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USPTO welcomes new interim Trademark Public Advisory Committee member

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes Tricia McDermott Thompkins as a new interim member of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The interim appointment will be effective on October 30, 2020 and run through December 1, 2022. Ms. Thompkins serves as Executive Vice…

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New benchmark USPTO study finds artificial intelligence in U.S. patents rose by more than 100% since 2002

An unprecedented 42% of all USPTO technology subclasses now contain AI patents.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Global IP Challenges Forum

Global IP Challenges Forum Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 26, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Your Excellency, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem, for your kind introduction. And thank you for your vision to organize and host this historic IP20 meeting…

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 26

Monday, October 26, (6-6:30 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu 2020 TM5 (Trademark 5) Annual Meeting – TM5 consists of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO),...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the ID5 Annual Meeting

Remarks delivered at the ID5 Annual Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 15, 2020 (Recorded) October 29, 2020 (Broadcast) As prepared for delivery Hello, fellow representatives from the EUIPO, JPO, KIPO, CNIPA and WIPO. I wish I could have welcomed you in...

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 19

Monday, October 19 , (2 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Rogers State University faculty and students - Expanding American Innovation Monday, October 19 , (5-6 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu University of Pennsylvania School of Law faculty and students - Expanding American Innovation...

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Mary Critharis appointed USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Mary Critharis has been appointed the USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs. Ms. Critharis first joined the USPTO as a patent examiner in 1992 before progressing to Assistant Solicitor…

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USPTO Director and Deputy Director Speaking Engagements for the week of October 12

All events to be held in a virtual format. Tuesday, October 13 , (8-10 a.m. ET) Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, will attend the AIPPI World Congress, at which he will participate in a two-hour moderated, interactive conversation between…

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USPTO releases report on artificial intelligence and intellectual property policy

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released a report titled “Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy.” It takes a comprehensive look at a wide variety of stakeholder views on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) across the…

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USPTO celebrates Made in America Week by highlighting great American inventions

The USPTO celebrates "Made In America Week" with invention highlights on its social media channels

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund Patent Event

“The Reliable IP Side of Dynamic Competition” Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter September 30, 2020 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you, Rebekah (Gantner) for the gracious introduction. I am especially happy to be here…

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USPTO Director Andrei Iancu celebrates famed inventor Marian Croak at presentation to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Director Iancu unveils Marian Croak’s addition to the USPTO inventor card series while delivering keynote at U.S. Chamber of Commerce event promoting equal opportunity in the innovation ecosystem.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Equality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economy Conference

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Equality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economy Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 1, 2020 Pre-recorded video As prepared for delivery Thank you, David, for that kind introduction and for inviting me to speak at this timely…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences and Supporting Pro-Competitive Collaborations: The Role of Intellectual Property

Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences and Supporting Pro-Competitive Collaborations: The Role of Intellectual Property Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 23, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Nyeemah, for the very kind introduction, and for...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the PTAB Bar Association Annual Meeting

PTAB Bar Association Annual Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 24, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Naveen, for the kind introduction. Thank you to the PTAB Bar Association for bringing us together over the digital networks, made possible…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Intellectual Property Owners Association's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

The Intellectual Property Owners Association's (IPO) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 15, 2020 Pre-recorded video As delivered Hello, and thank you, IPO, for bringing us together. I wish we could be meeting in person as in years…

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Shira Perlmutter, USPTO Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, appointed Register of Copyrights

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) shared the news that Shira Perlmutter, the USPTO’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, has been selected by the Librarian of Congress to serve as the 14th Register of Copyrights.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 61st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO

The 61st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 15, 2020 Pre-recorded video As delivered Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to see you chairing the General Assembly. We are confident that…

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USPTO announces COVID-19 deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program

Pilot program to promote collaborative information sharing for inventions that combat COVID-19.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Inaugural Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation

Inaugural Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu September 14, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Laura, for the kind introduction and for your leadership at the USPTO. Thank you in particular for…

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USPTO launches National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI)

Council will help develop a national strategy to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in innovation.

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USPTO to host inaugural meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the inaugural meeting for the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) on Monday, September 14, 2020. The goal of the NCEAI is to work with the USPTO in developing a comprehensive national innovation...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at IP Week – Accelerating Innovation, Recovery, and Growth in the COVID-19 Era

Keynote IP Leaders Panel: Accelerating Innovation, Recovery, and Growth in the COVID-19 Era Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu August 26, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Dawn! It’s great to be back with all of you for IP Week. It is an honor to be on the…

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USPTO announces 2020 Patents for Humanity winners

Program recognizes innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges.

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Invention-Con 2020 is underway

This annual event features three days of high-intensity innovation and intellectual property (IP) training from 40 of America’s top IP experts.

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Director Andrei Iancu addresses National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on combating counterfeit products

Address comes as NAM releases white paper “Countering Counterfeits: The Real Threat of Fake Products”

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Fighting Counterfeits in a Pandemic: The Impact and Solutions for Manufacturers

Remarks delivered at Fighting Counterfeits in a Pandemic: The Impact and Solutions for Manufacturers Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu July 23, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to talk with you on the important topic of...

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USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

Study finds the number of women entering and staying active in the patent system is at an all-time high

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Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

Hirshfeld will continue leading the agency’s largest and most complex business unit

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USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

PTAB to begin accepting petitions to accelerate resolution of certain ex parte appeals.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at EurekaFest 2020

Remarks delivered at EurekaFest 2020 Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu June 17, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Stephanie. Congratulations, inventors! I am so impressed by what I’ve seen today from both the Student Prize winners and the InvenTeams. I’d...

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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program

Additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications is now available.

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 31,…

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USPTO extends certain CARES Act relief for small and micro entities

The USPTO has extended from July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, the time for small and micro entities to pay certain patent-related fees that would otherwise have been due on or after March 27, 2020.

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications

USPTO to accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for marks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services.

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USPTO announces relief to restore priority or benefit rights for patent applicants

USPTO extends the time period for petitioning for certain rights of priority or benefit in a patent application and waives the associated petition fee.

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USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center as central hub for USPTO initiatives, programs, and other important IP-related information regarding the ongoing outbreak.

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Joint message from the USPTO and the JPO: For the future of innovation

USPTO and the JPO are committed to working together to incentivize innovations that can help overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USPTO to allow filing of initial patent term extension applications via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Patentees will be permitted to file initial patent term extension applications that meet certain criteria via EFS-Web or Patent Center

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Conrad Virtual Innovation Summit

Remarks delivered at the Conrad Virtual Innovation Summit Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter May 27, 2020 Pre-recorded video As delivered Hello everyone! And thank you, Nancy, and the entire Conrad Foundation, for hosting this inspirational summit. I’m Deputy...

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USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines

Under the CARES Act authority and its existing authority in Trademark and TTAB matters, the USPTO will direct relief to those who need it on a case-by-case basis, as described in the official notice.

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USPTO grants further relief for certain patent-related fees and deadlines

As stakeholders continue to navigate the effects of the pandemic in various ways, and as more and more of them are resuming operations, the USPTO will again extend certain deadlines.

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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

New website offers additional resources and information to help small and micro entities “fast track” COVID-19-related patent applications

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks delivered at the Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 7, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Julie, and good morning, everyone. This is our first all-virtual PPAC public meeting, and—despite this…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Trademark Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks delivered at the Trademark Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu April 17, 2020 Virtual As prepared for delivery Thank you, Elisabeth, and good afternoon, everyone. I believe this is our first all-virtual TPAC public…

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities

New pilot program will prioritize examination of patent applications related to COVID-19

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USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Online filing of plant patent applications allowed until further notice

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Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson

The USPTO mourns the loss of The Honorable Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

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Petition decision: Inventorship limited to natural persons

The USPTO has published a petition decision explaining that, under current law, only natural persons may be named as an inventor in a patent application.

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USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

Initial release focuses on COVID-19–related technologies

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Responding to COVID-19: A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO

Assistance available for the innovation community in Europe and the U.S. through time extensions, fee deadlines, and flexibility on hearings

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USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced further extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. These actions are an exercise of temporary authority provided to the USPTO by the Coronavirus Aid,…

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Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2020

President Donald J. Trump proclaims World IP Day

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Remarks by Director Iancu at A Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Program

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia at Hope in Uncertain Times: A Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Program on April 23, 2020

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USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

Report finds that USPTO’s Section 101 guidance brings greater predictability and certainty to the technology areas most affected by the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

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USPTO announces winners of the National Patent Drafting Competition

Top three teams determined during the national competition

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Patent Center Beta now available

New tool features the ability to submit a single DOCX document

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USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

In 2019, more than 74 volunteer patent practitioners reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program, and more than 27 law firms reported 100 or more hours.

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USPTO answers frequently asked questions on CARES Act relief

The USPTO has released FAQs and answers for filers regarding the extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Program accepting law school clinic submissions through May 31, 2021.

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USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will use provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), to extend the time to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees.

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Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff

The USPTO mourns the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks.

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USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

The USPTO is waiving the requirements of 37 CFR 1.4(e)(1) and (2) for an original handwritten signature.

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USPTO posts responses from Requests for Comments on Artificial Intelligence

The USPTO has a page for artificial intelligence information on its website.

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Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19

The USPTO is waiving petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by the coronavirus.

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USPTO offices closed to the public

All USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.

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USPTO update on in-person meetings

In-person meetings with parties and stakeholders at USPTO offices will be conducted remotely by video or telephone.

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the Election of Daren Tang as WIPO Director General

The Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office congratulate Daren Tang, Singapore’s Chief Executive of Intellectual Property, on his election to the post of Director General for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Annual Kickoff to Women’s History Month: Valiant Women of Yesterday and Today

Remarks delivered at the Annual Kickoff to Women’s History Month: Valiant Women of Yesterday and Today Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter March 3, 2020 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone, and thank you, Bismarck for your kind...

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USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset with 2019 data files now available

Full data files from 1970 to 2019 are now available to the public for free download.

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USPTO hiring hundreds of new examiners in 2020

Two job fairs hosted by the agency in February 2020 will give engineers a chance to learn more about the duties and requirements for becoming a patent examiner. Job fairs will take place in Alexandria, Virginia, and Atlanta.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Signing Ceremony for the USPTO-IMPI Work-Sharing Agreement

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu discusses the work-sharing agreement intended to increase innovation cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

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USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property launch new worksharing arrangement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) agreed to launch a new worksharing arrangement that will accelerate the process of obtaining a patent in Mexico for businesses and individuals already in possession of a corresponding U.S.…

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David Gooder appointed USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed David Gooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks. As Commissioner, Gooder will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at Trust, But Verify: Informational Challenges Surrounding AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software

Remarks delivered at Trust, But Verify: Informational Challenges Surrounding AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter January 23, 2020 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good afternoon! And thank you, Arti, for your warm…

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Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The nomination period has been extended until May 1 for the country's highest award for technological achievement.

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USPTO welcomes new Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee members

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

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Patent litigation data through 2016 now available

This reliable, free, and publicly accessible dataset now contains detailed patent litigation data on more than 81,000 unique district court cases filed between 1963 and 2016.

