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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference

Remarks delivered at the Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu September 10, 2019 Solvay Business School – Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Brussels, Belgium As prepared for delivery Good…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Bridging Innovation and Opportunity event

Remarks delivered at the Bridging Innovation and Opportunity event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu August 26, 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you Mark Anthony Thomas for that gracious introduction. Thank you...

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP

Remarks delivered at the International Conference on AI-Emerging Technologies and IP Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu July 16, 2019 Tel Aviv, Israel As prepared for delivery Thank you for the kind introduction. It is an honor for me to be here today, and especially to…

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New U.S. Counsel rule: USPTO’s initiatives to ensure accuracy and integrity of the Trademark Register

This article was first published in the World Trademark Review on July 23, 2019. Text is reprinted here with permission. For more information regarding the new rule requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants to use a U.S.-registered attorney, please see our U.S. counsel rule page . Since the…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu July 30, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning, and thank you, Sarah (Taylor) for that introduction. On behalf of the U.…

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Statement of Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary “Counterfeits and Cluttering: Emerging Threats to the Integrity of the Trademark System and the Impact on American Consumers and Businesses.” Commissioner…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 2019 International Intellectual Property Conference

Remarks delivered at the 2019 International Intellectual Property Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu June 10, 2019 J.W. Marriott Seoul, South Korea As prepared for delivery Thank you very much for that gracious introduction. It’s an honor to be here, and it is…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the New York Intellectual Property Law Association

The Current State of Innovation within the U.S. Legal System – Views on Evolving Protection for Intellectual Property Rights in the United States from the USPTO and the Courts Remarks delivered at the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund Patent Event

Remarks delivered at “The Road Back: Restoring American Patents” Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 22, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery Good evening, everyone, and thank you, Rob (Stien) for that very gracious introduction. This is a momentous year for…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association 141st Annual Meeting

Remarks by Director Iancu at International Trademark Association (INTA) 141 st Annual Meeting “Conversations with USPTO Leadership” Session “CM41” Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 20, 2019 Boston, Massachusetts As prepared for delivery Thank you, Ayala, for the...

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Statement of Director Iancu before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 9, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery 1. Introduction Chairman Johnson, Ranking…

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at first public hearing on the SUCCESS Act

Remarks delivered at first public hearing on the SUCCESS Act Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter May 8, 2019 Alexandria, VA As prepared for delivery Good Morning everyone! Thank you Andy Toole for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here today to discuss…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu May 2, 2019 Washington, DC As prepared for delivery “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 20 this year, in just a couple...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit

Remarks delivered at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 25, 2019 Kennedy Space Center, FL As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, Nancy Conrad, for your kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019

Remarks delivered at Silicon Valley IP Forum 2019 Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 10, 2019 Palo Alto, California As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you, John Cabeca for your kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here with all of…

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USPTO announces recipients of 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificates

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses. In...

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the FCBA Santa Clara: Recent Developments Affecting Litigation in, and Appeals from the PTAB, ITC, and District Courts

Remarks delivered at the FCBA Santa Clara: Recent Developments Affecting Litigation in, and Appeals from the PTAB, ITC, and District Courts Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Laura Peter April 8, 2019 Santa Clara, California As prepared for delivery Good afternoon everyone, and…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest Award Ceremony

Remarks delivered at the Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest Award Ceremony Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu April 9, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone! Thank you, Mary and Shira and the entire team that has worked to put this…

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Statement by Director Iancu before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary

Statement delivered before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu March 13, 2019 Washington, D.C. As prepared for delivery 1. Introduction Chairman Tillis, Ranking Member Coons, and...

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Scott Boalick appointed Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the appointment of Scott Boalick as Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Boalick has served as the acting Chief Judge for the PTAB since September 2018. Boalick begins his permanent role today....

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Remarks by Director Iancu at Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in Innovation event

Remarks delivered at Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in Innovation event Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu March 5, 2019 Alexandria, Virginia As prepared for delivery It is so good to see everyone here today, joining us to celebrate women in innovation. This is…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Driving American Innovation Policy Conference

Remarks delivered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Driving American Innovation Policy Conference Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu February 25, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia As prepared for delivery Good morning everyone. Thank you, President (Mark) Becker for that gracious...

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Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “ Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents ,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by...

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United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations event

Remarks delivered at Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations on January 31, 2019.

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U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

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Remarks by Deputy Director Peter at the Boston Bar Association 2018 IP Year in Review

Remarks delivered by USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter at the Boston Bar Association 2018 IP Year in Review

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Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2019 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the president of the United States.

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Thomas Krause appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor

The USPTO today announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO. Krause, who has served as the agency’s Deputy Solicitor since 2014, begins his new role Monday, January 14, 2019.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces revised guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

Revised guidance to the patent examining corps for subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The USPTO also revised guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the State of Technology Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Fargo, North Dakota on November 30, 2018

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan . The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the 10th Annual Patent Law & Policy Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on November 15, 2018

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Remarks by Director Iancu at 2018 National Lawyers Convention

Remarks as delivered in Washington D.C. on November 15, 2018.

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces Laura Peter as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held…

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Conference

Remarks delivered by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Conference in Mexico City on October 23, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting

Remarks as delivered in Washington D.C. at AIPLA on October 25, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Inaugural Texas Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Arlington, Texas, at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Inaugural Texas Dinner on October 18, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Prior Art Archive Launch Event

Remarks delivered at the Prior Art Archive Launch Event in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 3, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Iancu at the Intellectual Property Owners Association 46th Annual Meeting

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at IPO 46th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on September 24, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the PPAC Public Hearing on Proposed Patent Fee Schedule

Remarks delivered at the PPAC Public Hearing on Proposed Patent Fee Schedule

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USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and...

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Statement from Director Iancu regarding Patents systems status

The USPTO is working diligently to restore its Patents IT systems as soon as possible.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at Invention-Con 2018

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at Invention-Con 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 17, 2018.

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USPTO announces 2018 Patents for Humanity winners

WASHINGTON– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address long-standing…

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USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition . The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help raise awareness about the...

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Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2018 National Trademark Expo

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2018 National Trademark Exposition, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the 2018 National Trademark Expo

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the 2018 National Trademark Exposition, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Enterprise Institute

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2018.

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USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program , and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law...

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United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago…

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Heads of the World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Meet in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the annual meeting of the heads of the world’s five largest intellectual property offices, commonly referred to as the IP5. In addition to the USPTO, the members of the IP5 include the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan…

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the IPBC Global Conference

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the IPBC Global Conference in San Francisco, California, on June 11, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony

Remarks by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 1, 2018.

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Statement of Director Andrei Iancu before the House Committee on the Judiciary

Statement of Director Andrei Iancu before the Committee on the Judiciary May 22, 2018, titled "Oversight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office."

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at 2018 Military Invention Day

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at 2018 Military Invention Day in Washington, D.C., on May 19, 2018.

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USPTO Designates Durango, Colorado Public Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the grand opening of the newest Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Durango Public Library in Durango, Colorado on Tuesday May 22, 2018. A free public program , “Researching Patent and Trademark...

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USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 6…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on...

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USPTO Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Claim Construction Standard used in PTAB Proceedings

WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced its proposed rulemaking to change the prior policy of using the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation standard for construing unexpired and proposed amended patent claims in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings...

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the World IP Day event on Capitol Hill

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the World IP Day event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Bar Association's Women in IP Law Luncheon

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the American Bar Association's Women in IP Law Luncheon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 20, 2018.

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Institute of Peace

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

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Statement of Director Andrei Iancu Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Statement of Director Andrei Iancu Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary April 18, 2018

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference

Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Patent Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

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Remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at new patent cover design unveiling

Remarks by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu at new patent cover design unveiling at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Remarks by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld at new patent cover design unveiling

Remarks by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld at the unveiling of the new patent cover design during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

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USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

AUSTIN, Texas - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is...

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Andrei Iancu Begins Role as New Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Andrei Iancu began his first official day as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Iancu, who was nominated by President Trump last August, was unanimously…

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USPTO Announces 2018 National Trademark Exposition

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday, July…

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 National Medal of Technology and Innovation . The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United States…

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USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “ Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017 ” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The revised fee…

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Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing of...

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USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners. Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more than…

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Remarks By Director Michelle K. Lee at the IP5 Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the IP5 Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

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The Invention Imperative: Remarks by Chief Administrative Officer Fred Steckler at Military Invention Day

Remarks as delivered at the National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center, on May 20, 2017

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Remarks By Director Michelle K. Lee at the George Washington University School of Law

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the George Washington University School of Law

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee to Commemorate World IP Day 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery to Commemorate World IP Day 2017

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Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Trilateral Heads of Office and Industry Meeting

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory Committees for…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Consumer Electronics Show

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, NV

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Conference Keynote

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Quality Conference Keynote, Alexandria, VA

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U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Remarks by Deputy Director Russ Slifer at the Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the IAM Patent Law and Policy Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the IAM Patent Law and Policy Conference Washington, DC

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 AIPLA Luncheon Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at the 2016 Trademark Expo

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the 2016 Trademark Expo Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and one…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees are...

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USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting...

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USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge . The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up patient...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at America Invents Act Fifth Anniversary Event

Remarks as prepared for delivery at America Invents Act Fifth Anniversary Event, Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Designates Las Cruces, New Mexico Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is opening a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Library located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The New Mexico State University Library is the only PTRC…

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USPTO to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is co-sponsoring with the American Intellectual Property Law Association an event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on Wednesday,...

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USPTO and ILPO Announce ILPO’s Participation in the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Ministry of Justice unit, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) today announced ILPO’s participation in the Cooperative Classification Patent (CPC) system. The ILPO will classify its newly…

Statement by USPTO Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross on the Inspector General report: Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance.

Statement by USPTO Chief Communications Officer Patrick Ross on the Inspector General report: Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at PPAC Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at PPAC Quarterly Meeting, Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Carnegie Institution for Science

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Carnegie Institution for Science Washington, D.C.

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Teaming Up to Cure Cancer

Washington – Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new actions aimed at advancing President Obama’s call for a “ Cancer Moonshot ” to make “…America the country that cures cancer once and for all” at the White House...

Official Statement from Director Michelle K. Lee on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

Official Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

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USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it opened the current Law School Clinic Certification Program (Program) to admit additional schools to commence participation in the Program. This Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically...

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USPTO to Host IP and 3D Printing Conference

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public conference on the legal and policy considerations of intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va. What: Conference…

Remarks by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the 2016 National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction, Washington, D.C. on May 5, 2016

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USPTO Seeking Comments On Proposed Trademark Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to set or increase certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees will allow the…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at National Medal of Technology & Innovation Awards Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Medal of Technology & Innovation Awards Dinner Washington, D.C.

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David Ruschke Appointed Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of David P. Ruschke as new Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Ruschke will begin his new role at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on May 23,...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

Remarks as prepared for delivery at National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Chief of Staff Vikrum Aiyer at FIRST LEGO League World Festival

Remarks as prepared for delivery at FIRST LEGO League World Festival St Louis, MO.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Community Symposium

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Patent Community Symposium Alexandria, VA.

Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle K. Lee following House passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle K. Lee following House passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Remarks by Deputy Director Russ Slifer at USPTO-AIPLA World Intellectual Property (IP) Day

Remarks as prepared for delivery at USPTO-AIPLA World Intellectual Property (IP) Day Washington, D.C.

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USPTO to Host Patent Quality Community Symposium

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the agency’s regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Detroit and…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Federal Circuit Judicial Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Federal Circuit Judicial Conference Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc. (NYIPLA) Judges Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at New York Intellectual Property Law Assoc. (NYIPLA) Judges Roundtable New York, NY

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Million Women Mentors Senate Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Million Women Mentors Senate Luncheon Washington, DC.

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

Remarks as prepared for delivery at South by Southwest Austin, TX

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Iowa STEM Day

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Iowa State Capitol Des Moines, IA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the State of the Valley Conference

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the State of the Valley Conference San Jose, CA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting in Alexandria, VA

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U.S. Department of Commerce Recommends Amendments to Statutory Damages Provisions in Copyright Act

Washington, D.C.—A report issued today by the U.S. Department of Commerce recommends amendments to copyright law that would provide both more guidance and greater flexibility to courts in awarding statutory damages. The recommended amendments would ensure continued meaningful protection for...

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USPTO Designates San Jose Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library of the San Jose Public Library system located in San Jose, California....

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Consumer Electronics Show

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, NV

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President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White…

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USPTO Hosts Inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) in Alexandria VA, December 3-4, 2015. The forum consisted of representatives from the USPTO, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual...

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Inaugural Meeting of ID5

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Inaugural Meeting of ID5 Alexandria, VA

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United States and Brazil Partner on Improved Patent Processing

Washington — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) agreed to establish a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The pilot program will reduce patent workloads and further improve...

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USPTO Launches New Global Dossier Service

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in furtherance of the Global Dossier Initiative launched the first service for Global Dossier - Dossier Access Friday, November 20. Dossier Access is a user-friendly online interface, which will make it…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Quarterly Meeting Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the "Invention: Does Gender Matter?" Roundtable

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the "Invention: Does Gender Matter?" Roundtable, Dallas, TX

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USPTO Opens Regional Office in Dallas, Texas

Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at the Texas Regional Office Opening Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Texas Regional Office Opening Ceremony, Dallas, TX

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at the Advanced Patent Law Institute

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, Austin, TX

Highlights From Director Michelle K. Lee Fireside Chat at AIPLA Annual Conference

Highlights from AIPLA fireside chat at its annual 2015 conference October 20-24 in Washington D.C.

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USPTO Opens Regional Office in San Jose, California

Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at The Silicon Valley Regional Office Opening Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery at The Silicon Valley Regional Office Opening Ceremony, San Jose, Calif.

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USPTO Advances Cooperation with Foreign IP Leaders

Geneva, Switzerland – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a delegation led by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee advanced international harmonization of intellectual property processes in…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Microsoft Tech Lab

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Microsoft Tech Lab in Washington, D.C.

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop

Remarks as prepared for delivery at PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop in Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala in Washington, D.C.

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New USPTO Tool Allows Exploration of 40 Years of Patent Data

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched PatentsView , a new patent data visualization platform. The PatentsView beta search tool allows members of the public to interact with nearly 40 years of data on patenting activity in the…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Quarterly PPAC Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Quarterly PPAC Meeting in Alexandria, VA

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum in Aspen, CO

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Girls Who Code Graduation at Georgetown University

Remarks as prepared for delivery at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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USPTO Collaborates with Noun Project to Create Symbols for Intellectual Property

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced in partnership with the Noun Project its upcoming Iconathon design workshop on August 28, 2015 at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Designers, students, civic activists, and...

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Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner for Patents

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents effective immediately....

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USPTO and JPO Announce Patent Cooperation Treaty Agreement

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) have implemented an agreement under which JPO will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA…

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically...

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USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting Wednesday, July 8, 2015 on the Alexandria campus. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called "3D printing," refers to a group of new technologies that…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Columbia Global Centers

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Bejing, China

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USPTO and KIPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 20, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral…

Remarks by Deputy Director Russell Slifer at The Meeting of IP5 Heads of Office and IP5 Industry

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Suzhou, China on May 21st, 2015.

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USPTO and JPO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation for Collaborative Search Pilot

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on May 21, 2015, to begin a bilateral Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program. The MOC, signed at a bilateral meeting during the IP5…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Rich Inn of Court Annual Dinner

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on May 9.

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USPTO To Host Combined Medical Device Technology Fair and Partnership Meeting

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday June 3, 2015. The USPTO periodically hosts Medical Device Technology Partnership Meetings to bring industry…

Remarks by Director Michelle K. Lee at Congressional IP Caucus GIPC Event

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on April 29.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at Patents for Humanity Awards Ceremony

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington, D.C. on April 20

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USPTO Announces Patents For Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative promoting...

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at 225th Anniversary of The First Patent Act

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia on April 10

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USPTO to Celebrate 225 Years of American Innovation

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate the 225 th anniversary of the Patent Act by hosting a series of panel discussions at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, April 10, 2015. Enacted on April 10, 1790,…

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U.S. Commerce Department Announces Digital Millennium Copyright Act Multistakeholder Forum Results

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force, through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today released a document developed by stakeholders containing a set of agreed upon practices aimed…

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USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Meryl Hershkowitz as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Hershkowitz will oversee the examination and processing of applications...

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at NYIPLA

Remarks as prepared for delivery in New York on March 27.

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USPTO To Host Second Annual IT Career Fair For Veterans

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second annual career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience in software development, software testing, IT project management, usability, database administration, SaaS, cloud...

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Patent Quality Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Alexandria, Virginia on March 25

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Russell Slifer as Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Washington – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Russell Slifer as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Slifer currently serves as the Director of the USPTO…

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at Fourth Annual Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum

As prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on March 18.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at South by Southwest

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Austin, Texas on March 13th.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the IPO Education Foundation PTO IPO Day Luncheon

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Washington D.C. on March 10.

Remarks by Michelle K. Lee at the Trilateral Meeting

Remarks as prepared for delivery in Yokohama, Japan, on March 3.

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United States Deposits Instrument of Ratification to Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the United States has deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague...

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USPTO to Host First-Ever Summit on Patent Quality

Two-day event to include discussions among USPTO leadership and experts from industry, academia, and the public

Michelle K. Lee: In Conversation with The Brookings Institution

Michelle K. Lee: In Conversation with The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on January 22.

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Deputy Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Denison Appointed as New Commissioner

Washington – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mary Boney Denison to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) effective January 1, 2015. “Mary Denison has done a stellar job serving the American people as the U.S.…

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USPTO To Host Trade Secret Symposium

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives…

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World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington – A coalition of the world’s five largest patent offices – the IP5 – recently announced the release of the 2013 IP5 Statistics Report. The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging...

Senate Judiciary Committee Statement

Statement of Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director, before the Senate Judiciary Committee December 10, 2014.

Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Roundtable on Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia November 19, 2014 Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us at the United...

2014 AIPLA Opening Plenary Remarks

Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee October 23, 2014 2014 AIPLA Opening Plenary " Our Shared Stewardship of a Gold-Standard IP System " Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Wayne, and good morning everyone. Before I begin, I just wanted to say, it's been a busy week, and that I am...

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USPTO To Host First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on Friday, November 14, 2014, in Menlo Park, California. The meeting will serve as a collaborative forum for stakeholders seeking patent protection…

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USPTO and the State Intellectual Property Office of China Launch Direct Electronic Priority Document Exchange

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) today launched a new free service that will allow the two offices to electronically exchange patent application priority documents directly....

Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Intellectual Property Rights Alexandria, Virginia September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Assistant Minister of Commerce Tong Daochi and members…

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USPTO and KIPO Announce KIPO's Full Expansion of the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced a major expansion of cooperation in classification activities between the USPTO and KIPO. The agreement, signed by the heads of the two…

"Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee "Spark of Invention" Event Sponsored by Innovation Insights Geneva, Switzerland September 23, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Thaddeus [Burns], for having me here at this fantastic event, and for...

From Silicon Valley to Washington, DC: Insights From The Intersection of Technology, Law & Politics

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Stanford Law School Remarks September 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for that warm introduction. It's fantastic to be back home in the Bay Area and to see so many friends, former colleagues, and a few former...

Boston Patent Law Association

Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office Boston Patent Law Association Remarks September 16, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Josh [Dalton, Boston Patent Law Association] for that warm introduction, and thanks to the Boston Patent Law Association for hosting…

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USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2014 National Trademark Expo which will be held on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two…

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USPTO Launches Redesigned KIDS! Web Pages

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its newly redesigned KIDS! Web pages aimed to encourage students of all ages to learn about the importance of intellectual property (IP) creation and protection. In…

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USPTO and Smithsonian Launch New Joint Effort to Showcase American Innovation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) establishing a five-year collaboration to develop programs and exhibitions showcasing American innovation. Some upcoming joint…

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USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country between September 16 and October 9, 2014, to increase understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the...

Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Patent Public Advisory Committee Opening Remarks Watch Video August 14, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Louis [Foreman, Patent Public Advisory Committee Chairman], and good morning everyone! It's a…

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USPTO Adds Additional Schools To Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 19 law schools that will join the USPTO's Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. Five law schools will join both the Patent and Trademark portions of...

Denver Opening Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Opening Ceremony for the Rocky Mountain Satellite Office Denver, Colorado June 30, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, and thank you everyone. This is a great day for the United States Patent and...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens Permanent Satellite Office in Denver, Colorado

Denver - Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, along with several elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent...

Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System Stanford Law School June 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Malone, for that kind introduction. And I want to also thank...

The Benefits of IP in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee BIO International Convention San Diego, California June 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Hans, and for inviting me to speak here today. As a native Californian I'm...

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USPTO to Host Software Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next Software Partnership Meeting Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. Software...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically...

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USPTO and KIPO Announce KIPO's Expansion of the Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the expansion of the cooperation in classification activities between the USPTO and KIPO. KIPO will increase the number of technical...

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USPTO To Host IT Career Fair for Veterans

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. There are available positions in the...

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USPTO Announces Denver Satellite Office to Open June 30

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its permanent satellite office in Denver, Colorado, will officially open on June 30, 2014. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver's central business district, the…

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery May 21, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe, for the kind introduction. I appreciate the great work you and the USPTO Military Association (UMA)…

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USPTO Proposes Reducing Certain Trademark Fees To Lower Costs And Promote Efficiency For Customers

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to reduce fees for many new trademark applications and most renewals of registration. USPTO also proposes a new Trademark Electronic…

The Benefits of Transparency Across the Intellectual Property System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Fordham University School of Law 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference New York, NY, April 24, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Professor Hansen, and good afternoon, everyone…

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USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2014 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event, which attracts thousands of...

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USPTO to Host Forum to Solicit Feedback on Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public forum on May 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, to solicit feedback from organizations and individuals on its recent guidance memorandum for determining…

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USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC). The OIPC will be led by Mark Powell who will serve as USPTO's first Deputy Commissioner for International Patent…

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USPTO Renews Patents for Humanity Program

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Patents for Humanity is being renewed as an annual program. Started as a one-year pilot in 2012, the program recognizes businesses, inventors, non-profits, and universities who…

Presentation of Design Patent 700,000

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Langdon Education Campus, Washington, D.C. March 26, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much for that introduction, Peggy, and good morning, everyone. We have a great program today…

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Nominations Deadline Extended for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the nominations deadline for the 2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Building a Better Patent System Together - PTO Day Conference

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee IPO Education Foundation's 24th PTO Day Conference Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, Herb. It's wonderful to be here today,...

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USPTO Launches New Glossary Pilot Program to Promote Patent Claim Clarity

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its new Glossary Pilot Program as part of ongoing Obama administration efforts to strengthen the U.S. patent system. The pilot, which will begin on June 2 and run through...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues 700,000th Design Patent

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000 th design patent during a ceremony with United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, DC. The patent for…

Building a Better Patent System Together

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee Managing IP -- U.S. Patent Forum 2014 Washington, D.C., March 25, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for the kind introduction, James, and for inviting me to speak today. I'm a big…

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USPTO to Host Roundtables on AIA Trial Proceedings in Eight Cities Nationwide

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a series of roundtables across the country to educate the public and collect feedback about the America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings. The series will begin on...

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USPTO to Host Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Access to Prior Art

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable to solicit public opinion on boosting crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions identifying relevant prior art. The goal of this outreach is to enhance the quality of…

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USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process of…

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USPTO Expands Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit a limited number of additional schools to commence participation in the fall 2014 academic semester…

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USPTO to Host First-Inventor-to-File Anniversary Forum

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a public forum to discuss the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The forum marks the first anniversary of the implementation of…

Building a Better Patent System

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee White House Event on Executive Actions Related to Strengthening Patent System February 20, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you. I'm pleased to be here at the White House today with Secretary Pritzker,...

Remarks at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Meeting

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute January 30, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Wayne, for that kind introduction. Before I go any further, I'd like to congratulate Wayne. As just two days ago the Department of…

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USPTO To Host Forum To Discuss Proposed Changes To Implement Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 - Title I The Hague Agreement

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that they will hold a public forum to discuss implementation of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 ("PLTIA"). The law, which serves as the implementing...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Ranks #1 in Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was named number one out of 300 agency subcomponents in the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings released today by the non-profit Partnership for Public Service (PPS). The annual…

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Names Michelle K. Lee as Next Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Michelle K. Lee as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee currently serves as the Director of the USPTO's…

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USPTO and Dallas Entrepreneur Center Collaborate on Resource Sharing Initiatives

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support and promote the Dallas innovation community. Through the MOU, USPTO will...

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USPTO to Host Webinar on Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host a webinar on Monday, December 16, 2013, to discuss changes to the patent law introduced by the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act . USPTO subject matter experts…

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USPTO Designates Kentucky Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the W. Frank Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. PTRCs, located...

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World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Release Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington - Last week, a coalition of the world's five largest patent offices - the IP5 - announced the release of the 2012 IP5 Statistics Report . The Report has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Rules to Implement Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a proposal to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the provisions of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 ("PLTIA"). The law, which serves as…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Selects San Jose City Hall as Permanent Space for Silicon Valley Satellite Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the San Jose City Hall building, located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, has been selected as the permanent location for the USPTO's Silicon Valley satellite office. The search for…

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USPTO Applauds Pro Bono Programs and Newly Formed Advisory Council

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new charter agreement placing the continued success of regional pro bono programs in the hands of a newly-formed advisory council. More than 30 representatives from regional inventor...

USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Public Forum

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea November 5, 2013 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Public Forum Prepared Remarks Thank you, Andrew, and good morning, everyone! Thank you to those here in the audience for attending and to all of you watching on the…

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USPTO Names Houghton Michigan Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library of Michigan Technological University. PTRCs, located in nearly…

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USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its next public Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. Partnership Meetings are an opportunity to bring stakeholders together…

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USPTO 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the USPTO's draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2014-2018 is posted for public review and comment on the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/index.jsp . The draft…

USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Public Forum

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea September 16, 2013 USPTO AIA Second Anniversary Public Forum Prepared Remarks Thank you and good afternoon, everyone! I want to thank you all for taking the time to join us as we mark the two-year anniversary of...

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USPTO to Host 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference on October 11-12, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet…

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USPTO to Host America Invents Act Second Anniversary Forum

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host an America Invents Act (AIA) Second Anniversary Forum on Monday, September 16, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The public meeting will serve as…

Balancing Innovation and Competition Through Intellectual Property Policies in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Speech to China Pharmaceutical University Nanjing, China September 2, 2013 Prepared Remarks Companion slides referenced in this speech are available in this pdf document . Opening Remarks Good afternoon and thank…

Lectures on American Patent Law

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Japan Patent Attorney Association Hosted "Lectures on American Patent Law" Tokyo, Japan ~ August 29, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Before I begin, I would first like to thank the Japanese Patent Attorney...

Global IP Perspectives and Strategies

List of global IP Office web sites and resources.

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USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Berkeley, California

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its next Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. The public meeting will serve as an...

Keynote Address to Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea LAIPLA Spring Seminar June 7, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Georgann! It is a pleasure to be in Las Vegas, speaking to an audience of such distinguished IP practitioners. I also want to thank...

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before September 30, 2013. Submission details can be found in...

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Statement from Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea on Adoption of Historic Treaty Improving Access to Published Works for the Blind and Other Print Disabled Persons

WASHINGTON - Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Teresa Stanek Rea today applauded the adoption by more than 150 countries of a landmark international treaty to facilitate access to published works…

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World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) Meet in Silicon Valley

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a meeting of the heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices in Cupertino, California. Known as the IP5, members include the USPTO, the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan…

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USPTO and KIPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System Pilot

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the launch of a new pilot in which KIPO will classify some of its patent documents using the Cooperative Patent Classification system...

"Walk of Thankful Recognition" Event for Memorial Day

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea Memorial Day Ceremony Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, Va. May 23, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Joe. I appreciate the kind introduction. I also appreciate the great work that you and...

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USPTO Commissioner for Patents Named Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Finalist

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. Focarino was named today a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalist by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service . Commissioner Focarino is among 31...

Creativity: The Next Generation

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea World IP Day Welcoming Remarks USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Va. April 26, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Todd. I would like to welcome all of you to the United States Patent and Trademark...

Patents for Humanity Awards Presentation

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea April 11, 2013 Dirksen Senate Office Building Prepared Remarks Time and again history shows the profound impact that one good idea-patented and marketed-can have on human beings, our world, and our way of...

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the winners of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patents for Humanity pilot program during an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part…

RCE Roundtable Opening Remarks

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Va. April 3, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much, Andy! It is great to be here this morning for the last of the RCE roundtables. Kudos to Andy and his team for...

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USPTO Updates Professional Conduct Rules and Registration Examination for Patent Attorneys

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced updates to the registration examination and significant changes to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct (USPTO Rules), which govern practitioners who practice before the USPTO. USPTO'…

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USPTO and Kauffman Foundation to Announce Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will honor patent holders who have made use of patented technologies to address humanitarian challenges on April 11, 2013, at a Capitol Hill event supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Acting Under…

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USPTO to Hold Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the Kansas Regional Independent Inventors Conference on April 19-20, 2013 at the National Aviation Training Center in Wichita, Kansas. The event, co-sponsored by the USPTO's Office of...

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USPTO Announces 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame today announced the inductees for 2013. This year's class includes inventors behind patented innovations such as the electronic synthesizer, flat panel plasma...

Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum 2013

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea March 19, 2013 Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you for that kind introduction, James. What a pleasure it is to be back for your second annual U.S. Patent Forum! Just like…

First-Inventor-to-File, Micro-Entity, and Patent Fees Public Forum

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea March 13, 2013 First-Inventor-to-File, Micro-Entity, and Patent Fees Public Forum Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon, everyone! It is great to see so many of you at our Alexandria headquarters, and...

Real Property in Interest Roundtable

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos January 11, 2013 Real-Party-in-Interest Roundtable Remarks Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and thank you for coming. Also, Happy New Year! Each of…

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USPTO and AutoHarvest Collaborate to Accelerate Advanced Manufacturing

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the AutoHarvest Foundation today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to spur innovation and generate jobs in advanced manufacturing. The two organizations...

Federal Circuit Bar Association Remarks

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 30, 2012 Federal Circuit Bar Association, London Prepared Remarks Good morning, everybody. Let me say what an honor it is to be your guest today in the great city of London, the capital of one of the world's…

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USPTO and NIST Release New Version of IP Awareness Assessment Tool

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today unveiled an updated beta version of the web-based IP Awareness Assessment Tool, which is designed to help...

Remarks at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute February 2, 2013 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone! Thank you, Q. Todd, for graciously inviting me to be here. Coming to an AIPLA event always feels a little bit...

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The provision, one of the hallmarks of the AIA, is a major step...

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USPTO to Host Public Roundtables on Requests for Continued Examinations

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), will host a series of public roundtables to solicit stakeholder input on ways the agency can reduce the number of Request for…

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USPTO, NSF, and NBC Learn Launch "Science of Innovation" Series

Washington- The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, today launched an 11-part " Science of Innovation " series to coincide with the 165 th birthday of American inventor...

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Remarks

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea February 1, 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Awards Dinner Good evening, everybody. It is such an honor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office to play a part in this annual event…

Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea January 29, 2013 Combined Medical Device & Biotechnology Partnership Meeting Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We are…

Intellectual Property Trends and Developments with China

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Teresa Stanek Rea Fordham Law School China Event January 28, 2013 Prepared Remarks Good morning, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here at Fordham Law School, in a room of bright legal minds, from students to professors to IP practitioners. I would like to…

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Matters Related to the Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking stakeholder input on matters relating to international harmonization of substantive patent law. To assist in gathering this information, a public hearing will be held on March 21, 2013,...

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USPTO Releases New Patent Term Calculator

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the release of a new calculator that enables members of the public to estimate the expiration date of a utility, plant, or design patent. The calculator can be downloaded at www.uspto.…

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USPTO's Patents for Humanity Wins 2012 LESI Award

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was honored yesterday for its Patents for Humanity initiative, a pilot program designed to encourage the use of patented technology to address humanitarian challenges. The non-profit Licensing…

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USPTO Collaborating with Smithsonian to Open "Innovation Pavilion"

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the USPTO to support the Smithsonian's development of an "Innovation Pavilion" that will showcase educational programs and...

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USPTO Opens Patent and Trademark Resource Center on Long Island

Washington- The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Smithtown, New York, at the Smithtown Library to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public. "Patent and Trademark...

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2013 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. An ambitious harmonization…

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USPTO Announces New Patent Prosecution Highway Partnership (PPH) With Taiwan Intellectual Property Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of a permanent Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO). The permanent PPH program, which started on September 1, 2012,…

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USPTO to Host Combined Medical Device & Biotechnology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 designed to bring the medical device and biotechnology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and...

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USPTO to Host Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Alexandria campus. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called "3D printing," refers to a group of new...

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USPTO Announces Location for Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Satellite Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it has chosen the Terminal Annex Federal Building as the site for its Dallas-Fort Worth regional satellite office. The Terminal Annex Federal Building is located along the southern…

An Examination of Software Patents

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 20, 2012 Center for American Progress Keynote Address Thank you, Winnie, for that kind introduction. Good morning, everyone. It's great to be here at the Center for American Progress. I'm pleased to be able to talk…

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Patent Offices of United States, Europe, and Japan Approve Trilateral Cooperation Declaration to Further Advance Patent Systems Worldwide

Washington - Heads of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) - collectively known as the Trilateral Offices - met in Kyoto, Japan this week to hold their annual Trilateral Conference,...

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World's Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices Announce Upcoming Release of First Annual IP5 Statistics Report

Washington - Today, a coalition of the world's five largest patent offices - the IP5 - announced the release of the IP5 Statistics Report 2011 Edition, which has been designed to facilitate an understanding of operations and patent procedures among the Offices, while providing a means for gauging...

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USPTO Announces Call for 2013 Innovation Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced its call for exhibitors for the 2013 Innovation Expo, to be held on the agency's Alexandria, Va. campus, June 20-22, 2013. Free and open to the public, the Expo will feature patented and…

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USPTO Helps Expand Pro Bono Patent Assistance to Nation's Inventors

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the start of two new regional pro bono patent programs in California and the District of Columbia-the result of the USPTO's cooperative efforts with the California Lawyers for the Arts...

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USPTO Proposes Updated Professional Conduct Rules

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today its proposal to update the USPTO Code of Professional Responsibility to conform to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association (ABA), versions of which have...

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USPTO Updates Registration Examination for New Patent Practitioners

WASHINGTON - As part of a wider effort aimed at stakeholders fully benefitting from the sweeping reforms of the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it has updated a critical examination for applicants...

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USPTO Announces Three New Patent Prosecution Highway Partnerships

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the October 1, 2012 launch of a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the patent office of the Czech Republic, and the planned launch of two additional PPHs with the patent offices…

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U.S. Commerce Department Announces Partnership with Cornell NYC Tech to Help American Entrepreneurs Innovate, Grow, and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON- Today Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank was joined by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and Cornell University President David J. Skorton to announce a groundbreaking agreement...

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USPTO and EPO Publish Advance Version of Cooperative Patent Classification System Ahead of January Launch

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced early publication of a classification system meant to speed the patent granting process for applicants to both Offices. The Cooperative Patent...

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USPTO Encourages Third Parties to Participate in Review of Pending Patent Applications

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) encourages subject-matter experts to take advantage of a new rule implemented under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that-for the first time in the history of U.S. patent law-allows third...

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Historic Patent Reform Implemented by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Washington - The most significant reform to the U.S. patent system in more than a century took a major step forward at 12:01 am Sunday, as numerous provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 went into effect. The new rules will spur innovation and economic growth by streamlining the…

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Patent and Trademark Resource Center Opens at Western Illinois University

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) today at the Western Illinois University Libraries in Macomb, Ill., to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public. "PTRCs are the face of the USPTO on a...

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USPTO Connects Innovators to Key Patent and Trademark Resources

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is making its patent and trademark examining manuals more accessible to the public through a new, user-friendly search tool. The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and Trademark Manual of...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office To Implement New Patent Quality Process

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is creating a new proceeding designed to ensure the first person to file a patent application is actually the true inventor. Part of the Office's implementation of the Leahy-Smith America…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Seeks Comment on Proposed Fee Schedule as Mandated by America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is taking further steps to implement the most significant reform of the U.S. patent system in more than a century. The Office will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM…

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USPTO Hosting Two Public Information Events on America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host two public events next week to provide information on and receive public input regarding the Office's continuing implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The events are…

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USPTO Selects Central Denver Location for Regional Satellite Office

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its Denver regional satellite office will be located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver, Colorado. The USPTO announced plans to open a regional office in the Denver...

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USPTO Seeks Comment on Possibility of Lowering Most Trademark Application Fees

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on the possibility of adjusting trademark application fees, so as to lower the fees for all applicants willing to file and communicate electronically with the USPTO. The...

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Supplemental Examination and Inventor's Oath or Declaration

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on August 14, 2012, to implement two provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that will improve the patent process…

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Administrative Trials Under America Invents Act

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on August 14, 2012, to implement three administrative trial provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA); inter partes…

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USPTO to Hold Texas Regional Inventors Conference in Austin, September 14-15

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference on September 14-15, 2012 in the Thompson Conference Center located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Co-hosted by Invent…

Remarks to Open Elijah J. McCoy USPTO Detroit Location

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 13, 2012 Detroit Office Opening Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning everybody. Let me begin by extending my heartfelt thanks to Acting Secretary Blank, Senator Stabenow, Members of the Michigan…

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules for the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements Provision of the America Invents Act

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on August 6, 2012, to implement the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act…

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Trademark Education Event Returning to USPTO

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is once again hosting its annual National Trademark Expo, October 19-20 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free event is open to the public and advances the agency's mission in educating...

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USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Pilot Program

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of nine additional law schools to join the Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. The program allows law students to practice trademark law...

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USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules Governing First-Inventor-to-File

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a proposal to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the "first-inventor-to-file" provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The first-inventor-to-file...

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USPTO Expands Patent Law School Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 11 additional law schools to join the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, starting this fall. The program allows law students to practice...

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules Governing Preissuance Submissions

Washington - The United States Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published final rules to implement the preissuance submission provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The preissuance submission final rules appear in the Federal Register...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan

DETROIT - Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, along with elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Elijah J…

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U.S. Commerce Department to Open Four Regional U.S. Patent Offices That Will Speed Up the Patent Process and Help American Businesses Innovate, Grow, and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced plans to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and…

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USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot to Sept. 30, 2012

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended its After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) to Sept. 30, 2012. Originally scheduled to end on June 16, 2012, the extension of the AFCP will give more stakeholders the opportunity to have their patent applications given...

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USPTO Adds Advancement of Examination Option to the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), working in conjunction with the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA) announced today that the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program will add a Petition to Make Special component. Schools participating in the…

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USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Discounted Patent Fees

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the micro entity provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). If an applicant qualifies as a micro entity, then the...

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USPTO Concord Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Now Open to the Public

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the University of New Hampshire School of Law Library, which was designated as the Concord Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC.) on January 30, 2012, is now open to serve the intellectual property (IP)...

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USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for...

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USPTO to Test New Option for Information Disclosure Statements (IDS)

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the start of the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program as part of its on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and pendency reduction. The program reduces the number of Requests for...

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USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit additional schools for the upcoming fall 2012 academic year. This pilot program allows law students to practice trademark…

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before June 11…

National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 2, 2012 National Inventors Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Ceremony Remarks introducing posthumous induction of Steve Jobs Wow. What a terrific evening. On behalf of President Obama, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, and my 11,…

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NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME HONORS 2012 INDUCTEES

Washington - Dedicated to honoring the individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced the great technological achievements that have changed the world, the National Inventors Hall of Fame is honoring its 2012 Inductees at a formal Induction ceremony taking place in Washington, D.C. The inventors…

Visionary Innovators

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 26, 2012 World IP Day - Dirksen Senate Office Building Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for joining us as we celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day here on Capitol Hill. I…

A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos April 11, 2011 Fordham IP Law Institute - China Snapshot of China's IP landscape Good afternoon everybody - and thank you for that warm introduction. I'd like to begin by thanking the Fordham School of Law's IP Institute…

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USPTO and UKIPO Issue Preliminary Progress Report on Worksharing Initiative

Washington - Today, a joint report published by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reports that both offices have been making efficient use of each other's work, which has led to an improvement in the quality of patents being…

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USPTO to Hold Florida Regional Inventors Conference in Tampa, April 27-28

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its annual Regional Independent Inventors Conference on April 27-28, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. at the Embassy Suites located on the campus of the University of South Florida. Co-sponsored by Invent Now ® and the National…

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USPTO to Host Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 to bring industry stakeholders and patent examiners and directors from Technology Center 3700 (TC 3700) together to share ideas, experiences, and...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Venture Summit

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 12, 2012 - 3:30PM Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Venture Summit Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you so much for that introduction. It's an honor to be here alongside…

U.S. Commerce Department Release of Intellectual Property Study

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos April 11, 2012 Releasing the "Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus Report" Remarks as prepared for delivery Well, first of all, thank you Secretary Bryson and Deputy Secretary Blank for leading...

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US Commerce Department Releases New Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $5 Trillion, 40 Million Jobs to US Economy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department today released a comprehensive report, entitled "Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus," which finds that intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars…

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USPTO and Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) sign Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program

MOU signifies cooperation between the U.S. and Hungary in intellectual property rights Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding making permanent the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)...

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USPTO Expands Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will open the current Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit 10 additional schools for the upcoming fall 2012 academic year. This pilot program allows law students to practice patent…

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USPTO to Test New Post Final Rejection Option

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders, today announced the start of the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP). "Compact prosecution is one of our…

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USPTO and NIST Unveil New IP Awareness Assessment Tool

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today unveiled a new web-based IP Awareness Assessment Tool designed to help manufacturers, small businesses,...

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USPTO to Boost Job Opportunities for Veterans through Veteran Intern Program

Washington - As part of an aggressive veteran hiring campaign, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is launching the Veteran Intern Program (VIP). Open to veterans who have completed at least three academic years of study in electrical, mechanical, biomedical, or computer...

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USPTO Partners with NASA's Center for Collaborative Innovation and TopCoder on Competition to Modernize Tools for Patent Examination

Washington -Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (COECI) and TopCoder launched PatentLabeling2, the second in a series of phased innovation competitions designed to modernize tools for patent...

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USPTO to Host Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium in Honor of Women's History Month

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) and the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, will host a symposium focused on women entrepreneurs, innovation and the importance of intellectual property to business. The...

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USPTO and AUTM Announce Joint Patent Examiners Training Initiative

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) today announced the launch of the USPTO/AUTM Patent Examiners Training Initiative, a joint program designed to improve the strength and quality of U.S. patents through...

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 13, 2012 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you so much for that introduction. Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored and excited to…

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USPTO Announces 2012 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2012 National Trademark Expo on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about trademarks and their…

Welcome Remarks for USPTO's AIA "Roadshow" in Sunnyvale, CA

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos February 24, 2012 AIA Roadshows - Sunnyvale, CA Good morning everybody and thank you all for taking the time to attend this important forum on the implementation of the historic America Invents Act-the most significant...

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USPTO and Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) Highlight Progress in Bilateral Cooperation

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today highlighted the progress made on the Strategic Handling of Applications for Rapid Examination pilot program intended to maximize the reuse of work performed by the other...

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National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

Washington - In celebration of its mission to recognize and foster invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 Inductees. The inventors to be honored this year created remarkable innovations that include the now ubiquitous laser printer commonly found in the workplace, the…

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USPTO Establishes Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the establishment of the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program designed to enlist the services of leaders in academia who can devote up to six months of service to the agency on a full time basis. The first...

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USPTO to Host February 21 Webinar with Senior Agency Officials

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. USPTO Director David Kappos and other agency leaders will outline proposals for new patent fees, as well as other…

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USPTO Proposes Rules of Practice for Trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Judicial Review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has proposed a consolidated set of rules related to trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The proposed rules implement the provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act relating to inter partes review, post...

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USPTO Launches Patents for Humanity Pilot

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today at the White House announced the Patents for Humanity pilot program that rewards patent owners for using their patented technology to address humanitarian needs. This 12-month pilot advances the President's global development…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fees

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week published proposed fees for all of its patent services after working with IP stakeholders - taking the first step in setting fees through the regulatory process under authority provided in the Leahy-Smith America Invents...

Expanding Outreach to the Native American Community

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos Jan. 30, 2012 Native American Intellectual Property Enterprise Council Reception Opening Remarks Good evening, everyone and thanks for taking the time to join us today. Before I say a few words I want to extend my sincere…

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Deadline for Comments on Future Locations for USPTO Satellite Offices Approaches Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Federal Register Notice on November 29, 2011, seeking written comments on potential locations for additional USPTO satellite offices. The deadline for comments is Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. ET. "We're looking...

Swearing-In Ceremony for New Administrative Patent Judges

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos January 25, 2011 Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Welcoming Remarks Good morning everybody - and thanks, Kurt, for that kind introduction. I want to thank Chief Judge Randall Rader, of the U.S. Court of Appeals…

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USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules for Supplemental Examination and to Revise Reexamination Fees

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing rules of practice in patent cases to implement the supplemental examination provisions of the America Invents Act. The USPTO is also proposing to adjust the fee for filing a request for ex parte reexamination and to set…

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USPTO Announces Public Hearings and Request for Comments on Genetic Diagnostic Testing per the America Invents Act

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is gathering information on genetic diagnostic testing for purposes of preparing a report for Congress on the subject as required by the America Invents Act (AIA). To assist in gathering this information, the USPTO invites the…

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USPTO Issues Reports Required by the America Invents Act on the Prior User Rights Defense Study and the International Patent Protection for Small Business Study

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has submitted reports for two intellectual property law studies required by the America Invents Act (AIA) to Congress. The first report was prepared under Section 3 of the AIA and addresses the scope of prior user rights defense in…

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USPTO Announces Location for Elijah J. McCoy Satellite Office in Detroit

WASHINGTON -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on Jan. 11, 2012 that it has concluded a five-year lease agreement through the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Great Lakes Region for a 31,000 square foot space to be located at 300 River Place Dr. in Detroit…

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USPTO to Host Seven Public "Roadshows" Across U.S. to Support America Invents Act Implementation

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public series of educational "roadshows" regarding the , allowing the public to speak with USPTO officials about the new patent law and its implementation. The programs will be held at seven venues across the U.S.,...

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Ahead of Schedule, USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules to Implement Four Provisions of the America Invents Act

WASHINGTON -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published four Notices of Proposed Rulemaking regarding implementation of various provisions of the (AIA). Specifically, the Notices appearing in the Federal Register propose rules concerning inventor oaths and declarations, as...

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO Begins Electronic Delivery of Pre-Grant Search Results to the European Patent Office (EPO)

Washington - In October 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) began to electronically deliver search results for all publicly available U.S. patent applications to the European Patent Office (EPO). This electronic delivery of search results was implemented to assist U.S....

A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos December 13, 2011 GW University Law School & Fordham University School of Law "A Public Discussion on Strategies for Engaging China" Good morning everybody - and thank you for that warm introduction, Chief Judge Rader…

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USPTO and Rospatent Announce Patent Cooperation Treaty Agreement

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have implemented an agreement under which Rospatent will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining...

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USPTO Updates Rules for "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today a final rule change permitting applicants to request prioritized examination for applications after the filing of a request for continued examination. The changes in this final rule are applicable to any patent...

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USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Program, originally set to expire on December 31 of this year, is being extended through March 30, 2012 or until 3,500 applications have been...

Harmonizing Patent Systems - A Common Mission at an Economic Turning Point

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos December 9, 2011 IP Week 2011 -- Brussels "Harmonizing Patent Systems -- A Common Mission at an Economic Turning Point" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody, and thank you for that introduction, Peter. It…

The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos November 4, 2011 3 rd Annual Georgetown Law & Stanford Law Conference "The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody - and thank you so much for inviting…

The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 22, 2011 WIPO Symposium of IP Authorities - Promoting Innovation & Creativity "The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you…

Introduction to the Great American Hall of Wonders Lecture

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos December 1, 2011 Claire Perry Lecture on the Great American Hall of Wonders Introduction Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for coming. And very special thanks to our…

The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos October 17, 2011 5 th Transatlantic Market Conference "The America Invents Act and a Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody. I want to thank Petra Pissulla, Director of the…

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USPTO and the Icelandic Patent Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Icelandic Patent Office (IPO). PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces the examination…

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USPTO and SIPO Announce Launch of Landmark Patent Prosecution Highway Pilots

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Commissioner Tian Lipu, announced the start of the Paris Route and PCT Patent Prosecution...

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USPTO Seeking Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a Federal Register Notice today seeking written comments on potential additional locations for USPTO satellite offices. "Establishing satellite offices in geographically diverse areas of the country will allow the agency to…

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USPTO to Host Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the "Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2011" conference November 16-17, 2011 to explore advances in the analysis of patent information in the context of the changing legal, economic, competitive and technological...

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USPTO Announces New Exhibit Highlighting the Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs

WASHINGTON ─ In tribute to the tremendous influence of Steve Jobs, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will showcase . The free exhibit will open to the public on November 16, 2011 at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Virginia. "This exhibit commemorates the far-reaching impact of…

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USPTO Launches Recruitment Effort to Hire Veterans

WASHINGTON ─ The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced today that in response to the President's call to hire veterans, the office is launching an intensive recruitment effort to increase veteran hiring in its patent examiner corps. The program will feature broad outreach and support…

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USPTO and SIPO Herald a Milestone in Bilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Teresa Stanek Rea and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Deputy Commissioner Yang Tiejun, signed a Joint Statement of Intent on November 8, 2011…

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USPTO to Host Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Medical Device Technology Partnership Meeting on Tuesday November 29, 2011 to bring industry stakeholders and patent examiners and directors from Technology Center 3700 (TC 3700) together to share ideas, experiences, and…

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Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll to Retire from Government Service After 29 Years at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Robert L. Stoll has announced his intention to retire from the agency effective December 31, 2011. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has…

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USPTO Launches Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - Earlier today President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum (PM) directing all Federal agencies with research facilities to improve the transfer of research from their labs to the marketplace. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the...

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USPTO to Host Webinar on America Invents Act (AIA) With Senior Agency Officials

WASHINGTON - The USPTO will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Monday, October 31, 2011 to discuss the America Invents Act (AIA). This historic legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. Participants in the webinar will outline the…

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USPTO and the Norwegian Industrial Property Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces...

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USPTO and EPO Launch New Website for the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) Project

Washington/Munich - In their efforts to promote harmonization in the field of patents, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have launched a dedicated website for the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) initiative. CPC is a joint project…

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USPTO and Smithsonian American Art Museum to Host Free Inventors Symposium

WASHINGTON - As part of a series of programs complementing The Great American Hall of Wonders exhibition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will sponsor a free, two-day Inventors Symposium on October 27-28, 2011 in the museum's Nan Tucker…

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USPTO Meets or Exceeds its FY2011 Goals

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today some preliminary statistics for the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. In both Patents and Trademarks, many of the agency's goals were achieved or exceeded. The USPTO ended the fiscal year with its lowest patent backlog...

