IP policy news

The latest news on intellectual property (IP) policy from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Learn more about the USPTO’s work in IP policy and upcoming IP policy events.

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A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021

On April 23, President Joseph R. Biden issued a proclamation for World IP Day.

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USPTO report examines the impact of Chinese government subsidies and other non-market factors on the recent rise in patent and trademark filings in China

New report discusses how high rate of Chinese patent and trademark filings may be influenced by government subsidies and other non-market factors.

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Four USPTO intellectual property attachés elevated to rank of “Counselor”

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that four of its intellectual property (IP) attachés have been elevated to the diplomatic rank of “Counselor” at the U.S. embassies and missions where they serve. “The USPTO prides itself on working with foreign...

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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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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 announces 2020 Patents for Humanity winners

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

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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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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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Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2020

President Donald J. Trump proclaims World IP Day

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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USPTO releases SUCCESS Act report to Congress

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

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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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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.