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Jay Hoffman appointed USPTO chief financial officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Jay Hoffman as the agency’s chief financial officer (CFO). Hoffman’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, January 6, 2020. As CFO, Hoffman will oversee an annual budget exceeding $3...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases policy statement on standards-essential patents subject to voluntary F/RAND commitments

This policy statement makes clear that standards-essential patents (SEPs) should be treated no differently than any other patent, such that all remedies are available depending on the facts of a case.

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National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14

Competitors can now sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until noon ET on January 14, 2020.

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U.S. and Brazil implement expanded PPH agreement

The USPTO and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property implemented a new Patent Prosecution Highway agreement allowing for applications for more industries and higher annual caps.

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Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November 2019

In November 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a second edition of the America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (Practice Guide) to incorporate the Practice Guide updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide. The second…

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Securing USPTO online access

Earlier this year, Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison reported to the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary that “the USPTO is aggressively taking steps to combat the various threats to our trademark system.” In a recent blog...

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Safeguarding attorney information from improper use in trademark filings

We recommend that attorneys proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at St. Louis Start-Up Week

Remarks by Director Iancu at St. Louis Start-Up Week November 4, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the European Patent Office (EPO) Patent Information Conference

Remarks delivered by Director Andrei Iancu at the EPO Patent Information Conference in Bucharest, Romania on October 29, 2019.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 24th Annual North American/Central Europe Airport Issues Conference

Remarks delivered by Director Andrei Iancu at the 24th Annual North American/Central Europe Airport Issues Conference in Bucharest, Romania on October 29, 2019.

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USPTO releases SUCCESS Act report to Congress

Report looks at participation of women, minorities, and veterans in the patent system.

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Statement of Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary

Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld testifies about patent quality before the Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the IP in PA: Keystone for Success event

Remarks delivered at the “IP in PA: Keystone for Success” event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu October 21, 2019 Easton, Pennsylvania As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone, and thank you Caren (Yeamans) for that kind introduction. Thank you to the entire team…

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Director Iancu speaks on the growth and international collaboration of AI

USPTO Director Iancu addressed the growth of artificial intelligence in patenting and the cooperation among international patent offices to utilize and explore AI in patent examination tools and methods.

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on allocation of burdens for motion to amend

The USPTO invites the public to provide comments on the proposed rule on or before December 23.

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Update on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The update provides further explanation on how the USPTO applies the 2019 Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance.

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Participate in the Patent Center 2019 Beta release

We’re seeking participants to test and provide feedback on new Patent Center features on active applications.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the United Inventors Association Leadership Day

Remarks delivered at the United Inventors Association Leadership Day Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter September 12, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning and thank you Warren (Tuttle) for that kind...

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USPTO seeks senior artificial intelligence expert

New position provides technical expertise in developing AI solutions to real-world, large-scale problems.

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TEAS login requirement

Starting on October 26, customers will need to log in to an USPTO.gov account with two-step authentication.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference

Remarks delivered at the Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu September 10, 2019 Solvay Business School – Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Brussels, Belgium As prepared for delivery Good…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Bridging Innovation and Opportunity event

Remarks delivered at the Bridging Innovation and Opportunity event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu August 26, 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you Mark Anthony Thomas for that gracious introduction. Thank you...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP

Remarks delivered at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu July 16, 2019 Tel Aviv, Israel As prepared for delivery Thank you for the kind introduction. It is an honor for me to be here today, and especially to…

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New U.S. Counsel rule: USPTO’s initiatives to ensure accuracy and integrity of the Trademark Register

Director Iancu and Commissioner Denison discuss ways the office is maintaining and improving the integrity of the U.S. trademark system.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu July 30, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning, and thank you, Sarah (Taylor) for that introduction. On behalf of the U.…

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Statement of Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary “Counterfeits and Cluttering: Emerging Threats to the Integrity of the Trademark System and the Impact on American Consumers and Businesses.” Commissioner…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 2019 International Intellectual Property Conference

Remarks delivered at the 2019 International Intellectual Property Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu June 10, 2019 J.W. Marriott Seoul, South Korea As prepared for delivery Thank you very much for that gracious introduction. It’s an honor to be here, and it is…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the New York Intellectual Property Law Association

The Current State of Innovation within the U.S. Legal System – Views on Evolving Protection for Intellectual Property Rights in the United States from the USPTO and the Courts Remarks delivered at the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for PPAC and TPAC must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12, 2019.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund Patent Event

Remarks delivered at “The Road Back: Restoring American Patents” Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 22, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good evening, everyone, and thank you, Rob (Stien) for that very gracious introduction. This is a momentous year for…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association 141st Annual Meeting

Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association (INTA) 141 st Annual Meeting “Conversations with USPTO Leadership” Session “CM41” Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 20, 2019 Boston, Massachusetts As prepared for delivery Thank you, Ayala, for the...

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Statement of Director Iancu before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 9, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery 1. Introduction Chairman Johnson, Ranking…

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at first public hearing on the SUCCESS Act

Remarks delivered at first public hearing on the SUCCESS Act Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter May 8, 2019 Alexandria, VA As prepared for delivery Good Morning everyone! Thank you Andy Toole for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here today to discuss…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 2, 2019 Washington, DC As prepared for delivery “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 20 this year, in just a couple...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit

Remarks delivered at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 25, 2019 Kennedy Space Center, FL As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, Nancy Conrad, for your kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019

Remarks delivered at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019 Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 10, 2019 Palo Alto, California As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, John Cabeca for your kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here with all of…

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USPTO announces recipients of 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificates

The USPTO certificate recognizes patent practitioners and law firms who volunteer to assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the FCBA Santa Clara: Recent Developments Affecting Litigation in, and Appeals from the PTAB, ITC, and District Courts

Remarks delivered at the FCBA Santa Clara: Recent Developments Affecting Litigation in, and Appeals from the PTAB, ITC, and District Courts Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 8, 2019 Santa Clara, California As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest Award Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest Award Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu April 9, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone! Thank you, Mary and Shira and the entire team that has worked to put this…

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Statement by Director Iancu before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu March 13, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery 1. Introduction Chairman Tillis, Ranking Member Coons, and...

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Scott Boalick appointed Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Boalick will continue leading PTAB’s efforts to ensure that its proceedings are balanced and transparent.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in Innovation event

Remarks delivered at Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in Innovation event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu March 5, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery It is so good to see everyone here today, joining us to celebrate women in innovation. This is…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Driving American Innovation Policy Conference

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Driving American Innovation Policy Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu February 25, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone. Thank you, President (Mark) Becker for that gracious...

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Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

Holcombe will lead stabilization and modernization efforts on IT systems and transition agency to state-of-the-art technology.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

Report finds women made up only 12% of all U.S. inventors in 2016, but opportunities to spur gender parity in innovation is growing.

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United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

The U.S. once again ranked as the overall global leader and standard setter for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations event

Remarks delivered at Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations on January 31, 2019.

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U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

Landmark treaty facilitates limited copyright for accessible copies of published works to persons who are blind, visually impaired, and print disabled.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Boston Bar Association 2018 IP Year in Review

Remarks delivered by USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter at the Boston Bar Association 2018 IP Year in Review

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Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the president of the United States.

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Thomas Krause appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

Krause, who has served as the USPTO’s deputy solicitor since 2014, begins his new role January 14, 2019.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces revised guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

Our revised guidance documents aim to improve the clarity, consistency, and predictability of patent actions across the USPTO.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the State of Technology Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Fargo, North Dakota on November 30, 2018

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan . The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 10th Annual Patent Law & Policy Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on November 15, 2018

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Remarks by Director Iancu at 2018 National Lawyers Convention

Remarks as delivered in Washington D.C. on November 15, 2018.

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces Laura Peter as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Conference

Remarks delivered by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Conference in Mexico City on October 23, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting

Remarks as delivered in Washington D.C. at AIPLA on October 25, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Inaugural Texas Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Arlington, Texas, at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Inaugural Texas Dinner on October 18, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Prior Art Archive Launch Event

Remarks delivered at the Prior Art Archive Launch Event in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 3, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Intellectual Property Owners Association 46th Annual Meeting

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at IPO 46th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on September 24, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the PPAC Public Hearing on Proposed Patent Fee Schedule

Remarks delivered at the PPAC Public Hearing on Proposed Patent Fee Schedule

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USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and...

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Statement from Director Iancu regarding Patents systems status

The USPTO is working diligently to restore its Patents IT systems as soon as possible.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at Invention-Con 2018

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at Invention-Con 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 17, 2018.

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USPTO announces 2018 Patents for Humanity winners

Nine winners highlight the power of innovation to solve humanitarian challenges in medicine, nutrition, sanitation, energy, and living standards.

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USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition . The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help raise awareness about the...

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Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2018 National Trademark Expo

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2018 National Trademark Exposition, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the 2018 National Trademark Expo

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the 2018 National Trademark Exposition, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Enterprise Institute

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2018.

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USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program , and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law...

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United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago…

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Heads of the World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Meet in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the annual meeting of the heads of the world’s five largest intellectual property offices, commonly referred to as the IP5. In addition to the USPTO, the members of the IP5 include the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan…

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the IPBC Global Conference

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the IPBC Global Conference in San Francisco, California, on June 11, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony

Remarks by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 1, 2018.

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Statement of Director Andrei Iancu before the House Committee on the Judiciary

Statement of Director Andrei Iancu before the Committee on the Judiciary May 22, 2018, titled "Oversight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office."

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at 2018 Military Invention Day

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at 2018 Military Invention Day in Washington, D.C., on May 19, 2018.

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USPTO Designates Durango, Colorado Public Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the grand opening of the newest Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Durango Public Library in Durango, Colorado on Tuesday May 22, 2018. A free public program , “Researching Patent and Trademark...

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USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 6…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on...

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USPTO Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Claim Construction Standard used in PTAB Proceedings

WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced its proposed rulemaking to change the prior policy of using the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation standard for construing unexpired and proposed amended patent claims in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings...

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the World IP Day event on Capitol Hill

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the World IP Day event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Bar Association's Women in IP Law Luncheon

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Bar Association's Women in IP Law Luncheon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 20, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Institute of Peace

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

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Statement of Director Andrei Iancu Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Statement of Director Andrei Iancu Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary April 18, 2018

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at new patent cover design unveiling

Remarks by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at new patent cover design unveiling at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Remarks by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld at new patent cover design unveiling

Remarks by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld at the unveiling of the new patent cover design during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

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USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

AUSTIN, Texas - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is...

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Andrei Iancu Begins Role as New Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Andrei Iancu began his first official day as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Iancu, who was nominated by President Trump last August, was unanimously…

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USPTO Announces 2018 National Trademark Exposition

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday, July…

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 National Medal of Technology and Innovation . The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United States…

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USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “ Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017 ” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The revised fee…

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Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing of...

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USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners. Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more than…

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Remarks By Director Michelle K. Lee at the IP5 Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the IP5 Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

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The Invention Imperative: Remarks by Chief Administrative Officer Fred Steckler at Military Invention Day

Remarks as delivered at the National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center, on May 20, 2017

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Remarks By Director Michelle K. Lee at the George Washington University School of Law

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the George Washington University School of Law

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee to Commemorate World IP Day 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery to Commemorate World IP Day 2017

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Trilateral Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory Committees for…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Consumer Electronics Show

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, NV

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Conference Keynote

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Quality Conference Keynote, Alexandria, VA

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U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Remarks by Deputy Director Russ Slifer at the Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the IAM Patent Law and Policy Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the IAM Patent Law and Policy Conference Washington, DC

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2016 Trademark Expo

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 Trademark Expo Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and one…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees are...