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President Obama to Present the 2010 National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2011 President Obama to Present the 2010 National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation WASHINGTON, DC -- On Friday, October 21, the President will honor the recipients of the 2010…

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USPTO to Conduct Studies of Prior User Rights and International Patent Protection for Small Businesses per the America Invents Act

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released two Federal Register Notices on October 7, 2011, seeking written comments and announcing two public hearings for two studies the agency is required to conduct under the America Invents Act. Specifically, Congress is...

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Exercising Ingenuity: A New Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON - The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum will feature Exercising Ingenuity beginning on October 14, 2011. This exhibit highlights inventions, patents, and trademarks that have emerged from the fitness, nutrition, and exercise industries. Organized in a decade by decade timeline...

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USPTO Issues 500th Patent Through Successful Green Technology Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued the 500 th patent through its Green Technology Pilot Program for a "Wind Turbine Rotor Blade with Aerodynamic Winglet" to General Electric Company (patent no. 8,029,241). This is the 116 th patent General Electric has...

The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 30, 2011 The Brookings Institution "The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game-Changer" (You can view several video clips of this presentation on the Brookings Institution website ) Draft Remarks as Prepared for...

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USPTO Rebrands National Library Network as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its nationwide network of Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) will become known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) on October 1, 2011. The name change signifies a major shift in focus…

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TOMORROW: Obama Administration to Announce Winners of i6 Green Challenge

promoting a green economy and clean technology commercialization WASHINGTON - Obama Administration officials, including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, will hold a national press conference call with reporters tomorrow to announce the winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an effort to...

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President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2011 President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators President Obama today named seven eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and five inventors as recipients of the National…

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USPTO Updates Effective Date of "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced today plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications through the Track One prioritized patent examination program now scheduled to go into effect on Monday September…

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USPTO Updates Fee Schedule Following Enactment of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced its revised fee schedule on September 16, 2011 following the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Public Law 112-29) which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The enactment of the legislation...

The Historic Visions That Build a Nation

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos September 8, 2011 Patent Number 8 Million Ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum "The Historic Visions That Build a Nation" Prepared Remarks as Delivered Good morning everybody, and thank you for joining us for…

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ACTING U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY REBECCA BLANK HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF U.S. PATENT SYSTEM TO AMERICAN INNOVATION AT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR PATENT NUMBER 8 MILLION

*Link to full-text remarks below* WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a ceremonial signing for patent no. 8,000,000 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - the former home of the U.S. Patent Office. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under…

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Statement of USPTO Director David Kappos Following Final Senate Passage of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

"I want to congratulate the United States Senate for passing the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) today, and again thank Senate and House Judiciary Chairmen Leahy and Smith, as well as House and Senate leadership and many other Members of Congress for their unwavering commitment to this…

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UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE TO HOST SIGNING CEREMONY FOR PATENT NUMBER 8 MILLION

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a ceremonial signing Thursday for patent no. 8 million at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the…

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USPTO Names Iowa Library to Support Intellectual Property Information Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of Iowa's Davenport Public Library as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). As the 81st library in the nationwide network, Davenport marks Iowa's return to the PTRC program and serves as the…

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USPTO and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, Under the Auspices of AIT and TECRO, Establish a Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as the designated representative of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), as the designated...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues Patent Number 8,000,000

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued patent number 8,000,000 to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration…

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Congressman Adam Schiff to Speak at USPTO's California Regional Inventor Conference in Pasadena, Aug. 12-13

WASHINGTON - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) will be the opening speaker at the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) California Regional Inventor Conference in Pasadena, California on August 12, 2011. Schiff, who serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy...

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USPTO Signs Memorandum of Understanding with China's Jiangsu Provincial People's Government

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USPTO and The Jiangsu Provincial People's Government in the People's Republic of China. This MOU marks the first time USPTO has entered into an agreement with a...

Building the Innovation Revolution

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 18, 2011 President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology "Building the Innovation Revolution" Draft Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning everybody - and thank you for that kind introduction. I want…

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USPTO Announces 2011 National Trademark Expo Exhibitors

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors for the 2011 National Trademark Expo. The Expo will be held on October 14-15, 2011 at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about the…

"The Munich Talks: A Global Call for Harmonization"

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos July 5, 2011 Tri-Lateral Press Conference "The Munich Talks: A Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody. I want to thank you all for attending and also express the sincere…

"From Chakrabarty to Today"

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos June 29, 2011 Biological Industry Organization - Celebrating 30 years of Biotech "From Chakrabarty to Today" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and on behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark…

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USPTO and Partner Offices Agree to Test New, Enhanced Framework for the Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced its participation in a pilot program to test an enhanced framework for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). The pilot, which will also include the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Japan Patent Office...

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Statement of USPTO Director David Kappos Following House Passage of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

I want to congratulate the House of Representatives for passing the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act today, and to again thank Judiciary Chairman Smith, Subcommittee Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Watt, as well as the House Leadership, for their stewardship of this critical legislation. The...

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USPTO Director Kappos Issues Statement as House Considers Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

I want to congratulate Judiciary Chairman Smith, Subcommittee Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Watt as well as the House Leadership for their stewardship in ushering the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act onto the floor for consideration before the full House. Enactment of bi-partisan patent...

Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos June 9, 2011 Medical Device Manufacturers Association "Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for that kind introduction. I'd like…

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USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office Announce Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the expansion of the PCT-PPH pilot program with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). The USPTO-KIPO PCT-PPH pilot started June 1, 2010 and originally allowed only PCT work product from KIPO as a basis to...

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USPTO and the Israel Patent Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Israel Patent Office (ILPO). PPH will permit each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, which reduces the examination...

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USPTO and the Nordic Patent Institute to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Nordic Patent Institute (NPI) based on NPI's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program). PPH will permit the USPTO to benefit…

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USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Mary Boney Denison as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Ms. Denison will oversee the examination and processing of applications throughout the trademark operation…

Commencement Address - College of Engineering - University of California, Davis

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP David J. Kappos University of California, Davis Commencement Address - College of Engineering, June 10, 2011 Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you for that wonderful introduction. It's a pleasure to be back home, and a thrill to be among my family of fellow...

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U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE OUTLINES ADMINISTRATION VIEWS ON AMERICA INVENTS ACT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today issued a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers outlining the views of the Obama administration on H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. The legislation to reform the U.S. patent system was voted...

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USPTO Studying Therasense v. Becton, Dickinson Decision to Assess Impacts on Agency Practice and Procedures; Expects to Issue Further Guidance to Applicants Soon

Washington - Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is carefully studying the important en banc decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Therasense v. Becton, Dickinson to assess how it may impact agency practices and...

Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 25, 2011 6 th Annual International Judges Conference "Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for that kind introduction. It'…

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USPTO and Swedish Patent and Registration Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program). PPH will permit each office…

Intellectual Property Priorities of the US Government

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP Terry Rea April 27, 2011 The PhRMA Law Section "Intellectual Property Priorities of the US Government " Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for inviting me to participate in this year's annual law section meeting. I…

Intellectual Property & the Landscape of 21st Century Life Sciences

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 5, 2011 Licensing Executive Society (LES) Spring Meeting Keynote "Intellectual Property & the Landscape of 21 st Century Life Sciences" Good morning everybody and thank you for inviting me to the Licensing Executive…

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USPTO Announces U.S. Government-Wide Intellectual Property Training Database

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the ffice of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today announced the launch of a new online database ( www.usipr.gov ) where U.S. government agencies are now posting information about the...

Innovating to Win the Future in the 21st Century

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 9, 2011 United Inventors Association - Inventor's Education Day "Innovating to Win the Future in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody! Let me begin by saying that I'm feeling...

Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 18, 2011 Global & European Initiatives for Work Sharing Conference - Budapest "Collaborative Innovation - a Global Call for Enhancing Work Sharing" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for…

Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 13, 2011 Stanford University & USPTO Joint Conference "Intellectual Property and Medical Entrepreneurship" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you Dean Pizzo for that kind…

A Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 28, 2011 Fordham Law School IP Conference - Lunch Keynote "A Global Call for Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you. It's always a pleasure to participate in Fordham Law School…

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USPTO Announces Full First Action Interview Pilot Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program so as to include all utility applications in all technology areas and filing dates. As with…

"Innovating to Win the Future in the 21st Century"

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos May 11, 2011 Bright Lights Conference 2011 "Innovating to Win the Future in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody and thank you for inviting me to be a part of this year's Bright Lights…

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to Discuss Intellectual Property and the Economy to Commemorate World Intellectual Property Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will highlight the importance of intellectual property protection and enforcement to the U.S. economy tomorrow at an event celebrating the 11 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day. Strong intellectual property (IP) rights protect the...

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USPTO Announces 2011 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2011 National Trademark Expo on October 14-15, 2011 at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The free two-day event is designed to educate the public about the value of trademarks in the global marketplace....

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James Donald Smith Named Chief Administrative Patent Judge at USPTO

Smith to lead Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences effective May 8, 2011 Washington - James Donald Smith of Chicago, Ill. has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...

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USPTO Postpones Effective Date of "Track One" Fast-Track Patent Processing

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has postponed the start date of the Track One prioritized patent examination program, which was scheduled to go into effect on May 4, 2011, until further notice due to reduced spending authority in the Full-Year Continuing...

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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on World Intellectual Property Day

"Innovation is at the heart of U.S. job creation, competitiveness and global strength, and today, in celebrating the 11 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day, we are reminded of how critical intellectual property rights are to driving innovation and unleashing the ingenuity of the...

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USPTO to Host Public Discussion on Newly Proposed Process to Streamline Patent Reexamination

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposal to streamline the procedures governing ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination proceedings. The new procedures are aimed at reducing the time it takes to resolve disputes between patent…

Modernizing a 21st Century Patent Office

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 14, 2011 Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Leadership Breakfast @ Applied Materials Inc. "Modernizing a 21 st Century Patent Office" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for inviting me to…

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USPTO to Host Clean Technology Partnership Meeting

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 to bring clean technology stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and provide a forum for discussion on how the USPTO can...

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USPTO Updates Registration Exam for Patent Practitioners

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will update its registration examination and provide new reference materials effective April 12, 2011. The changes will help ensure that newly registered patent attorneys and agents are fully qualified in the most current patent…

A Global Call for Harmonization

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos April 5, 2011 Managing IP International Patent Forum, London "A Global Call for Harmonization" Good morning everybody and thank you for those kinds words, Eric. It's a distinct pleasure to kick things off at the 2011 Managing IP...

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U.S. and U.K. Highlight Progress on Patents Cooperation

London - The governments of the United States and United Kingdom today highlighted the progress made on a joint action plan launched in March 2010 to combat the problem of patent backlogs and their effects on the economy and job creation. The announcement was made today in London by David Kappos,...

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USPTO Announces Launch Date for Fast-Track Patent Processing

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today plans for the agency to begin accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications - allowing inventors and businesses to have their patents processed within 12 months. It currently takes nearly…

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USPTO to Host Free Two-Day Seminar on Protecting Against Intellectual Property Theft in China

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a free, two-day seminar designed to educate businesses on how to protect against intellectual property (IP) theft in China as part of its China Road Show April 6-7, 2011 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. As of…

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USPTO Automates Filing and Decision Process for Eight Patent Petition Types to Improve Customer Service

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the automation of the filing and decision process for eight patent- related petition types through its new e-Petition system. "We've heard complaints that it takes too long to get a decision from the Petitions Office…

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USPTO Announces Accommodations for Patent and Trademark Applicants and Owners Affected by Catastrophe in Japan

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published an Official Gazette (OG) notice outlining special accommodations available to patent and trademark applicants and owners affected by the catastrophic events that took place in Japan on March 11, 2011. "Our thoughts and prayers…

Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21st Century

Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 13, 2011 South-by-South-West (SXSW) Interactive "Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21 st Century" Draft remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon everybody! Let me begin by saying that I'm tremendously honored to be…

Winning a Future by Women, for Women

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce Teresa Stanek Rea March 11, 2011 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium "Winning a Future by Women, for Women" Thank you, Richard [Maulsby], for that incredibly warm introduction. I'd like to take a moment to congratulate Richard on his new appointment as the…

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Participants at USPTO-hosted Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Forum Report Productive Discussions on Patent Harmonization

Washington - On March 7-8, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a two-day meeting with representatives from Asia-Pacific economies to discuss the importance and future of substantive patent law harmonization. Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and USPTO Director David…

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USPTO Urges Senate to Pass the America Invents Act

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent Office (USPTO) David Kappos today issued the following statement in anticipation of a Senate floor vote on S. 23, the America Invents Act of 2011. "We are encouraged by the Senate's progress…

Taking Up the Charge for Patent Harmonization

Undersecretary of Commerce & Director of the USPTO David Kappos March 7, 2011 Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Conference Opening Address "Taking Up the Charge for Patent Harmonization" Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning everybody and thank you for joining us today at the United…

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USPTO Collaborating with Smithsonian Museum for Educational Outreach and Public Programs about Inventing

Washington - The exhibition "The Great American Hall of Wonders" examines the 19th-century American belief that the people of the United States shared a special genius for innovation. It explores this belief though works of art, mechanical inventions and scientific discoveries, and captures the...

USPTO FY 2012 Budget Request

Statement of David J. Kappos Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives "USPTO FY 2012…

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S.23 Patent Reform Act of 2011

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USPTO Applauds Adoption of Manager's Amendment to S. 23

Washington - Following the Senate vote in favor of adopting the Manager's Amendment to S. 23, the America Invents Act of 2011, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos issued the following statement. "We…

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USPTO to Host Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation Forum

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) will host the Asia-Pacific Patent Cooperation in the 21 st Century Forum March 6-8, 2011, bringing together intellectual property office representatives from the Asia-Pacific…

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TOMORROW: U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE, USPTO DIRECTOR DAVID KAPPOS TO HOST PRESS CALL ON PATENT REFORM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos will host a press call tomorrow with members of the media to discuss the administration's position on patent reform and its critical role in supporting...

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USPTO and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

New pilot project will promote efficiency and higher quality Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). PPH will permit each office to...

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USPTO and USWCC to Host Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium in Honor of Women's History Month

**The symposium will be available for viewing via a live webcast. To enter the webcast, interested parties should go to: uspto.connectsolutions.com/r17361503/ and select the "Enter as a Guest" option. Enter your e-mail address and then click on the "Enter Room" button and you will be admitted to…

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Teresa Stanek Rea Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today appointed Teresa Stanek Rea to the post of deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "Teresa has an impressive track record of success across several disciplines and will be a tremendous asset to the USPTO," Locke said....

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Under Secretary of Commerce David Kappos Announces President Obama's FY 2012 Budget Request for the USPTO

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced details of President Obama's $2.71 billion fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request for the USPTO. The USPTO anticipates collecting $2.71…

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USPTO Issues Examination Guidelines to Better Define the Scope of Patent Protection and Thereby Improve Patent Quality

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued supplementary guidelines for examiners that are designed to improve patent quality by ensuring that the scope of patent rights is clear to the public and commensurate with applicant's disclosure. The public will be…

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USPTO to Host Roundtable on the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program

Washington - The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public roundtable discussion to gather input on the use of the Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) and how to more effectively utilize their services in an electronic environment. The roundtable will be…

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USPTO and EPO Reach Agreement on Principles of Cooperative Patent Classification System

Washington - The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) are pleased to report that agreement was reached on the principles of the new Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) at a meeting at the USPTO held on November 29, 2010 through December 1,…

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USPTO to Issue Proposal for "Track One" Accelerated Patent Examination in Flexible "Three Track" Patent Processing Program

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new details on its "Three-Track" program designed to enable applicants to choose the speed with which their patent application is processed. On February 4, 2011, the USPTO will publish in the Federal Register a…

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USPTO Names Albert Tramposch Administrator for Policy and External Affairs

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Albert Tramposch as Administrator for Policy and External Affairs. In this role he will serve as a policy advisor to Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO…

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U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE NAMES NEW APPOINTMENTS TO PATENT AND TRADEMARK ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today named new members to fill three vacancies on the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three vacancies on the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The committees were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise...

Innovation Alliance Conference

Remarks As Prepared Innovation Alliance Conference Under Secretary Kappos January 21, 2011 Thank you Roger [Martin], for that kind introduction. I would like to thank the Innovation Alliance for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property's vital role in today's innovation...

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Patent Offices of United States and Australia Expand Work Sharing Efforts

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia (IPAU) announced the extension of their existing pilot bilateral Paris Convention Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement and the formation of a new PPH pilot agreement utilizing Patent Cooperation Treaty results…

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Patent Offices of United States and Finland to Expand Work Sharing Efforts

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) announced today the expansion of their existing bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement to include international search reports with written opinions…

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USPTO Introduces Online Tools to Solicit Public Feedback on Patent and Trademark Examining Procedures

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today introduced two online discussion tools designed to solicit input from the intellectual property (IP) community on how the USPTO can update and improve the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and Trademark Manual of...

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USPTO Creates "E-mail Hotline" For New Detroit Office Hiring News

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is streamlining hiring information for people interested in job opportunities at the agency's new office in Detroit with the creation of an e-mail hotline. Those interested in working for the USPTO in Detroit can ask questions or...

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO Creates Online Subscription Center as Part of Expanded Communications and Outreach Effort

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today continued to expand its public outreach efforts with the launch of an online Subscription Center. The Center enables the public to easily subscribe via e-mail to an array of USPTO newsletters and alerts. The hub can be found…

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USPTO Deputy Director Sharon Barner to Leave Agency

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner has announced she will be leaving the USPTO effective January 14, 2011. Barner was appointed to the position by Commerce Secretary…

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USPTO to Open First Ever Satellite Office in Detroit

Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today plans to open the first ever USPTO satellite office in Detroit, Mich., in 2011. The new office…

Securing America's Innovation Future: Challenges & Progress for the Intellectual Property System

Remarks As Prepared Securing America's Innovation Future: Challenges & Progress for the Intellectual Property System Under Secretary Kappos Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Columbia University Introduction & Agency Overview Good morning. Let me start by thanking our hosts from Columbia University…

30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act

Remarks As Prepared 30 th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act Under Secretary Kappos Thursday, December 9, 2010 Good evening, it's an absolute pleasure to be standing here with the USPTO staff and all of our distinguished guests tonight in celebration of the 30 th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. We…

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USPTO Marks 30th Anniversary of Bayh-Dole Act

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act with a special program at its Alexandria, Va., headquarters featuring congressional leaders who were instrumental in the passage of the legislation, including former U.S…

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USPTO Chief Economist Unveils Agency's New Economic Research Agenda During Conference on Intellectual Property and the Innovation Economy

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Chief Economist Stuart Graham announced the agency's new economic research agenda today in remarks at a conference titled "Intellectual Property and the Innovation Economy" held at the USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The...

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USPTO Implements Pilot Program Effectively Allowing a 12-Month Extension to the Provisional Patent Application Period

Program will Give Applicants Greater Flexibility, Reduce their Costs, and Conserve Agency Resources Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced plans today to implement a Missing Parts Pilot Program which will effectively provide a 12-month extension to the existing…

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USPTO to Host Roundtable on Best Practices for Trademark Prosecution in the Current Electronic Environment

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable discussion to highlight best practices for trademark prosecution in the current electronic environment and obtain feedback on the state of electronic communications within Trademark Operation. The program aims…

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USPTO Extends Deadline for Patent Application Exchange Program by One Year

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the deadline extension of its Project Exchange program to December 31, 2011. Under Project Exchange, any applicant with more than one application filed prior to October 1, 2009, that is currently pending at the USPTO…

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Patent Offices of United States, Europe, and Japan Reaffirm Their Commitments to Cooperation at 28th Annual Trilateral Conference

Three Major Patent Offices Make Significant Advances in Work Sharing Alexandria, Va. - Leaders of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO)-collectively known as the Trilateral Offices-met at USPTO headquarters in...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Launches Twitter Account

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is expanding its communications outreach through social media with the official launch of a Twitter account. Along with its use of Facebook and other online tools like the "Director's Forum" blog…

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President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2009 National Medal of Science & National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington -President Barack Obama will honor the 2009 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in an awards ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the...

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USPTO Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Ex Parte Appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Proposed Changes Aim to Simplify the Process and Reduce the Burden on Appellants and Applicants Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes changes to the rules governing ex parte patent appeals before the Board of...

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USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program by One Year

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the deadline for filing petitions under the USPTO's Green Technology Pilot Program, which allows for expedited processing of...

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USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford to Retire After More Than Three Decades With the Agency

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford has announced that she will retire on December 30, marking the end to a distinguished career with the USPTO that has spanned more than 30 years. Following her announcement, Under...

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USPTO to Hold Annual Independent Inventors Conference November 4-5

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its Annual Independent Inventors Conference on November 4-5, 2010, at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The conference will feature numerous experts and USPTO employees who will address topics such as the fundamentals of…

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Independent Inventors Conference Kicks Off November 4 at USPTO Headquarters

Post-It Notes co-inventor Art Fry to give keynote speech Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its annual Independent Inventors Conference on November 4-5 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Co-sponsored by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of…

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USPTO and EPO Work Toward Joint Patent Classification System

Washington and Munich -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to work toward the formation of a joint patent classification system. Unlike other major patent document classification systems, the U.S. patent classification system is...

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USPTO Launches Second Peer To Patent Pilot in Collaboration with New York Law School

Expanded pilot to include additional technology areas to further evaluate the benefits of peer review to patent examination Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a second Peer To Patent pilot program will be initiated with New York Law School's Center…

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Secretary Locke Joins President Obama in Announcing the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

Washington - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke today joined President Barack Obama in announcing and congratulating the 2009 winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the nation's highest honor for technological and scientific achievement. President Obama will...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA HONORS NATION'S TOP SCIENTISTS AND INNOVATORS

Washington - President Obama today named ten eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and three individuals and one team as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers…

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USPTO Director David Kappos to Kick Off the National Trademark Expo

Kappos to Address the Importance of Trademarks to the U.S. Economy WASHINGTON - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos will kick off the USPTO National Trademark Expo Friday in Alexandria, Va. He will be joined by USPTO's Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford. The...

Employee Event with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

Remarks As Prepared USPTO Employee Event Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Wednesday, October 6, 2010 USPTO Alexandria Campus Thank you for the kind words. Good morning everyone. It's great to be here with Director Kappos, Deputy Director Barner, and all of you. Let me start by acknowledging the...

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USPTO Adopts New Patent Examination Quality Measurement Procedures

Additional Measures Offer a More Comprehensive View of Patent Quality Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is adopting new, more comprehensive procedures for measuring the quality of patent examination. These new measurement procedures were...

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Commerce Secretary Locke Visits the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Thank Employees for Their Work in Support of Innovation and the U.S. Economy

Locke recognizes efforts toward significant reduction in patent backlog under Director Kappos Washington - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday visited the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Va., to congratulate USPTO Director David Kappos…

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USPTO Reorganizes Operational Structure to More Effectively Achieve Goals set out in 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

Creates new Office of the Chief Communications Officer and Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity reporting to the under secretary and director Patent and Trademark Appeal Boards to report directly to under secretary and director Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director…

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USPTO Expands the Patent Prosecution Highway to Include Pilots with Austria, Spain, and Russia

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a series of pilot projects for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), Austrian Patent Office (APO) and the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents…

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USPTO and Rospatent Sign Agreement for Rospatent to Serve as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Agreement applies to international applications filed with the USPTO as the receiving office Geneva -Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property,…

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USPTO and DPMA Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Enhanced cooperation to further improve patent and trademark systems Geneva - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) President Cornelia Rudloff-…

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USPTO and UKIPO Issue Joint Statement on Cooperation

Geneva - In March 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) announced plans to begin cooperation on increasing the efficiency and quality of the patent examination process by making greater use of each other's work on...

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USPTO Launches Effort to Incentivize Humanitarian Technologies

technologies that address humanitarian needs Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO is seeking public comments on proposals to incentivize the creation and wider distribution of...

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USPTO Expands Technical Training Opportunities for Patent Examiners

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO has instituted a Patent Examiner Technical Training Program which formalizes the process for seeking public assistance in providing technical...

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USPTO Director to Discuss USPTO's Goals and Accomplishments In First Anniversary Review for Media

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos will hold a conference call with media on Wednesday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) to review the major initiatives that have been implemented since his...

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USPTO Issues Update to KSR Examination Guidelines

Guidelines include additional examples in response to stakeholder feedback Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is providing an update to its examination guidelines concerning the law of obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103 in light of recent precedential decisions of the...

National Minority Enterprise Development Conference

Remarks As Prepared 2010 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference Under Secretary Kappos Thursday, August 26, 2010 Omni Shoreham Hotel-Washington DC Thank you David [Hinson] for the kind introduction and thank you to the entire MED week team for inviting me to speak. Good morning...

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USPTO and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of the Russian Federation (Rospatent) to Begin Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of the Russian Federation (Rospatent) have agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH...

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President Obama Signs Bill to Provide USPTO Authority to Spend an Additional $129 Million of Fiscal Year 2010 Fee Collections

Washington -- On Tuesday, August 10, President Barack Obama signed into law P.L. 111-224 that gives the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) the authority to spend an additional $129 million of the fees the agency will collect in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. Due to an improving economy and...

