Patent Related Notices - 2015

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Shutdown of Certain Electronic Systems of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from Tuesday, December 22, 2015 through Thursday, December 24, 2015 (23Dec2015) 1422 OG 188 19JAN2016    
Extension of the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program (18Dec2015) 1422 OG 192 19JAN2016 80 FR 80325 24DEC2015
Request for Submission of Topics for USPTO Quality Case Studies (15Dec2015) 1422 OG 189 19JAN2016 80 FR 79277 21DEC2015
Changes to Facilitate Applicant's Authorization of Access to Unpublished U.S. Patent Applications by Foreign Intellectual Property Offices (21Oct2015) 1420 OG 178 17NOV2015 80 FR 65649 27OCT2015
Change in Practice Regarding Correction of Foreign Priority Claims (26Sep2015) 1420 OG 52 03NOV2015 80 FR 60367 06OCT2015
July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility (15Jul2015) [MORE INFORMATION] 1417 OG 252 25AUG2015 80 FR 45429 30JUL2015
The Japan Patent Office to Act as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for International Applications Received by the USPTO (07Jul2015) 1417 OG 63 04AUG2015    
United States Patent and Trademark Office and Japan Patent Office Collaborative Search Pilot Program (02Jul2015) 1417 OG 68 04AUG2015 80 FR 39752 10JUL2015
United States Patent and Trademark Office and Korean Intellectual Property Office Collaborative Search Pilot Program (02Jul2015) 1417 OG 52 04AUG2015 80 FR 39412 09JUL2015
Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (21Jun2015) 1416 OG 200 21JUL2015    
Notice Announcing Inclusion of International Design Applications in the Electronic Office (e-Office) Action Program (11Jun2015) 1416 OG 143 14JUL2015    
Extension of the Period for Comments on Enhancing Patent Quality (05May2015)     80 FR 26914 11MAY2015
Change to Internet Usage Policy To Permit Oral Authorization for Video Conferencing Tools by Patent Examiners (23Apr2015) 1414 OG 400 26MAY2015 80 FR 23787 29APR2015
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, March 5, 2015 (30Mar2015) 1414 OG 190 05MAY2015    
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (30Mar2015) 1414 OG 189 05MAY2015    
Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (30Mar2015) 1414 OG 188 05MAY2015    
Changes to Implement the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs (16Mar2015) [More Information] 1414 OG 87 05MAY2015 80 FR 17918 02APR2015
Request for Comments on Enhancing Patent Quality (03Feb2015) [More Information] 1414 OG 76 05MAY2015 80 FR 6475 05FEB2015
Notice Concerning the European Patent Office's Action as an International Searching Authority for International Applications Filed With the United States Receiving Office or the International Bureau as Receiving Office (11Feb2015) 1412 OG 61 10MAR2015    
Continuation of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (05Feb2015) 1412 OG 215 24MAR2015    
Extension of the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program (07Jan2015) 1412 OG 211 24MAR2015 80 FR 1624 13JAN2015