patents. The database now offers the public an additional 1.7 terabytes of full-page images for the

November 2, 2000

GovExec.com Names USPTO Website as one of the "Best Feds on the Web"

The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Electronic Business Center ( www.uspto.gov/ebc/ ) has been selected as one of this year's "Best Feds on the Web" by GovExec.com, the website of Government Executive magazine. The Electronic Business Center (EBC) is the e-commerce home

October 30, 2000

USPTO Hosts International IP Seminar

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) begins hosting intellectual property officials from 14 countries for two weeks of seminars, known as the Visiting Scholars Program. Scholars will receive classroom and hands on study of the United States' intellectual property system. The program

October 27, 2000

Doors Open to Electronic Patent Filing

USPTO will accept patent applications for inventions over the Internet Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated full production of its electronic patent application filing system (EFS). Now, anyone can file an application for a new invention with USPTO using the Internet.

October 16, 2000

USPTO Has New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Policy and Projects

Washington - Lynne Beresford, formerly an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs (OLIA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has been named the agency's Deputy for Trademark Policy and Projects. "I am extremely pleased that Lynne Beresford has accepted

October 12, 2000

USPTO Offers New Quality Of Work Life Initiatives

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a number of new programs, collectively known as Day Two Initiatives, designed to improve the quality of the work life for its employees. Starting on October 22, 2000, the USPTO will further expand its flextime policy, allowing full

October 12, 2000

USPTO Extends Workshops on AIPA and Electronic Commerce

Due to overwhelming interest, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will continue to hold free, one-day, educational workshops in four cities at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL) detailing implementation of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) and

October 11, 2000

Nobel Prize Winners Hold Patents For Award-Winning Work

Physics winners decorated for pioneering work in modern-day information technology Jack S. Kilby, Zhores Ivanovich Alferov and Herbert Kroemer each hold U.S. patents for the work for which they were honored with the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics. Jack S. Kilby, received patents for his work

October 3, 2000

USPTO Has New Deputy CFO And Comptroller

Sandra Weisman, formerly Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), became Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on September 25, 2000. "Sandra Weisman brings to the USPTO a superlative

October 2, 2000

Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Wednesday, October 4, 2000, between 1-2 p.m. (ET), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to

September 26, 2000

USPTO to Hold Fifth Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a two-day conference on October 6 and 7, 2000, at the University of Maryland, on topics of specific interest to America's independent inventors. The conference will be held at the Inn and Conference Center in College Park

September 26, 2000

USPTO Streamlines Patent Application Process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced changes to its rules of practice as part of the agency's continuing efforts to streamline and simplify the process of applying for and obtaining patent protection for new inventions. The rule changes, collectively known as the

September 19, 2000

USPTO Introduces New E-Mail Response Message System

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that the agency recently introduced the Email Response Messaging System (ERMS) which allows customers and the public to access the Office of Customer Support Services, General Information Services Division at the USPTO through

September 11, 2000

Attorney General Reno to Speak at USPTO IIP Enforcement Symposium

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will address government intellectual property officials from 30 countries in the Western Hemisphere at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. The Attorney General, who will talk about trends in intellectual property crime and the need for

August 30, 2000

USPTO To Hold West Coast Symposiums on Biotechnology and Software Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold symposiums in Washington and California on current patent examination practices in biotechnology and software. The one-day sessions will also focus on new USPTO procedures implementing provisions of the American Inventors Protection

August 22, 2000

Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees to Hold Inaugural Meetings

The Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee will each hold its first meeting on August 23, 2000. The Committees were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the Director of the USPTO on the agency's operations, including its goals,

August 16, 2000

USPTO Announces Patent Fee Changes

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which has been fully fee-funded since 1993, recently announced changes in patent fees to take effect October 1, 2000. In order to recover the high costs associated with doing business, patent fee amounts are being increased by the current rate

August 2, 2000

Secretary Mineta to Speak at USPTO's Community Day

Recognizing Our Similarities-Embracing Our Differences is the Theme for Community Day at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office On Thursday, August 3, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its fifth annual community day, recognizing the many cultures

August 1, 2000

Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Wednesday, August 2, 2000, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (ET), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on

July 24, 2000

USPTO Schedules Roundtable on Software Business Method Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a roundtable meeting on Thursday, July 27, 2000, to discuss the history and present practices relating to computer-implemented business method patents and to identify ways to improve USPTO's current examination approach to these