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USPTO Issues Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos

Public is invited to comment on the interim guidance Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has prepared further interim guidance for the patent examining corps to use when determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in view of the recent decision by the…

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USPTO to Host Public Roundtable on "Three-Track" Patent Examination Proposal on July 20

Washington -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be holding a public roundtable discussion on its proposed Enhanced Examination Timing Control Initiative, also known as "Three-Track," currently under consideration by the USPTO. The purpose of the roundtable meeting is to...

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USPTO Extends Public Comment Period for 2010-2015 Draft Strategic Plan

Washington-- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the period for receiving public comments regarding the agency's 2010-2015 draft Strategic Plan has been extended until August 2, 2010. The extension has been made to allow more time for the public to provide feedback…

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USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment

Draft plan sets priorities to strengthen the USPTO, drive innovation and support economic growth Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO's draft Strategic…

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USPTO Issues Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Bilski v. Kappos

The USPTO issued the following statement in reaction to today's Supreme Court ruling in Bilski v. Kappos: "The Supreme Court today affirmed the USPTO's decision that Mr. Bilski's invention was not patentable subject matter as his claims were drawn to an abstract idea. Significantly, the Court ruled…

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USPTO and the Hungarian Patent Office to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Hungarian Patent Office have agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that streamline the patent system and promote…

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USPTO Joint Labor-Management Task Force Proposes Changes to Patent Examiner Performance Standards

Changes will mark the first updates to standards in nearly 25 years Washington - Management at the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been working with representatives of the patent examiners union, the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), to better align the performance...

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USPTO and Rospatent Sign MOU on Bilateral Cooperation

Washington - On June 2, 2010, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon R. Barner and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) Director Boris Simonov...

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New Exhibit on Food to Open at National Inventors Hall of Fame

Exhibit highlights 200 years of food inventions, innovations, and trademarks Grand opening of Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations to be held June 8 from noon to 1 p.m. Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark...

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USPTO Proposes to Establish Three Patent Processing Tracks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposed new patent examination initiative that would provide applicants greater control over the speed with which their applications are examined and promote greater…

Center for American Progress

The Innovation Economy: Unleashing Intellectual Property to Fuel Growth and Create Jobs Under Secretary Kappos June 2, 2010 Thank you, Sarah, for that kind introduction. I would like to thank the Center for American Progress for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property's...

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USPTO Teams with Google to Provide Bulk Patent and Trademark Data to the Public

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO has entered into a no-cost, two-year agreement with Google to make bulk electronic patent and trademark public data available to the public in...

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Commerce Under Secretary Kappos to Discuss Proposed New Initiative for Multiple-Track Patent Examination

Teleconference will be held at 3:30 p.m. ET, on June 3 Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos will discuss a proposed initiative that would allow applicants to choose different patent processing...

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USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to More Inventions

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is revising its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing under the program. Eligibility for the pilot program,...

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USPTO Launches Page on Facebook

Agency's profile will deliver the latest news, photos and videos from the USPTO Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched its official page on Facebook. Intended to engage the public and the intellectual property community directly…

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USPTO and SIPO Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Expanded cooperation to include establishment of Patent Prosecution Highway to reduce patent backlogs and increase efficiency Washington - Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos and China's State...

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USPTO Eliminates Patent Prosecution Highway Petition Fee

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it would eliminate the fee for the petition to participate in Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. The elimination of the PPH petition fee is expected to encourage greater PPH...

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USPTO Co-Sponsors Collegiate Inventors Competition Seeking Inventive Entries From Students

Program recognizes students for their innovative work and awards cash prizes The Invent Now Collegiate Inventors Competition, now in its 19th year, is inviting inventive students to enter its 2010 competition. The Collegiate Inventors Competition is designed to recognize and honor student…

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USPTO Opens Application Exchange Program to All Applicants to Reduce Patent Backlog

"Project Exchange" Expanded and Extended to Enable All Applicants to Expedite Processing of a Pending Application in Exchange for Withdrawal of an Unexamined Pending Application WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the expansion to…

GW Law Symposium

Building Bridges and Making Connections Across the IP System Under Secretary Kappos May 11, 2010 Thank you for inviting me to join you today. Thank you to the team from George Washington University for hosting us, and thanks in particular to Mark Whitaker from Howrey LLP for his leadership in...

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Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Hold Workshop on Promoting Innovation

Workshop on May 26 to Explore the Intersection of Patent Policy and Competition Policy and its Implications for Promoting Innovation Washington - The Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)...

Partnering for Global Health

David J. Kappos Partnering for Global Health (BIO and BIO Ventures for Global Health Joint Meeting) McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, Chicago May 3, 2010 I'd like to thank Biotechnology Industry Organization and Bio Ventures for Global Health for inviting me to speak at this important event. I'd...

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USPTO to Hold Public Roundtables on Patent Quality and Patent Quality Metrics

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the USPTO-Patent Public Advisory Committee joint task force on quality, is conducting two roundtables to obtain input from organizations and individuals on actions that can improve patent...

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USPTO Expands Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will open the current Trademark Law School Clinic Certification Program to admit 20 additional schools into the pilot for the upcoming academic year beginning in fall 2010 through summer 2011. The pilot program…

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Statement from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on World IP Day

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today released a statement on World IP Day. Washington - "On the 10 th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day, we join the world in recognizing the important role that intellectual property plays in an increasingly competitive global economy. As America's…

Innovation Policy and the Economy

NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH, INC. Under Secretary Kappos April 20, 2010 National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW Washington, DC Introduction Good afternoon. I'd like to thank the Bureau for the opportunity to be here today and Josh Lerner and Scott Stern for organizing this great event....

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USPTO to Co-Host Event Commemorating World Intellectual Property Day on Monday, April 26

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host, in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Public Education Committee and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a commemoration of World...

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Department of Commerce Sends Letter to Congress Expressing Administration's Views on Pending Patent Reform Legislation

Washington - Late yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke submitted a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing the administration's view that the draft Manager's Amendment to existing Senate patent reform legislation will make the reforms more effective upon...

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U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Report on Role of Patent Reform in Supporting Innovation and Job Creation

WASHINGTON - Reforming America's patent system will accelerate economic growth and job creation, and expand America's ability to innovate, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The paper, titled "Patent Reform-Unleashing Innovation, Promoting Economic Growth...

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USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office to Expand Work Sharing Within Existing Bilateral "Patent Prosecution Highway" Agreement

GUILIN - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced today the expansion of their existing bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement to include international search reports with written opinions…

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USPTO Launches Ombudsman Pilot Program

One-Year Pilot Program to Assist Applicants with Patent Prosecution Issues Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched a new "Ombudsman Program" designed to provide patent applicants with more assistance in handling application...

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USPTO Proposes Change That Would Effectively Allow a 12-Month Extension to the Provisional Patent Application Period

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposed change that would effectively provide a 12‑month extension to the existing 12-month provisional application period. This change would be implemented through the…

Remarks to the New York Law School

Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO David Kappos Friday March 26, 2010 New York Law School Let me start by thanking New York Law School and Professor Webbink for putting this event together. I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to be here. In fact, I have a history…

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USPTO and UKIPO Announce Action Plan to Reduce Global Patent Backlogs

LONDON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) today agreed to develop an action plan for reducing patent processing backlogs in both offices. Patent backlogs hinder the deployment of innovation and have clear adverse...

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Recently Announced Changes to USPTO's Examiner Count System Go Into Effect

Agency Launches Dedicated Online "Feedback Channel" to Receive Stakeholder Comments on Count System Changes and other Major Agency Initiatives Washington -- The significant changes to the examiner "count system" that were announced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on...

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Under Secretary of Commerce David Kappos Announces President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request for the USPTO

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced President Obama's $2.322 billion fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for the USPTO. The president's budget request for FY 2011 will…

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USPTO Announces Interim Procedure for Patentees to Request Patent Term Adjustment Recalculation

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is providing patentees with the ability to request a recalculation of their patent term adjustment without a fee or petition as is normally required pending completion of necessary modifications to the USPTO's…

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USPTO Holds Public Roundtable on Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Ex Parte Appeals Rules

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner today opened and moderated a public roundtable at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting was an effort to gather public...

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USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner will open a public roundtable on Wednesday, January 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Va. Chief Judge of the…

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Commerce Secretary Locke names new member to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and two to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The committees were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the Under Secretary of…

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Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the president of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological...

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USPTO to Hold Public Meeting on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting is an effort of the USPTO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Task Force, which is...

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USPTO Launches Interactive Model Predicting Average Patent Pendency Timeframes in Relation to Varying Staffing and Filing Levels

Washington - As part of its ongoing transparency efforts, the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today established an interactive Patent Pendency Model (PPM) on its Web site. The PPM enables users to see how both first action and overall patent pendency periods…

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Secretary Locke Comments European Union and Member State Ratification of WIPO Internet Intellectual Property Treaties

WASHINGTON - Commerce Secretary Gary Locke commends the European Union and 16 of its members for today ratifying the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (collectively, the "WIPO Internet Treaties"). With yesterday's event, the…

Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Pilot to Accelerate Green Technology Applications

David Kappos December 7, 2009 Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Pilot to Accelerate Green Technology Applications U.S. Department of Commerce (As Prepared) Thank you Mr. Secretary for your kind introduction. As you have rightly pointed out, it takes far too long for innovators and inventors in…

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The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain green technology patent applications

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain "green" technology patent applications, Secretary Gary Locke announced on Monday. The new initiative, coming days before the United Nations Climate Change...

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USPTO to Deploy New Intellectual Property Training Modules

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) has developed a new series of intellectual property video training modules to supplement its training mission for developing and least developed countries. Intellectual property rights…

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USPTO and India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Intellectual Property Rights Cooperation

Expanded Cooperation Will Help Support U.S. Commerce Globally WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on comprehensive…

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India Grants Access to U.S. Patent Examiners for New Traditional Knowledge Search Tool

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the Government of India has granted the agency's patent examiners access to a new digital database containing a compilation of traditional Indian knowledge. Access to the Traditional...

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USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Work Sharing for Patent Applications

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public roundtable on Wednesday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at its campus in Alexandria, Va. The meeting is being held to evaluate current work sharing efforts and to develop proposals…

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USPTO, the European Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office to Expand Patent Prosecution Highway Work Share Program

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office, and the Japan Patent Office -- collectively referred to as the Trilateral Offices -- today entered into a series of bilateral agreements to expand the existing Patent Prosecution...

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Commerce Under Secretary and USPTO Director Kappos Launches Blog

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today launched a blog to foster a direct dialogue with the USPTO's stakeholders and the general public. "It's important for me to be able to hear...

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USPTO Pilots Program to Accelerate the Patent Process for Small Entity Inventors

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced the agency intends to launch a pilot program that will give small entity inventors having two or more patent applications currently pending greater control over the priority in...

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Commerce Under Secretary Kappos to Speak to Independent Inventors

14 th Annual Independent Inventors Conference today and tomorrow in Alexandria, Va. General sessions and Kappos' presentation will be Webcast WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos will...

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USPTO Names Connecticut Library to Support Intellectual Property Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Washington -- The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office today announced the designation of the Ryan-Matura Library of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDLs maintain complete collections of over 8 million...

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Commerce Under Secretary Awards 600,000th Design Patent

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos was joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today to award design patent number 600,000 to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft and Novelty, and a...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Award 600,00th Design Patent on October 14

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, joined by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), will award the 600,000th design patent on Wednesday, October 14, to Goal Zero, a subsidiary of Provo Craft...

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property David Kappos to Discuss Administration's views on Patent Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property David Kappos will discuss the Obama administration's position on S.515, the patent reform legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate, on a press conference call today. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Kappos are…

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President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2008 National Medal of Science & National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will honor the 2008 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in an awards ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the White…

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Sharon Barner Deputy Director of the

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today appointed Sharon Barner to the post of deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "I have directed the USPTO to significantly reduce the time it takes to process patent applications," Locke said. "David Kappos has moved...

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USPTO Expands Pilot Program to Reduce Pendency and Improve Patent Quality

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is expanding its First Action Interview Pilot Program in which an applicant is entitled to an interview with the patent examiner prior to the first office action on the merits in a new...

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USPTO Joint Labor-Management Task Force Proposes Significant Changes to Examiner Count System

WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today unveiled a series of proposals to bring significant change to the examiner "count system"-the methodology for determining the time a patent...

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USPTO and African Regional Intellectual Property Organization Sign Historic Workplan for Bilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) have signed a historic Workplan for Bilateral Cooperation on intellectual property issues. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual...

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USPTO and European Patent Office to Extend Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) will extend the trial period for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for an additional year, effective September 30, 2009. The current PPH pilot program is...

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New Les Paul Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit honoring the late iconic guitar legend Les Paul who died August 13. In its obituary, Rolling Stone hailed Paul as, "one of the…

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Secretary Locke Joins President Obama in Announcing the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

Washington - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke today joined President Barack Obama in announcing and congratulating the 2008 winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the nation's highest honor for technological and scientific achievement. President Obama will...

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USPTO Announces Senior Management Changes

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced significant changes among the senior management team of its Patent organization. After 35 years at the USPTO, Commissioner for Patents John Doll has announced his intention to retire from the…

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USPTO Takes Another Step Closer to Full Electronic Patent Application Processing

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the implementation of the e-Office Action program following a successful pilot project. Under the program, patent applicants receive an e-mail notification of office communications instead of...

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USPTO Opens Exhibit of Michael Jackson's Patent and Trademarks

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit featuring material from Michael Jackson's patent and trademark applications. The exhibit is free and open to the public starting Wednesday, July 15…

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Patent Training Academy Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

WASHINGTON - United States Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Training Academy has received a certificate of registration for the International Standard ISO 9001:2008. The ISO 9001 quality standard is the most widely recognized and established quality management system framework in the world. The…

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USPTO and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that…

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USPTO Receives 2009 Tele-Vision Award for Outstanding Telework Accomplishments

WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the 2009 Tele-Vision Award from the Telework Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on eliminating gridlock. The USPTO's Office of General Law Telework Program was recognized in the "Best…

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National Trademark Expo Set for USPTO Campus May 8-9

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will present a National Trademark Expo on May 8 and 9. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on the 8th will kick off the two day event at the agency's campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The Expo will feature…

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Commerce Secretary to Kickoff National Trademark Expo

Washington: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will kick off the United States Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo on Friday in Alexandria, Va. Locke will address the vital role trademarks play in our economy and the efforts to combat counterfeit goods, which cost America billions…

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USPTO Takes First in NAGC's Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

Washington: The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was honored by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) with two winning entries in the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. The USPTO's "Inspiring Invention: Suction Tire…

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USPTO, German Patent Office Partner to Expedite Processing and Improve Patent Quality

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. PPH agreements are cooperative initiatives that streamline the...

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National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum Moves to USPTO To Jointly Host New "Inventive Links" Exhibit

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the opening of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the museum of its Alexandria, Va., campus. The Hall of Fame honors and encourages the men and women responsible for the great...

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USPTO Announces Call for Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The Medal, presented each year by the President of the United States, is the nation's highest honor for technological...

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USPTO and IPOS to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on February 2. The Patent…

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USPTO and KIPO to Implement Patent Prosecution Highway on Full-Time Basis

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced that they will implement the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on a full-time basis, beginning January 29. A pilot feasibility study of…

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). They will serve three-year terms on the committees, which were created by the 1999 American...

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USPTO, NIHFF and the Ad Council Launch "Inspiring Invention" PSA Contest

Washington, D.C. -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) have teamed with the Ad Council to announce the "Inspiring Invention" public service advertising (PSA) development contest to engage a new generation of children in...

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USPTO 2008 Fiscal Year-End Results Demonstrate Commitment to Sustaining High Performance

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released fiscal year-end numbers that demonstrate the agency's commitment to sustaining high performance in the quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications. For the...

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USPTO Announces Interim Senior Management Reassignments

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced two temporary reassignments of responsibilities among its senior management, effective immediately. With the departure of Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual...

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USPTO and DKPTO to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) today. The Patent Prosecution...

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Blueprint Laid Out for Work-Sharing Among Five Intellectual Property Offices

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the development of a blueprint for work-sharing among five major intellectual property offices (IP5) to address the common challenges they are currently facing. The heads of the IP5 met…

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USPTO and Japan Patent Office Sign Statement of Enhanced Mutual Cooperation

Washington, D.C. -On September 24, 2008, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas met with Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) Takashi Suzuki in Geneva, Switzerland. They discussed how the USPTO...

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President Bush to Honor Recipients of the 2007 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - President George W. Bush will honor the 2007 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in an awards ceremony at the White House on Monday, September 29, 2008. The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on…

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USPTO and IP Australia Enter Into Agreement on International Search and Examination Services on Certain International Applications

Washington, D.C. -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia (IPAU) entered into an agreement this week in which IPAU will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for certain international...

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USPTO and KIPO sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation

Washington, D.C. -The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) today announced the signing of a United States-Republic of Korea memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding comprehensive cooperation on patents. Commissioner of KIPO Dr. Jung…

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USPTO to Host IT Security Expo September 24

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting an Information Technology (IT) Security Expo on Sept. 24, 2008, at its Alexandria, Va. campus. The event is free and open to the public. Special speakers will kick off the event beginning at…

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Secretary Gutierrez Joins President Bush in Announcing Winners of 2007 National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez joined President George W. Bush in announcing and congratulating the 2007 laureates for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation's highest honor for technological and scientific achievement. President Bush will...

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USPTO Identifies New Applicability Date of Certain Provisions in "Claims and Continuations" Final Rule

Washington, D.C. - In a notice published in the today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) alerted the public to a new applicability date of regulatory provisions dealing with related applications in the "Claims and Continuations" Final Rule. This Final Rule was permanently...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Hosts 13th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 13th Annual Independent Inventors Conference at the agency's Alexandria, Va., campus on August 8-9, 2008. A pre-conference workshop for beginners, or anyone interested in learning about...

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USPTO Unveils New Educational Museum Exhibit

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new exhibit at the USPTO Museum highlighting past and present individuals who have made a contribution to America's intellectual property (IP) system. The new "Portrait Gallery"…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation Join Ad Council to Inspire Invention in Children

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) joined The Advertising Council today to launch a series of national public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to inspire a new generation…

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USPTO Deputy Director Margaret J.A. Peterlin to Leave Agency

Washington, D.C. - Margaret J.A. Peterlin, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that she will be leaving the USPTO in August with plans to pursue employment opportunities in the...

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Students Given Opportunity to Practice Intellectual Property Law Before the USPTO through Law School Clinic Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) will begin a two-year pilot Law School Clinical Certification Program this fall semester allowing law students to practice intellectual property law before the agency under the strict guidance of a law…

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United States Patent and Trademark Office to Host 13th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 13th Annual Independent Inventors Conference at the agency's Alexandria, Va. campus on August 8-9, 2008. A pre-conference workshop for beginners, or anyone interested in learning about…

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USPTO Extends and Expands Peer Review Pilot

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it will extend the duration, increase the maximum number of applications, and expand the scope of applications eligible to participate in the Peer Review Pilot. The pilot, launched in June...

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USPTO and the Computing Technology Industry Association Educate Maryland Businesses about the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection and the Risks of Counterfeiting and Piracy

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) today informed Maryland businesses about the growing threats of counterfeiting and piracy, while also providing information on how businesses…

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USPTO and the Computing Technology Industry Association to Educate Maryland Businesses about the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection and the Risks of Counterfeiting and Piracy

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) will present a free educational forum on Friday, June 20, in Baltimore, Md., that will highlight the growing threats of counterfeiting and...

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USPTO to Publish New Rules Regarding Ex Parte Appeals Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish tomorrow in the Federal Register new rules that will improve the process of ex parte appeals before the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). The final rule provides…

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USPTO Welcomes New Member to Management Team

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas has appointed Stephen Smith as the agency's Chief Administrative Officer. Smith will be responsible for leading the Offices of Civil Rights, Human…

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USPTO to Host Sally Ride Science TOYchallenge East Coast Showcase

Washington - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2008 Sally Ride Science TOYchallenge East Coast National Showcase at the USPTO campus on Saturday, May 17. The TOYchallenge is a national toy design competition for 5th - 8th graders designed to...

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USPTO Embarks on Listening Tour on Design Protection of Automotive Parts

Washington - On Tuesday, May 6, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Margaret J.A. Peterlin will meet with executives from the automotive industry to kick off a listening tour to seek the...

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USPTO and EPO to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced that they intend to launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) in September. The Patent Prosecution Highway…

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USPTO Introduces New Intellectual Property Curriculum

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of a new, dynamic curriculum that inspires students to be creative and teaches them about the value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as the importance of...

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USPTO Initiates New Program to Reduce Pendency and Improve Patent Quality

First Action Interview Pilot Will Enhance Information Exchange Between Applicant and Examiner and Promote Early Resolution of Outstanding Issues Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it is initiating a six-month pilot...

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USPTO Celebrates Trademarks

Washington - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will formally open the National Trademark Expo on Thursday, April 10. Joining Under Secretary Dudas will be Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille,...

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USPTO Pilots Law School Clinical Certification Program

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot program through which law students will be able to gain practical experience practicing intellectual property (IP) law before the agency. During this two-year pilot program…

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Letter to Senate Calls for Patent Applicant Quality Submissions Provision in Patent Modernization Legislation

- Friday, April 4, 11 a.m. ET Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez today sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate to share the administration's thoughts on key aspects of the Patent Reform Act (S. 1145), including the Applicant Quality Submissions provision which he…

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USPTO and IP Australia to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IP Australia) today announced that they will launch a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway in April. The Patent Prosecution...

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USPTO Celebrates Trademarks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will highlight the vital role trademarks play in the global economy and private and public sector efforts to combat counterfeiting at the National Trademark Expo next Thursday through Saturday. The Expo is...

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USPTO and The George Washington University School of Business Team Up for 2008 International MBA Business Case Competition

Washington, D.C. - The George Washington University School of Business has partnered with the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its 2008 International Business Case Competition. The competition has brought together 18 teams of MBA students from around…

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USPTO Director Testifies in House Subcommittee Oversight Hearing

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas testified today in an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. Dudas's…

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Nominees Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the nation's highest honor for technological achievement. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is presented each year by the president of the United States…

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). They will serve three-year terms on the committees, which were created by the 1999 American...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Address Bush Administration's Views on Patent Reform Act of 2007

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will highlight by teleconference on Tuesday, February 5, the Bush administration's views letter provided to members of the Senate regarding the...

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Under Secretary of Commerce Announces FY 2009 Budget Proposal for USPTO

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today announced the president's fiscal year 2009 budget request for the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is $2.075 billion. The FY 2009 request represents a $159 million (8...

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USPTO Expands Patent Prosecution Highway Network to Canadian, Korean Patent Offices

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced two new pilot projects for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). The PPH leverages fast-track...

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USPTO to Administer National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has delegated responsibility for administering the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The medal, presented each year by the president of the United States, is the nation's highest honor for…

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Addresses USPTO Patent Training Academy Graduation Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Monday welcomed House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. as the keynote speaker at its Patent Training Academy graduation ceremony. The Patent Training Academy acknowledged its largest graduating class to date…

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USPTO and JPO to Implement Patent Prosecution Highway on Full-Time Basis

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced today that they will implement the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) on a full-time basis, beginning January 4, 2008. A pilot feasibility study of the PPH, which began July 3, 2006,…

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Commerce Under Secretary Pleased with Dismissal of Lawsuit Against USPTO Official

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary Jon Dudas issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. District Court dismissal of the lawsuit challenging the appointment of Margaret Peterlin, the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States...

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USPTO's Deborah Diaz Named Among Washington Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business

Washington, D.C. - Deborah Diaz, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has been named as an honoree by the Washington Business Journal in the fourth annual Women Who Mean Business awards program. The program recognizes...

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USPTO 2007 Fiscal Year-End Results Demonstrate Trend of Improved Patent and Trademark Quality

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released record breaking year-end numbers that reveal historic improvement in the quality of patent and trademark reviews and subsequently the quality of issued patents and registered trademarks. The…

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25th Annual Trilateral Conference Leaders of the Trilateral Patent Offices Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Alexandria, Va. - Heads of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate work sharing; develop a means to improve quality of...

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USPTO Deputy Director Peterlin Testifies at House Committee Hearing on Telework

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Margaret J.A. Peterlin testified today before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing entitled...

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USPTO Names California Library to Support Intellectual Property Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of the University of California-Riverside Rivera Library as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDLs provide access to intellectual property information including more than 7...

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USPTO Publishes Examination Guidelines for Determining Obviousness in Light of the Supreme Court's KSR v Teleflex Decision

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published Examination Guidelines (Guidelines) to help USPTO examiners make appropriate decisions regarding the obviousness of claimed inventions in light of the Supreme Court's decision in KSR International Co. v....

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USPTO Will Begin Study of Patent Examiners' Production Goals

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that, as part of its quality initiatives, it will review assumptions the agency uses to establish production goals for patent examiners. This announcement coincides with the release of the Government...

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United States and Swedish Patent Offices to Cooperate on International Search and Examination Services

The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) announced today that they have begun a pilot project to test the feasibility of the PRV performing search and examination services for the USPTO on international applications…

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12th Annual Independent Inventors Conference Comes to Raleigh, N.C.

United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame ® Foundation and the N.C. State College of Textiles WHAT 12th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, presented by the USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) in conjunction with North Carolina…

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber Team with U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer to Educate Oregon Businesses about the Risks of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will team with U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer on Friday, September 14, to present a free educational forum that will highlight the growing threats of…

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USPTO and United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office to Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) today announced that they are now accepting applications for participation in a pilot Patent Prosecution Highway project established between the two offices. The Patent...

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New Exhibit Opens in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today opened the agency's new exhibit, "Art of Invention - Invention of Art." The exhibit features 70 works of art that emerged from...