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USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting...

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USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge . The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up patient...

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at America Invents Act Fifth Anniversary Event

Remarks as prepared for delivery at America Invents Act Fifth Anniversary Event, Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Designates Las Cruces, New Mexico Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is opening a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Library located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The New Mexico State University Library is the only PTRC…

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USPTO to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is co-sponsoring with the American Intellectual Property Law Association an event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on Wednesday,...

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USPTO and ILPO Announce ILPO’s Participation in the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Ministry of Justice unit, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) today announced ILPO’s participation in the Cooperative Classification Patent (CPC) system. The ILPO will classify its newly…

Statement by USPTO Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross on the Inspector General report: Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance.

Statement by USPTO Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross on the Inspector General report: Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at PPAC Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at PPAC Quarterly Meeting, Alexandria, VA

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Carnegie Institution for Science

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Carnegie Institution for Science Washington, D.C.

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Teaming Up to Cure Cancer

Washington – Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new actions aimed at advancing President Obama’s call for a “ Cancer Moonshot ” to make “…America the country that cures cancer once and for all” at the White House...

Official Statement from Director Michelle K. Lee on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

Official Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

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USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it opened the current Law School Clinic Certification Program (Program) to admit additional schools to commence participation in the Program. This Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically...

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USPTO to Host IP and 3D Printing Conference

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public conference on the legal and policy considerations of intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va. What: Conference…

Remarks by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the 2016 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction, Washington, D.C. on May 5, 2016

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USPTO Seeking Comments On Proposed Trademark Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to set or increase certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees will allow the…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at National Medal of Technology & Innovation Awards Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Medal of Technology & Innovation Awards Dinner Washington, D.C.

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David Ruschke Appointed Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of David P. Ruschke as new Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Ruschke will begin his new role at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on May 23,...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Chief of Staff Vikrum Aiyer at FIRST LEGO League World Festival

Remarks as prepared for delivery at FIRST LEGO League World Festival St Louis, MO.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Community Symposium

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Patent Community Symposium Alexandria, VA.

Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle K. Lee following House passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle K. Lee following House passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Remarks by Deputy Director Russ Slifer at USPTO-AIPLA World Intellectual Property (IP) Day

Remarks as prepared for delivery at USPTO-AIPLA World Intellectual Property (IP) Day Washington, D.C.

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USPTO to Host Patent Quality Community Symposium

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the agency’s regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Detroit and…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Federal Circuit Judicial Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Federal Circuit Judicial Conference Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc. (NYIPLA) Judges Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc. (NYIPLA) Judges Roundtable New York, NY

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Million Women Mentors Senate Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Million Women Mentors Senate Luncheon Washington, DC.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

Remarks as prepared for delivery at South by Southwest Austin, TX

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Iowa STEM Day

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Iowa State Capitol Des Moines, IA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the State of the Valley Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the State of the Valley Conference San Jose, CA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting in Alexandria, VA

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U.S. Department of Commerce Recommends Amendments to Statutory Damages Provisions in Copyright Act

Washington, D.C.—A report issued today by the U.S. Department of Commerce recommends amendments to copyright law that would provide both more guidance and greater flexibility to courts in awarding statutory damages. The recommended amendments would ensure continued meaningful protection for...

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USPTO Designates San Jose Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library of the San Jose Public Library system located in San Jose, California....

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Consumer Electronics Show

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, NV

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President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White…

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USPTO Hosts Inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) in Alexandria VA, December 3-4, 2015. The forum consisted of representatives from the USPTO, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Inaugural Meeting of ID5

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Inaugural Meeting of ID5 Alexandria, VA

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United States and Brazil Partner on Improved Patent Processing

Washington — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) agreed to establish a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The pilot program will reduce patent workloads and further improve...

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USPTO Launches New Global Dossier Service

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in furtherance of the Global Dossier Initiative launched the first service for Global Dossier - Dossier Access Friday, November 20. Dossier Access is a user-friendly online interface, which will make it…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the "Invention: Does Gender Matter?" Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the "Invention: Does Gender Matter?" Roundtable, Dallas, TX

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USPTO Opens Regional Office in Dallas, Texas

Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Texas Regional Office Opening Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Texas Regional Office Opening Ceremony, Dallas, TX

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Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at the Advanced Patent Law Institute

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, Austin, TX

Highlights From Director Michelle K. Lee Fireside Chat at AIPLA Annual Conference

Highlights from AIPLA fireside chat at its annual 2015 conference October 20-24 in Washington D.C.

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USPTO Opens Regional Office in San Jose, California

Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at The Silicon Valley Regional Office Opening Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at The Silicon Valley Regional Office Opening Ceremony, San Jose, Calif.

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USPTO Advances Cooperation with Foreign IP Leaders

Geneva, Switzerland – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a delegation led by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee advanced international harmonization of intellectual property processes in…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Microsoft Tech Lab

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Microsoft Tech Lab in Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop

Remarks as prepared for delivery at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop in Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala in Washington, D.C.

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New USPTO Tool Allows Exploration of 40 Years of Patent Data

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched PatentsView , a new patent data visualization platform. The PatentsView beta search tool allows members of the public to interact with nearly 40 years of data on patenting activity in the…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Quarterly PPAC Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Quarterly PPAC Meeting in Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum in Aspen, CO

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Girls Who Code Graduation at Georgetown University

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Collaborates with Noun Project to Create Symbols for Intellectual Property

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced in partnership with the Noun Project its upcoming Iconathon design workshop on August 28, 2015 at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Designers, students, civic activists, and...

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Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner for Patents

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents effective immediately....

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USPTO and JPO Announce Patent Cooperation Treaty Agreement

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) have implemented an agreement under which JPO will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA…

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically...

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USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting Wednesday, July 8, 2015 on the Alexandria campus. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called "3D printing," refers to a group of new technologies that…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Columbia Global Centers

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Bejing, China

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USPTO and KIPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 20, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral…

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at The Meeting of IP5 Heads of Office and IP5 Industry

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Suzhou, China on May 21st, 2015.

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USPTO and JPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 21, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral meeting during the IP5…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Rich Inn of Court Annual Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on May 9.

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USPTO To Host Combined Medical Device Technology Fair and Partnership Meeting

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday June 3, 2015. The USPTO periodically hosts Medical Device Technology Partnership Meetings to bring industry…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Congressional IP Caucus GIPC Event

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on April 29.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington, D.C. on April 20

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USPTO Announces Patents For Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting...

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at 225th Anniversary of The First Patent Act

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia on April 10

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USPTO to Celebrate 225 Years of American Innovation

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate the 225 th anniversary of the Patent Act by hosting a series of panel discussions at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, April 10, 2015. Enacted on April 10, 1790,…

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U.S. Commerce Department Announces Digital Millennium Copyright Act Multistakeholder Forum Results

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force, through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today released a document developed by stakeholders containing a set of agreed upon practices aimed…

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USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Meryl Hershkowitz as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Hershkowitz will oversee the examination and processing of applications...

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at NYIPLA

Remarks as prepared for delivery in New York on March 27.

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USPTO To Host Second Annual IT Career Fair For Veterans

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second annual career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience in software development, software testing, IT project management, usability, database administration, SaaS, cloud...

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia on March 25

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Russell Slifer as Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Washington – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Russell Slifer as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Slifer currently serves as the Director of the USPTO…

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at Fourth Annual Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum

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Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Austin, Texas on March 13th.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the IPO Education Foundation PTO IPO Day Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on March 10.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Yokohama, Japan, on March 3.

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United States Deposits Instrument of Ratification to Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the United States has deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague...

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USPTO to Host First-Ever Summit on Patent Quality

Two-day event to include discussions among USPTO leadership and experts from industry, academia, and the public

Michelle K. Lee: In Conversation with The Brookings Institution

Michelle K. Lee: In Conversation with The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on January 22.

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Deputy Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Denison Appointed as New Commissioner

Washington – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mary Boney Denison to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) effective January 1, 2015. “Mary Denison has done a stellar job serving the American people as the U.S.…

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USPTO To Host Trade Secret Symposium

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives…

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World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington – A coalition of the world’s five largest patent offices – the IP5 – recently announced the release of the 2013 IP5 Statistics Report. The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging...

Senate Judiciary Committee Statement

Statement of Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director, before the Senate Judiciary Committee December 10, 2014.

Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia November 19, 2014 Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us at the United...

2014 AIPLA Opening Plenary Remarks

Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee October 23, 2014 2014 AIPLA Opening Plenary " Our Shared Stewardship of a Gold-Standard IP System " Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Wayne, and good morning everyone. Before I begin, I just wanted to say, it's been a busy week, and that I am...

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USPTO To Host First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on Friday, November 14, 2014, in Menlo Park, California. The meeting will serve as a collaborative forum for stakeholders seeking patent protection…

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USPTO and the State Intellectual Property Office of China Launch Direct Electronic Priority Document Exchange

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) today launched a new free service that will allow the two offices to electronically exchange patent application priority documents directly....

Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Alexandria, Virginia September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Assistant Minister of Commerce Tong Daochi and members…

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USPTO and KIPO Announce KIPO's Full Expansion of the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced a major expansion of cooperation in classification activities between the USPTO and KIPO. The agreement, signed by the heads of the two…

"Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee "Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights Geneva, Switzerland September 23, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Thaddeus [Burns], for having me here at this fantastic event, and for...

From Silicon Valley to Washington, DC: Insights From The Intersection of Technology, Law & Politics

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Stanford Law School Remarks September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for that warm introduction. It's fantastic to be back home in the Bay Area and to see so many friends, former colleagues, and a few former...

Boston Patent Law Association

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Boston Patent Law Association Remarks September 16, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Josh [Dalton, Boston Patent Law Association] for that warm introduction, and thanks to the Boston Patent Law Association for hosting…

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USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2014 National Trademark Expo which will be held on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two…

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USPTO Launches Redesigned KIDS! Web Pages

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its newly redesigned KIDS! Web pages aimed to encourage students of all ages to learn about the importance of intellectual property (IP) creation and protection. In…

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USPTO and Smithsonian Launch New Joint Effort to Showcase American Innovation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) establishing a five-year collaboration to develop programs and exhibitions showcasing American innovation. Some upcoming joint…

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USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country between September 16 and October 9, 2014, to increase understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the...

Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks Watch Video August 14, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Louis [Foreman, Patent Public Advisory Committee Chairman], and good morning everyone! It's a…

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USPTO Adds Additional Schools To Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 19 law schools that will join the USPTO's Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. Five law schools will join both the Patent and Trademark portions of...

Denver Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Opening Ceremony for the Rocky Mountain Satellite Office Denver, Colorado June 30, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, and thank you everyone. This is a great day for the United States Patent and...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens Permanent Satellite Office in Denver, Colorado

Denver - Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, along with several elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent...

Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System Stanford Law School June 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Malone, for that kind introduction. And I want to also thank...

The Benefits of IP in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee BIO International Convention San Diego, California June 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Hans, and for inviting me to speak here today. As a native Californian I'm...

