Office of Patent Information Management
The Office of Patent Information Management (OPIM) manages the development and implementation of technology systems, tools, and information resources for Patents. This includes developing program requirements for automated systems relating to domestic and international patent information technology systems. OPIM also provides an extensive array of Patents information services including stakeholder support. OPIM has five operating areas that maintain responsibility for developing and implementing new and enhanced automation technologies, processes, and programs designed to improve patent business practices.
This office is comprised of five offices: the Office of Data Management, the Office of Patent Application Processing, the Office of Patent Automation, the Office of Patent Information Resources and the Scientific and Technical Information Center.
Office of Data Management
The Office of Data Management (ODM) manages the processing and data capture of allowed patent applications, assembles and mails patent grants and prepares Certificates of Correction. ODM is also responsible for the production of weekly text searchable and image databases of issued Patents and Pre-Grant Application Publications used by the USPTO and the Intellectual Property community. ODM responsibilities also include the creation of the eOG:P or the Electronic Patent Official Gazette.
Office of Patent Application Processing
The Office of Patent Application Processing (OPAP) performs initial processing for all new US and PCT applications to ensure that applications are in condition for examination, PreGrant Publication, or ready for transmission to the International Bureau. OPAP also processes all Power of Attorney requests, rule 1.48 petitions to correct inventorship, and requests to retrieve foreign priority documents using Priority Document Exchange (PDX) or the Digital Access Service (DAS).
Office of Patent Automation
The Office of Patent Automation (OPA) provides program and project management over all Patent automation programs and initiatives. OPA has oversight of key functional areas to quickly address new Patent initiatives and expand current programs to meet changing business conditions and user requirements. OPA also monitors, maintains, and enhances automation products to improve performance in direct response to user needs and patent business practices.
Office of Patent Information Resources
The Office of Patent Information Resources (OPIR) improves examiner effectiveness through automation training, coordination of Patents Telework programs, development of informative Patents web and SharePoint sites, implementation of outreach communications initiatives, production of multimedia audio/video products, and ensures webcast distribution and presentation.
Scientific and Technical Information Center
The Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) enhances patents quality and examiner effectiveness through search, information services, and automation training. STIC also offers search instruction, patents search strategy assistance, foreign patents searching, translations and commercial database training to the public.