July 13, 2000

USPTO Celebrated Signing of Lease for Consolidated Space in Alexandria

Washington - On July 10, 2000, approximately 100 people attended a ceremony at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to celebrate the June 1 signing of USPTO's consolidated lease. Those joining USPTO Director, Q. Todd Dickinson and agency staff at the recognition ceremony included

June 15, 2000

Some Well-Known U.S. Trademarks Celebrate One Hundred Years

Not much has spanned the last century. Less has lasted the past 100 years without change. That is why the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proud to announce that 15 trademarks are celebrating their centennials this year. The picture of a chef holding a bowl of hot cereal,

June 7, 2000

USPTO Honored by Computerworld and Smithsonian for Internet Patent Database

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was named one of five finalists in the Government and Non-Profit Organizations category of the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards for the agency's Patent Full-Text and Image Database. The prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian program recognized USPTO

June 5, 2000

USPTO Accepts Credit Card Payments

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces its acceptance of credit card payments for all fees and services such as: basic filing fee for a utility patent application, patent maintenance fees, trademark application for registration and trademark application for renewal. USPTO

May 31, 2000

Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, June 1, 2000, from1-2 p.m. (ET), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Q. Todd Dickinson will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work

May 19, 2000

USPTO Updates Its Award-Winning Kids' Pages

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released intriguing new material on its Kids' Pages including new theme pages, a new calendar of patent and trademark trivia and a listing of recent contest winners. The primary purpose of the Kids' Pages is to stimulate children's

May 18, 2000

USPTO To Co-Sponsor Camp Invention

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), along with Ford Motor Company, is co-sponsoring full scholarships for Camp Invention, a week-long day camp established by the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. The scholarships will help children in socio-economically challenged neighborhoods

May 8, 2000

USPTO Marks 15th Anniversary of VIsiting Scholars Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host intellectual property officials from 15 countries, ranging from the Philippines to Kuwait, from May 8-19, 2000. Scholars will receive two weeks of classroom and hands on study of the United States intellectual property system. The Visiting

May 5, 2000

USPTO Co-sponsors Walkathon to Benefit ALIVE! Child Development Center

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is co-sponsoring Step ALIVE! 2000, a five-mile walk Sunday, May 7, 2000, at First Christian Church in Alexandria from 1:30-5:30 p.m. to raise money for the ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) located in Alexandria, Va. The walkathon is an

May 2, 2000

USPTO Named Semifinalist in Harvard Government Innovations Award Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been named as a semifinalist in the Innovations in American Government Awards competition sponsored by the Ford Foundation, and administered by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in partnership with the Council for

April 5, 2000

Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, April 6, 2000, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (EST), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on

March 31, 2000

PTO CELEBRATES BECOMING A PERFORMANCE-BASED ORGANIZATION

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate becoming a Performance-Based Organization (PBO) on April 3, 2000, with a ceremony in front of the main headquarters building at 2121 Crystal Drive; Arlington, Va. at 10:30 a.m. The new status results from the American Inventors

March 29, 2000

USPTO Becomes Performance Based Organization

Today, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) became the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a Performance-Based Organization (PBO). The new status results from the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, which reformed the U.S. patent system in a number of ways. The PBO is a

March 21, 2000

1999 Trademarks Statistics Announced

In fiscal year 1999, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued 87,774 trademark registrations. U.S. domestic entities received 87 percent of all U.S. trademark registrations issued in fiscal year (FY) 1999. Thirteen percent of FY 1999 U.S. trademark registrations were issued to entities

March 21, 2000

USPTO to Host World's Greatest Kid Inventor

On Wednesday, March 22, 2000, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the grand prize presentation ceremony for the Green Giant National Veggie Eating Invention Contest, a contest designed to educate kids on the important role vegetables play in a growing body. The National Veggie

March 16, 2000

US Patent Policy Unaffected by US/UK Statement on Human Gene Sequence Data

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) reaffirmed today that United States patent policy remains unaffected by Tuesday's historic joint statement issued by the United States and the United Kingdom urging that "raw fundamental data on the human genome...should be made freely available to scientists

March 2, 2000

1999 Patent Statistics Announced

In calendar year 1999, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted record 169,154 patents, including 153,493 utility (inventions), 14,732 design, and 421 plant patents. In calendar year 1998, the USPTO issued 163,208 patents. U.S. resident inventors received 55.6 percent of all U.S.