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New Exhibit to Open in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will formally open the agency's new exhibit, "Art of Invention - Invention of Art," on August 23. The exhibit is arranged in two sections....

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Educate California Businesses About the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Long Beach, Calif. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas, together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today educated California business leaders about the value of intellectual property-based products and...

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USPTO to Publish Measures to Improve Patent Quality

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish tomorrow in the Federal Register new rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater precision in...

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senator Patrick Leahy Educate Vermont Businesses About the Threats of Counterfeiting and Piracy

Burlington, Vt. - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Margaret J.A. Peterlin, together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), today educated Vermont business people about the...

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber Team with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy to Educate Vermont Businesses about the Risks of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will team with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Friday, August 17, to present a free educational forum and news conference that will highlight the growing threats of...

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USPTO Proposes New Measure to Improve Patent Quality and Reduce Pendency

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing new rules in the Federal Register that will improve an examiner's ability to focus the examination process for claims that contain more than one independent and distinct invention. "We believe such a rule...

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber and Washington State Attorney General to Educate Washington Businesses About the Threats of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will join with Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna on Friday, August 10, to present a free educational forum and news conference that will highlight the...

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USPTO and the Japan Patent Office Launch Electronic Priority Document Exchange

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced today that they have launched a free service that will allow the two offices to electronically exchange patent application priority documents and help further streamline the…

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senator Carl Levin Educate Michigan Businesses About the Threats of Counterfeiting and Piracy

Detroit, Mich. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas, together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), today educated Michigan business people about the growing threats of...

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber, Senator Carl Levin to Educate Michigan Businesses About the Threats of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will join with Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) on Monday, June 18, to present a free educational forum and news conference that will highlight the growing threats of counterfeiting…

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USPTO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Join Forces to Educate Businesses About the Threats of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Raleigh, N.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has joined forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a multi-city educational tour designed to raise awareness about the threats of counterfeiting and piracy, while offering information on how...

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USPTO, U.S. Chamber Team with N.C. Secretary of State to Educate Local Businesses about the Risks of Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection

Washington, D.C. -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will team with the North Carolina Secretary of State on Wednesday, June 13, to present a free educational forum and news conference that will highlight the growing threats of...

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USPTO to Test Impact of Public Input on Improving Patent Quality in the Computer Technologies

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released details of a pilot project that could help expedite and improve the examination process in computer technologies. The Peer Review Pilot will give technical experts in computer technology, for the first time, the...

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USPTO's Community Day Celebration Recognizes Diverse Workforce

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas was joined today by Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille in celebrating the agency's 11th annual Community Day. For over a decade, the USPTO has held this special…

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Alexandria Mayor Euille and Rep. Moran to Join USPTO's Community Day Celebration

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, June 7, 2007, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) will hold its 11th annual Community Day recognizing the many cultures represented in its workforce. Joining USPTO Director Jon W. Dudas and agency staff at Community Day will be...

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USPTO Celebrates a Decade of Telework

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today celebrated the ten-year anniversary of its Trademark Work at Home program, the agency's first telework initiative. Based on this successful model, the USPTO expanded its telework offerings to include...

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Winners of 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge on Exhibit at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an exciting, interactive exhibition featuring the top 25 inventions of the 2006-2007 Modern Marvels Invent ® Now Challenge, an annual contest that invites independent inventors to share their inventions and...

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USPTO To Host Exhibition of Winning Inventions From the 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge

WHAT An unveiling of a national, interactive exhibition featuring the top 25 inventions of the 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now ® Challenge. The Challenge, presented by the History Channel ® and the National Inventors Hall of Fame ® Foundation, and sponsored in part by the Department of Commerce's...

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Independent Inventors Conference Comes to NYC May 12-13

United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Inventors Hall of Fame and Foundation Invite Local Inventors to Learn from Experts and Connect with Fellow Inventors WHO Inventors from the New York City area. Top officials from the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark...

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names Margaret J.A. Peterlin Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has appointed Margaret J.A. Peterlin to serve as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "Margaret is a tremendous asset to the USPTO....

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USPTO's EFS-Web Electronic Patent Filing System Celebrates Successful First Year

Washington , D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that EFS-Web, its Web-based filing system for patent applications, has exceeded the goals set forth for its first year. Most notably, for the first time in USPTO's history, more new...

Global Trends in IP Protection: A U.S. Perspective

Remarks of Jon Dudas Under Secretary of Commerce for IP & Director of the USPTO Global Forum on Intellectual Property Protection and Innovation Beijing, China March 27, 2007 Opening Thank you, Mike. Good morning, Tian Lipu, Makoto Nakijima, and honored guests from both industry and government.…

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USPTO Grants First Patent Under New Accelerated Review Option

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it has issued the first patent under its accelerated examination program that began in August 2006. The patent, for a printer ink gauge, was filed with the USPTO on September 29, 2006, and…

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Deputy Under Secretary Pinkos to Leave USPTO

Stephen M. Pinkos, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that he will be leaving the USPTO at the end of March. "My time here has been very rewarding and a tremendous opportunity to...

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USPTO Report Finds That Inadvertant Filesharing Threatens Personal, Government, and Corporate Data

Today, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a report that concludes that the distributors of five popular filesharing programs repeatedly deployed features that they knew or should have known could cause users to share files inadvertently. The...

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United States and Australia to Extend Cooperation on Patent Search and Examination Services

On January 24, 2007, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia agreed to extend a project under which IP Australia provides search and examination services on international patent applications filed with the USPTO under provisions of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This...

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Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce Announces FY 2008 Budget Proposal for USPTO

In a telephone press conference today, Steve Pinkos, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property, announced the president's fiscal year 2008 budget request for the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is $1.916 billion. This is the fourth...

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USPTO To Unveil FY 2008 Budget

[Call in starting at 1:10 p.m. ET] Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Steve Pinkos will unveil highlights of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) FY 2008 budget request by teleconference on Monday, February 5, 2007. WHO Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for...

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USPTO Names Maryland Library to Support Intellectual Property Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of the University of Baltimore School of Law Library as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDLs provide access to intellectual property information including more than 7...

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U.S. and Republic of the Philippines Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Jon Dudas, under secretary of Commerce for intellectual property and Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr., director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of the Philippines (IP Philippines…

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USPTO Announces New Key Member to Management Team

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon W. Dudas has named John J. Love deputy commissioner for patent examination policy for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Love most recently served as the acting deputy commissioner for patent examination policy. As deputy…

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Celebrates One-Millionth Electronically Filed Trademark Application

Washington, D.C.- The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will mark an important milestone in its history today-the one-millionth Web-based trademark application using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). This achievement will be commemorated...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office to Celebrate One Millionth Electronically Filed Trademark Application

Washington, D.C . - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will mark an important milestone in its history-the one millionth Web-based trademark filing using the USPTO's award-winning Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). This achievement will be...

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Seattle's Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today told reporters that protecting intellectual property against piracy and counterfeiting is a key part of economic growth in Seattle-Tacoma....

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Seattle's Innovation

[Call in by 9:55 a.m. PT] Washington, D.C . - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will highlight by teleconference on Friday, January 5, the importance of intellectual property protection to Seattle-Tacoma, to…

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Fiscal Year 2006: A Record-Breaking Year for the USPTO

Washington, D.C. - In Fiscal Year 2006, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) set new agency records in goals related to quality, production, electronic filing, telework, electronic processing and hiring. "The USPTO has spent the last four years…

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U.S. and India Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation on Intellectual Property

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Jon Dudas, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property, and Ajay Dua, secretary of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (IMCI), recently signed an historic Memorandum of...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Opens New Art Gallery

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today opened a new art gallery at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The Gallery 600 - The ArtSpace @ USPTO celebrates the artistic expression and diversity within the agency. "In the 28 years I've...

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Kansas City's Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today told reporters that protecting intellectual property against piracy and counterfeiting is a key part of economic growth in Kansas City....

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Kansas City's Innovation

[Call in by 11:55 a.m. ET] Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will highlight by teleconference on Friday, December 1, the importance of intellectual property protection to Kansas...

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USPTO to Eliminate the Disclosure Document Program

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will eliminate its Disclosure Document Program on February 1, 2007. The USPTO implemented the Disclosure Document Program in 1969 to provide inventors not ready to file for a patent with an alternative…

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USPTO and the European Patent Office To Launch Electronic Priority Document Exchange

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) announced today that they are preparing to launch a new service that will allow patent application priority documents to be exchanged between the two offices electronically. Priority…

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Southeast Florida Innovation and Employment

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today told members of the Business Development Board's Life Sciences Cluster Committee that protecting intellectual property against piracy...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Southeast Florida Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will address members of the Business Development Board's life sciences cluster committee on Friday, November 3, to highlight the importance of...

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Commerce Under Secretary and Orlando Congressman Highlight Orlando's Innovation and Employment

Focus on Importance of Intellectual Property Protection to Orlando's Economy Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas, joined by U.S. Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL), today told…

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Commerce Under Secretary and Orlando Congressman to Highlight Orlando's Innovation

Conference Call to Focus on Importance of Intellectual Property Protection to Orlando's Economy [Call in by 1:55 p.m.] Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will join U.S. Representative Tom...

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minn. - United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today warned members of Minnesota's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Under Secretary Dudas urged America's small...

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U.S. Government Official Educates Minnesota Students About Intellectual Property Theft

Bloomington, Minn. - United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today told students at Westwood Elementary School how they can help combat piracy, counterfeiting and copyright violations. Dudas delivered his remarks to more than 275 second to fifth grade students…

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Patent and Trademark Experts Advise Inventors and Entrepreneurs on Protecting Their Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame joined forces today to host the 11th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, the premier conference for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs. The conference...

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U.S. Government to Assist Minnesota Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

Minneapolis Event Part of National Crackdown on Counterfeiting, Piracy Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join hundreds of Minnesota small-business men and women during a conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace,"...

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). They will serve three-year terms on the committees, which were created by the 1999 American...

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USPTO Releases for Public Comment Draft Five-Year Roadmap for Continued World Leadership in IP Protection and Policy

On August 24, 2006, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released for public comment a draft five-year strategic plan designed to foster American innovation and competitiveness at home and around the globe. The draft plan, for which public comment-including…

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The USPTO and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office Announce Cooperative Effort on Reclassification of Patent Search Documents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) have signed an agreement to begin a trial project this month on reclassification of certain USPTO documents used by examiners to help them determine if a patent should be issued on an invention…

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Commerce Deputy Under Secretary Highlights Central New York's Innovation and Employment

Utica, N.Y., - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Stephen Pinkos today told a group of ConMed officials and workers that intellectual property theft costs U.S. businesses approximately $250…

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Commerce Deputy Under Secretary to Highlight Central New York's Employment and Innovation

Utica Event to Focus on Importance of Intellectual Property Protection in a Global Market Washington, D.C . - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Stephen Pinkos will be at ConMed Corporation in...

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Patent and Trademark Experts Advise Midwest Inventors and Entrepreneurs on Protecting Their Intellectual Property

Chicago, Ill. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Northwestern University School of Law and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame joined forces today to host the Midwest region's premier conference for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs. The...

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Doors Open to the Public at Patent and Trademark Appeal Hearings

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that beginning on August 1, 2006, hearings conducted by the agency's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) will be open to the...

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Bush Administration Officials Update Congress on Intellectual Property Enforcement Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Two senior Bush administration officials testified today on progress the administration has made with its Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) initiative. U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement Chris Israel and Deputy Under Secretary of…

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Patent and Trademark Experts to Advise Midwest Entrepreneurs on Protecting Intellectual Property

Chicago, Ill. - The Northwestern University School of Law and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame have joined forces with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to host the Midwest region's premier conference for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs. The Chicago Regional Independent…

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. - United States Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos today warned members of Tennessee's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Deputy Under Secretary Pinkos urged...

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U.S. Government to Assist Tennessee Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos will join hundreds of Tennessee small-business men and women during a one-day conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace," on July 18, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. The event is part…

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USPTO and National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation Honor Student Winners of ©®EAT Contest

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) honored the student winners of the first ©®EAT contest on Thursday, July 13. The contest, in its pilot year, is a national competition designed to encourage interest...

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"Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet" Opens in USPTO Museum

Washington, D.C. - A new exhibit opened today in the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Museum. "Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet" highlights shoe technology past and present. Visitors to the museum can learn the history of patented footwear, view stylish...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Present Student Awards

Washington, D.C . - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by David Fink, president and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), on July 13 to present the first awards for the ©...

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New Exhibit to Open in Patent and Trademark Office Museum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by David Fink, president and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the agency's new…

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USPTO Requesting More Timely and Useful Information From Patent Applicants

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote investment in innovation and spur economic growth, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new proposal that would streamline and improve the patent application review process. The new proposal would…

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Indiana's Innovation and Employment Terre Haute Event Focuses on U.S. Jobs

Terre Haute, Ind. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas, joined by Congressman John Hostettler (IN-8), today told a group of Sony DADC officials and workers that intellectual property theft costs U.S…

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USPTO Adds Key Member to Management Team

Jefferson D. Taylor has joined the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as director of congressional relations. "I am happy to welcome Jeff as a member of senior management at USPTO," noted Jon Dudas, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property. "Jeff…

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Indiana's Employment and Innovation

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by Congressman John Hostettler in Terre Haute, Ind., on Friday, July 7, to highlight the importance of intellectual property protection in a global market, the…

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USPTO to Give Patent Filers Accelerated Review Option

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is publishing procedures setting forth requirements for patent applicants who want, within 12 months, a final decision by the examiner on whether their application for a patent will be granted or denied. To…

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USPTO To Conduct Briefing on New Web-Based Filing System for Patent Applications

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark office will be hosting an EFS-Web briefing on June 8, 2006. EFS-Web is the USPTO's new electronic patent filing system, which allows users to file patents online safely and securely by attaching files as PDFs. WHAT EFS-Web Media Briefing WHO…

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U.S. and Japan fo Pilot Patent Prosecution Highway

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced today that on July 3, 2006 they are launching a new trial cooperation initiative called the Patent Prosecution Highway. The Patent Prosecution Highway will leverage fast-track patent examination...

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Commerce Deputy Under Secretary to Address Midwest Businesses On U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Counterfeiting and Piracy in China

Washington, D.C. - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos will deliver a keynote address to approximately 500 businessmen and women during a conference on doing business in China on May 23, 2006, in Cleveland. The conference, hosted by the Commerce Department's…

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Commerce Deputy Secretary to Speak at USPTO's Community Day

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, May 18, 2006, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) will hold its 10th annual Community Day recognizing the many cultures represented in its workforce. Joining USPTO Director Jon W. Dudas and agency staff at Community Day will be...

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Ohio

Columbus, Ohio - United States Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) today warned members of Ohio's small business community that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. Both…

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U.S. Government to Assist Ohio Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) will join hundreds of Ohio small-business men and women during a conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace" on May 15, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio…

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U.S. Government Offers Chicago Area Businesses Comprehensive Program on Protecting Intellectual Property From Theft in China

Chicago, Ill. - U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos today warned over 100 Chicago businessmen and women that they are at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export. In remarks before the conference on "Protecting Your...

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U.S. Government to Assist Chicago Area Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft in China

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos will join over 100 Chicago businessmen and women for a conference on "Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights in China and the Global Marketplace" on Thursday May 4, 2006, in Chicago. The event…

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Alexandria Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Improvements to Patent Review Process

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today held a town hall meeting to engage the public and learn their views on USPTO's proposals intended to streamline the application review process. A four-person panel representing a spectrum of organizations with interests…

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USPTO to Sponsor Panel Discussion on Proposals to Improve Patent Examination

Washington, D.C. - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a town hall meeting to educate the public on USPTO's plans to streamline the application review process. A four-person panel representing a variety of organizations with interests in the patent system will offer...

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USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2005

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2005. Listed below are the universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking. The...

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Northern Virginia

McLean, Va . - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas and U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (VA-10) today warned members of northern Virginia's small business community that they are increasingly at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export…

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U.S. Government to Assist Virginia Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas and Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) will join hundreds of Virginia small-business men and women during a conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace" on March 27-28, 2006, in McLean, Virginia....

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Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez Launches New Web-Based Filing System for Patent Applications

Washington, D.C. -- Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today launched the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) new electronic filing system that will allow applicants to file over the Internet virtually anytime and anywhere…

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Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to Launch New Electronic Patent Application Filing System

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will officially launch the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) new electronic filing system for patent applications. EFS-Web allows patent filers anywhere in the world at any time to submit...

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Florida's Innovation and Competitiveness

Orlando, Fla. -- Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today echoed President Bush's agenda to improve America's ability to innovate, maintain a competitive edge and make health care more efficient.…

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Florida's Innovation and Competitiveness

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will speak at Walt Disney World to highlight President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative. Under Secretary Dudas will also present an Export Achievement…

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Berkeley Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Improvements to Patent Review Process

Berkeley, Calif. - Efficient and effective patent examination is critical to American competitiveness and innovation, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today told an audience of California patent attorneys, patent agents, independent inventors and members of the small…

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Program to Southern California

San Diego, Calif . - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49) today warned members of California's small business community that they are increasingly at risk of overseas intellectual property theft-even if they do not export…

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U.S. Government to Assist California Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join hundreds of California small-business men and women for a conference on "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace" on February 27-28, 2006, in San Diego, Calif. The event is part of the federal…

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Berkeley Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Improvements to Patent Review Process

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will lead a town hall meeting to provide background information regarding proposed new rule changes to improve patent examination. The changes will make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by…

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights North Carolina's Innovation and Competitiveness

Charlotte Event Focuses on UNC Charlotte Leadership in Health Care-related Innovation Charlotte, N.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas, joined by Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-8th) today echoed...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight North Carolina's Innovation and Competitiveness

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will speak at UNC Charlotte to highlight President Bush's competitiveness initiative and agenda to make the health care system more efficient while continuing to…

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Issues 7 Millionth Patent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued patent no. 7,000,000 to DuPont senior researcher John P. O'Brien for "polysaccharide fibers" and a process for their production. The fibers have cotton-like properties, are biodegradable...

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Commerce Department FY 2007 Budget Maintains Commitment to Job Growth and U.S. Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C . - U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced that President Bush's $6.1 billion budget request for the U.S. Department of Commerce maintains the department's priorities of promoting job growth and U.S. competitiveness while also restraining discretionary federal...

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Commerce Under Secretary Highlights Nevada's Innovation and Competitiveness

Las Vegas, Nev. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas today highlighted Nevada's innovation and competitiveness as a follow-up to President George W. Bush's State of the Union address announcing the...

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Commerce Under Secretary to Highlight Nevada's Innovation and Competitiveness

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be in Las Vegas to highlight the innovation and economic competitiveness of the area following President George W. Bush's State of the Union address announcing…

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Chicago Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Proposed Rule Changes to Improve Patent Examination

Chicago, Ill. - The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided an audience of Chicago-area patent attorneys, patent agents, independent inventors and members of the small business community with background information regarding proposed new rule changes…

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Chicago Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Proposed Rule Changes to Improve Patent Examination

Washington, D.C. - In a Town Hall Meeting, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will provide background information regarding proposed new rule changes to improve patent examination. The changes will make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by reducing the...

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USPTO Mourns the Death of Former Commissioner Banner

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Jon Dudas issued the following statement upon learning of the death on January 29, 2006, of Donald W. Banner, a former Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks (1978-1979). "On behalf…

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USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the 2005 top 10 global private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking. "America's…

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USPTO Partners With Open Source Community to Expand Patent Examiner Access to Software Code

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has created a partnership with the open source community to ensure that patent examiners have access to all available prior art relating to software code during the patent examination process. Last month, USPTO...

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USPTO Proposes Measures To Improve Patent Examination

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in its continuing efforts to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient, is proposing changes that would reduce the amount of rework by the USPTO and reduce the time it takes for the patent review…

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USPTO Expands Telework Program for Patent Employees

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a new patents hoteling program, which will offer patent employees the opportunity to work from home regularly. Participants will have all the communications tools and application processing...

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USPTO Publishes Patent Search Templates

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is building a library of search templates for use by applicants, patent practitioners and patent examiners to assist them in finding evidence, known as prior art, to help determine if an invention is patentable. Similar…

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USPTO Receives Record Number of Patent and Trademark Applications for 2005

PRESS RELEASE In fiscal year 2005, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received a record number of patent and trademark applications. The agency received 406,302 patent applications, and 323,501 applications for trademark registration as reported in its...

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United States and Australian Patent Offices Launch Pilot Project on International Search and Examination Services

PRESS RELEASE Pilot Part of USPTO Effort to Reduce Backlog of U.S. National Patent Applications The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IP Australia, Australia's national patent office, have initiated a pilot project to test the feasibility of IP Australia performing search and examination…

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Top U.S. Intellectual Property Official in China to Advance U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Agenda

PRESS RELEASE Beijing-Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will meet during his November 4-9 trip to China with top-level Chinese intellectual property officials to track progress on commitments made by the Chinese government at a July meeting of the Joint Committee on...

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U.S. Government Brings Anti-counterfeiting and Piracy Program to South Florida

PRESS RELEASE Efforts Focus on Small Businesses, Particularly Those Investing In or Exporting to Latin America Miami, Florida - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today warned an audience of South Florida small-businessmen and -women that they are increasingly at...

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USPTO Contracts International Patent Application Searches to Commercial Firms

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it has awarded contracts to Landon IP, Inc., and IP Data Miner Inc., to participate in a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) search pilot program. This pilot will determine whether searches by commercial entities…

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U.S. Government to Assist Florida Small Businesses in Combating Intellectual Property Theft

Miami Event Part of National Crackdown on Counterfeiting, Piracy Washington, D.C .--U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join hundreds of Florida small-businessmen and -women for a conference on the "Global Intellectual Property Marketplace" on September 26-27…

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). They will serve three-year terms on the committees, which were created by the…

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U.S. Government Urges Texas Businesses to Protect Their Intellectual Property From Theft Overseas

Press Release Small Businesses Particularly Vulnerable, Says U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Austin, Texas - U. S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Steven Pinkos and U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (TX-21) today warned an audience of Austin small-businessmen and -…

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U.S. Government Takes Intellectual Property Protection Campaign to Texas Small Businesses

Events in Austin to Educate Small Businesses about Rising IP Theft in China, other high-risk nations Washington, D.C. --U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (TX-21) will join hundreds of Texas small-businessmen and...

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U.S. Government Takes Intellectual Property Protection Campaign to Texas Small Businesses

Events in Austin to Educate Small Businesses about Rising IP Theft in China, other high-risk nations Washington, D.C. --U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Stephen Pinkos and U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (TX-21) will join hundreds of Texas small-businessmen and...

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John J. Doll Named Commissioner for Patents

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has named John J. Doll to be Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Doll has been Acting Commissioner for Patents since April 2005. In response to the appointment, Under Secretary of Commerce…

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U.S. Intellectual Property Chief Salutes America's Independent Inventors

PRESS RELEASE Group Reminded to Guard Their Inventions Against Intellectual Property Theft Alexandria, VA - U. S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today asked independent inventors to protect American ingenuity by safeguarding their inventions from intellectual...

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USPTO to Convene Conference Celebrating America's Independent Inventors

Alexandria, VA - On Friday, August 12, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join more than 200 independent inventors at the 10th annual Independent Inventors Conference sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Attendees will hear from government...

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USPTO Improves Process for Reviewing Patents

PRESS RELEASE The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has implemented new processes for handling reexamination proceedings to improve timeliness and quality. Patent reexamination is a valuable, low-cost alternative to litigation for determining the...

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USPTO Reduces Fees for Trademark Electronic Application Filing

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that beginning July 18, 2005, the agency will offer applicants for trademark registrations a new Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) known as TEAS Plus that will add up to...

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U.S. Government Urges Arizona's Businesses to Protect their Intellectual Property from Theft Overseas

PRESS RELEASE Small Businesses Especially At Risk, Says U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Phoenix, Arizona - U. S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today warned an audience of Arizona small-businessmen and -women that they are increasingly at risk of overseas…

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U.S. Government Urges Arizona's Businesses to Protect their Intellectual Property from Theft Overseas

Phoenix Seminar Part of National Effort to Combat Theft in China and Other High-risk Nations Washington, D.C.--On Monday, July 18, 2005, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join hundreds of Arizona small-businessmen and -women in Phoenix, Arizona for a...

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USPTO Museum Opens at New Headquarters

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas was joined today by Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, U.S. Representatives Jim Moran and Frank Wolf, and David Fink, President and CEO of…

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Improved Patent Appeal Process Will Save Patent Applicants $30 Million Annually

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that patent applicants can now request an appeal conference and learn its results before incurring the costs of drafting and filing an appeal brief. This change is expected to save patent applicants…

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USPTO Museum To Open at New Headquarters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will be joined by Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille and David Fink, President and CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in a ribbon...

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Lynne G. Beresford Named Commissioner for Trademarks

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez has named Lynne G. Beresford to be Commissioner for Trademarks at the Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Beresford has been acting Commissioner for Trademarks since September 1, 2004. In response to the...

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USPTO Completes Move to New Headquarters

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced completion of its move to new, consolidated headquarters in Alexandria, VA, which involved relocating over 7,000 employees and contractors. The consolidation from 18 buildings in Crystal…

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U.S. Government to Offer Michigan Businesses Comprehensive Program on Protecting Their Intellectual Property from Theft in China

Press Release Part of federal effort to combat intellectual property theft in China and other high-risk nations Washington, D.C. -U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join over 100 Michigan businessmen and women for a conference on "General IP Protection and...

