On December 1, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) put into effect a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement that significantly expands on a prior agreement, allowing for applications for more industries and for higher annual caps. For details, visit our USPTO-Brazil PPH page or INPI’s PPH page (in Portuguese).
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On October 31, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) transmitted to Congress a report required by the SUCCESS Act of 2018. The report looks at publicly available data on the participation rates of women, minorities, and veterans in the patent system, finding that there is limited information on these underrepresented groups. It makes a series of recommendations regarding legislation and initiatives that can help increase awareness among these groups of the importance of intellectual property and facilitate their participation in the patent system.
Visit our SUCCESS Act webpage to learn more about the USPTO's SUCCESS Act initiative.
USPTO Director Andrei Iancu spoke at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 16, 2019. During his remarks, Iancu addressed the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) in patenting and the cooperation among international patent offices to utilize and explore AI in patent examination tools and methods.
“Today, we stand on the cusp of what some call the fourth industrial revolution… the new wave of disruptive technologies is clearly identifiable: artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, 5G communications, biotechnology, and so much more,” said Iancu. At the USPTO, AI technologies are part of about 26% of annual patent filings, a 34% increase in the share of AI patent filings since 2005.