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Monday Sep 10, 2012

USPTO Establishes Patent Ombudsman Program for Small Business Concerns

From Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator:

The America Invents Act requires the USPTO to establish and maintain a Patent Ombudsman Program for Small Business Concerns using its existing resources.  The AIA specifies that the program provide support and services relating to patent filings for small business concerns and independent inventors and be available by September 16, 2012.  In accordance with the AIA, the USPTO has established such a program to be known as the Program for Small Business Concerns: 

Program for Small Business Concerns

In forming the new Program for Small Business Concerns, the USPTO has combined the efforts of the existing Office of Innovation Development and the existing Patents Ombudsman Program.  This new Small Business Concerns program will provide through the two offices a full range of services at all stages of the patent process, including before an application is filed, while an application is pending at the USPTO, and after a patent has issued.  Here is more information about the Office of Innovation Development and the Patents Ombudsman Program:

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