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USPTO After Final Pilot 2l0 began May 19, 2013

The wait time for an action from the USPTO after the filing of a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) has become quite lengthy, sometimes to 2 years. The number of applications waiting for an action after RCE has been steadily increasing. The USPTO's latest attempt...

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“Micro Entity” Fees Now Available

The USPTO has now made available a 75% discount on most fees for "micro entites". A micro entity is an applicant who: (1) qualifies as a "small entity"; (2) neither the applicant nor the inventor nor any joint inventor has been named as the inventor on more than four...

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“How long until I get my patent?’

The USPTO has issued it's "Performance and Accountability Report for 2012.(uspto performance accountability rpt 2012)":http://www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/ar/USPTOFY2012PAR.pdf The report includes information that helps to answer the common question, "how long until...

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Director Kappos to leave in Jan. 2013

Last week, Patently-O posted that David Kappos will be leaving his post as Director of the USPTO in late January 2013. He will be missed. USPTO Deputy Director Teresa Stanek Rea is in position to assume the role of acting Director. It is reported that there is a...

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Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO Named

Former Google IP attorney Michelle Lee has been named as the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office. "Read the article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.(SVBJ - Michelle...

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4 More Years for Director Kappos?

With the election of President Obama for a second term, it is assumed that the Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, may keep his job for another 4 years as well. That is, assuming he wants it. There's no doubt that under the leadership of Director Kappos, the USPTO is...

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PPAC Report on PTO Fee Proposal

Good article by Inventive Step summarizing the report of the Patent Public Advisory Committee's (PPAC) on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) fee proposal published earlier this month. The USPTO proposes to significantly raise the costs of filing Requests...

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America Invents Act: Post Grant Review

On September 16, 2012, the USPTO implemented the Post Grant Review (PGR) provisions of the America Invents Act. Post Grant Reviews may be filed by third-parties within nine months of a patent grant date or reissuance of a patent. Third parties may challenge one or...

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America Invents Act: Supplemental Examination

On September 16, 2012, the provisions for Supplemental Examination in the America Invents Act will take effect. A patent owner will be able to request supplemental examination of a patent in view of information presetned by the owner. A request for supplemental...

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America Invents Act – Third Party Pre-Issuance Submissions

On September 16, 2012, the USPTO will implement the Third Party Pre-Issuance Submissions provisions of the America Invents Act. Under these provisions, third parties may submit patents, published applications, or other printed publications that may be of relevance to...

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USPTO proposed new fee schedule

The USPTO has proposed a new fee schedule which will significantly increase some fees.  Fees that will increase include the current filing, search, examination fees for utility applications (by 28%), fees for excess independent claims (by 68%), and requests for...

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Patent Office Poised to Implement the Micro Entity Patent Fees

The US Patent and Trademark Office recently published its proposed rules for implementing the micro entity provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). If an applicant qualifies as a "micro entity", then the applicant can pay the reduced patent fees. The...

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Assignees May Soon File Patent Applications

The America Invents Act of 2011 is changing the way the US patent system works. Several of these changes are coming in September 2012. This post highlights one of these changes. On September 16, 2012, assignees of inventions will be allowed to file U.S. patent...

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USPTO Fees to go UP

The America Invents Act granted the PTO the right, for the first time, to set its own fees. Previously, PTO fees were set by Congress. The PTO has now published its proposed fee schedule. Not surprisingly, the fees are going up. The PTO seeks to increase its funding...

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Green Technology Pilot Program Extended

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on December 15, 2011 that the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Program, originally set to expire on December 31, 2011, is being extended through March 30, 2012 or until 3,500...

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America Invents Act – A European Perspective*

Nice article by Doug Ealey of D Young & Co.* in the UK, giving an European Perspective on the US's impending shift to a First-Inventor-To-File system.  "Read the article...(D Young Newsletter)":http://www.dyoung.com/december-2011#anchorlink7 (See Article 6)

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