February 29, 2000

USPTO Introduces New Trademark Electronic Search System

The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proud to announce Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), another addition to the agency's electronic commerce initiatives. TESS allows the public to search and retrieve, for free via an Internet browser, the 2.6

February 18, 2000

USPTO Names New Director for Independent Inventor Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently named Richard Apley, a long time employee of the USPTO, as its new director to head up the Office of Independent Inventor Programs (OIIP). OIIP, established in March 1999, is aimed at meeting the special needs of independent inventors. The

February 17, 2000

Patent Commissioner to Participate in Innovacon 2000

On Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23, 2000, Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson, will address invention exhibitors at the Innovacon 2000 Conference and Exhibition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Representatives from the Office of Independent Inventor Programs, a

February 8, 2000

USPTO Commissioner to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, February 10, 2000, from 1-2 p.m. (ET), Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the USPTO. This open online dialogue is the third for the PTO

February 7, 2000

PTO COMMISSIONER TO ADDRESS ALEXANDRIA ROTARY CLUB

Q. Todd Dickinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks will be the keynote speaker on February 8, 2000, at the Alexandria Rotary Club's monthly luncheon. Commissioner Dickinson's speech will address the proposed move to a site in Alexandria that includes a

February 4, 2000

USPTO Customers Can Now Use Internet for Financial Transactions

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the upgrade of its Revenue Accounting and Management (RAM) system to allow financial transactions over the Internet. The upgrade is part of the USPTO's long-term strategy to modernize financial management practices and procedures,

February 1, 2000

USPTO To Publish Complaints Concerning Invention Promotion Firms

Exercising authority provided by the Inventors? Rights Act of 1999 , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has adopted interim rules of practice to implement the procedures of accepting complaints about invention promoters and making those complaints publicly available. USPTO is providing

January 31, 2000

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Introduces Online Magazine

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently unveiled USPTO TODAY, an online magazine targeted at the USPTO's external customers. The USPTO TODAY online magazine is published monthly and focuses on inside views and actions of the agency and its leadership. The contents of USPTO TODAY are

January 13, 2000

USPTO Announces First Patent and Trademark of New Millennium

The first patent and trademark issued in the year 2000 reflect dramatic differences from those awarded at the beginning of the last century, the Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today. The first patent for the new millennium was issued on January 4, 2000, to

January 12, 2000

Department of Commerce Introduces New E-Commerce Initiative

First Patent Application Filed Using the Internet The Department of Commerce has announced that the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled the Electronic Filing System (EFS) pilot program, the second phase of the USPTO's evolving electronic filing system with the recent filing of the first

January 11, 2000

USPTO Commissioner to Participate in ABC News Live Interactive Webcast

Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Commissioner Q. Todd Dickinson will be a guest on Sam Donaldson@abcnews.com , a live interactive Webcast with Sam Donaldson of ABC, on Wednesday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m. The topics to be discussed will include basic patent and trademark topics, such as why is it

December 21, 1999

USPTO Orders Reexamination of Y2K Fix Patent

Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson ordered today the reexamination of a computer software patent granted to a California resident. The patent involves a method of extending computer processing of dates beyond the turn of the century, the so-

December 17, 1999

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the commissioner of patents and trademarks, Q. Todd Dickinson, today welcomed Kerry Donnelly, the mayor of Alexandria, and Meg O'Regan, the director of the Alexandria Department of Social Services, to donate gifts PTO employees collected and to

December 17, 1999

Patent and Trademark Office Updates Kids' Pages on Website For Winter Fun

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has updated its Web pages devoted to children for the winter season. PTO's Kids' Pages provide patent and trademark information in a language that children can understand and will expose future inventors and entrepreneurs to the inventive thinking process in a

December 13, 1999

PTO Commissioner to Host Online Dialog

On Wednesday, December 15, 1999 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (ET), Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the PTO. This open online dialog is the second for the

December 9, 1999

Patent and Trademark Office Unveils a New Museum Exhibit

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) unveiled a new exhibit at its museum in Arlington, Virginia. The exhibit, entitled , showcases some of the many innovations of the 19 th and 20 th centuries that have made today's tallest buildings possible. A model of Elisha Otis' safety elevator

