The Topic Submission for Case Studies pilot program provides our stakeholders an opportunity to suggest patent quality-related topics for case studies that may be conducted by the Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA).

Case Studies Pilot - Basics

  • What is the deadline for submitting topics for consideration in the program?

    To be ensured of consideration, written topic submissions must be received on or before February 12, 2016.

  • Who can I contact if I have any questions regarding the Topic Submission for Case Studies Pilot Program?

    General questions or concerns about the Topic Submission for Case Studies Pilot Program can be directed to this email address:

  • Is there a limit on the number of submissions that I can make?

    No.  There is no limit placed upon the number of submissions from a person or entity.  However, each separate topic should be presented in a separate submission to ensure consideration.

  • What should a stakeholder do if he/she sees that his/her topic has already been submitted by another stakeholder?

    Stakeholders should submit their topic even if they believe a similar topic has already been submitted.  A subsequent submission of a similar topic may point out additional items that the Office should consider in its design of the case study, as well as, let the Office know that multiple individuals believe exploring the topic could enhance quality.  For example, the subsequent submission may suggest that the study should cover a longer period of time, address another sector of the IP community, consider additional examiner behaviors, etc.

Case Studies Pilot - General

  • Are there any restrictions on what I should submit?

    Submissions should not contain information associated with any particular patent application or patent, any particular examiner, or any particular art unit.  Additionally, topics should focus on patent quality issues and not relate to other issues such as management concerns or statutory changes.  Furthermore, the submission should concisely explain the nature and purpose of the proposed study to aid the USPTO in selecting the best topic(s) for this pilot program and should not include lengthy supporting documentation or arguments.