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U.S. Expands Outreach in Campaign to STOP! Trade in Fakes

For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, D.C . - Officials representing seven federal agencies will travel to Europe June 6-10 in the next leg of the Administration's Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!) to deepen cooperative enforcement efforts against the trade in fakes. Having returned from...

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U.S. Government Urges Utah Businesses to Protect Their Intellectual Property From Theft Overseas

PRESS RELEASE Small Businesses Especially At Risk, Says U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Salt Lake City, Utah - U. S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas and U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon (UT-3) today warned a small-business audience that they are increasingly at risk of…

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U.S. Government Urges Utah Businesses to Protect Their Intellectual Property From Theft Overseas

Part of federal effort to combat intellectual property theft in China and other high-risk nations Washington, D.C. -U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will join U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon (UT-3) and hundreds of small-businessmen and -women for a conference on the...

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Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary to Speak at USPTO's Community Day

On Thursday, May 19, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its 9th annual Community Day recognizing the many cultures represented in its workforce. Joining USPTO Director Jon W. Dudas and agency staff at Community Day will be Acting Deputy…

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USPTO Opens New Electronic Facility to Hear Patent and Trademark Appeals

Furthering USPTO's Commitment to the President's Management Agenda The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched a new state-of-the-art electronic facility for hearing patent appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) and appeals…

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U.S. Proposes Partnership Program for World Intellectual Property Organization

GENEVA - The United States has proposed establishing a Partnership Program within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that would further strengthen the contribution that WIPO and strong and balanced intellectual property (IP) protection play in promoting development. The proposal…

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U.S. Advances Global Outreach To Stop! Trade In Fakes

PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C. - Officials from seven federal agencies will travel to Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Singapore on April 11-21 to further the Administration's Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!). Their mission is to deepen cooperative enforcement efforts and to work toward...

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USPTO to Hold Seminar on Intellectual Property Enforcement in China

Washington - Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will sponsor a seminar on "General IP Enforcement in China" on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in Baltimore, Md. WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Press must confirm attendance by 3:00 p.m.,…

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USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2004

T he Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2004. Listed below are the 10 universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2004, along with their 2003 ranking....

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Patent Office Director to Announce New Initiatives to Improve Patent Process

University of California leads U.S. academic institutions for 11 th consecutive year Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Chicago-area native, will announce new initiatives to improve the quality of patents and...

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

PRESS RELEASE One Program Will Save Patent Applicants $30 Million Annually Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez has appointed three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and an equal number to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Members will serve three-year terms…

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USPTO Adds Key Member to Management Team

PRESS RELEASE Agency's Chief Information Officer Sworn In Jon Dudas, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today administered the oath of office to David J. Freeland, the USPTO's new...

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USPTO Holds Seminar on Chinese Criminal Justice System for Intellectual Property Offenses

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today sponsored a seminar on the Chinese criminal justice system for intellectual property offenses. The seminar was held to introduce the Chinese criminal justice system to U.S. industry, government…

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USPTO to Hold Seminar on Chinese Criminal Justice System for Intellectual Property Offenses

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will sponsor a seminar on the Chinese criminal justice system for intellectual property offenses Thursday, February 17. Noted China legal scholar and Associate Dean of Georgetown Law School, Professor James…

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USPTO Wins Excellence.gov Award

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is a recipient of the 2005 Excellence.gov Award for demonstrating best practices in federal e-government implementations. The Industry Advisory Council and the American Council for Technology...

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Secretary Gutierrez to Award 500,000th Design Patent

Patent presented to DaimlerChrysler Corporation for body design of Crossfire Convertible Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today awarded the 500,000th design patent for DaimlerChrysler Corporation's Crossfire convertible...

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Secretary Gutierrez to Award 500,000th Design Patent

Patent to be presented to DaimlerChrysler Corporation for body design of Crossfire Convertible Friday, February 11, 2005 11:00 a.m. Lobby, U.S. Department of Commerce Main Entrance, 14th Street, N.W. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property…

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Announces FY 2006 Budget Request for the United States Patent and Trademark Office

PRESS RELEASE The President's fiscal year 2006 budget request for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is $1.7 billion, equaling anticipated FY 2006 fee collections from patent and trademark filings. The FY 2006 request represents a $149 million increase over FY 2005, and reflects…

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USPTO To Unveil FY 2006 Budget

Monday, February 7, 2005 1:45 p.m. (dial in by 1:40 p.m.) Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Steve Pinkos, will unveil highlights of USPTO's FY 2006 budget request by teleconference on Monday, February 7, at 1:45 p.m. Pinkos will focus on the strategic initiatives started…

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Internet Access to Trademark Application Files Now Available

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reached a major milestone in maximizing electronic tools to make the trademark registration process fully transparent to the public. For the first time, anyone with Internet access anywhere in the world…

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USPTO Releases FY 2004 Performance and Accountability Report

PRESS RELEASE In fiscal year 2004, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted 187,170 patents, including 169,296 utility (inventions), 16,533 design, and 998 plant patents as reported in its fiscal year 2004 Performance and Accountability Report released…

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Under Secretary of Commerce Jon Dudas Returns to China

PRESS RELEASE USPTO Offers Technical Assistance to Reduce Piracy and Counterfeiting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas returns to China this week as part of a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans. While there, Under Secretary Dudas will announce...

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USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the 2004 top 10 private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2004, along with their 2003 ranking. For the twelfth consecutive year,...

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Commissioner for Patents Announces Retirement

PRESS RELEASE Nicholas P. Godici, Commissioner for Patents, announced today that he will be retiring from the USPTO and will not be seeking reappointment to the Commissioner for Patents position. His term expires on March 29, 2005. "It's been an honor to serve the USPTO and the patent community as…

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USPTO Announces Three Key Appointments

PRESS RELEASE Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has named three Deputy Commissioners for Patents, effective January 21, 2005. Joseph Rolla, currently a director in…

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USPTO and City of Alexandria Kick Off Lunchtime Shuttle Service

Monday, January 10, 2005 Outside USPTO Headquarters Dulany Street @ Ballenger Avenue Alexandria, Virginia 11:00 a.m. Steve Pinkos, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and officials of the City of Alexandria will officially kick off a new lunchtime shuttle service between...

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USPTO's Office of Public Affairs Moves to New Facility

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office Office of Public Affairs moved this week to USPTO's new headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The office is now located at: 600 Dulany Street Madison West Building First Floor Alexandria, VA 22314 The office also has a new phone…

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USPTO Enhances Trademark Postal System (TPostal)

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently added 10 new forms to TPostal, the agency's electronic bulk mailing system for trademark related notices. TPostal uses the U.S. Postal Service's Web-based NetPost Mailing Online system to print,...

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Senate Confirms Jon Dudas as Head of USPTO

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Jon W. Dudas as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "I thank President Bush for the confidence he has expressed in me, and I am honored by the U.S. Senate's confirmation…

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Leaders of the World's Three Major Patent Offices Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Heads of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate work sharing, electronic business developments to support work sharing, and...

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Electronic Forms Available for Madrid Protocol Filings

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the availability of electronic forms for submitting Madrid Protocol related documents. Now a U.S. trademark owner may file a single online application with the USPTO in English, based on an existing U.S....

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New Electronic Filing Options in Trademark Disputes

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded its electronic filing tools with the addition of two new electronic forms for filing Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) documents on line. One e-form allows parties in opposition and cancellation...

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USPTO Named One of the Best Workplaces for Commuters

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today was recognized as one of the best workplaces for commuters by the Greater Washington Region's Best Workplaces for Commuters Coalition. The coalition is led by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and…

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USPTO Receives Telework in the Federal Government Leadership Award for 2004

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the Telework in the Federal Government Leadership Award for 2004 in the category of "leadership in enterprise-wide telework applications." The award was presented during the Telework in the Federal...

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Trademark Operation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Move to New Facility

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues its move this week to new consolidated headquarters in Alexandria, Va., with the relocation of the trademark operation and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Over the next two months, the entire...

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Patent and Trademark Public Search Facility to Open at Agency's New Headquarters

The final phase of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) move to its new headquarters in Alexandria, Va, begins this weekend with the relocation of the public search room. The patent public search facilities and the trademark search library will open on...

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Racine County, Wisconsin, Gets Federal Funds to Boost Business Development and Job Growth

The Department of Commerce's Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today in Sturtevant, Wis., announced a $125,270 Economic Development Administration investment to the Racine County Economic Development Corporation and the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation to help fund a…

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Under Secretary of Commerce Jon Dudas to Present Investment Grant to the Racine County Economic Development Corporation and the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation

Monday, September 20, 2004 4 p.m. Racine County Economic Development Corporation 2320 Renaissance Blvd. Sturtevant, WI Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be joined by U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI…

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USPTO China Expert Assigned to American Embassy in Beijing

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Mark A. Cohen, an attorney-advisor in the agency's office of enforcement, has been appointed intellectual property attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. In this post, Cohen will…

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USPTO Offers Alexandria Businesses Tips on "How to Do Business with the USPTO"

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 8 - 11 a.m. Jefferson Building Conference Room 500 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will co-host a conference with the Alexandria Small Business Development Center entitled, "How to Do Business…

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Bush Administration Official Honors Arizona Company for Export Achievement

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today presented the Commerce Department's Export Achievement Certificate to the Breault Research Organization of Tucson, Ariz. The award recognizes companies and organizations that have used the export services of the U.S. Commercial...

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Arizona Gets $2 Million in Federal Funds To Boost Business Development and Job Growth

United States Patent and Trademark Office Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today in Phoenix announced a $2 million Economic Development Administration investment to Chicanos Por La Causa to help build a commercial and professional office building and a business incubator facility…

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Bush Administration Official To Honor Local Company for Export Achievement

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 10 a.m. Breault Research Organization, Inc. 6400 East Grant Road Suite 160 Tucson, AZ Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) will present the...

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Under Secretary of Commerce Jon Dudas To Present an Economic Development Administration Investment Check to Chicanos Por La Causa

Tuesday, August 31, 2004 10 a.m. Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) 1122 East Buckeye Road Phoenix, AZ A senior member of the Bush administration's Department of Commerce team, Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Jon Dudas, will be…

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Commerce Under Secretary Jon Dudas To Address Independent Inventors In New Hampshire

Inventors of the "Segway" and High-Resolution Radar and Sonar also Will Speak at Ninth Annual Independent Inventors Conference August 20-21, 2004 Franklin Pierce Law Center 2 White Street, Concord, NH Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and…

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Congressman Moran Joins Under Secretary Dudas in Recognizing Outstanding USPTO e-Government Team

Tuesday, August 17, 2004 2 - 2:30 p.m. United States Patent and Trademark Office Jefferson Building 500 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Va Congressman Jim Moran will join Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas in recognizing the outstanding efforts of the USPTO employees who…

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Commerce Secretary Evans Names Stephen M. Pinkos Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property

Secretary of Commerce Don Evans has appointed Stephen M. Pinkos to serve as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon…

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Internet Access to Patent Application Files Now Available

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reached a major milestone in maximizing electronic tools to make the patent examination process fully transparent to the public. For the first time, anyone with Internet access anywhere in the world can use USPTO's...

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Commissioner for Trademarks Announces Departure

Anne H. Chasser, Commissioner for Trademarks at the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that she will be leaving the USPTO on September 1, 2004. "It has been a privilege to work with Acting Under Secretary Jon W. Dudas and to serve the...

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World's Three Major Intellectual Property Offices Streamline Trademark Registration Process

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently reached agreement on a list of identifications and classifications for goods and services that will be...

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Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Host Capitol Hill Luncheon Commemorating World Intellectual Property Day

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902 Washington, D.C. Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas, in coordination with the International Intellectual Property Institute, will host a luncheon program celebrating the Third…

Pirates of the 21st Century: The Curse of the Black Market

Statement of Jon W. Dudas Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Committee on Governmental...

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USPTO Supports Greater Protection for Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) supported ambitious proposals to focus and accelerate work on the protection of traditional knowledge and folklore at a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland last week. At the…

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Statement by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans on President's Intent to Nominate Jon Dudas as Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

"I am delighted that President Bush has expressed his intent to nominate Jon Dudas as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jon for the past two years. During that time, he…

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USPTO Names North Carolina Library to Support Intellectual Property Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

The Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of the J. Murrey Atkins Library of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDLs maintain complete collections of over 6.7 million...

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House Votes to Fund USPTO 21st Century Strategic Plan

The United States House of Representatives today passed the "U.S. Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act" (H.R. 1561), a landmark bipartisan bill supporting a quality driven, highly productive, cost-effective organization. The bill would give the Department of Commerce's United States Patent…

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Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Visit China

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will travel to China Feb. 29 to March 5 for consultations with senior officials at China's patent and trademark and other intellectual property agencies on issues ranging from ways to meet the challenges posed by the growth in...

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USPTO to Hold Roundtable on Reexamination Proceedings

Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Crystal Park 2, 2nd Floor Conference Room 2121 Crystal Drive Arlington, Virginia Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a roundtable meeting at its offices in Arlington, Va., on February…

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USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2003

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2003. Listed below are the 10 universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2003, along with their 2002 ranking.…

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President's Proposed Budget Ends USPTO Fee Diversion in FY 2005

The president's FY 2005 budget submission allocates to the USPTO all of the $1.533 billion in fees it is projected to raise next year. This marks the first time since FY 1998 that a president's proposed budget allows the USPTO to retain all of its fees in the year collected. "The administration has…

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Jon Dudas Becomes Acting Under Secretary for Intellectual Property

Jon Dudas today became acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dudas takes the post under the succession provisions of the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act. For the two years prior to assuming...

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USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the 2003 top 10 private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in calendar year 2003, along with their 2002 ranking. For the 11th...

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USPTO Proposes Recertifying Attorneys and Agents Who Practice Before the Agency

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing several reforms to help assure competency in legal practice before the agency. The major change requires mandatory periodic continuing education for everyone registered to practice before the agency. USPTO...

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Rogan to Leave USPTO in Early 2004

James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that he intends to leave his post on January 9, 2004. Under Rogan's direction, the USPTO has improved in every aspect of its operations. Early…

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New USPTO Headquarters Opens for Business in Alexandria, Va.

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 Press tour at 5 p.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. 400 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and LCOR Alexandria, LLC (LCOR), will officially open…

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USPTO and Copyright Office Report to Congress on Effectiveness of Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Library of Congress' Copyright Office delivered a report to Congress on November 3, "The Vessel Hull Design Protection Act: Overview and Analysis." Congress passed the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA) as…

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Achieving Additional Harmonization of Patent Laws

Achieving Additional Harmonization of Patent Laws Question 1: (a) What can be done at the domestic level to assist small businesses in obtaining foreign patents or otherwise better protecting their intellectual property? (b) Is there a need for legislation in this area? (c) What current programs…

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AIPLA Recommendations for Achieving Additional Patent Law Harmonization

AIPLA appreciates the opportunity to offer its views and recommendations on achieving additional patent law harmonization. In our view, significant opportunities for aiding small businesses in obtaining foreign patents would be available through increased harmonization of the world's patent laws…

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Re:Harmonization

18 December 2002 United States Patent and Trademark Office Office of International Relations Room 902 2121 Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202, Attn: Talis Dzenitis Talis.Dzenitis@USPTO.GOV Re: Harmonization CPTech offers comments on the issue of how global treaties on the harmonization of patent law…

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National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Manufacturers Comments for the USPTO Round Table Meeting On Achieving Additional Harmonization of Patent Laws December 19, 2002 In a notice dated October 28, 2002, (67 Federal Register 65786) the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United…

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Achieving Additional Harmonization of Patent Laws

Opening Statement by Herbert C. Wamsley Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) At USPTO Public Roundtable Discussion Arlington, VA December 19, 2002 I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this discussion on behalf of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). We commend the...

USPTO Round Table on Harmonization - Remarks, Nancy J. Linck

USPTO Round Table on Harmonization Remarks of Nancy J. Linck Sr. Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary December 19, 2003 Guilford Pharmaceuticals is a small, publicly-held pharmaceutical company in Baltimore, Maryland. At present, it has approximately 230 employees. It has one commercial…

USPTO Round Table on Harmonization - Responses, Nancy J. Linck

USPTO Round Table on Harmonization Responses to Questions Nancy J. Linck Sr. Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary December 19, 2003 1. What can be done at the domestic level to assist small businesses in obtaining foreign patents or otherwise better protecting their intellectual property…

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Statement by Samson Helfgott USPTO Roundtable Meeting December 19, 2002

Statement by Samson Helfgott USPTO Roundtable Meeting December 19, 2002 In addressing the action need to help small businesses to obtain foreign patent protection, I believe there are three areas that must be analyzed: 1. Improving the International Patenting System; 2. Understanding how to utilize…

USPTO Round Table on Harmonization - Responses, Nancy J. Linck

USPTO Round Table on Harmonization USPTO Roundtable on International Patent Harmonization Thursday, December 19, 2002 Washington, D.C. ORAL STATEMENT OF ALBERT TRAMPOSCH Counsel, Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis, Alexandria, VA Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO Reg. No. 32,069 Co-Director,…

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Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Responses to Four Questions for Public Roundtable Discussion at USPTO on December 19, 2002 Herbert C. Wamsley IPO Executive Director 1. What can be done at the domestic level to assist small businesses in obtaining foreign patents or otherwise better...

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Commerce Under Secretary James E. Rogan to Address Independent Inventors in Philadelphia

November 18, 2003, at 12:15 p.m. The Franklin Institute 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) James E. Rogan will be one of the featured speakers at the Eighth…

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USPTO Hosts International IP Officials

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted government officials and intellectual property professionals from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central America for two weeks of seminars October 27 - November 7, 2003. The participants, known as visiting…

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USPTO Receives Award for Best Organization for Teleworkers

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today received the "Best Organization for Teleworkers" award from the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Council (MATAC). The MATAC chose the USPTO for this award because "the agency's telework program is results-oriented…

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USPTO Receves Government Best Practices Award

On November 5, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received the IDEA's first annual government best practices team award for its successful implementation of Section 508 goals and guidelines. The provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973…

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USPTO Expands Options for Electronic Filing in Trademark Disputes

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded the options for electronically filing documents in trademark disputes. Using the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA) system, parties…

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USPTO Announces Action Plan Targeted to Improve Quality and Respond to Customer Needs for Biotech Patent Applications

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has instituted an action plan to improve quality and respond to customer needs by establishing best practices related to restrictions on the number of inventions and/or claim sets in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and...

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Documents in Trademark Disputes Can Now Be Accessed Online

Today, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled TTABVue, a system that allows users to view images of documents relating to trademark disputes on the Internet. TTABVue includes images of most…

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American Library Association Hails USPTO Website

The American Library Association (ALA) recently selected the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website as one of the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites of 2003. MARS is the ALA's Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User Services...

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Commerce Secretary Evans Names New Members to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Commerce Secretary Don Evans has appointed three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee and an equal number to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. Members will serve three-year terms. The boards advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the...

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USPTO/WIPO Program Prepares Asia-Pacific Judges for WTO Intellectual Property Rights Compliance

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held a seminar on July 14-18, 2003, for 16 supreme and appellate court judges from the Asia-Pacific region. The program exposed the judges to a...

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USPTO/WIPO Hold Successful Meeting Concerning Potential Ban on Geographic Names to Describe Food and Wine

A European Union (EU) proposal to prohibit the use of certain generic terms to describe food and wine not from specific geographic regions sparked lively discussions among the nearly 200 participants at a three-day symposium on geographical indications (GIs) held in San Francisco and co-sponsored…

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Director to Visit Camp Invention

Monday, July 14, 2003 2:30 p.m. Stratford Landing Elementary School 8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, VA Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) James E. Rogan will visit Camp Invention on Monday, July 14, 2003,...

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Commerce Under Secretary Rogan to Open USPTO/WIPO Conference Exploring Use of Geographic Names to Describe Food and Wine

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 9:30 a.m. The Palace Hotel 2 New Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property James E. Rogan will make opening remarks at a three-day symposium (July 9-11) on the use of geographical indications (GIs) to describe food and wine.…

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Electronic Patent Application Records Replace Paper Files at USPTO

The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that effective June 30, 2003, all newly filed patent applications will be converted to electronic applications and processed electronically. Additionally, over the next 15 months, the USPTO will scan…

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House Subcommittee Approves USPTO Fee Proposal

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today approved H.R. 1561, the "United States Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act of 2003." The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is fully funded by user fees. The new...

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USPTO First Agency To Require All Electronic Information Purchases Be Accessible to the Disabled

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the first federal agency to fully comply with the provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requiring that all federal agencies' electronic information is accessible to...

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USPTO Leads Effort to Improve International Patent Process and Promote U.S. Global Commerce

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a weeklong meeting of high-level patent officials from nine nations and two international patent organizations to review and approve a new blueprint for enhancing the quality of searches and examination for...

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USPTO China Specialist to Discuss Chinese Intellectual Property Law

Monday, April 7, 2003 10 - 11:15 a.m. Savannah State University Campus King-Fraizier Student Center Savannah Room Savannah, GA Mark A. Cohen, an attorney-advisor in the Office of Enforcement of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will give a lecture to...

USPTO 21st Century Strategic Plan

Statement of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark office before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives April 3, 2003 Chairman...

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USPTO Changes Correspondence Addresses

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing some of its mailing addresses so all correspondence will be routed through a United States Postal Service facility in northern Virginia, in preparation for its move to new office space in...

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USPTO and Copyright Office to Hold Hearing on Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

Thursday, March 27, 2003 10 a.m. Library of Congress Room 414, James Madison Memorial Building 101 Independence Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Library of Congress' Copyright Office will hold a public hearing to...

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Commerce Secretary Tells Congress the Administration is Working to Eliminate Fee Diversion

In testimony on the department's FY 2004 budget yesterday before the Commerce, State, and Justice Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, Commerce Secretary Don Evans said "To support technology innovation and provide for intellectual property protection, the department is working to...

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USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2002

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2002. Listed below are the 10 universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2002, along with their 2001 ranking.…

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Invention Takes Flight - New USPTO Museum Exhibit Opens to Celebrate the Centennial of Aviation

A new exhibit opened today in the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) museum. "Invention Takes Flight," is a year-long celebration of aviation-related innovation and of the men and women who have dared to reach for the stars. Special attention is given to the…

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Invention Takes Flight - New USPTO Museum Exhibit Opens to Celebrate the Centennial of Aviation

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "Invention Takes Flight," at an opening reception on Tuesday, February 11, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit opens to the public on February 12. No invention has inspired more awe...

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President's '04 Budget Request Underscores USPTO's Role in Promoting Economic Growth

The president's $1.404 billion FY 2004 budget request for USPTO provides the agency with resources necessary to continue its transformation to a quality-focused, highly productive, market-driven organization. The president's FY 2004 budget request continues past increases for USPTO's spending level…

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USPTO Announces Two Key Appointments

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the appointments of two key players in the USPTO's management team. Jo-Anne Barnard will serve as the agency's Chief Financial and Chief Administrative Officer. During the past seven years,…

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Agreement Reached on Patent Telework Program

Management of the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), the union representing USPTO's 3,500 patent examiners, have reached agreement on an ongoing telework program. Under the program, approximately 700 senior...

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USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the 2002 top 10 private sector patent recipients today. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2002, along with their 2001 ranking. For the tenth consecutive year, IBM…

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USPTO Holds Round Table on International Harmonization of Patent Laws

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today held a round table meeting in Arlington, VA, to hear from representatives of small businesses and global patent issues experts on solutions to the challenges faced by American innovators in protecting…

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USPTO to Hold Roundtable on International Harmonization of Patent Laws

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable meeting to hear from representatives of small businesses and experts in global patents issues on patent harmonization matters of concern to small business and other patent owners....

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USPTO Enhances Web Site To Assist Independent Inventors

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently updated its Web site ( www.uspto.gov ) to specifically meet the special needs and interests of independent inventors and entrepreneurs. "How to" brochures, previously available only in paper, are…

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USPTO Will Update Plan to Remove Paper Search Files

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is revising its plan for providing public access to its patents and trademark registrations. Before finalizing the transition to electronic search systems for public researchers, the USPTO is reviewing its systems to ensure that paper...

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Documents in Trademark Disputes Can Be Filed Online

Washington - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week began accepting Internet filings for initial extensions of time in cases challenging federal registration of trademarks. The Electronic System…

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USPTO to Begin Electronic Processing of Patent Applications

Washington -The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this week launched a prototype to test replacing its standard paper processing of patent applications with electronic processing. The prototype will include front-end administrative processing of…

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World's Major Patent Offices Publish Results of Comparable Study on Patentability Issues of 3D Protein Structures

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the publication of a report, published in association with the European Patent Office and Japan Patent Office, that provides clear guidance for filing in each of the three offices patent...

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Electronic Trademark Applications Outnumber Paper Filings for the First Time

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received more electronically filed applications than paper filings for registration of a trademark for the first time during September. Fifty-two percent of the applications were filed electronically using...

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USPTO Implements Trademark Postal System (TPostal)

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently implemented a new electronic bulk mailing system in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. The Trademark Postal System, or TPostal, uses the Postal Service's NetPost Mailing Online service to...

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National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council (NIPLECC) Annual Report Released

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the release of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council's annual report [PDF] . The USPTO and the Department of Justice co-chair the council that was created...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Marks Bicentennial

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) concluded several events today commemorating the agency's bicentennial, honoring thirty-eight of America's greatest inventors and celebrating 200 years of innovation. Under Secretary of Commerce for...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Marks Bicentennial

October 15, 2002 12:00 p.m. ET The Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property James E. Rogan will kick-off USPTO's bicentennial events at the Heritage Foundation where he will give a lecture entitled "Reaffirming Intellectual Property...

