USPTO July Monthly Review

Published on: 08/04/2022 9:03 AM

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A look back at the highlights of July 2022

News and updates


Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal (left) and World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Daren Tang (right) pose for a photo after signing a memorandum of understanding to help resolve disputes about standard essential patents on July 20, 2022. (Photo courtesy of USPTO)

USPTO and WIPO agree to partner on dispute resolution efforts related to standard essential patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today agreed to undertake joint efforts to facilitate the resolution of disputes related to standard essential patents. 

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USPTO becomes a partner in international green-technology platform, WIPO GREEN

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) became a technology partner to the global green-technology platform of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), WIPO GREEN. WIPO GREEN is a public-private partnership established by WIPO in 2013. Its 145 international partners include major technology companies, intellectual property (IP) offices, business groups, research institutes, and nongovernmental organizations. 

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USPTO offers resources to support transition to Patent Center system

On August 1, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) modern, user-friendly Patent Center system will fully replace the legacy Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (Public PAIR) tool for the electronic filing and management of patent applications. We will be retiring Public PAIR on July 31, 2022, which we announced last month in a press release.

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Journeys of Innovation

Floyd Smith

At the end of World War I, parachutes still weren’t standard equipment for military pilots. To address concerns about their use, Floyd Smith, a pilot himself, designed the first parachute that incorporated a manually operated rip cord. 

Pulling the rip cord

This story originally was published in May 2020 and has been updated with information about Smith's 2022 induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the new museum exhibit about Smith, on public display until spring 2023. Visitors to USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia can now explore special exhibits about Smith and his parachute, including an interactive parachute jump experience located in the agency's 10-story atrium.

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Latest blogs

Blodgett's Hotel

Blodgett’s Hotel, which never did function as a hotel, became the headquarters of the U.S. Patent Office and the General Post Office in 1810. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress)

The search for lost X-patents

In December 1836, a catastrophic fire at the United States Patent Office destroyed records of American innovation kept since the earliest days of the Republic. We call patents from this era (1790-1836) “X-patents” not because they’re shrouded in mystery (although they are) but because they predate the numbering system now in use. 

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Providing clear guidance on patent subject matter eligibility

In our recent 2022 report to Congress titled “Patent eligible subject matter: Public views on the current jurisprudence in the United States,” I explained that across the spectrum, stakeholders generally agreed that the law on patent eligibility—like other areas of patent law—needs to be clear, predictable, and consistently applied. This clarity and consistency will allow innovators to attract the investment and collaborations that bring more innovation to impact, in turn creating more jobs and solving world problems.

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Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and the USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation expands innovation to promote jobs and U.S. prosperity

The key to unlocking the potential of every American, creating jobs, and promoting economic prosperity is expanding access to the innovation ecosystem in every corner of our country. We must not only promote and protect more innovation, we must tap into communities traditionally underrepresented in the innovation ecosystem. If we address these disparities, we could quadruple the number of American inventors, and increase the GDP per capita by as much as 4%, or by about $1 trillion. This is a national imperative.

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Popular posts

Rory Cooper

“What’s important is to create a world where everyone belongs and everyone can contribute,” said Rory Cooper, an inventor in the field of rehabilitation engineering with 25 patents. “Accessibility is a tool to facilitate that.”


Keep your canine companion hydrated during the dog days of summer – maybe with some patented tech?

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Water for dogs

At WIPO’s General Assemblies meeting in Geneva today, Director Vidal discussed the importance of working together with other member states to solve world problems and create an easier path for future innovators.

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Vidal in Geneva

Sangeeta Bhatia uses her skills as a biomedical researcher to develop technology that helps diagnose, study, and treat diseases like cancer. Learn about our Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program, which accelerates the examination of patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy.

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Sangeeta Bhatia

The USPTO paid Innovation Internship is now accepting applications! College students from diverse backgrounds, fields, and locations will have the opportunity to start their careers side-by-side with IP leaders. Closes after 200 applications.

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USPTO paid internship