November 16, 1999

Patent and Trademark Office Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Clarence Crawford, formerly associate director of administration at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), became associate commissioner and chief financial officer at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on November 8, 1999. "Clarence Crawford brings to the PTO a superlative record of

November 12, 1999

PTO Proposes to Permit Payment of Fees by Credit Card

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is soliciting comments on a proposal to amend its rules of practice to provide for payment of any patent or trademark fee by credit card. This initiative would offer patent and trademark customers an alternative method of paying required fees in situations

November 12, 1999

PTO Adds New Research Site for Inventors

In order to support business in the northeast, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently designated a fourth Partnership Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) at the Boston Public Library. The Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program (PTDLP) administers a nationwide network of

November 12, 1999

Dickinson and Chasser Confirmed by Senate to Top Posts at PTO

The U.S. Senate, on November 10, 1999, unanimously confirmed Q. Todd Dickinson as assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, and Anne Chasser as assistant commissioner for trademarks. Dickinson said, "I am pleased to have this opportunity to serve the president,

November 2, 1999

Q. Todd Dickinson and Anne Chasser Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

The nominations of Q. Todd Dickinson as assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, and Anne H. Chasser, as assistant commissioner for trademarks, were approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dickinson has been serving in the job in an acting capacity since

October 29, 1999

PTO Co-Sponsors Mississippi Inventor's Conference

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is co-sponsoring the Mississippi Inventor's Conference, "Ideas to Dollars," on October 30th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This one-day conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Mississippi Polymer Institute consists of various workshops for

October 22, 1999

University of California Continues to Receive Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today announced the top ten U.S. universities with the most patents received January 1998 - December 1998. Listed below are the ten universities that received the most utility patents for inventions for calendar year 1998, along with their ranking

October 20, 1999

PTO Facilitates International TRIPS Compliance

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is using its annual Visiting Scholars Program to help patent, trademark and copyright officials from over 13 foreign countries meet their January 1, 2000 obligations under the agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS). The TRIPS

October 14, 1999

Patent Commissioner to Participate in the Yankee Invention Exposition

On Friday, October 15, 1999, Q. Todd Dickinson, acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, will address invention exhibitors at a reception held in their honor during the Yankee Invention Exposition, in Waterbury, Conn. About America's independent inventors, Mr. Dickinson says, "We must do all

October 14, 1999

Four American Inventors Honored for Revolutionary Innovation

In a 1 p.m ceremony today, Robert Mallett, deputy secretary of commerce, presented the department's Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Award to four outstanding American inventors whose creative genius revolutionized life in the 20th century. Q. Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of

October 12, 1999

Four American Inventors to Be Honored for Revolutionary Innovation

Robert Mallett, deputy secretary of commerce, will present the department's Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Award to four outstanding American inventors whose creative genius revolutionized life in the 20 th century. Q, Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting

October 8, 1999

PTO Launches Internet Filing for Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is now equipped to electronically receive application data for certain biotechnology patent filings. This announcement follows the successful Internet filing, on September 29, 1999, of a gene sequence listing for a pending biotechnology application. That

October 1, 1999

PTO to Air Ads Targeting Invention Promotion Scams

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), as part of the agency's specialized support for small inventors, on October 1, 1999, will start airing 60-second radio and 30-second television commercials in the San Jose, CA and Tampa, FL media markets. The purpose of these advertisements is to inform

September 30, 1999

Top Ten States with Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today announced the top ten states with the most patent recipients for January 1999 - June 1999. Listed below are the ten states whose residents received the most patents for inventions in the first half of 1999, along with their ranking for 1998

September 21, 1999

PTO Computer Systems Ready for New Millennium

All of the computer systems critical to the work of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)-a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce-have been verified operational for the year 2000 and beyond. The agency began individually testing, repairing and replacing its information technology (IT)

September 17, 1999

PTO Website Among Popular Science Magazine's Elite in 1999

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) website ( www.uspto.gov ) has been named for the second year in a row to "50 Best of the Web." This annual award recognizes PTO's website for its excellent science and technology content. Each month, Popular Science publishes Web Watch, a list of Internet sites

September 13, 1999

PTO Takes Part in Depositing WIPO Ratifications

As part of the first deposit of an instrument of ratification by a major industrialized nation, Q. Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, will accompany the U.S. Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley to deposit with the director