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USPTO to Host Software Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Software Partnership Meeting Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. Software...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically...

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USPTO and KIPO Announce KIPO's Expansion of the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the expansion of the cooperation in classification activities between the USPTO and KIPO. KIPO will increase the number of technical...

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USPTO To Host IT Career Fair for Veterans

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. There are available positions in the...

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USPTO Announces Denver Satellite Office to Open June 30

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its permanent satellite office in Denver, Colorado, will officially open on June 30, 2014. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver's central business district, the…

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery May 21, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe, for the kind introduction. I appreciate the great work you and the USPTO Military Association (UMA)…

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USPTO Proposes Reducing Certain Trademark Fees To Lower Costs And Promote Efficiency For Customers

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to reduce fees for many new trademark applications and most renewals of registration. USPTO also proposes a new Trademark Electronic…

The Benefits of Transparency Across the Intellectual Property System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Fordham University School of Law 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference New York, NY, April 24, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Hansen, and good afternoon, everyone…

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USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2014 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event, which attracts thousands of...

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USPTO to Host Forum to Solicit Feedback on Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public forum on May 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, to solicit feedback from organizations and individuals on its recent guidance memorandum for determining…

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USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC). The OIPC will be led by Mark Powell who will serve as USPTO's first Deputy Commissioner for International Patent…

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USPTO Renews Patents for Humanity Program

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Patents for Humanity is being renewed as an annual program. Started as a one-year pilot in 2012, the program recognizes businesses, inventors, non-profits, and universities who…

Presentation of Design Patent 700,000

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Langdon Education Campus, Washington, D.C. March 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much for that introduction, Peggy, and good morning, everyone. We have a great program today…

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Nominations Deadline Extended for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the nominations deadline for the 2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Building a Better Patent System Together - PTO Day Conference

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee IPO Education Foundation's 24th PTO Day Conference Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Herb. It's wonderful to be here today,...

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USPTO Launches New Glossary Pilot Program to Promote Patent Claim Clarity

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its new Glossary Pilot Program as part of ongoing Obama administration efforts to strengthen the U.S. patent system. The pilot, which will begin on June 2 and run through...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues 700,000th Design Patent

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000 th design patent during a ceremony with United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, DC. The patent for…

Building a Better Patent System Together

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Managing IP -- U.S. Patent Forum 2014 Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, James, and for inviting me to speak today. I'm a big…

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USPTO to Host Roundtables on AIA Trial Proceedings in Eight Cities Nationwide

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a series of roundtables across the country to educate the public and collect feedback about the America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings. The series will begin on...

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USPTO to Host Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Access to Prior Art

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable to solicit public opinion on boosting crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions identifying relevant prior art. The goal of this outreach is to enhance the quality of…

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USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process of…

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USPTO Expands Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit a limited number of additional schools to commence participation in the fall 2014 academic semester…

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USPTO to Host First-Inventor-to-File Anniversary Forum

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a public forum to discuss the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The forum marks the first anniversary of the implementation of…

Building a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee White House Event on Executive Actions Related to Strengthening Patent System February 20, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you. I'm pleased to be here at the White House today with Secretary Pritzker,...

Remarks at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Meeting

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute January 30, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Wayne, for that kind introduction. Before I go any further, I'd like to congratulate Wayne. As just two days ago the Department of…

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USPTO To Host Forum To Discuss Proposed Changes To Implement Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 - Title I The Hague Agreement

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that they will hold a public forum to discuss implementation of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 ("PLTIA"). The law, which serves as the implementing...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Ranks #1 in Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was named number one out of 300 agency subcomponents in the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings released today by the non-profit Partnership for Public Service (PPS). The annual…

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Names Michelle K. Lee as Next Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Michelle K. Lee as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee currently serves as the Director of the USPTO's…

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USPTO and Dallas Entrepreneur Center Collaborate on Resource Sharing Initiatives

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support and promote the Dallas innovation community. Through the MOU, USPTO will...

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USPTO to Host Webinar on Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a webinar on Monday, December 16, 2013, to discuss changes to the patent law introduced by the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act . USPTO subject matter experts…

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USPTO Designates Kentucky Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the W. Frank Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. PTRCs, located...

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World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington - Last week, a coalition of the world's five largest patent offices - the IP5 - announced the release of the 2012 IP5 Statistics Report . The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Rules to Implement Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a proposal to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the provisions of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 ("PLTIA"). The law, which serves as…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Selects San Jose City Hall as Permanent Space for Silicon Valley Satellite Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the San Jose City Hall building, located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, has been selected as the permanent location for the USPTO's Silicon Valley satellite office. The search for…

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USPTO Applauds Pro Bono Programs and Newly Formed Advisory Council

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new charter agreement placing the continued success of regional pro bono programs in the hands of a newly-formed advisory council. More than 30 representatives from regional inventor...

USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Public Forum

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea November 5, 2013 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Public Forum Prepared Remarks Thank you, Andrew, and good morning, everyone! Thank you to those here in the audience for attending and to all of you watching on the…

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USPTO Names Houghton Michigan Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library of Michigan Technological University. PTRCs, located in nearly…

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USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next public Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. Partnership Meetings are an opportunity to bring stakeholders together…

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USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the USPTO's draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2014-2018 is posted for public review and comment on the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/index.jsp . The draft…

USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Public Forum

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea September 16, 2013 USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Public Forum Prepared Remarks Thank you and good afternoon, everyone! I want to thank you all for taking the time to join us as we mark the two-year anniversary of...

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USPTO to Host 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on October 11-12, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet…

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USPTO to Host America Invents Act Second Anniversary Forum

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host an America Invents Act (AIA) Second Anniversary Forum on Monday, September 16, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The public meeting will serve as…

Balancing Innovation and Competition Through Intellectual Property Policies in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Speech to China Pharmaceutical University Nanjing, China September 2, 2013 Prepared Remarks Companion slides referenced in this speech are available in this pdf document . Opening Remarks Good afternoon and thank…

Lectures on American Patent Law

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Japan Patent Attorney Association Hosted "Lectures on American Patent Law" Tokyo, Japan ~ August 29, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Before I begin, I would first like to thank the Japanese Patent Attorney...

Global IP Perspectives and Strategies

List of global IP Office web sites and resources.

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USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Berkeley, California

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its next Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. The public meeting will serve as an...

Keynote Address to Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea LAIPLA Spring Seminar June 7, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Georgann! It is a pleasure to be in Las Vegas, speaking to an audience of such distinguished IP practitioners. I also want to thank...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before September 30, 2013. Submission details can be found in...

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Statement from Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea on Adoption of Historic Treaty Improving Access to Published Works for the Blind and Other Print Disabled Persons

WASHINGTON - Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Teresa Stanek Rea today applauded the adoption by more than 150 countries of a landmark international treaty to facilitate access to published works…

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World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) Meet in Silicon Valley

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a meeting of the heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices in Cupertino, California. Known as the IP5, members include the USPTO, the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan…

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USPTO and KIPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System Pilot

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the launch of a new pilot in which KIPO will classify some of its patent documents using the Cooperative Patent Classification system...

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, Va. May 23, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe. I appreciate the kind introduction. I also appreciate the great work that you and...

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USPTO Commissioner for Patents Named Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Finalist

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. Focarino was named today a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalist by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service . Commissioner Focarino is among 31...

Creativity: The Next Generation

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea World IP Day Welcoming Remarks USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Va. April 26, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Todd. I would like to welcome all of you to the United States Patent and Trademark...

Patents for Humanity Awards Presentation

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea April 11, 2013 Dirksen Senate Office Building Prepared Remarks Time and again history shows the profound impact that one good idea-patented and marketed-can have on human beings, our world, and our way of...

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the winners of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patents for Humanity pilot program during an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part…

RCE Roundtable Opening Remarks

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Va. April 3, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much, Andy! It is great to be here this morning for the last of the RCE roundtables. Kudos to Andy and his team for...

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USPTO Updates Professional Conduct Rules and Registration Examination for Patent Attorneys

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced updates to the registration examination and significant changes to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct (USPTO Rules), which govern practitioners who practice before the USPTO. USPTO'…

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USPTO and Kauffman Foundation to Announce Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will honor patent holders who have made use of patented technologies to address humanitarian challenges on April 11, 2013, at a Capitol Hill event supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Acting Under…

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USPTO to Hold Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference on April 19-20, 2013 at the National Aviation Training Center in Wichita, Kansas. The event, co-sponsored by the USPTO's Office of...

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USPTO Announces 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame today announced the inductees for 2013. This year's class includes inventors behind patented innovations such as the electronic synthesizer, flat panel plasma...

Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum 2013

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea March 19, 2013 Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for that kind introduction, James. What a pleasure it is to be back for your second annual U.S. Patent Forum! Just like…

First-Inventor-to-File, Micro-Entity, and Patent Fees Public Forum

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea March 13, 2013 First-Inventor-to-File, Micro-Entity, and Patent Fees Public Forum Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon, everyone! It is great to see so many of you at our Alexandria headquarters, and...

Real Property in Interest Roundtable

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos January 11, 2013 Real-Party-in-Interest Roundtable Remarks Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and thank you for coming. Also, Happy New Year! Each of…

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USPTO and AutoHarvest Collaborate to Accelerate Advanced Manufacturing

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the AutoHarvest Foundation today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to spur innovation and generate jobs in advanced manufacturing. The two organizations...

Federal Circuit Bar Association Remarks

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 30, 2012 Federal Circuit Bar Association, London Prepared Remarks Good morning, everybody. Let me say what an honor it is to be your guest today in the great city of London, the capital of one of the world's…

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USPTO and NIST Release New Version of IP Awareness Assessment Tool

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today unveiled an updated beta version of the web-based IP Awareness Assessment Tool, which is designed to help...

Remarks at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute February 2, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone! Thank you, Q. Todd, for graciously inviting me to be here. Coming to an AIPLA event always feels a little bit...

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The provision, one of the hallmarks of the AIA, is a major step...

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USPTO to Host Public Roundtables on Requests for Continued Examinations

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), will host a series of public roundtables to solicit stakeholder input on ways the agency can reduce the number of Request for…

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USPTO, NSF, and NBC Learn Launch "Science of Innovation" Series

Washington- The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, today launched an 11-part " Science of Innovation " series to coincide with the 165 th birthday of American inventor...

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea February 1, 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Awards Dinner Good evening, everybody. It is such an honor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office to play a part in this annual event…

Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea January 29, 2013 Combined Medical Device & Biotechnology Partnership Meeting Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We are…

Intellectual Property Trends and Developments with China

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Teresa Stanek Rea Fordham Law School China Event January 28, 2013 Prepared Remarks Good morning, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here at Fordham Law School, in a room of bright legal minds, from students to professors to IP practitioners. I would like to…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Matters Related to the Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking stakeholder input on matters relating to international harmonization of substantive patent law. To assist in gathering this information, a public hearing will be held on March 21, 2013,...