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Complete Collection of U.S. Patents Now Available on DVD-ROM

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) now offers the complete collection of U.S. patents on DVD-ROM discs. USAPat, as the collection is known, provides images of over 6.5 million patent grants issued from 1790 through today. "This collection...

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Congress Expands Protection for American Intellectual Property

Washington - Congress enacted today, as part of the Justice Department Reauthorization Act, a bill that will simplify international trademark registration, improve patent quality, decrease reliance on patent litigation, protect the small inventor, and enhance educational opportunities for Americans…

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USPTO Recognizes Hispanic American Innovators

Washington - National Hispanic Heritage Month, held each year from September 15 to October 15, celebrates Hispanic culture and heritage and recognizes the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this nation's social and economic well being. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month,…

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USPTO Hosts Member of House Judiciary Committee

Washington - James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided an insider's view of USPTO's pioneering e-government patent and trademark systems to Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) of the Judiciary...

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Secretary of Commerce Don Evans Names Three New Members to The Trademark Public Advisory Committee

Washington - Attorneys Leslie J. Lott, David M. Moyer and Jon Sandelin have been named to the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Trademark Public Advisory Committee. The Trademark Public Advisory Committee was created by the 1999 American Inventors...

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USPTO Web Site Ranked Number One

Washington - The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site ( www.uspto.gov ) has been ranked number one for its design and content offerings in "The State of Federal Websites: The Pursuit of Excellence," a review of 148 federal Web sites by PricewaterhouseCoopers...

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Official Publication of Patents Issued Available Electronically

Washington - In concert with its 21st Century Strategic Plan, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) will discontinue paper publication of the Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office - Patents (Official Gazette-Patents) after the...

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Secretary of Commerce Don Evans Names Two New Members to Patent Advisory Panel

Washington - Prominent patent attorneys William L. LaFuze of Houston and Albert L. Jacobs, Jr. of New York City were named today to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Public Advisory Committee. They will serve three-year terms on the panel, which was created by the 1999...

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USPTO Announces Robust Quality Assurance Program as Part of 21st Century Strategic Plan Examiner Training and Certification Emphasized

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has begun an aggressive and robust quality assurance program as part of its recently announced 21st Century Strategic Plan. The comprehensive effort will focus on all stages of the examination process and…

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USPTO to Hold 7th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventor Programs (OIIP), will host the 7th Annual Independent Inventors Conference, ICON 2002, highlighting the agency's recent announcement on expanding programs for independent...

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USPTO Announces Sharper Focus on International and Legislative Relations

Washington - As part of its 21st Century Strategic Plan, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today a restructuring of its legislative and international affairs operations. The restructured office will have three divisions dealing with...

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Give Welcoming Remarks at Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation's IP Experts' Group Meetings

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James Rogan, will give welcoming remarks opening the two-day Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's Intellectual Property Expert's Group (APEC-IPEG)...

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Hold First Online Press Conference on High Quality Patents and Trademarks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO James Rogan will hold an inaugural online press conference, to discuss how America's innovators will be assured high-quality…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director to Host Online Dialogue with Customers

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) James Rogan will host his bi-monthly online chat on Thursday, July 11, 2002 to answer questions from the agency's customers and the…

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USPTO Announces Expanded Programs for Independent Inventors

Washington - America's independent inventors, who comprise about 18% of filers with the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), stand to gain substantially from the agency's 21st Century Strategic Plan. The plan proposes legislation to establish a new micro-…

Intellectual Property Law Section IPL Summer Conference

Keynote Remarks of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark office at the American Bar Association/Philadelphia, PA June 27, 2002 Let me begin by talking about the office itself, what I am faced with, and that means…

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Commerce Under Secretary Jim Rogan to Address Patent and Trademark Reform Efforts at Philadelphia ABA Meeting Thursday, June 27, 2002

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), James E. Rogan, will discuss his recently unveiled plan to overhaul the two century old USPTO in a keynote speech to the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property…

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Announce Electronic Filing Partnerships As Part of Strategic Plan

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will announce the award of partnership contracts to five companies for the electronic filing of patent applications as part of its strategic plan. The…

Acquisition, Management and Enforcement of Intellectual Property in a Global Antitrust Environment

Remarks of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark office at the American Bar Association- Crowell & Moring LLP Roundtable Luncheon Speech - June 14, 2002 Introduction I thank James McKeown and Kimberly Gold,…

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USPTO Promotes Highly-Skilled Workforce Agency's On-Site University Honors Graduates

Washington - The USPTO University, the after-hours college of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held its 2002 closing ceremony today for 80 students. USPTO-U, which began in 1994, is a tremendously successful on-site program that helps USPTO employees...

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Give Keynote Address at USPTO University's Graduation Ceremony

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will give the keynote address at the 8th USPTO University Awards Ceremony. The USPTO University, founded in 1994, has been instrumental in providing...

Agricultural-Related Intellectual Property Rights Issues (Agenda)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office USPTO Contact: Amy P. Cotton Phone (703) 308-5378 FAX (703) 305-8885 U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Contact: Roger Minami Phone 202 277-9475 Informational Listening Session on Agricultural-Related Intellectual Property Rights Issues Listening Session: Thursday…

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Discuss IP Issues Facing U.S. Agriculture Industry

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James Rogan, will take part in an information-gathering session on agricultural-related intellectual property rights issues faced by U.S. food producers and the agricultural industry. The issues to be discussed include trademark...

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Unveil Strategic Plan To Transform USPTO

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James Rogan, will unveil his strategic plan to transform the USPTO into a quality-driven, highly productive, cost-effective organization, supporting an international market-based intellectual property system. The plan emphasizes...

International Trademark Association Annual Meeting

Keynote Remarks of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office May 20, 2002 (As Prepared) Introduction Thank you, Anne, for that kind introduction. Good morning everyone. It's good to be here with you today. I...

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USPTO recognizes Walt Disney and his advancement in animation

Washington - Walter E. Disney, of Los Angeles, received patent #2,201,689 for the art of animation on May 21, 1940, the 62nd anniversary of his patent. It was for a multi-plane camera that allowed for a more realistic three-dimensional image as well as depth and richness to the animation. Disney's…

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USPTO Museum Opens New Exhibit Showcasing Trademarks

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "Trademarks, The Fingerprints Of Commerce" on May 20, 2002 in conjunction with the International Trademark Association's annual meeting, which is being held in...

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Under Secretary Rogan to give Keynote address at INTA annual meeting

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will speak about the importance of intellectual property to the economy in his keynote address before the International Trademark Association's Annual…

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Visit Bay Area

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will talk about emerging issues at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, including his plans for the agency…

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Asian Pacific Americans Hold Patents on Important Inventions

Washington - In conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is recognizing Asian Pacific Americans whose inventions have contributed to making this country the most technologically advanced in the world.…

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Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Commerce Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne H. Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and…

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USPTO Hosts International IP Officials

Washington - The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) begins hosting intellectual property officials from nine countries for two weeks of seminars beginning May 6, 2002. This year's 31 participants, known as visiting scholars, will receive classroom and hands-on…

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Commerce Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Rogan To Address Broad Array of Intellectual Property Issues

Washington - James E. Rogan, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will talk about emerging issues at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before 500 members of the Licensing Executives Society at their spring meeting…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director to Host Online Dialogue with Customers

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas will host the director's online chat on Thursday, May 2, 2002 to answer questions from the agency's...

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USPTO Releases 2001 Patent Statistics Calendar Year numbers are updated on USPTO Web site

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced calendar year statistical reports have been updated on the USPTO Web site ( www.uspto.gov ) to include data on patent activity through 2001. These reports present calendar year patent…

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USPTO Explores Outsourcing International Patent Examination Functions

Washington - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a study to identify organizations able to process international patent applications. This year, USPTO expects to receive 46,000 requests to search and/or examine international applications. USPTO's patent examiners now do this work,...

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USPTO Welcomes Vice Chairman Of House Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Washington - James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today offered a first-hand look at USPTO's pioneering e-government patent and trademark systems to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Vice Chairman of the...

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Patent for Ironing Board issued April 26, 1892 African American woman invents predecessor to modern ironing board

Washington - Sarah Boone, of New Haven, CT, received patent #473,653 for the ironing board on April 26, 1892. Boone's ironing board was made of a narrow wooden board, with collapsible legs and a padded cover and was specifically designed for the fitted clothing worn during that time period,...

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Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Commerce Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne H. Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and…

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Patent for Safety Pin Issued April 10, 1849 A New Yorker invents a handy device

Washington - Walter Hunt, of New York, NY, received patent #6,281 for the safety pin on April 10, 1849. Hunt's pin was made from one piece of wire, which was coiled into a spring at one end and a separate clasp and point at the other end, allowing the point of the wire to be forced by the spring...

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The U.S. Patent System Celebrates 212 Years

Washington - On April 10, 1790, President George Washington signed the bill that laid the foundation of the modern American patent system. This date marks the first time in American history that the law gave inventors rights to their creations. The 1790 law gave the Patent Board members the power…

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USPTO Recognizes Patents on Golf-Related Inventions as Masters Tournament Opens

Washington - April 8, 2002 marks opening play for the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., one of the world's top sporting events. Golf is one of America's most popular sports, and those who play it for fun or for fortune spend countless hours of time and money...

Global Recognition of Patent Rights

The Honorable James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office WIPO Conference on the International Patent System March 26, 2002 Good morning. I appreciate being invited to participate in this important conference on the...

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Under Secretary Rogan Speaks to International Patent Conference

Washington - James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today made his first presentation before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva at a conference on the international…

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Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chair Applauds Patent and Trademark "Field Offices"

Washington - Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, at a reception this evening at the U.S. Botanical Gardens, addressed librarians from 46 states and Puerto Rico attending the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and...

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USPTO Director to Showcase Inventions Related to Homeland Security

Washington - The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plays a vital role in advancing the technology that will help the United States win the war on terrorism and strengthen homeland protections. The President's budget request for USPTO provides the agency with an...

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Commerce Secretary Don Evans to Stress Importance of Patent Examiners Role in Innovation and Economic Growth

Washington - As part of the Department of Commerce's Innovation Week, Commerce Secretary Don Evans will welcome 75 of the nearly 700 new patent examiners being hired by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year to help process more than 350,000 patent applications filed annually. The...

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Congresswoman Melissa Hart Headlines USPTO Women's History Month Event

Washington - James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today welcomed Congresswoman Melissa Hart (R-PA) to the USPTO and introduced her to the throng of agency employees gathered to hear her present the…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director to Host First Online Dialogue with Customers Thursday, March 7, 2002 12:00 p.m.

Washington - The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, James Rogan, will host his first online chat on Thursday, March 7, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. EDT to answer questions from the…

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USPTO recognizes inventive women during Women's History Month

Washington - In celebration of Women's History Month, held each year during the month of March, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is recognizing some very special women whose inventions have made a great contribution in making this country the most...

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Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Government Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and...

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Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Trademark E-Government Seminar

Washington - The Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne Chasser, will host a training seminar, featuring a demonstration of the agency's award-winning Trademark Electronic Filing System (TEAS) for prospective users and offering "nuts-and...

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Patent for Phonograph Issued February 19, 1878 One of Edison's first great inventions

Washington - Thomas A. Edison, one of the outstanding geniuses in the history of technology, received patent no. 200,521 for a phonograph on February 19, 1878. This patent is just one of the more than one thousand Edison was granted for his inventions. Edison was exceptionally inquisitive, and…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Celebrates Valentine´s Day

Numerous patents and trademarks have a love connection Washington - Patents and trademarks may not be synonymous with Valentine's Day. However, the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patents and trademarks to many types of candies, flowers, and jewelry...

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USPTO Museum Opens New Exhibit Showcasing American Ingenuity

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled its newest periodic exhibit "Patent Models: Icons of Innovation," in celebration of the 155th anniversary of Thomas Edison's birthday. In the 19th Century, the United States was the only...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Unveils Latest Museum Exhibit: "Patent Models: Icons of Innovation"

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "Patent Models: Icons of Innovation," on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. EDT at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Museum, located at 2121 Crystal Drive,...

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African Americans Hold Patents on Important Inventions

Washington - Black History Month, held each year during the month of February, celebrates African American cultures and heritage and recognizes the many contributions African Americans have made to this nation. In conjunction with Black History Month, the Department of Commerce's United States...

Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy

Prepared Remarks of James E. Rogan Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office at the February 6, 2002 I want to thank my good friend, Chairman Timothy Muris, for inviting me to participate in these proceedings today, and to...

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James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to Speak at Congressional Economic Leadership Institute

Washington - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James Rogan, will speak at the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute luncheon on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. Under Secretary Rogan will focus on the role of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in advancing technological...

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USPTO Announces Kick Off of E-Government Customer Training

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will begin a series of training seminars on the electronic filing of trademark applications and other documents, Thursday, February 7 in Los Angeles. The USPTO has proposed the mandatory electronic filing of trademark applications...

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USPTO Hosts Chairman of House Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Washington - James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), today provided an insider's view of USPTO's pioneering e-government patent and trademark systems to Congressman Howard Coble, Chairman of the Judiciary...

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Announces 21.2 Percent Increase for USPTO

Washington - James E. Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, announced that President Bush is requesting a 21.2 percent budget increase for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in FY 2003. The $239 million increase over the agency's FY 2002 budget encourages…

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James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property To Unveil USPTO´s FY 2003 Budget

Thursday, January 31, 2002 11:00 a.m. (dial in by 10:55 a.m.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James Rogan, will unveil highlights of USPTO´s FY 2003 budget request by teleconference on Thursday, January 31, 2002. Rogan will focus on how USPTO´s FY 2003 budget request provides…

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Patent for Play-Doh Issued January 26, 1965

Washington - Noah W. and Joseph S. McVicker, while living in Cincinnati, received patent #3,167,440 for a soft, pliable plastic modeling composition, today better known as Play-Doh®. Play-Doh® was originally designed as a wallpaper cleaner. Its similarity to regular modeling clay, without the...

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USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most Patents

PRESS RELEASE IBM repeats at top of list The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the top 10 private sector patent recipients for the 2001 calendar year. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2001, along with their ranking last year…

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USPTO Launches Media Campaign to Counter Patent Scams

This week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveils a television and radio campaign in five media markets to counter the flood of deceptive advertising aimed at America's independent inventors. USPTO's spots, which will run through March 31, 2002, in San Francisco/San Jose,...

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Woman Invented Dishwasher

Josephine Garis Cochran invented the first useful dishwasher in Shelbyville, Ill., and received patent # 355,139 on December 28, 1886. Cochran, a wealthy woman who entertained often, wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster than her servants, and without breaking them. When she couldn't find…

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Mark Twain Granted His First Patent on December 19, 1871

Samuel L. Clemens, born in Florida, Mo., received patent #121,992 on December 19, 1871 for an Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain and famous for stories such as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, also was an inventor and received a total…

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December 15th Marks the 165th Anniversary of The Great Patent Office Fire of 1836

On the morning of December 15, 1836, the Patent Office, then located at the Blodgett's Hotel in Washington, D.C., was consumed by fire. Among the lost patent-related materials were an estimated 7,000 models and 9,000 drawings of pending and patented inventions. Also destroyed in the flames were the…

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USPTO Closed on Monday, December 24, 2001

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2001 in accordance with an executive order issued by President George W. Bush on December 6, 2001. Since Tuesday, December 25, 2001 is already a federal holiday, any action or fee due on those…

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Patent for First Synthetic Plastic Issued December 7, 1909

Leo Hendrick Baekeland was living in Yonkers, N.Y., when he received patent #942,699 for the first synthetic plastic, known as Bakelite, an invention that revolutionized the manufacture of everything from buttons to car parts. Baekeland, a successful innovator, used money from the sale of his first…

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CAT Scan Patent Issued November 25, 1975

Robert S. Ledley, born in 1926 in New York City, received patent # 3,922,552 on November 25, 1975 for the diagnostic X-ray system, also known as the CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scan. Ledley's invention, the ACTA (Automatic Computerized Transverse Axial) diagnostic X-ray scanner, was the first...

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USPTO Changes Address for Patent Express Mail

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has set up an alternate address on a temporary basis for USPS Express Mail being delivered to the agency for patent filings and patent correspondence. The change stems from a memorandum dated November 16…

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The USPTO Joins in the Celebration of Thanksgiving

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the celebration of Thanksgiving by recognizing some patents and trademarks associated with this festive holiday. Food often takes center stage at Thanksgiving, and there are many well-known Thanksgiving-related products…

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Traffic signal patent issued November 20, 1923

Garrett Morgan, the son of former slaves, was born in Paris, Ky., and was living in Cleveland when he received patent # 1,475,024 on November 20, 1923 for the three-way traffic signal. Dependence on the automobile grew rapidly after World War I, and Morgan saw that existing mechanical "stop" and "…

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Patent for Safety Razor Issued November 15, 1904

King C. Gillette was born in Fon du Lac, Wis., and while residing in Boston, received patent #775,134 for the disposable safety razor on November 15, 1904. Prior to the disposable razor, shaving was done with a straight-edge razor which had a thick, sharp blade, making it dangerous. The blade also…

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Patent For Preserving Blood Issued November 10, 1942

Dr. Charles Drew, who was born in Washington, D.C., received patent #2,301,710 on November 10, 1942 for a method of preserving human blood. Prior to Dr. Drew's invention, transfusions required a nearly simultaneous exchange of blood from the donor to the patient before the blood became tainted. Dr…

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In Remembrance of Our Nation's Heroes

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the commemoration of Veterans Day by recognizing some patriotic trademarks. Veterans Day has its roots in a 1921 ceremony first held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor an unnamed soldier, "known but to God."...

Welcome Statement of James Rogan at U.S. Senate Nomination Hearing

Statement of The Honorable James E. Rogan Nominee to be Under Secretary of Commerce For Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate November 7, 2001 Madame Chairman and Members of the Committee: It…

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the celebration of this year's World Series by recognizing some patents and trademarks relative to baseball. Baseball is America's pastime. The thousands of patented inventions associated with the sport are testament to…

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USPTO Names Three New Technology Center Directors

Nicholas Godici, Acting Undersecretary of Commerce and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has added three new group directors to the Patent SES Management Team in the agency's Patent Examining Technology Centers, effective October 21, 2001. Bruce Kisliuk has...

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USPTO Sponsors Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Training for Developing Nations

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is sponsoring its sixth enforcement training program on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) the week of October 22, 2001. TRIPS is a 1995 multi-national agreement designed to advance international…

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High Octane Gasoline Patent Issued October 19, 1948

Donald Campbell, Homer Martin, Charles Tyson and Eger Murphree, four inventors working for Exxon, revolutionized the petroleum industry when they created the first efficient and continuous way to refine crude oil. Their invention, known as fluid cat cracking, was granted patent #2,451,804, and came…

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Patent for Bread-Toaster Issued October 18, 1921

Charles P. Strite, born in Minneapolis, Minn., received patent #1,394,450 on October 18, 1921 for the bread-toaster. During World War I, Strite worked in a manufacturing plant in Stillwater, Minn., where he became frustrated with the burned toast served in the cafeteria. Strite, determined to find…

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USPTO Unveils New Museum Exhibit Wednesday, October 17, 2001 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "School Days," at an opening reception on Wednesday, October 17, 2001. In the 1800s, as America began testing the idea of a common education system that was free and open to all…

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Kodak Film Patent Issued October 14, 1884

George Eastman, who was born in Waterville, N.Y., received patent #306,594 on October 14, 1884 for photographic film. Eastman's invention revolutionized photography by using coated paper and rollers, rather than heavy glass dry plates, to reproduce images. Eastman began looking for ways to "make…

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Cardiac Pacemaker Patent Issued October 9, 1962

On October 9, 1962, Wilson Greatbatch received patent #3,057,356 for the cardiac pacemaker. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Greatbatch's innovation was selected in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers as one of the two major engineering contributions to society during the previous 50 years…

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Patent for Xerox Technology Issued October 6, 1942

Chester F. Carlson, considered the father of xerographic printing, received patent #2,297,691 on October 6, 1942 for electrophotography. Carlson's invention, the first method of making images by dry copying, evolved from his desire to eliminate hand reproduction of patent specifications and…

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USPTO Hosts International IP Officials

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) begins hosting intellectual property officials from nine countries for two weeks of seminars beginning October 9, 2001. Participants, known as visiting scholars, receive classroom and hands-on learning about the United...

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USPTO Acting Director to Host Online Dialogue

Thursday, October 4, 2001 12 p.m. www.uspto.gov The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO Nicholas Godici will be available online Thursday, October 4, 2001 at 12 p.m…

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USPTO Announces Patent Fee Changes

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a fully fee-funded agency, announces that new patent fees will take effect October 1, 2001. Fees are being increased to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index over the last 12 months. Basic filing fees for utility…

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Hispanic American Hold Patents on Important Inventions

National Hispanic Heritage Month, held each year from September 15 - October 15, celebrates Hispanic cultures and heritage and recognizes the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this nation. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce's United States…

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USPTO Establishes Database of Official Insignia of Native American Tribes

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the establishment of a database to record the official insignia of federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. The USPTO will begin accepting requests on August 31, 2001. The database,...

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Television Patent Issued August 26, 1930

On August 26, 1930, Philo Taylor Farnsworth received patent #1,773,980 for the first television system. Farnsworth, who was born in Beaver, Utah, produced the first all-electric television image at the age of 20. Farnsworth's television patents covered scanning, focusing, synchronizing, contrast,...

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USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks to Host Online Dialogue

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks, Anne Chasser, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the USPTO. Participants are invited to…

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Deputy Commerce Secretary Celebrates USPTO's Many Facets of Diversity

Today U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Sam Bodman gave the keynote address at the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sixth annual community day, recognizing the agency's diverse workforce. The yearly celebration was attended by over two thousand USPTO...

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USPTO Holds Sixth Annual Community Day

Arlington - U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Samuel W. Bodman will provide the keynote address at the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sixth annual Community Day, recognizing the agency's diverse workforce. Nicholas Godici, Acting Under Secretary of...

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First U.S. Patent Issued Today in 1790

On July 31, 1790 Samuel Hopkins was issued the first patent for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. The patent was signed by President George Washington. Hopkins was born in Vermont, but was living in Philadelphia, Pa. when the patent was granted. The first patent, as well…

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USPTO to Hold 6th Annual Independent Inventors Conference

August 3 - 4, 2001; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The DoubleTree Hotel 300 Army Navy Drive Arlington, Virginia The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Office of Independent Inventor Programs (OIIP) will answer this and other questions about patenting inventions and...

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USPTO Wins E-Gov 2001 Pioneer Award

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Electronic Filing System (EFS) today received the E-Gov 2001 "Trailblazer" honorable mention award at the E-Gov 2001 International Electronic Government Conference and Exposition at the Washington Convention...

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USPTO Launches Telecommuting Program for Patent Examiners

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a work-at-home project for 125 senior patent examiners today. The project provides employees a better quality of life, including more time at home and less time in traffic, while the agency benefits from higher...

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Seventh Annual USPTO University Graduation

The USPTO University, the after-hours college of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the graduation of 40 students today. USPTO-U, which began in 1994, is a tremendously successful on-site program that helps USPTO employees develop skills that...

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USPTO Lauded for Telecommuting Program

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received the 2001 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Telework Award today for its Trademark Work at Home Program from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. USPTO began its telecommuting project in...

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USPTO To Mark 100,000th Electronic Trademark Application

June 25, 2001, 11 a.m. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Museum 2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 0100 Arlington, Va. The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will celebrate the 100,000th web-based trademark filing at a ceremony on June 25, 2001, 11 a.m. at the U.S....

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USPTO Seeks Public Comment on Prior Art Sources For Business Method Patents

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is soliciting public comment in a Federal Register notice on the databases it uses to find prior art relevant to its examination of software-implemented business method patents. The agency is also seeking public input on…

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USPTO Participates in Minnesota Inventors Congress

June 8-10, 2001 Community Center Fieldhouse Redwood Falls, Minn. The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP) is participating in the Minnesota Inventors Congress, "EXPO 2001," June 8-10, 2001 in Redwood Falls, Minn. This...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Acting Director to Host Online Dialogue

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Nicholas Godici, will be available online Wednesday, June 6, 2001 at noon to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the…

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USPTO Sponsors Enforcement Training Program on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will sponsor its fifth session on the TRIPS enforcement training program the week of June 4, 2001. Since 1997, the USPTO along with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has provided law enforcement and...

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USPTO Announces New Chief Information Officer

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce Douglas Bourgeois as its new Chief Information Officer, taking over the post on May 21, 2001. "Douglas Bourgeois brings to the USPTO a wide range of experience that will be helpful to the agency as…

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USPTO Participates in the Computers for Learning Program

On Thursday, May 31, 2001, Nicholas Godici, acting under secretary of commerce and acting director of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) donated surplus computers to the Cora Kelly Elementary School located in Alexandria, Va. The donation is part of the...

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OPM Approves Patent Professionals Pay Increase

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a request for a special pay scale by the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for patent examiner and patent examiner-related positions. This agreement provides the USPTO with the flexibility necessary to...

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream-USPTO Museum Opens Historical Exhibit on Ice Cream Inventions

On Tuesday, May 22, 2001, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will unveil its newest periodic exhibit, "Ice Cream: The Real Scoop," with a special opening reception and viewing. The popularity of this cool confection was made possible by the intellectual...

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USPTO is a Finalist in USA Today's 2001 Quality Cup Awards

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) electronic trademark filing system was recognized in a ceremony today as a finalist in the 2001 Quality Cup Award sponsored by USA TODAY and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. The...

