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Glossary Initiative

 Glossary Initiative


The Glossary Pilot Program has been extended for six months to June 2, 2015 or until the USPTO accepts 200 grantable petitions under the pilot program, whichever occurs first.

In June 2013, the White House issued a series of Executive Actions concerning high-tech patent issues.  Executive Action No. 2 concerned functional claiming, specifically, (i) improving functional claim clarity; and (ii) possible glossary usage in patent specifications.  The White House assigned Executive Action No. 2 to the USPTO, stating:  “The AIA made important improvements to the examination process and overall patent quality, but stakeholders remain concerned about patents with overly broad claims—particularly in the context of software.  The PTO will provide new targeted training to its examiners on scrutiny of functional claims and will, over the next six months develop strategies to improve claim clarity, such as by use of glossaries in patent specifications to assist examiners in the software field.”

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Glossary Pilot - Extended for six months through June 2, 2015

The program has been extended for six months to June 2, 2015, or until the USPTO accepts 200 grantable petitions, whichever occurs first.

The guidelines below provide general information on specific requirements under this pilot program and are merely supplemental to the program requirements as set forth in the Federal Register notice, Glossary Pilot Program FR 79, 17137 (March 27, 2014) [PDF] .

 Glossary Pilot Statistics graphical representation

Glossary Pilot Statistics as of 12/05/2014

Total Filed


Petitions under Review


Petitions Granted


First Actions Completed



When filing in EFS-Web, please remember to use the “Petition for Glossary Pilot” document description to identify your petition in order to ensure accurate processing

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   Contact:  Seema Rao,                    
                   Director, Technology Center 2100

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