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USPTO Releases New Patent Term Calculator

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the release of a new calculator that enables members of the public to estimate the expiration date of a utility, plant, or design patent. The calculator can be downloaded at www.uspto.…

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USPTO's Patents for Humanity Wins 2012 LESI Award

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was honored yesterday for its Patents for Humanity initiative, a pilot program designed to encourage the use of patented technology to address humanitarian challenges. The non-profit Licensing…

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USPTO Collaborating with Smithsonian to Open "Innovation Pavilion"

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the USPTO to support the Smithsonian's development of an "Innovation Pavilion" that will showcase educational programs and...

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USPTO Opens Patent and Trademark Resource Center on Long Island

Washington- The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Smithtown, New York, at the Smithtown Library to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public. "Patent and Trademark...

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. An ambitious harmonization…

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO Begins Electronic Delivery of Pre-Grant Search Results to the European Patent Office (EPO)

Washington - In October 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) began to electronically deliver search results for all publicly available U.S. patent applications to the European Patent Office (EPO). This electronic delivery of search results was implemented to assist U.S....

A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos December 13, 2011 GW University Law School & Fordham University School of Law "A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China" Good morning everybody - and thank you for that warm introduction, Chief Judge Rader…

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USPTO and Rospatent Announce Patent Cooperation Treaty Agreement

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have implemented an agreement under which Rospatent will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining...

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USPTO Updates Rules for "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today a final rule change permitting applicants to request prioritized examination for applications after the filing of a request for continued examination. The changes in this final rule are applicable to any patent...

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USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Program, originally set to expire on December 31 of this year, is being extended through March 30, 2012 or until 3,500 applications have been...

Harmonizing Patent Systems - A Common Mission at an Economic Turning Point

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos December 9, 2011 IP Week 2011 -- Brussels "Harmonizing Patent Systems -- A Common Mission at an Economic Turning Point" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody, and thank you for that introduction, Peter. It…

The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 4, 2011 3 rd Annual Georgetown Law & Stanford Law Conference "The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody - and thank you so much for inviting…

The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 22, 2011 WIPO Symposium of IP Authorities - Promoting Innovation & Creativity "The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you…

Introduction to the Great American Hall of Wonders Lecture

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos December 1, 2011 Claire Perry Lecture on the Great American Hall of Wonders Introduction Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for coming. And very special thanks to our…

The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos October 17, 2011 5 th Transatlantic Market Conference "The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody. I want to thank Petra Pissulla, Director of the…

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USPTO and the Icelandic Patent Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Icelandic Patent Office (IPO). PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces the examination…

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USPTO and SIPO Announce Launch of Landmark Patent Prosecution Highway Pilots

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Commissioner Tian Lipu, announced the start of the Paris Route and PCT Patent Prosecution...

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a Federal Register Notice today seeking written comments on potential additional locations for USPTO satellite offices. "Establishing satellite offices in geographically diverse areas of the country will allow the agency to…

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USPTO to Host Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the "Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2011" conference November 16-17, 2011 to explore advances in the analysis of patent information in the context of the changing legal, economic, competitive and technological...

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USPTO Announces New Exhibit Highlighting the Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs

WASHINGTON ─ In tribute to the tremendous influence of Steve Jobs, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will showcase . The free exhibit will open to the public on November 16, 2011 at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Virginia. "This exhibit commemorates the far-reaching impact of…

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USPTO Launches Recruitment Effort to Hire Veterans

WASHINGTON ─ The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced today that in response to the President's call to hire veterans, the office is launching an intensive recruitment effort to increase veteran hiring in its patent examiner corps. The program will feature broad outreach and support…

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USPTO and SIPO Herald a Milestone in Bilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Teresa Stanek Rea and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Deputy Commissioner Yang Tiejun, signed a Joint Statement of Intent on November 8, 2011…

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USPTO to Host Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday November 29, 2011 to bring industry stakeholders and patent examiners and directors from Technology Center 3700 (TC 3700) together to share ideas, experiences, and…

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Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll to Retire from Government Service After 29 Years at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Robert L. Stoll has announced his intention to retire from the agency effective December 31, 2011. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has…

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USPTO Launches Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - Earlier today President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum (PM) directing all Federal agencies with research facilities to improve the transfer of research from their labs to the marketplace. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the...

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USPTO to Host Webinar on America Invents Act (AIA) With Senior Agency Officials

WASHINGTON - The USPTO will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Monday, October 31, 2011 to discuss the America Invents Act (AIA). This historic legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. Participants in the webinar will outline the…

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USPTO and the Norwegian Industrial Property Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces...

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USPTO and EPO Launch New Website for the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) Project

Washington/Munich - In their efforts to promote harmonization in the field of patents, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have launched a dedicated website for the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) initiative. CPC is a joint project…

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USPTO and Smithsonian American Art Museum to Host Free Inventors Symposium

WASHINGTON - As part of a series of programs complementing The Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will sponsor a free, two-day Inventors Symposium on October 27-28, 2011 in the museum's Nan Tucker…

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USPTO Meets or Exceeds its FY2011 Goals

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today some preliminary statistics for the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. In both Patents and Trademarks, many of the agency's goals were achieved or exceeded. The USPTO ended the fiscal year with its lowest patent backlog...

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President Obama to Present the 2010 National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2011 President Obama to Present the 2010 National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation WASHINGTON, DC -- On Friday, October 21, the President will honor the recipients of the 2010…

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USPTO to Conduct Studies of Prior User Rights and International Patent Protection for Small Businesses per the America Invents Act

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released two Federal Register Notices on October 7, 2011, seeking written comments and announcing two public hearings for two studies the agency is required to conduct under the America Invents Act. Specifically, Congress is...

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Exercising Ingenuity: A New Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON - The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum will feature Exercising Ingenuity beginning on October 14, 2011. This exhibit highlights inventions, patents, and trademarks that have emerged from the fitness, nutrition, and exercise industries. Organized in a decade by decade timeline...

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USPTO Issues 500th Patent Through Successful Green Technology Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued the 500 th patent through its Green Technology Pilot Program for a "Wind Turbine Rotor Blade with Aerodynamic Winglet" to General Electric Company (patent no. 8,029,241). This is the 116 th patent General Electric has...

The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 30, 2011 The Brookings Institution "The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer" (You can view several video clips of this presentation on the Brookings Institution website ) Draft Remarks as Prepared for...

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USPTO Rebrands National Library Network as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its nationwide network of Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) will become known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) on October 1, 2011. The name change signifies a major shift in focus…

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TOMORROW: Obama Administration to Announce Winners of i6 Green Challenge

promoting a green economy and clean technology commercialization WASHINGTON - Obama Administration officials, including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, will hold a national press conference call with reporters tomorrow to announce the winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an effort to...

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President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2011 President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators President Obama today named seven eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and five inventors as recipients of the National…

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USPTO Updates Effective Date of "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced today plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications through the Track One prioritized patent examination program now scheduled to go into effect on Monday September…

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USPTO Updates Fee Schedule Following Enactment of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced its revised fee schedule on September 16, 2011 following the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Public Law 112-29) which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The enactment of the legislation...

The Historic Visions That Build a Nation

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 8, 2011 Patent Number 8 Million Ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum "The Historic Visions That Build a Nation" Prepared Remarks as Delivered Good morning everybody, and thank you for joining us for…

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ACTING U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY REBECCA BLANK HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF U.S. PATENT SYSTEM TO AMERICAN INNOVATION AT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR PATENT NUMBER 8 MILLION

*Link to full-text remarks below* WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a ceremonial signing for patent no. 8,000,000 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - the former home of the U.S. Patent Office. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under…

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Statement of USPTO Director David Kappos Following Final Senate Passage of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

"I want to congratulate the United States Senate for passing the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) today, and again thank Senate and House Judiciary Chairmen Leahy and Smith, as well as House and Senate leadership and many other Members of Congress for their unwavering commitment to this…

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UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE TO HOST SIGNING CEREMONY FOR PATENT NUMBER 8 MILLION

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a ceremonial signing Thursday for patent no. 8 million at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the…

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USPTO Names Iowa Library to Support Intellectual Property Information Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of Iowa's Davenport Public Library as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). As the 81st library in the nationwide network, Davenport marks Iowa's return to the PTRC program and serves as the…

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USPTO and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, Under the Auspices of AIT and TECRO, Establish a Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as the designated representative of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), as the designated...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues Patent Number 8,000,000

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued patent number 8,000,000 to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration…

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Congressman Adam Schiff to Speak at USPTO's California Regional Inventor Conference in Pasadena, Aug. 12-13

WASHINGTON - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) will be the opening speaker at the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) California Regional Inventor Conference in Pasadena, California on August 12, 2011. Schiff, who serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy...

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USPTO Signs Memorandum of Understanding with China's Jiangsu Provincial People's Government

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USPTO and The Jiangsu Provincial People's Government in the People's Republic of China. This MOU marks the first time USPTO has entered into an agreement with a...

Building the Innovation Revolution

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 18, 2011 President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology "Building the Innovation Revolution" Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning everybody - and thank you for that kind introduction. I want…

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USPTO Announces 2011 National Trademark Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2011 National Trademark Expo. The Expo will be held on October 14-15, 2011 at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about the…

"The Munich Talks: A Global Call for Harmonization"

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 5, 2011 Tri-Lateral Press Conference "The Munich Talks: A Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody. I want to thank you all for attending and also express the sincere…

"From Chakrabarty to Today"

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos June 29, 2011 Biological Industry Organization - Celebrating 30 years of Biotech "From Chakrabarty to Today" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and on behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark…

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USPTO and Partner Offices Agree to Test New, Enhanced Framework for the Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced its participation in a pilot program to test an enhanced framework for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). The pilot, which will also include the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Japan Patent Office...

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Statement of USPTO Director David Kappos Following House Passage of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

I want to congratulate the House of Representatives for passing the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act today, and to again thank Judiciary Chairman Smith, Subcommittee Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Watt, as well as the House Leadership, for their stewardship of this critical legislation. The...

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USPTO Director Kappos Issues Statement as House Considers Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

I want to congratulate Judiciary Chairman Smith, Subcommittee Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Watt as well as the House Leadership for their stewardship in ushering the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act onto the floor for consideration before the full House. Enactment of bi-partisan patent...

Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos June 9, 2011 Medical Device Manufacturers Association "Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for that kind introduction. I'd like…

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USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office Announce Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the expansion of the PCT-PPH pilot program with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). The USPTO-KIPO PCT-PPH pilot started June 1, 2010 and originally allowed only PCT work product from KIPO as a basis to...

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USPTO and the Israel Patent Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Israel Patent Office (ILPO). PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces the examination...

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USPTO and the Nordic Patent Institute to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Nordic Patent Institute (NPI) based on NPI's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program). PPH will permit the USPTO to benefit…

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USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Mary Boney Denison as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Ms. Denison will oversee the examination and processing of applications throughout the trademark operation…

Commencement Address - College of Engineering - University of California, Davis

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP David J. Kappos University of California, Davis Commencement Address - College of Engineering, June 10, 2011 Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you for that wonderful introduction. It's a pleasure to be back home, and a thrill to be among my family of fellow...

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U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE OUTLINES ADMINISTRATION VIEWS ON AMERICA INVENTS ACT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today issued a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers outlining the views of the Obama administration on H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. The legislation to reform the U.S. patent system was voted...

