USPTO will remain open during the government shutdown. The patent office has indicated that it can operate for about four more weeks based on fees previously collected. After four weeks, the USPTO will begin shutting down per the shutdown plan described in the Department of Commerce plan. Here is the excerpt in relation to the Patent Office on page 83: The USPTO has … [Read more...]
The USPTO is the administrative body in charge of receiving, examining and granting patents to inventors.
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In January 2013, Kappos will step down as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You may find more information on patentlyo and ipwatchdog. Back before Kappos was the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it seems as if everyone was complaining that the Patent Office was taking … [Read more...]
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published its yearly Performance and Accountability Report. I’ve cut out some of the tables and provided a brief commentary below. Some of the graphics are barely legible. This is the way it was published on the USPTO website. I. USPTO Staffing … [Read more...]
Once a patent application is filed, you can expect to wait. The Patent Office procedure or examination typically takes about fourteen (14) months or more to examine your patent application on the merits. If the patent application is filed as a provisional patent application, your provisional patent application is not never examined. It is also abandoned after 12 months by … [Read more...]
On February 12, 2009, the Patent Office hosted a roundtable discussion on "deferred examination" which would permit applicants to defer examination of a patent application. Currently, the U.S. Patent Office examines patent applications on a first-come, first-served basis for all patent applications. In other foreign countries, patent applicants are allowed to defer … [Read more...]
The deadline to submit comments regarding the proposed patent rule changes is May 3, 2006. The changes relate to claiming practices and continuation practice which may limit the scope of your patent. These proposed changes have real life impact on patents and how businesses will procure and use patents in the future. The proposed rule changes, ways of submitting comments and … [Read more...]