Request for Comments on Patents Search Templates, 28309-28310 [E6-7424]

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The USPTO is inviting public comment on the search templates. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28309 Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet addressed to STICSearchTemplate@uspto.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Patents Search Template Comments, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. Although comments may be submitted by mail, the USPTO prefers to receive comments via the Internet. The comments will be available for public inspection via the USPTO’s Internet Web site (address: http:// www.uspto.gov). Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin Vajs, Manager, Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC), Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Resources and Planning, by telephone at (571) 272–3512. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, patent applications filed in the USPTO, and the resulting United States patent application publications and United States patents, are classified into approximately 600 classes based upon technology and subject matter of the claimed invention. A patent examiner is responsible for reviewing prior patent documents, both domestic and foreign, and other printed literature related to an application’s subject matter during the examination process. This review, called the search, is performed by consulting the appropriate classes, and their respective subclasses, in the United States classification system, other patent document databases, and any other printed media (also known as ‘‘non-patent literature’’ or ‘‘NPL’’), which might disclose the invention disclosed/claimed in a patent application under examination. In determining the appropriate field of search for an invention, the examiner must consider three sources of information: (1) Domestic patent documents; (2) foreign patent documents; and (3) NPL. The current requirements for conducting that search are set forth in section 904.02 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). See MPEP § 904.02 (8th ed. 2001) (Rev. 3, August 2005). An examiner may not eliminate any of these resources from consideration unless the examiner can justify to a reasonable certainty that no more pertinent references will be found in a further search. See MPEP § 904.02. Although the general guidance set forth in the ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 28310 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Notices MPEP is accurate, it provides little information on what resources should be searched, and which of the available search tools or methodologies, for a particular field of subject matter should be consulted. Detailed guidance on the choice and use of specific search tools were left to each Technology Center. See MPEP § 904.02(b)). The USPTO has published ‘‘search templates’’ for each of the classes found in the USPTO’s Manual of Classification. A search template will define the search field and resource areas of general subject matter, classes/ subclasses, patent documents (both domestic and foreign) and NPL that an examiner should consider each time a patent application is examined in a particular classification. Additionally, the search template will indicate what search tools or methodologies should be considered when performing the search. These search templates are based upon input from patent examiners and other searchers at the USPTO and represent an attempt to capture their institutional knowledge of what are the most relevant prior art searches for determining the patentability of subject matter in the area of technology. In an effort to ensure that each classification has an appropriately structured field of search and search strategy, the USPTO has published the search templates on the USPTO’s Internet Web site at http:// www.uspto.gov/web/patents/ searchtemplates/. The USPTO is publishing this request for comments to gather public feedback on the adequacy and completeness of the search templates. Dated: May 10, 2006. John Doll, Commissioner for Patents. [FR Doc. 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AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The National Security Agency hereby gives notice of its intent to grant University of Michigan a revocable, nonassignable, exclusive, license to practice the following GovernmentOwned invention as described in U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 60/683,559 entitled: ‘‘Ion Trap on a Semiconductor Chip,’’ filed 23 May 2005, in the field of cryptography. The above-mentioned invention is assigned to the United States Government as represented by the National Security Agency. DATES: Anyone wishing to object to the grant of this license has fifteen (15) days from the date of this notice to file written objections along with any supporting evidence, if any. ADDRESSES: Written objections are to be filed with the Domestic Technology Transfer Program, 9800 Savage Rd., Ste. 6541, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755–6541. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela L. Porter, Director, Domestic PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Technology Transfer Program, 9800 Savage Road, Suite 6541, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755–6541, telephone (443) 479–0310. Dated: May 10, 2006. L.M. Bynum, OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, DoD. [FR Doc. 06–4548 Filed 5–15–06; 8:45am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [DOD–2006–OS–0083] Notice of Intent To Grant a Partially Exclusive License; Visa USA, Inc. AGENCY: ACTION: Department of Defense. Notice. SUMMARY: The National Security Agency hereby gives notice of its intent to grant Visa USA, Inc. a revocable, nonassignable, partially exclusive, license to practice the following Government-Owned invention as described in U.S. Patent No. 6,947,978 entitled: ‘‘Method for Geolocating Logical Network Addresses’’, issued September 20, 2005, and Patent Application Serial Number 11/145,237 entitled: ‘‘Method to Detecting Intermediary Communications Device,’’ filed May 24, 2005, both in the field of credit card transactions over the Internet. The above-mentioned invention is assigned to the United States Government as represented by the National Security Agency. Anyone wishing to object to the grant of this license has fifteen (15) days from the date of this notice to file written objections along with any supporting evidence, if any. DATES: Written objections are to be filed with the Domestic Technology Transfer Program, 9800 Savage Rd., Ste. 6541, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755–6541. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela L. Porter, Director, Domestic Technology Transfer Program, 9800 Savage Road, Suite 6541, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755–6541, telephone (443) 479–0310. Dated: May 9, 2006. L.M. Bynum, OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, DoD. [FR Doc. 06–4531 Filed 5–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 94 (Tuesday, May 16, 2006)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No.: PTO-P-2006-0026]