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USPTO Studying Therasense v. Becton, Dickinson Decision to Assess Impacts on Agency Practice and Procedures; Expects to Issue Further Guidance to Applicants Soon

Washington - Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is carefully studying the important en banc decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Therasense v. Becton, Dickinson to assess how it may impact agency practices and...

Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 25, 2011 6 th Annual International Judges Conference "Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for that kind introduction. It'…

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USPTO and Swedish Patent and Registration Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program). PPH will permit each office…

Intellectual Property Priorities of the US Government

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Terry Rea April 27, 2011 The PhRMA Law Section "Intellectual Property Priorities of the US Government " Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for inviting me to participate in this year's annual law section meeting. I…

Intellectual Property & the Landscape of 21st Century Life Sciences

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 5, 2011 Licensing Executive Society (LES) Spring Meeting Keynote "Intellectual Property & the Landscape of 21 st Century Life Sciences" Good morning everybody and thank you for inviting me to the Licensing Executive…

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USPTO Announces U.S. Government-Wide Intellectual Property Training Database

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the ffice of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today announced the launch of a new online database ( www.usipr.gov ) where U.S. government agencies are now posting information about the...

Innovating to Win the Future in the 21st Century

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 9, 2011 United Inventors Association - Inventor's Education Day "Innovating to Win the Future in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody! Let me begin by saying that I'm feeling...

Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 18, 2011 Global & European Initiatives for Work Sharing Conference - Budapest "Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for…

Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 13, 2011 Stanford University & USPTO Joint Conference "Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you Dean Pizzo for that kind…

A Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 28, 2011 Fordham Law School IP Conference - Lunch Keynote "A Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you. It's always a pleasure to participate in Fordham Law School…

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USPTO Announces Full First Action Interview Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program so as to include all utility applications in all technology areas and filing dates. As with…

"Innovating to Win the Future in the 21st Century"

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 11, 2011 Bright Lights Conference 2011 "Innovating to Win the Future in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for inviting me to be a part of this year's Bright Lights…

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to Discuss Intellectual Property and the Economy to Commemorate World Intellectual Property Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will highlight the importance of intellectual property protection and enforcement to the U.S. economy tomorrow at an event celebrating the 11 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day. Strong intellectual property (IP) rights protect the...

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USPTO Announces 2011 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2011 National Trademark Expo on October 14-15, 2011 at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about the value of trademarks in the global marketplace....

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James Donald Smith Named Chief Administrative Patent Judge at USPTO

Smith to lead Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences effective May 8, 2011 Washington - James Donald Smith of Chicago, Ill. has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...

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USPTO Postpones Effective Date of "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has postponed the start date of the Track One prioritized patent examination program, which was scheduled to go into effect on May 4, 2011, until further notice due to reduced spending authority in the Full-Year Continuing...

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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on World Intellectual Property Day

"Innovation is at the heart of U.S. job creation, competitiveness and global strength, and today, in celebrating the 11 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day, we are reminded of how critical intellectual property rights are to driving innovation and unleashing the ingenuity of the...

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USPTO to Host Public Discussion on Newly Proposed Process to Streamline Patent Reexamination

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposal to streamline the procedures governing ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination proceedings. The new procedures are aimed at reducing the time it takes to resolve disputes between patent…

Modernizing a 21st Century Patent Office

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 14, 2011 Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Leadership Breakfast @ Applied Materials Inc. "Modernizing a 21 st Century Patent Office" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for inviting me to…

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USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for discussion on how the USPTO can...

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USPTO Updates Registration Exam for Patent Practitioners

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will update its registration examination and provide new reference materials effective April 12, 2011. The changes will help ensure that newly registered patent attorneys and agents are fully qualified in the most current patent…

A Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 5, 2011 Managing IP International Patent Forum, London "A Global Call for Harmonization" Good morning everybody and thank you for those kinds words, Eric. It's a distinct pleasure to kick things off at the 2011 Managing IP...

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U.S. and U.K. Highlight Progress on Patents Cooperation

London - The governments of the United States and United Kingdom today highlighted the progress made on a joint action plan launched in March 2010 to combat the problem of patent backlogs and their effects on the economy and job creation. The announcement was made today in London by David Kappos,...

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USPTO Announces Launch Date for Fast-Track Patent Processing

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications - allowing inventors and businesses to have their patents processed within 12 months. It currently takes nearly…

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USPTO to Host Free Two-Day Seminar on Protecting Against Intellectual Property Theft in China

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a free, two-day seminar designed to educate businesses on how to protect against intellectual property (IP) theft in China as part of its China Road Show April 6-7, 2011 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. As of…

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USPTO Automates Filing and Decision Process for Eight Patent Petition Types to Improve Customer Service

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the automation of the filing and decision process for eight patent- related petition types through its new e-Petition system. "We've heard complaints that it takes too long to get a decision from the Petitions Office…

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USPTO Announces Accommodations for Patent and Trademark Applicants and Owners Affected by Catastrophe in Japan

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published an Official Gazette (OG) notice outlining special accommodations available to patent and trademark applicants and owners affected by the catastrophic events that took place in Japan on March 11, 2011. "Our thoughts and prayers…

Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21st Century

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 13, 2011 South-by-South-West (SXSW) Interactive "Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody! Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored to be…

Winning a Future by Women, for Women

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce Teresa Stanek Rea March 11, 2011 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium "Winning a Future by Women, for Women" Thank you, Richard [Maulsby], for that incredibly warm introduction. I'd like to take a moment to congratulate Richard on his new appointment as the…

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Participants at USPTO-hosted Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Forum Report Productive Discussions on Patent Harmonization

Washington - On March 7-8, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a two-day meeting with representatives from Asia-Pacific economies to discuss the importance and future of substantive patent law harmonization. Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Director David…

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USPTO Urges Senate to Pass the America Invents Act

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent Office (USPTO) David Kappos today issued the following statement in anticipation of a Senate floor vote on S. 23, the America Invents Act of 2011. "We are encouraged by the Senate's progress…

Taking Up the Charge for Patent Harmonization

Undersecretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 7, 2011 Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Conference Opening Address "Taking Up the Charge for Patent Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for joining us today at the United…

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USPTO Collaborating with Smithsonian Museum for Educational Outreach and Public Programs about Inventing

Washington - The exhibition "The Great American Hall of Wonders" examines the 19th-century American belief that the people of the United States shared a special genius for innovation. It explores this belief though works of art, mechanical inventions and scientific discoveries, and captures the...

USPTO FY 2012 Budget Request

Statement of David J. Kappos Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives "USPTO FY 2012…

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S.23 Patent Reform Act of 2011

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USPTO Applauds Adoption of Manager's Amendment to S. 23

Washington - Following the Senate vote in favor of adopting the Manager's Amendment to S. 23, the America Invents Act of 2011, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos issued the following statement. "We…

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USPTO to Host Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Forum

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) will host the Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation in the 21 st Century Forum March 6-8, 2011, bringing together intellectual property office representatives from the Asia-Pacific…

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TOMORROW: U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE, USPTO DIRECTOR DAVID KAPPOS TO HOST PRESS CALL ON PATENT REFORM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos will host a press call tomorrow with members of the media to discuss the administration's position on patent reform and its critical role in supporting...

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USPTO and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

New pilot project will promote efficiency and higher quality Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). PPH will permit each office to...

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USPTO and USWCC to Host Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium in Honor of Women's History Month

**The symposium will be available for viewing via a live webcast. To enter the webcast, interested parties should go to: uspto.connectsolutions.com/r17361503/ and select the "Enter as a Guest" option. Enter your e-mail address and then click on the "Enter Room" button and you will be admitted to…

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Teresa Stanek Rea Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today appointed Teresa Stanek Rea to the post of deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "Teresa has an impressive track record of success across several disciplines and will be a tremendous asset to the USPTO," Locke said....

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Under Secretary of Commerce David Kappos Announces President Obama's FY 2012 Budget Request for the USPTO

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced details of President Obama's $2.71 billion fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request for the USPTO. The USPTO anticipates collecting $2.71…

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USPTO Issues Examination Guidelines to Better Define the Scope of Patent Protection and Thereby Improve Patent Quality

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued supplementary guidelines for examiners that are designed to improve patent quality by ensuring that the scope of patent rights is clear to the public and commensurate with applicant's disclosure. The public will be…

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USPTO to Host Roundtable on the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program

Washington - The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public roundtable discussion to gather input on the use of the Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) and how to more effectively utilize their services in an electronic environment. The roundtable will be…

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USPTO and EPO Reach Agreement on Principles of Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington - The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) are pleased to report that agreement was reached on the principles of the new Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) at a meeting at the USPTO held on November 29, 2010 through December 1,…

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USPTO to Issue Proposal for "Track One" Accelerated Patent Examination in Flexible "Three Track" Patent Processing Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new details on its "Three-Track" program designed to enable applicants to choose the speed with which their patent application is processed. On February 4, 2011, the USPTO will publish in the Federal Register a…

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USPTO Names Albert Tramposch Administrator for Policy and External Affairs

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Albert Tramposch as Administrator for Policy and External Affairs. In this role he will serve as a policy advisor to Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO…

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U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE NAMES NEW APPOINTMENTS TO PATENT AND TRADEMARK ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today named new members to fill three vacancies on the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three vacancies on the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The committees were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise...

Innovation Alliance Conference

Remarks As Prepared Innovation Alliance Conference Under Secretary Kappos January 21, 2011 Thank you Roger [Martin], for that kind introduction. I would like to thank the Innovation Alliance for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property's vital role in today's innovation...

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Patent Offices of United States and Australia Expand Work Sharing Efforts

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia (IPAU) announced the extension of their existing pilot bilateral Paris Convention Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement and the formation of a new PPH pilot agreement utilizing Patent Cooperation Treaty results…

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Patent Offices of United States and Finland to Expand Work Sharing Efforts

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) announced today the expansion of their existing bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement to include international search reports with written opinions…

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USPTO Introduces Online Tools to Solicit Public Feedback on Patent and Trademark Examining Procedures

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today introduced two online discussion tools designed to solicit input from the intellectual property (IP) community on how the USPTO can update and improve the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and Trademark Manual of...

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USPTO Creates "E-mail Hotline" For New Detroit Office Hiring News

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is streamlining hiring information for people interested in job opportunities at the agency's new office in Detroit with the creation of an e-mail hotline. Those interested in working for the USPTO in Detroit can ask questions or...

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO Creates Online Subscription Center as Part of Expanded Communications and Outreach Effort

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today continued to expand its public outreach efforts with the launch of an online Subscription Center. The Center enables the public to easily subscribe via e-mail to an array of USPTO newsletters and alerts. The hub can be found…

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USPTO Deputy Director Sharon Barner to Leave Agency

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner has announced she will be leaving the USPTO effective January 14, 2011. Barner was appointed to the position by Commerce Secretary…

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USPTO to Open First Ever Satellite Office in Detroit

Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today plans to open the first ever USPTO satellite office in Detroit, Mich., in 2011. The new office…

Securing America's Innovation Future: Challenges & Progress for the Intellectual Property System

Remarks As Prepared Securing America's Innovation Future: Challenges & Progress for the Intellectual Property System Under Secretary Kappos Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Columbia University Introduction & Agency Overview Good morning. Let me start by thanking our hosts from Columbia University…

30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act

Remarks As Prepared 30 th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act Under Secretary Kappos Thursday, December 9, 2010 Good evening, it's an absolute pleasure to be standing here with the USPTO staff and all of our distinguished guests tonight in celebration of the 30 th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. We…

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USPTO Marks 30th Anniversary of Bayh-Dole Act

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act with a special program at its Alexandria, Va., headquarters featuring congressional leaders who were instrumental in the passage of the legislation, including former U.S…

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USPTO Chief Economist Unveils Agency's New Economic Research Agenda During Conference on Intellectual Property and the Innovation Economy

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Chief Economist Stuart Graham announced the agency's new economic research agenda today in remarks at a conference titled "Intellectual Property and the Innovation Economy" held at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The...