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USPTO Website Gets Facelift

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has unveiled a new design for its website www.uspto.gov . The new design reflects a more modern Web presence and emphasizes USPTO's commitment to electronic commerce. The new Web pages reflect exhaustive research and are influenced by customer...

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USPTO Acting Director to Host Online Dialogue Thursday, April 12, 2001 1 p.m.

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Nicholas Godici, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the USPTO. Participants…

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USPTO Website Among Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website ( www.uspto.gov ) has been named to Third Annual "Top 100 Best Sites." USPTO's website is one of seven government sites recognized. The sites are recognized for the money and time saving values they offer those who own their own...

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USPTO Publishes First Patent Application

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its first set of patent applications under the American Inventors Protection Act, a 1999 law making far-reaching changes to the U.S. patent system. "Publication of patent applications before a patent is granted is one of the…

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USPTO Schedules Workshops on Electronic Government Initiatives and the American Inventors Protection Act

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has scheduled educational workshops in cities across the U.S. to introduce the agency's patent-related electronic government initiatives and to explain rules and regulations implementing recent changes to patent law. The electronic government...

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USPTO Library Named Federal Information Center of the Year

The Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been named by the Library of Congress as the Federal Information Center of the Year. In addition, Darcy Bates, a STIC employee, was selected as Federal Library Technician of the Year…

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USPTO Sponsors E-Commerce Trademark Seminar

In a forum, sponsored by several Chicago-area law firms, associations and law schools, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will present the agency's trademark initiatives for 2001. It will be a unique collaboration between the USPTO and senior law firm and corporate trademark...

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USPTO to Hold Symposium on the Internet and Intellectual Property Crime

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe-Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment (UN/ECE), in cooperation with the United Kingdom Patent Office, will hold a three-day...

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Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, February 8, 2001, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (ET), Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Nicholas Godici will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on…

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USPTO Proposes Database of Official Insignia of Native American Tribes

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing that the agency create and maintain a database of the official insignia of federally and state recognized Native American tribes. The database was recommended in the USPTO's November 30, 1999 report to Congress that was mandated...

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Dickinson's USPTO Tenure Marked by Significan Progress

Since his nomination by President Bill Clinton, and his subsequent unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 1999 as Under Secretary and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson has led one of the largest agencies in the federal government through some of its…

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USPTO Issues White Paper on Patent Pooling

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that the agency has released a white paper on the use of patent pools as one way to address the issue of access to vital patented biotechnology products and processes. "Biotechnology, an increasingly important industry to the...

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Ground Broken for New USPTO Headquarters

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and LCOR Alexandria, L.L.C. (LCOR), today marked the groundbreaking for USPTO's new consolidated headquarters facility in Alexandria, Va. "On a day many thought might never come…

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USPTO Announces New General Counsel

James A. Toupin, formerly Deputy General Counsel at the United States International Trade Commission, will become the new General Counsel at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 28, 2001. Mr. Toupin also served as Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Special...

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USPTO Releases Annual List of 10 Organizations Receiving Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the top 10 private sector patent recipients for the 2000 calendar year. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 2000, along with their ranking last year. For the eighth straight year, IBM...

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USPTO Publishes Final Guidelines for Determining Utility of Gene-Related Inventions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that the agency's "Utility Examination Guidelines" have been finalized and will be published in tomorrow's Federal Register. The final guidelines issue after extensive public comment, and differ little from interim guidelines...

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Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Tuesday, December 5, 2000, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (EST), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United State s Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on...

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United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Inventors Hall of Fame Unveil a New Museum Exhibit Tested By Time: Ten Inventions That Get The Job Done

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) along with the National Inventors Hall of Fame unveil a new exhibit at its museum on November 30 in Arlington, Va. The exhibit, entitled Tested By Time: Ten Inventions That Get The Job Done, showcases ten of the many innovations of the 19th and…

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USPTO Will Begin Publishing Patent Applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will begin publishing, for the first time, patent applications filed on or after November 29, 2000 eighteen months after the effective filing date of the application. Applications will be published electronically and will be available on the...

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USPTO to Host Seminar For Independent Inventors

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP), is presenting a one-day conference at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, November 18, 2000. This conference consists of various workshops for independent inventors and entrepreneurs, presenting information...

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USPTO Participates In Mississippi Inventor's Conference

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of Independent Inventors (OIIP) is participating in the Mississippi Inventor's Conference, "Inventing the New Millennium," on Saturday, November 18, 2000, in Olive Branch, Miss. This one-day conference consists of various workshops for inventors…

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USPTO Kicks Off Kids and Chemistry Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on November 14, launches its Kids and Chemistry program for 2000/2001. Kids and Chemistry is an outreach program developed by the American Chemical Society to give scientists the resources and training necessary to share hands-on experiments...

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USPTO Web Database Now Includes All Patents Dating from 1790

PRESS RELEASE The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded its 2 million patent Web database to include every United States patent ever issued, a total of more than 6.5 million patents. The database now offers the public an additional 1.7 terabytes of full-page images for the…

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GovExec.com Names USPTO Website as one of the "Best Feds on the Web"

The United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Electronic Business Center ( www.uspto.gov/ebc/ ) has been selected as one of this year's "Best Feds on the Web" by GovExec.com, the website of Government Executive magazine. The Electronic Business Center (EBC) is the e-commerce home...

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USPTO Hosts International IP Seminar

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) begins hosting intellectual property officials from 14 countries for two weeks of seminars, known as the Visiting Scholars Program. Scholars will receive classroom and hands on study of the United States' intellectual property system. The program…

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Doors Open to Electronic Patent Filing

USPTO will accept patent applications for inventions over the Internet Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated full production of its electronic patent application filing system (EFS). Now, anyone can file an application for a new invention with USPTO using the Internet....

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USPTO Has New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Policy and Projects

Washington - Lynne Beresford, formerly an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs (OLIA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has been named the agency's Deputy for Trademark Policy and Projects. "I am extremely pleased that Lynne Beresford has accepted...

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USPTO Offers New Quality Of Work Life Initiatives

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a number of new programs, collectively known as Day Two Initiatives, designed to improve the quality of the work life for its employees. Starting on October 22, 2000, the USPTO will further expand its flextime policy, allowing full…

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Uspto Receives Government Technology Leadership Award for Its Trademark Electronic Application System

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been selected for the 2000 Government Technology Leadership Award for TEAS, the agency's electronic trademark filing system. TEAS (Trademark Electronic Application System) has two components. Using e-TEAS, a customer can submit an…

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USPTO Extends Workshops on AIPA and Electronic Commerce

Due to overwhelming interest, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will continue to hold free, one-day, educational workshops in four cities at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL) detailing implementation of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) and...

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Nobel Prize Winners Hold Patents For Award-Winning Work

Physics winners decorated for pioneering work in modern-day information technology Jack S. Kilby, Zhores Ivanovich Alferov and Herbert Kroemer each hold U.S. patents for the work for which they were honored with the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics. Jack S. Kilby, received patents for his work...

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USPTO Has New Deputy CFO And Comptroller

Sandra Weisman, formerly Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), became Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on September 25, 2000. "Sandra Weisman brings to the USPTO a superlative...

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Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Wednesday, October 4, 2000, between 1-2 p.m. (ET), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to…

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USPTO to Hold Fifth Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a two-day conference on October 6 and 7, 2000, at the University of Maryland, on topics of specific interest to America's independent inventors. The conference will be held at the Inn and Conference Center in College Park…

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USPTO Streamlines Patent Application Process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced changes to its rules of practice as part of the agency's continuing efforts to streamline and simplify the process of applying for and obtaining patent protection for new inventions. The rule changes, collectively known as the...

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USPTO Introduces New E-Mail Response Message System

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that the agency recently introduced the Email Response Messaging System (ERMS) which allows customers and the public to access the Office of Customer Support Services, General Information Services Division at the USPTO through...

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USPTO Director Dickinson Encourages Countries in Asia and the Pacific Region to Maintain Strong Intellectual Property Protection Systems to Prosper in Knowledge-Based Economy

Q. Todd Dickinson, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will give the keynote address on September 18, 2000, at the Conference on Intellectual Property Enforcement in a Knowledge-Based Economy in Chiang Rai,...

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Attorney General Reno to Speak at USPTO IIP Enforcement Symposium

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will address government intellectual property officials from 30 countries in the Western Hemisphere at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. The Attorney General, who will talk about trends in intellectual property crime and the need for...

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USPTO to Hold International Symposium on Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a two-day symposium on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Western Hemisphere. The symposium will be held in Arlington, VA on September 11-12, 2000, and will concentrate on enforcement issues involving the Internet…

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USPTO To Hold West Coast Symposiums on Biotechnology and Software Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold symposiums in Washington and California on current patent examination practices in biotechnology and software. The one-day sessions will also focus on new USPTO procedures implementing provisions of the American Inventors Protection…

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Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees to Hold Inaugural Meetings

The Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee will each hold its first meeting on August 23, 2000. The Committees were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the Director of the USPTO on the agency's operations, including its goals,...

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USPTO Announces Patent Fee Changes

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which has been fully fee-funded since 1993, recently announced changes in patent fees to take effect October 1, 2000. In order to recover the high costs associated with doing business, patent fee amounts are being increased by the current rate…

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Secretary Mineta to Speak at USPTO's Community Day

Recognizing Our Similarities-Embracing Our Differences is the Theme for Community Day at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office On Thursday, August 3, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold its fifth annual community day, recognizing the many cultures...

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Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Wednesday, August 2, 2000, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (ET), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on...

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USPTO Holds Workshops on American Inventors Protection Act and Electronic Commerce

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently holding free, one-day educational workshops across the country at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL) detailing implementation of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) and introducing the agency's...

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USPTO Schedules Roundtable on Software Business Method Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a roundtable meeting on Thursday, July 27, 2000, to discuss the history and present practices relating to computer-implemented business method patents and to identify ways to improve USPTO's current examination approach to these...

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Acting Commerce Secretary Robert L. Mallett Names Members to New USPTO Advisory Panels

Acting Secretary of Commerce Robert L. Mallett today announced 18 inaugural appointments to two new public advisory committees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee were created by the 1999 American…

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USPTO Celebrated Signing of Lease for Consolidated Space in Alexandria

Washington - On July 10, 2000, approximately 100 people attended a ceremony at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to celebrate the June 1 signing of USPTO's consolidated lease. Those joining USPTO Director, Q. Todd Dickinson and agency staff at the recognition ceremony included...

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SPTO to Hold Roundtable Meeting on Computer-Implemented Business Method Patent Initiatives

As part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) recently announced business method patent initiative, the USPTO is holding a roundtable meeting, on Thursday, July 27, 2000, to discuss the history behind computer-implemented business method patents and to identify ways to improve…

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Under Secretary of Commerce Q. Todd Dickinson Gives Annual State of the USPTO Address to ABA Intellectual Property Group

Q. Todd Dickinson, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will deliver a major address outlining the current state of the USPTO on Friday, June 23, 2000, in Boston. In a luncheon speech before over 400 members of the...

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Sixth Annual USPTO University Graduation Celebrated Student and Organizational Success

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) University graduated 73 students on June 22, 2000, at 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Crystal Forum, Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va. The U.S. Patent and Trademark University (USPTO-U), which began in 1994, is a tremendously successful on-site…

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Some Well-Known U.S. Trademarks Celebrate One Hundred Years

Not much has spanned the last century. Less has lasted the past 100 years without change. That is why the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proud to announce that 15 trademarks are celebrating their centennials this year. The picture of a chef holding a bowl of hot cereal,…

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USPTO Space Procurement Upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

On Friday, June 8, 2000, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that the General Services Administration (GSA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had followed applicable procedures of the Competition in Contracting Act and the…

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USPTO Honored by Computerworld and Smithsonian for Internet Patent Database

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was named one of five finalists in the Government and Non-Profit Organizations category of the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards for the agency's Patent Full-Text and Image Database. The prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian program recognized USPTO…

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USPTO Accepts Credit Card Payments

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces its acceptance of credit card payments for all fees and services such as: basic filing fee for a utility patent application, patent maintenance fees, trademark application for registration and trademark application for renewal. USPTO...

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USPTO Director Dickinson Pleased with Signing of GSA Lease for Agency's Consolidated Space in Alexandria

Washington - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that it has signed a lease with LCOR Alexandria, L.L.C. (LCOR) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) space consolidation project. A ruling earlier today by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S. District Court…

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Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, June 1, 2000, from1-2 p.m. (ET), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Q. Todd Dickinson will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work…

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USPTO Updates Its Award-Winning Kids' Pages

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released intriguing new material on its Kids' Pages including new theme pages, a new calendar of patent and trademark trivia and a listing of recent contest winners. The primary purpose of the Kids' Pages is to stimulate children's...

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USPTO To Co-Sponsor Camp Invention

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), along with Ford Motor Company, is co-sponsoring full scholarships for Camp Invention, a week-long day camp established by the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. The scholarships will help children in socio-economically challenged neighborhoods...

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Under Secretary of Commerce to Deliver Commencement Address at Franklin Pierce Law Center

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Q. Todd Dickinson, will deliver the commencement address at Franklin Pierce Law Center on Saturday, May 20, 2000, in Concord, N.H. Franklin Pierce Law Center is considered to have one…

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USPTO Marks 15th Anniversary of VIsiting Scholars Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host intellectual property officials from 15 countries, ranging from the Philippines to Kuwait, from May 8-19, 2000. Scholars will receive two weeks of classroom and hands on study of the United States intellectual property system. The Visiting...

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USPTO Co-sponsors Walkathon to Benefit ALIVE! Child Development Center

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is co-sponsoring Step ALIVE! 2000, a five-mile walk Sunday, May 7, 2000, at First Christian Church in Alexandria from 1:30-5:30 p.m. to raise money for the ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) located in Alexandria, Va. The walkathon is an...

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USPTO Named Semifinalist in Harvard Government Innovations Award Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been named as a semifinalist in the Innovations in American Government Awards competition sponsored by the Ford Foundation, and administered by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in partnership with the Council for...

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Public Comments on Guidelines for Determining Utility of Gene-Related Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it has released comments from the public in response to the agency's December 21, 1999, publication of its "Revised Interim Utility Examination Guidelines" and "Revised Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent...

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Under Secretary of Commerce to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, April 6, 2000, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (EST), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on…

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PTO CELEBRATES BECOMING A PERFORMANCE-BASED ORGANIZATION

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will commemorate becoming a Performance-Based Organization (PBO) on April 3, 2000, with a ceremony in front of the main headquarters building at 2121 Crystal Drive; Arlington, Va. at 10:30 a.m. The new status results from the American Inventors…

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Dickinson Unveils New Initiative Focusing on Business Method Patents

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Q. Todd Dickinson yesterday announced a new initiative to ensure that patents granted for software-implemented business methods are of the highest quality and...

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USPTO Becomes Performance Based Organization

Today, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) became the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a Performance-Based Organization (PBO). The new status results from the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, which reformed the U.S. patent system in a number of ways. The PBO is a...

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Hold Conference on State Sovereign Immunity and Intellectual Property

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association, will be holding a one-day conference to study recent Supreme Court decisions concerning the sovereign immunity…

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1999 Trademarks Statistics Announced

In fiscal year 1999, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued 87,774 trademark registrations. U.S. domestic entities received 87 percent of all U.S. trademark registrations issued in fiscal year (FY) 1999. Thirteen percent of FY 1999 U.S. trademark registrations were issued to entities…

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USPTO to Host World's Greatest Kid Inventor

On Wednesday, March 22, 2000, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the grand prize presentation ceremony for the Green Giant National Veggie Eating Invention Contest, a contest designed to educate kids on the important role vegetables play in a growing body. The National Veggie...

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US Patent Policy Unaffected by US/UK Statement on Human Gene Sequence Data

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) reaffirmed today that United States patent policy remains unaffected by Tuesday's historic joint statement issued by the United States and the United Kingdom urging that "raw fundamental data on the human genome...should be made freely available to scientists...

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1999 Patent Statistics Announced

In calendar year 1999, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted record 169,154 patents, including 153,493 utility (inventions), 14,732 design, and 421 plant patents. In calendar year 1998, the USPTO issued 163,208 patents. U.S. resident inventors received 55.6 percent of all U.S.…

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USPTO Offers Training Materials for Interim Written Description and Utility Guidelines

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today posted training materials designed to aid the USPTO's patent examiners in applying the interim written description and utility guidelines in a uniform and consistent manner to promote the issuance of high quality patents. The training materials…

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USPTO Introduces New Trademark Electronic Search System

The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proud to announce Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), another addition to the agency's electronic commerce initiatives. TESS allows the public to search and retrieve, for free via an Internet browser, the 2.6...

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USPTO Names New Director for Independent Inventor Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently named Richard Apley, a long time employee of the USPTO, as its new director to head up the Office of Independent Inventor Programs (OIIP). OIIP, established in March 1999, is aimed at meeting the special needs of independent inventors. The…

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Patent Commissioner to Participate in Innovacon 2000

On Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23, 2000, Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson, will address invention exhibitors at the Innovacon 2000 Conference and Exhibition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Representatives from the Office of Independent Inventor Programs, a...

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USPTO Commissioner to Host Online Dialogue

On Thursday, February 10, 2000, from 1-2 p.m. (ET), Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson, will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the USPTO. This open online dialogue is the third for the PTO...

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PTO COMMISSIONER TO ADDRESS ALEXANDRIA ROTARY CLUB

Q. Todd Dickinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks will be the keynote speaker on February 8, 2000, at the Alexandria Rotary Club's monthly luncheon. Commissioner Dickinson's speech will address the proposed move to a site in Alexandria that includes a…

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USPTO Customers Can Now Use Internet for Financial Transactions

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the upgrade of its Revenue Accounting and Management (RAM) system to allow financial transactions over the Internet. The upgrade is part of the USPTO's long-term strategy to modernize financial management practices and procedures,...

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USPTO To Publish Complaints Concerning Invention Promotion Firms

Exercising authority provided by the Inventors? Rights Act of 1999 , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has adopted interim rules of practice to implement the procedures of accepting complaints about invention promoters and making those complaints publicly available. USPTO is providing…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Introduces Online Magazine

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently unveiled USPTO TODAY, an online magazine targeted at the USPTO's external customers. The USPTO TODAY online magazine is published monthly and focuses on inside views and actions of the agency and its leadership. The contents of USPTO TODAY are...

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USPTO Commissioner to Address National Academies Seminar on Intellectual Property

Q. Todd Dickinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks will be the keynote speaker on February 2, 2000, at The National Academies' two-day seminar on intellectual property rights. The National Academies is comprised of the National Academy of Sciences,…

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USPTO Announces First Patent and Trademark of New Millennium

The first patent and trademark issued in the year 2000 reflect dramatic differences from those awarded at the beginning of the last century, the Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today. The first patent for the new millennium was issued on January 4, 2000, to…

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Department of Commerce Introduces New E-Commerce Initiative

First Patent Application Filed Using the Internet The Department of Commerce has announced that the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled the Electronic Filing System (EFS) pilot program, the second phase of the USPTO's evolving electronic filing system with the recent filing of the first…

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USPTO Commissioner to Participate in ABC News Live Interactive Webcast

Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Commissioner Q. Todd Dickinson will be a guest on Sam Donaldson@abcnews.com , a live interactive Webcast with Sam Donaldson of ABC, on Wednesday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m. The topics to be discussed will include basic patent and trademark topics, such as why is it...

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IBM Repeats at Top of USPTO's Annual List of 10 Organizations Receiving Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the top ten private sector patent recipients for the 1999 calendar year. Listed below are the ten corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 1999, along with their ranking last year. For the seventh straight year,…

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President Clinton Names Nicholas P. Godici to Serve as Assistant Commissioner of Patents at U.S. Department of Commerce

President Clinton has announced his intent to nominate Nicholas P. Godici to be Assistant Commissioner of Patents at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce. "I am extremely pleased with the President's choice for this important position," noted Q. Todd...

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USPTO Orders Reexamination of Y2K Fix Patent

Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson ordered today the reexamination of a computer software patent granted to a California resident. The patent involves a method of extending computer processing of dates beyond the turn of the century, the so…

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the commissioner of patents and trademarks, Q. Todd Dickinson, today welcomed Kerry Donnelly, the mayor of Alexandria, and Meg O'Regan, the director of the Alexandria Department of Social Services, to donate gifts PTO employees collected and to...

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Patent and Trademark Office Updates Kids' Pages on Website For Winter Fun

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has updated its Web pages devoted to children for the winter season. PTO's Kids' Pages provide patent and trademark information in a language that children can understand and will expose future inventors and entrepreneurs to the inventive thinking process in a…

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PTO Commissioner to Host Online Dialog

On Wednesday, December 15, 1999 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (ET), Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson will be available online to answer questions from the agency's customers and the public on issues related to the work of the PTO. This open online dialog is the second for the…

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Patent and Trademark Office Unveils a New Museum Exhibit

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) unveiled a new exhibit at its museum in Arlington, Virginia. The exhibit, entitled , showcases some of the many innovations of the 19 th and 20 th centuries that have made today's tallest buildings possible. A model of Elisha Otis' safety elevator...

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Patent and Trademark Office Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Clarence Crawford, formerly associate director of administration at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), became associate commissioner and chief financial officer at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on November 8, 1999. "Clarence Crawford brings to the PTO a superlative record of...

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PTO Proposes to Permit Payment of Fees by Credit Card

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is soliciting comments on a proposal to amend its rules of practice to provide for payment of any patent or trademark fee by credit card. This initiative would offer patent and trademark customers an alternative method of paying required fees in situations…

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PTO Adds New Research Site for Inventors

In order to support business in the northeast, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently designated a fourth Partnership Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) at the Boston Public Library. The Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program (PTDLP) administers a nationwide network of…

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Dickinson and Chasser Confirmed by Senate to Top Posts at PTO

The U.S. Senate, on November 10, 1999, unanimously confirmed Q. Todd Dickinson as assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, and Anne Chasser as assistant commissioner for trademarks. Dickinson said, "I am pleased to have this opportunity to serve the president,...

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Q. Todd Dickinson and Anne Chasser Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

The nominations of Q. Todd Dickinson as assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, and Anne H. Chasser, as assistant commissioner for trademarks, were approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dickinson has been serving in the job in an acting capacity since…

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PTO Co-Sponsors Mississippi Inventor's Conference

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is co-sponsoring the Mississippi Inventor's Conference, "Ideas to Dollars," on October 30th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This one-day conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Mississippi Polymer Institute consists of various workshops for...

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University of California Continues to Receive Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today announced the top ten U.S. universities with the most patents received January 1998 - December 1998. Listed below are the ten universities that received the most utility patents for inventions for calendar year 1998, along with their ranking…

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PTO Facilitates International TRIPS Compliance

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is using its annual Visiting Scholars Program to help patent, trademark and copyright officials from over 13 foreign countries meet their January 1, 2000 obligations under the agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS). The TRIPS...

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Patent Commissioner to Participate in the Yankee Invention Exposition

On Friday, October 15, 1999, Q. Todd Dickinson, acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, will address invention exhibitors at a reception held in their honor during the Yankee Invention Exposition, in Waterbury, Conn. About America's independent inventors, Mr. Dickinson says, "We must do all…

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Four American Inventors Honored for Revolutionary Innovation

In a 1 p.m ceremony today, Robert Mallett, deputy secretary of commerce, presented the department's Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Award to four outstanding American inventors whose creative genius revolutionized life in the 20th century. Q. Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of…

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Four American Inventors to Be Honored for Revolutionary Innovation

Robert Mallett, deputy secretary of commerce, will present the department's Ronald H. Brown American Innovator Award to four outstanding American inventors whose creative genius revolutionized life in the 20 th century. Q, Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting...

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PTO Launches Internet Filing for Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is now equipped to electronically receive application data for certain biotechnology patent filings. This announcement follows the successful Internet filing, on September 29, 1999, of a gene sequence listing for a pending biotechnology application. That...

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PTO to Air Ads Targeting Invention Promotion Scams

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), as part of the agency's specialized support for small inventors, on October 1, 1999, will start airing 60-second radio and 30-second television commercials in the San Jose, CA and Tampa, FL media markets. The purpose of these advertisements is to inform...

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Top Ten States with Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today announced the top ten states with the most patent recipients for January 1999 - June 1999. Listed below are the ten states whose residents received the most patents for inventions in the first half of 1999, along with their ranking for 1998…

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PTO Computer Systems Ready for New Millennium

All of the computer systems critical to the work of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)-a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce-have been verified operational for the year 2000 and beyond. The agency began individually testing, repairing and replacing its information technology (IT)...

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PTO Website Among Popular Science Magazine's Elite in 1999

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) website ( www.uspto.gov ) has been named for the second year in a row to "50 Best of the Web." This annual award recognizes PTO's website for its excellent science and technology content. Each month, Popular Science publishes Web Watch, a list of Internet sites…

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PTO Takes Part in Depositing WIPO Ratifications

As part of the first deposit of an instrument of ratification by a major industrialized nation, Q. Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting commissioner of patents and trademarks, will accompany the U.S. Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley to deposit with the director...

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PTO to Hold Fourth Annual Independent Inventors Conference

Celebrating America's heroes The Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will hold a two-day conference on September 24 and 25, 1999, in Houston, on the topics of specific interest to America's independent inventor. The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Astrodome...

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USPTO Launches Independent Inventor Website

Washington - As part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Independent Inventor Programs, the PTO has launched a website devoted to independent inventors. The Office of Independent Inventor Programs Resources website will offer educational and outreach programs for independent…

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