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Glossary Initiative

 Glossary Initiative

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 - Still Accepting Applications

The Glossary Pilot Program begins June 2, 2014 and will run for six (6) months 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] .


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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For further information please contact us by e-mail or telephone:


   Contact:  Seema Rao,                    
                   Director, Technology Center 2100

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