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USPTO Implements Pilot Program Effectively Allowing a 12-Month Extension to the Provisional Patent Application Period

Program will Give Applicants Greater Flexibility, Reduce their Costs, and Conserve Agency Resources Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced plans today to implement a Missing Parts Pilot Program which will effectively provide a 12-month extension to the existing…

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USPTO to Host Roundtable on Best Practices for Trademark Prosecution in the Current Electronic Environment

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable discussion to highlight best practices for trademark prosecution in the current electronic environment and obtain feedback on the state of electronic communications within Trademark Operation. The program aims…

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USPTO Extends Deadline for Patent Application Exchange Program by One Year

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the deadline extension of its Project Exchange program to December 31, 2011. Under Project Exchange, any applicant with more than one application filed prior to October 1, 2009, that is currently pending at the USPTO…

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Patent Offices of United States, Europe, and Japan Reaffirm Their Commitments to Cooperation at 28th Annual Trilateral Conference

Three Major Patent Offices Make Significant Advances in Work Sharing Alexandria, Va. - Leaders of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO)-collectively known as the Trilateral Offices-met at USPTO headquarters in...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Launches Twitter Account

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is expanding its communications outreach through social media with the official launch of a Twitter account. Along with its use of Facebook and other online tools like the "Director's Forum" blog…

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President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2009 National Medal of Science & National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington -President Barack Obama will honor the 2009 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in an awards ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the...

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USPTO Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Ex Parte Appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Proposed Changes Aim to Simplify the Process and Reduce the Burden on Appellants and Applicants Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes changes to the rules governing ex parte patent appeals before the Board of...

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USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program by One Year

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the deadline for filing petitions under the USPTO's Green Technology Pilot Program, which allows for expedited processing of...

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USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford to Retire After More Than Three Decades With the Agency

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford has announced that she will retire on December 30, marking the end to a distinguished career with the USPTO that has spanned more than 30 years. Following her announcement, Under...

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USPTO to Hold Annual Independent Inventors Conference November 4-5

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its Annual Independent Inventors Conference on November 4-5, 2010, at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The conference will feature numerous experts and USPTO employees who will address topics such as the fundamentals of…

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Independent Inventors Conference Kicks Off November 4 at USPTO Headquarters

Post-It Notes co-inventor Art Fry to give keynote speech Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its annual Independent Inventors Conference on November 4-5 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Co-sponsored by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of…

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USPTO and EPO Work Toward Joint Patent Classification System

Washington and Munich -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to work toward the formation of a joint patent classification system. Unlike other major patent document classification systems, the U.S. patent classification system is...

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USPTO Launches Second Peer To Patent Pilot in Collaboration with New York Law School

Expanded pilot to include additional technology areas to further evaluate the benefits of peer review to patent examination Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a second Peer To Patent pilot program will be initiated with New York Law School's Center…

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Secretary Locke Joins President Obama in Announcing the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

Washington - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke today joined President Barack Obama in announcing and congratulating the 2009 winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the nation's highest honor for technological and scientific achievement. President Obama will...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA HONORS NATION'S TOP SCIENTISTS AND INNOVATORS

Washington - President Obama today named ten eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and three individuals and one team as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers…

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USPTO Director David Kappos to Kick Off the National Trademark Expo

Kappos to Address the Importance of Trademarks to the U.S. Economy WASHINGTON - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos will kick off the USPTO National Trademark Expo Friday in Alexandria, Va. He will be joined by USPTO's Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford. The...

Employee Event with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

Remarks As Prepared USPTO Employee Event Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Wednesday, October 6, 2010 USPTO Alexandria Campus Thank you for the kind words. Good morning everyone. It's great to be here with Director Kappos, Deputy Director Barner, and all of you. Let me start by acknowledging the...

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USPTO Adopts New Patent Examination Quality Measurement Procedures

Additional Measures Offer a More Comprehensive View of Patent Quality Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is adopting new, more comprehensive procedures for measuring the quality of patent examination. These new measurement procedures were...

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Commerce Secretary Locke Visits the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Thank Employees for Their Work in Support of Innovation and the U.S. Economy

Locke recognizes efforts toward significant reduction in patent backlog under Director Kappos Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday visited the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Va., to congratulate USPTO Director David Kappos…

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USPTO Reorganizes Operational Structure to More Effectively Achieve Goals set out in 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

Creates new Office of the Chief Communications Officer and Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity reporting to the under secretary and director Patent and Trademark Appeal Boards to report directly to under secretary and director Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director…

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USPTO Expands the Patent Prosecution Highway to Include Pilots with Austria, Spain, and Russia

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a series of pilot projects for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), Austrian Patent Office (APO) and the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents…

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USPTO and Rospatent Sign Agreement for Rospatent to Serve as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Agreement applies to international applications filed with the USPTO as the receiving office Geneva -Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property,…

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USPTO and DPMA Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Enhanced cooperation to further improve patent and trademark systems Geneva - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) President Cornelia Rudloff-…

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USPTO and UKIPO Issue Joint Statement on Cooperation

Geneva - In March 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) announced plans to begin cooperation on increasing the efficiency and quality of the patent examination process by making greater use of each other's work on...

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USPTO Launches Effort to Incentivize Humanitarian Technologies

technologies that address humanitarian needs Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO is seeking public comments on proposals to incentivize the creation and wider distribution of...

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USPTO Expands Technical Training Opportunities for Patent Examiners

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO has instituted a Patent Examiner Technical Training Program which formalizes the process for seeking public assistance in providing technical...

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USPTO Director to Discuss USPTO's Goals and Accomplishments In First Anniversary Review for Media

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos will hold a conference call with media on Wednesday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) to review the major initiatives that have been implemented since his...

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USPTO Issues Update to KSR Examination Guidelines

Guidelines include additional examples in response to stakeholder feedback Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is providing an update to its examination guidelines concerning the law of obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103 in light of recent precedential decisions of the...

National Minority Enterprise Development Conference

Remarks As Prepared 2010 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference Under Secretary Kappos Thursday, August 26, 2010 Omni Shoreham Hotel-Washington DC Thank you David [Hinson] for the kind introduction and thank you to the entire MED week team for inviting me to speak. Good morning...

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USPTO and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of the Russian Federation (Rospatent) to Begin Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of the Russian Federation (Rospatent) have agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH...

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President Obama Signs Bill to Provide USPTO Authority to Spend an Additional $129 Million of Fiscal Year 2010 Fee Collections

Washington -- On Tuesday, August 10, President Barack Obama signed into law P.L. 111-224 that gives the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) the authority to spend an additional $129 million of the fees the agency will collect in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. Due to an improving economy and...

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USPTO Issues Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos

Public is invited to comment on the interim guidance Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has prepared further interim guidance for the patent examining corps to use when determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in view of the recent decision by the…

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USPTO to Host Public Roundtable on "Three-Track" Patent Examination Proposal on July 20

Washington -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be holding a public roundtable discussion on its proposed Enhanced Examination Timing Control Initiative, also known as "Three-Track," currently under consideration by the USPTO. The purpose of the roundtable meeting is to...

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USPTO Extends Public Comment Period for 2010-2015 Draft Strategic Plan

Washington-- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the period for receiving public comments regarding the agency's 2010-2015 draft Strategic Plan has been extended until August 2, 2010. The extension has been made to allow more time for the public to provide feedback…

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USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Draft plan sets priorities to strengthen the USPTO, drive innovation and support economic growth Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO's draft Strategic…

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USPTO Issues Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Bilski v. Kappos

The USPTO issued the following statement in reaction to today's Supreme Court ruling in Bilski v. Kappos: "The Supreme Court today affirmed the USPTO's decision that Mr. Bilski's invention was not patentable subject matter as his claims were drawn to an abstract idea. Significantly, the Court ruled…

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USPTO and the Hungarian Patent Office to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Hungarian Patent Office have agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that streamline the patent system and promote…

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USPTO Joint Labor-Management Task Force Proposes Changes to Patent Examiner Performance Standards

Changes will mark the first updates to standards in nearly 25 years Washington - Management at the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been working with representatives of the patent examiners union, the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), to better align the performance...

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USPTO and Rospatent Sign MOU on Bilateral Cooperation

Washington - On June 2, 2010, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon R. Barner and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) Director Boris Simonov...

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New Exhibit on Food to Open at National Inventors Hall of Fame

Exhibit highlights 200 years of food inventions, innovations, and trademarks Grand opening of Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations to be held June 8 from noon to 1 p.m. Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark...

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USPTO Proposes to Establish Three Patent Processing Tracks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposed new patent examination initiative that would provide applicants greater control over the speed with which their applications are examined and promote greater…

Center for American Progress

The Innovation Economy: Unleashing Intellectual Property to Fuel Growth and Create Jobs Under Secretary Kappos June 2, 2010 Thank you, Sarah, for that kind introduction. I would like to thank the Center for American Progress for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property's...

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USPTO Teams with Google to Provide Bulk Patent and Trademark Data to the Public

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO has entered into a no-cost, two-year agreement with Google to make bulk electronic patent and trademark public data available to the public in...

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Commerce Under Secretary Kappos to Discuss Proposed New Initiative for Multiple-Track Patent Examination

Teleconference will be held at 3:30 p.m. ET, on June 3 Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos will discuss a proposed initiative that would allow applicants to choose different patent processing...

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USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to More Inventions

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is revising its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing under the program. Eligibility for the pilot program,...

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USPTO Launches Page on Facebook

Agency's profile will deliver the latest news, photos and videos from the USPTO Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched its official page on Facebook. Intended to engage the public and the intellectual property community directly…

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USPTO and SIPO Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Expanded cooperation to include establishment of Patent Prosecution Highway to reduce patent backlogs and increase efficiency Washington - Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and China's State...

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USPTO Eliminates Patent Prosecution Highway Petition Fee

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it would eliminate the fee for the petition to participate in Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. The elimination of the PPH petition fee is expected to encourage greater PPH...

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USPTO Co-Sponsors Collegiate Inventors Competition Seeking Inventive Entries From Students

Program recognizes students for their innovative work and awards cash prizes The Invent Now Collegiate Inventors Competition, now in its 19th year, is inviting inventive students to enter its 2010 competition. The Collegiate Inventors Competition is designed to recognize and honor student…

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USPTO Opens Application Exchange Program to All Applicants to Reduce Patent Backlog

"Project Exchange" Expanded and Extended to Enable All Applicants to Expedite Processing of a Pending Application in Exchange for Withdrawal of an Unexamined Pending Application WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the expansion to…

GW Law Symposium

Building Bridges and Making Connections Across the IP System Under Secretary Kappos May 11, 2010 Thank you for inviting me to join you today. Thank you to the team from George Washington University for hosting us, and thanks in particular to Mark Whitaker from Howrey LLP for his leadership in...

