In June 2013, the White House issued a series of Executive Actions concerning high-tech patent issues. Executive Action No. 2 concerned functional claiming, specifically, (i) improving functional claim clarity; and (ii) possible glossary usage in patent specifications. The White House assigned Executive Action No. 2 to the USPTO, stating: "The AIA made important improvements to the examination process and overall patent quality, but stakeholders remain concerned about patents with overly broad claims-particularly in the context of software. The PTO will provide new targeted training to its examiners on scrutiny of functional claims and will, over the next six months develop strategies to improve claim clarity, such as by use of glossaries in patent specifications to assist examiners in the software field."
The Glossary Pilot has ended and is no longer accepting applications.
The guidelines below provide general information on specific requirements under this pilot program and are merely supplemental to the program requirements as set forth in the Federal Register notice, Glossary Pilot Program FR 79, 17137 (March 27, 2014) [PDF] .
- Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
- Guidelines for Applicants under the Glossary Pilot Program
- Eligible Technology Areas for Pilot
- Form: PTO/SB/436
- Patent Quality Chat (March 8, 2016)
- Glossary Pilot Statistics
- Glossary Pilot Extension
- Glossary Pilot Program FR 79, 17137 (March 27, 2014) [PDF] Effective Date: June 2, 2014
- Examination Guidance and Training Materials (First Inventor to File, Compact Prosecution)
- Executive Actions
- Software Partnership
- Patent Examination Policy
- Memoranda to Examining Corps
- Manual of Patent Examination Procedure
For further information please contact us by e-mail or telephone:
Contact: Seema Rao,
Director, Technology Center 2100