Request for Comments on Patents Search Templates

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has 
developed and published patent search templates. Search templates 
define the field of search, search tools, and search methodologies that 
should be considered each time a patent application is examined in a 
particular classification. The USPTO is inviting public comment on the 
search templates.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the 
Internet addressed to STIC-SearchTemplate@uspto.gov. Comments may also 
be submitted by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Patents Search Template 
Comments, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450. Although comments may be submitted by mail, the USPTO 
prefers to receive comments via the Internet.
    The comments will be available for public inspection via the 
USPTO's Internet Web site (address: http://www.uspto.gov). Because 
comments will be made available for public inspection, information that 
is not desired to be made public, such as an address or phone number, 
should not be included in the comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin Vajs, Manager, Scientific and 
Technical Information Center (STIC), Office of the Deputy Commissioner 
for Patent Resources and Planning, by telephone at (571) 272-3512.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, patent applications filed in the 
USPTO, and the resulting United States patent application publications 
and United States patents, are classified into approximately 600 
classes based upon technology and subject matter of the claimed 
invention. A patent examiner is responsible for reviewing prior patent 
documents, both domestic and foreign, and other printed literature 
related to an application's subject matter during the examination 
process. This review, called the search, is performed by consulting the 
appropriate classes, and their respective subclasses, in the United 
States classification system, other patent document databases, and any 
other printed media (also known as ``non-patent literature'' or 
``NPL''), which might disclose the invention disclosed/claimed in a 
patent application under examination.
    In determining the appropriate field of search for an invention, 
the examiner must consider three sources of information: (1) Domestic 
patent documents; (2) foreign patent documents; and (3) NPL. The 
current requirements for conducting that search are set forth in 
section 904.02 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). See 
MPEP Sec.  904.02 (8th ed. 2001) (Rev. 3, August 2005). An examiner may 
not eliminate any of these resources from consideration unless the 
examiner can justify to a reasonable certainty that no more pertinent 
references will be found in a further search. See MPEP Sec.  904.02. 
Although the general guidance set forth in the

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MPEP is accurate, it provides little information on what resources 
should be searched, and which of the available search tools or 
methodologies, for a particular field of subject matter should be 
consulted. Detailed guidance on the choice and use of specific search 
tools were left to each Technology Center. See MPEP Sec.  904.02(b)).
    The USPTO has published ``search templates'' for each of the 
classes found in the USPTO's Manual of Classification. A search 
template will define the search field and resource areas of general 
subject matter, classes/subclasses, patent documents (both domestic and 
foreign) and NPL that an examiner should consider each time a patent 
application is examined in a particular classification. Additionally, 
the search template will indicate what search tools or methodologies 
should be considered when performing the search. These search templates 
are based upon input from patent examiners and other searchers at the 
USPTO and represent an attempt to capture their institutional knowledge 
of what are the most relevant prior art searches for determining the 
patentability of subject matter in the area of technology.
    In an effort to ensure that each classification has an 
appropriately structured field of search and search strategy, the USPTO 
has published the search templates on the USPTO's Internet Web site at 
http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/searchtemplates/. The USPTO is 
publishing this request for comments to gather public feedback on the 
adequacy and completeness of the search templates.

    Dated: May 10, 2006.
John Doll,
Commissioner for Patents.
[FR Doc. E6-7424 Filed 5-15-06; 8:45 am]
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