September 10, 1999

PTO to Hold Fourth Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Celebrating America's heroes The Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will hold a two-day conference on September 24 and 25, 1999, in Houston, on the topics of specific interest to America's independent inventor. The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Astrodome

September 8, 1999

USPTO Launches Independent Inventor Website

Washington - As part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Independent Inventor Programs, the PTO has launched a website devoted to independent inventors. The Office of Independent Inventor Programs Resources website will offer educational and outreach programs for independent

August 31, 1999

PTO Launches Kids' Pages on Website

As part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) recognition of National Inventor's Month, the PTO is introducing web pages devoted to children. The web pages will provide patent and trademark information in a language that children can understand and will expose future inventors and

August 23, 1999

PTO and BIO to Hold Two-Day Biotech Conference

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) are sponsoring two days of presentations, August 24 and 25, 1999, on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and organic chemistry. Over 200 patent practitioners interested in biotechnology patenting are expected to

August 4, 1999

United We Work is the Theme for Community Day at the USPTO

On Thursday, August 5, 1999, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will hold its fourth annual community day recognizing the many cultures represented in its workforce. The event's main stage will showcase international music, cultural presentations, games, dancers, and a

July 30, 1999

PTO Acting Commissioner to Host Ground-Breaking Online Dialog

On Tuesday, August 3, 1999 between 12 noon and 1 p.m., Acting Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the PTO. This open online dialog is a first for a PTO

July 6, 1999

President Clinton Nominates Todd Dickinson to Top Post at USPTO

President Clinton yesterday nominated Q. Todd Dickinson to be assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks. "I am extremely honored that the president has asked me to serve in this important position. The American intellectual property protection system plays a vital

June 23, 1999

Commissioner of Patents to Visit Walnut Creek Camp Invention

Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, will pay a visit to Camp Invention at Walnut Heights Elementary School on Friday, June 25, 1999 between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Walnut Heights Elementary School is located at 4046 Walnut Boulevard in

June 10, 1999

Patent and Trademark Office Mourns Death of Judge Giles S. Rich

Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Acting Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson issued the following statement in connection with Wednesday's death of Judge Giles S. Rich, the most tenured member of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. "All of us at the U.S.

June 8, 1999

Commissioner of Patents to Visit Dallas Camp Invention

Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, will pay a visit to Camp Invention at Ben Milam Elementary School on Friday, June 11, 1999 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Ben Milam Elementary School is located at 4200 McKinney Avenue in Dallas.

April 6, 1999

USPTO Extends Telephone Customer Service Hours

In response to customer needs and a commitment to customer service, General Information Services (GIS) customer service representatives are now available to assist customers calling 1-800-PTO-9199 from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time-three hours later than before. “How do I get a

March 30, 1999

PTO Opens Office to Address Needs of Independent Inventors

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently opened a new office aimed at meeting the special needs of independent inventors. "America's independent inventors are a valuable intellectual and economic resource," said Q. Todd Dickinson, acting commissioner of patents and trademarks. "It is

March 15, 1999

PTO Earns Kudos for Website

The Patent and Trademark Office has been recognized by several organizations and received awards for its website ( www.uspto.gov ). PTO's website had a total of 41,671,231 hits in January 1999, which includes 7,960,810 web pages served and 2,559,888 patent and trademark database searches conducted

February 24, 1999

U.S. Patents Up 31.5 Percent in 1998

In calendar year 1998, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) granted a record 163,209 patents, including 147,521 utility, 14,767 design, 561 plant, and 298 reissue patents, and 62 statutory invention registrations. This is an increase of 31.5 percent over the 124,146 patents granted in 1997.