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Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Hold Workshop on Promoting Innovation

Workshop on May 26 to Explore the Intersection of Patent Policy and Competition Policy and its Implications for Promoting Innovation Washington - The Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)...

Partnering for Global Health

David J. Kappos Partnering for Global Health (BIO and BIO Ventures for Global Health Joint Meeting) McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, Chicago May 3, 2010 I'd like to thank Biotechnology Industry Organization and Bio Ventures for Global Health for inviting me to speak at this important event. I'd...

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USPTO to Hold Public Roundtables on Patent Quality and Patent Quality Metrics

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the USPTO-Patent Public Advisory Committee joint task force on quality, is conducting two roundtables to obtain input from organizations and individuals on actions that can improve patent...

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USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will open the current Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Program to admit 20 additional schools into the pilot for the upcoming academic year beginning in fall 2010 through summer 2011. The pilot program…

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Statement from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on World IP Day

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today released a statement on World IP Day. Washington - "On the 10 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day, we join the world in recognizing the important role that intellectual property plays in an increasingly competitive global economy. As America's…

Innovation Policy and the Economy

NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH, INC. Under Secretary Kappos April 20, 2010 National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC Introduction Good afternoon. I'd like to thank the Bureau for the opportunity to be here today and Josh Lerner and Scott Stern for organizing this great event....

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USPTO to Co-Host Event Commemorating World Intellectual Property Day on Monday, April 26

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host, in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Public Education Committee and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a commemoration of World...

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Department of Commerce Sends Letter to Congress Expressing Administration's Views on Pending Patent Reform Legislation

Washington - Late yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing the administration's view that the draft Manager's Amendment to existing Senate patent reform legislation will make the reforms more effective upon...

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U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Report on Role of Patent Reform in Supporting Innovation and Job Creation

WASHINGTON - Reforming America's patent system will accelerate economic growth and job creation, and expand America's ability to innovate, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The paper, titled "Patent Reform-Unleashing Innovation, Promoting Economic Growth...

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USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office to Expand Work Sharing Within Existing Bilateral "Patent Prosecution Highway" Agreement

GUILIN - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced today the expansion of their existing bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement to include international search reports with written opinions…

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USPTO Launches Ombudsman Pilot Program

One-Year Pilot Program to Assist Applicants with Patent Prosecution Issues Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched a new "Ombudsman Program" designed to provide patent applicants with more assistance in handling application...

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USPTO Proposes Change That Would Effectively Allow a 12-Month Extension to the Provisional Patent Application Period

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposed change that would effectively provide a 12‑month extension to the existing 12-month provisional application period. This change would be implemented through the…

Remarks to the New York Law School

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos Friday March 26, 2010 New York Law School Let me start by thanking New York Law School and Professor Webbink for putting this event together. I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to be here. In fact, I have a history…

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USPTO and UKIPO Announce Action Plan to Reduce Global Patent Backlogs

LONDON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) today agreed to develop an action plan for reducing patent processing backlogs in both offices. Patent backlogs hinder the deployment of innovation and have clear adverse...

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Recently Announced Changes to USPTO's Examiner Count System Go Into Effect

Agency Launches Dedicated Online "Feedback Channel" to Receive Stakeholder Comments on Count System Changes and other Major Agency Initiatives Washington -- The significant changes to the examiner "count system" that were announced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on...

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Under Secretary of Commerce David Kappos Announces President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request for the USPTO

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced President Obama's $2.322 billion fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for the USPTO. The president's budget request for FY 2011 will…

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USPTO Announces Interim Procedure for Patentees to Request Patent Term Adjustment Recalculation

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is providing patentees with the ability to request a recalculation of their patent term adjustment without a fee or petition as is normally required pending completion of necessary modifications to the USPTO's…

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USPTO Holds Public Roundtable on Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Ex Parte Appeals Rules

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner today opened and moderated a public roundtable at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting was an effort to gather public...

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USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner will open a public roundtable on Wednesday, January 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Va. Chief Judge of the…

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Commerce Secretary Locke names new member to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and two to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The committees were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the Under Secretary of…

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO to Hold Public Meeting on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting is an effort of the USPTO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Task Force, which is...

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USPTO Launches Interactive Model Predicting Average Patent Pendency Timeframes in Relation to Varying Staffing and Filing Levels

Washington - As part of its ongoing transparency efforts, the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today established an interactive Patent Pendency Model (PPM) on its Web site. The PPM enables users to see how both first action and overall patent pendency periods…

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Secretary Locke Comments European Union and Member State Ratification of WIPO Internet Intellectual Property Treaties

WASHINGTON - Commerce Secretary Gary Locke commends the European Union and 16 of its members for today ratifying the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (collectively, the "WIPO Internet Treaties"). With yesterday's event, the…

Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Pilot to Accelerate Green Technology Applications

David Kappos December 7, 2009 Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Pilot to Accelerate Green Technology Applications U.S. Department of Commerce (As Prepared) Thank you Mr. Secretary for your kind introduction. As you have rightly pointed out, it takes far too long for innovators and inventors in…

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The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain green technology patent applications

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain "green" technology patent applications, Secretary Gary Locke announced on Monday. The new initiative, coming days before the United Nations Climate Change...

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USPTO to Deploy New Intellectual Property Training Modules

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) has developed a new series of intellectual property video training modules to supplement its training mission for developing and least developed countries. Intellectual property rights…

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USPTO and India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Intellectual Property Rights Cooperation

Expanded Cooperation Will Help Support U.S. Commerce Globally WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on comprehensive…

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India Grants Access to U.S. Patent Examiners for New Traditional Knowledge Search Tool

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the Government of India has granted the agency's patent examiners access to a new digital database containing a compilation of traditional Indian knowledge. Access to the Traditional...

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USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Work Sharing for Patent Applications

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public roundtable on Wednesday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at its campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting is being held to evaluate current work sharing efforts and to develop proposals…

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USPTO, the European Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office to Expand Patent Prosecution Highway Work Share Program

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office, and the Japan Patent Office -- collectively referred to as the Trilateral Offices -- today entered into a series of bilateral agreements to expand the existing Patent Prosecution...

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Commerce Under Secretary and USPTO Director Kappos Launches Blog

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today launched a blog to foster a direct dialogue with the USPTO's stakeholders and the general public. "It's important for me to be able to hear...

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USPTO Pilots Program to Accelerate the Patent Process for Small Entity Inventors

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced the agency intends to launch a pilot program that will give small entity inventors having two or more patent applications currently pending greater control over the priority in...

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Commerce Under Secretary Kappos to Speak to Independent Inventors

14 th Annual Independent Inventors Conference today and tomorrow in Alexandria, Va. General sessions and Kappos' presentation will be Webcast WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos will...

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USPTO Names Connecticut Library to Support Intellectual Property Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Washington -- The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office today announced the designation of the Ryan-Matura Library of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDLs maintain complete collections of over 8 million...

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Commerce Under Secretary Awards 600,000th Design Patent

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today to award design patent number 600,000 to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft and Novelty, and a...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Award 600,00th Design Patent on October 14

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), will award the 600,000th design patent on Wednesday, October 14, to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft...

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property David Kappos to Discuss Administration's views on Patent Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property David Kappos will discuss the Obama administration's position on S.515, the patent reform legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate, on a press conference call today. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Kappos are…

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President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2008 National Medal of Science & National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will honor the 2008 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in an awards ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the White…

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Sharon Barner Deputy Director of the

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today appointed Sharon Barner to the post of deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "I have directed the USPTO to significantly reduce the time it takes to process patent applications," Locke said. "David Kappos has moved...

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USPTO Expands Pilot Program to Reduce Pendency and Improve Patent Quality

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is expanding its First Action Interview Pilot Program in which an applicant is entitled to an interview with the patent examiner prior to the first office action on the merits in a new...

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USPTO Joint Labor-Management Task Force Proposes Significant Changes to Examiner Count System

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today unveiled a series of proposals to bring significant change to the examiner "count system"-the methodology for determining the time a patent...

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USPTO and African Regional Intellectual Property Organization Sign Historic Workplan for Bilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) have signed a historic Workplan for Bilateral Cooperation on intellectual property issues. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual...

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USPTO and European Patent Office to Extend Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) will extend the trial period for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for an additional year, effective September 30, 2009. The current PPH pilot program is...

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New Les Paul Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit honoring the late iconic guitar legend Les Paul who died August 13. In its obituary, Rolling Stone hailed Paul as, "one of the…

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Secretary Locke Joins President Obama in Announcing the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

Washington - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke today joined President Barack Obama in announcing and congratulating the 2008 winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the nation's highest honor for technological and scientific achievement. President Obama will...

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USPTO Announces Senior Management Changes

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced significant changes among the senior management team of its Patent organization. After 35 years at the USPTO, Commissioner for Patents John Doll has announced his intention to retire from the…

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USPTO Takes Another Step Closer to Full Electronic Patent Application Processing

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the implementation of the e-Office Action program following a successful pilot project. Under the program, patent applicants receive an e-mail notification of office communications instead of...

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USPTO Opens Exhibit of Michael Jackson's Patent and Trademarks

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit featuring material from Michael Jackson's patent and trademark applications. The exhibit is free and open to the public starting Wednesday, July 15…

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Patent Training Academy Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

WASHINGTON - United States Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Training Academy has received a certificate of registration for the International Standard ISO 9001:2008. The ISO 9001 quality standard is the most widely recognized and established quality management system framework in the world. The…

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USPTO and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that…

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USPTO Receives 2009 Tele-Vision Award for Outstanding Telework Accomplishments

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the 2009 Tele-Vision Award from the Telework Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on eliminating gridlock. The USPTO's Office of General Law Telework Program was recognized in the "Best…

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National Trademark Expo Set for USPTO Campus May 8-9

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will present a National Trademark Expo on May 8 and 9. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on the 8th will kick off the two day event at the agency's campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The Expo will feature…

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Commerce Secretary to Kickoff National Trademark Expo

Washington: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will kick off the United States Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo on Friday in Alexandria, Va. Locke will address the vital role trademarks play in our economy and the efforts to combat counterfeit goods, which cost America billions…

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USPTO Takes First in NAGC's Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

Washington: The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was honored by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) with two winning entries in the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. The USPTO's "Inspiring Invention: Suction Tire…

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USPTO, German Patent Office Partner to Expedite Processing and Improve Patent Quality

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that streamline the...

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National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum Moves to USPTO To Jointly Host New "Inventive Links" Exhibit

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the opening of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the museum of its Alexandria, Va., campus. The Hall of Fame honors and encourages the men and women responsible for the great...

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USPTO Announces Call for Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The Medal, presented each year by the President of the United States, is the nation's highest honor for technological...

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USPTO and IPOS to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on February 2. The Patent…

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USPTO and KIPO to Implement Patent Prosecution Highway on Full-Time Basis

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced that they will implement the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on a full-time basis, beginning January 29. A pilot feasibility study of…

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Ohio

Columbus, Ohio - United States Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) today warned members of Ohio's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Both…