February 1, 1999

PTO Marks Improvements in Performance Management

"Management is a continuing process of improvement and constructive criticism is always appreciated," said Q. Todd Dickinson, acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, in response to the performance rating given to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) by the Government Performance Project, a

December 2, 1998

Lehman Resignation

Bruce A. Lehman, assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks yesterday sent his letter of resignation to President Clinton effective December 31, 1998. Lehman had announced in late October that he would be leaving his post at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO

October 23, 1998

Lehman to Leave Patent and Trademark Office by End of Year

Bruce A. Lehman, assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, has announced that he intends to leave the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by year's end. Lehman, who has headed the Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) since 1993, made history as one

October 13, 1998

Nobel Prize Winner Among Ronald H. Brown Award Recipients

What do the computer mouse, liquid crystal, and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) have in common? Sure, they are all amazing twentieth century discoveries that have changed the way we live. But they also have something else in common. The inventors of these modern day marvels are being honored by

September 28, 1998

USPTO to Hold Third Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will hold a two-day conference October 23 and 24, 1998, in San Francisco, on issues of specific interest to America's independent inventor. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Commissioner of Patents and

September 10, 1998

National Taxpayers Union Campaign Against PTO Could Cost Americans $72 Million

The National Taxpayers Union's eye-catching but misleading dispatch alleging government waste in the General Services Administration's (GSA) competitive space procurement for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is an ill-advised effort to stop the project and could cost taxpayers $72 million

April 24, 1998

USPTO to Hold Conference on Database Protection and Access Issues

The Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office will hold a one-day conference on Tuesday, April 28, 1998, on issues related to protection of and access to compilations of data. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Bruce Lehman, will open the program at 8

April 1, 1998

Facts on Patenting Life Forms Having a Relationship to Humans

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is charged with the responsibility of administering the patent laws of the United States, as interpreted by the Supreme Court and other courts. Thus, the PTO fully applies the law without discriminating against a particular field of technology. In accordance

March 4, 1998

Independent Inventors Exhibit at Disney World

Sixty independent inventors from around the country are exhibiting their newly patented inventions at the 25 th Annual National Inventor's Expo at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center March 12-15. The Expo, sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Intellectual Property Owners, features

March 3, 1998

Clinton Nominates USPTO Deputy Commissioner

On Thursday, February 26, President Clinton nominated Q. Todd Dickinson to be deputy assistant secretary and deputy commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office at the Department of Commerce. "I am honored that the president has chosen me to serve in this important position," said Dickinson

February 17, 1998

Presidential Patent Model and Drawing on Display

Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president to hold a patent. For the first time since the mid-19 th century, his original patent model and drawing for "Patent No. 6,469, A Device for Buoying Vessels over Shoals," will be displayed together as part of the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum exhibit

February 17, 1998

New USPTO Museum Exhibit Focuses on Photography

Since that first exposure was made over 170 years ago, photography has captured the minds and the images of generations of people around the world. The new exhibit at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum, “A Moment in Time: The Art of Photography,” traces the technology of photography from the

January 12, 1998

USPTO Announces Top Patent Earners

Arlington, VA – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top patent recipients for the 1997 calendar year. The USPTO received over 210,000 patent applications in 1997 and issued over 120,000 patents. The following organizations received the most patents for

November 3, 1997

USPTO to Highlight Secure, Cutting-Edge Electronic Technology

The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Electronic Patent Application Filing System and its International Priority Document Exchange Project are two of a dozen demonstration projects that will be featured at a national conference hosted by the Government Information Technology

October 29, 1997

USPTO Acknowledges Excellence with the Donald J. Quigg Award

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Society in cooperation with Project XL is proud to announce this year's recipient of the Donald J. Quigg Excellence in Education Award. This award is given each year to one person nationally whose work in the field of education has exemplified

October 17, 1997

Join Us For the Opening Ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. - High tech, corporate innovations will be on display at a special exhibition October 17-19, sponsored by the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office. Join the United States Copyright Office, the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO), WGMS radio's morning show

October 15, 1997

Four American Inventors to Receve Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Awards

ARLINGTON, VA - Four of America's most outstanding inventors will receive the Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Award from the U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on Oct. 16 at the Department of Commerce auditorium (14 th /Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.). Alma

October 9, 1997

Mind Matters '97 Exhibit To Highlight Latest American Technology

ARLINGTON, VA . - Over 100 patents representing the latest American innovations-film-free x-rays, 3-D computer images, new lights and plastics, the latest digital technology, and the newest Barbie doll-will be on display at a special exhibition October 17-19, sponsored by the Commerce Department's

October 9, 1997

Join Us For a Kick-Off Reception and Enjoy a Sneak Preview of Mind Matters '97

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Over 100 patents representing the latest American innovations-film-free x-rays, 3-D computer images, new lights and plastics, the latest digital technology, and the newest Barbie doll-will be on display at a special exhibition October 17-19, sponsored by the Commerce Department's