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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 150 / Thursday, August 5, 2010 / Notices 47269 LIST OF PETITIONS RECEIVED BY EDA FOR CERTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY FOR TRADE ADJUSTMENT 7/17/2010 THROUGH 7/29/2010 Date accepted for filing Firm Address Imperia Corp ............................. 343 Manley Street, West MA 02379. 1 Pine Street Ext., Nashua NH 03060. 1400 E. Lackawanna Street, Olyphant PA 18448. 4116 First Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11232. 597 Main Street, Great MA 01230. 7159 Country Road 200, Joplin MO 64801. 184 Woonasquatucket Ave, North RI 02911. 65 Tripps Lane, East RI 02915 W.H. Bagshaw Company, Inc .. Cinram Manufacturing, LLC ...... Fixture Hardware Manufacturing Corporation. McTeigue & McClelland, Inc ..... MSW, Inc .................................. Philip Machine Company, Inc ... Fulford Manufacturing Company, Inc. Gulf Crown Seafood Company, Inc. 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[FR Doc. 2010–19209 Filed 8–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No.: PTO–P–2010–0056] Pilot Program for Waiver of Patent Owner’s Statement in Ex Parte Reexamination Proceedings United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:52 Aug 04, 2010 Jkt 220001 ACTION: 7/27/2010 7/27/2010 7/28/2010 7/28/2010 7/28/2010 7/28/2010 7/28/2010 7/29/2010 7/29/2010 7/29/2010 7/29/2010 Products Imperial Corp. manufactures custom, cabinetry out of melamine and plywood. WH Bagshaw manufacturers pins, pin assemblies and wire products for a wide range of industrial applications. Cinram is one of the largest optical disc replicators in the world. Firm manufactures a full line of steel display hardware. MC2 designs and manufactures, hand made, precious jewelry using gold, platinum, diamonds and precious stones. MSW, Inc., designs and manufactures booths, counters, and table tops made of plastics, woods, and laminate materials. Philip Machine Company, Inc. manufactures metal findings using steel, brass, and stainless steel. Fulford Manufacturing Company, Inc. manufactures hardware, plumbing fixtures and fittings, metal stampings, and costume jewelry using materials that include stainless steel, brass and aluminum. Processes shrimp for human consumption. Hatch & Kirk, Inc., is a supplier of heavy duty diesel engine parts. Parlec, Inc., manufactures machine tool accessories. Notice. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes the need to reduce the pendency of reexamination proceedings and improve the efficiency of the reexamination process. The USPTO is considering a number of short and long-range initiatives that can be implemented in three phases. In phase I, the USPTO will implement streamlined procedures, as well as optional programs in which patent owners and third party requesters may elect to participate in order to gain the benefit of shorter pendency. In phases II and III, the USPTO will consider the data gathered from phase I and the feedback from the patent owners and other stakeholders, and implement process changes that are likely to improve efficiency. Such changes may include internal procedural changes, rule making that includes opportunities for the public to comment, and/or administrative proposals for statutory changes to enhance the efficiency of the USPTO in conducting reexamination proceedings. As part of phase I to reduce pendency and improve efficiency in ex parte reexamination proceedings, the USPTO is implementing, in this notice, a pilot program in which patent owners may waive the right to file a patent owner’s statement upon a request made by the USPTO. This will enable USPTO in suitable cases to issue the first Office SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 action on the merits together with or soon after the reexamination order, and thereby reduce the pendency of the proceeding by about three to five months. Effective Date: The changes set forth in this notice will take effect on August 5, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert A. Clarke, Kenneth M. Schor or Joni Y. Chang, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at 571–272–7735, 571–272–7710 or 571–272–7720, or by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. Inquiries regarding the current reexamination practice may be directed to the Office of Patent Legal Administration, by telephone at (571) 272–7703, or by electronic mail at PatentPractice@uspto.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The USPTO recognizes the need to reduce the pendency of reexamination proceedings and improve the efficiency of the reexamination process. As of March 31, 2010, the average time to reach notice of intent to issue reexamination certificate (NIRC) for ex parte reexamination proceedings was about twenty-five months. Many of our stakeholders have expressed the desire to have a proceeding in which patent owners can resolve patent E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 47270 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 150 / Thursday, August 5, 2010 / Notices validity issues in a shorter time frame. The USPTO is considering a number of short and long-range initiatives that can be implemented in three phases to reduce pendency and improve efficiency in reexamination proceedings. In phase I, the USPTO will implement streamlined procedures and optional programs in which patent owners and third party requesters may elect to participate in order to gain the benefit of shorter pendency. For example, the USPTO recently implemented the streamlined procedure for appeal brief review in ex parte reexamination proceedings. See Streamlined Procedure for Appeal Brief Review in Ex Parte Reexamination Proceedings, 75 FR 29321 (May 25, 2010). In the instant notice, the USPTO is implementing a pilot program in which patent owners may waive the right to file a patent owner’s statement in response to a request from the USPTO. The USPTO will also publish notices to implement additional optional procedures and seek public comments on other procedural changes in the near future. In phases II and III, the USPTO will consider the data gathered from phase I and the feedback from the patent owners and other stakeholders, and implement process changes through internal procedural changes, rule making that includes opportunities for the public to comment, and/or administrative proposals for statutory changes to enhance reexamination proceedings. The USPTO welcomes feedback on improving its processes. Suggestions may be directed to the Office of Patent Legal Administration at (571) 272–7701 for the general examination process, or (571) 272–7703 for the reexamination or reissue process. II. Overview of the Pilot Program: As part of phase I to reduce pendency and improve efficiency in ex parte reexamination proceedings, the USPTO will implement a pilot program in which the USPTO will contact the patent owner and request the optional waiver of the right to file a patent owner’s statement after the proceeding has been granted a filing date and before the examiner begins his or her review. This will enable the USPTO in suitable cases to issue the first Office action on the merits (including an NIRC) together with or soon after the order for reexamination, and thereby reduce the pendency of the proceeding by about three to five months. Under the current procedure, a patent owner may file a statement under 35 U.S.C. 304 within two months from the issuance of an ex parte reexamination order in a reexamination proceeding, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:52 Aug 04, 2010 Jkt 220001 and a third party requester may file a reply (under 35 U.S.C. 304) to the patent owner’s statement within two months from the date of service of the patent owner’s statement. Last year, approximately ten percent of patent owners filed a patent owner’s statement under 35 U.S.C. 304 after the USPTO had ordered an ex parte reexamination of a patent. When ex parte reexamination is ordered, the examiner generally starts to prepare the first Office action on the merits after the receipt of the patent owner’s statement and the third party requester’s reply, or after the expiration of the time period for filing the statement and reply. As of March 31, 2010, the average time to order an ex parte reexamination from the filing of an ex parte reexamination request was about two months and the average time to issue a first Office action on the merits from the filing of an ex parte reexamination request was between seven to eight months. If the patent owner waives the right to file a patent owner’s statement in response to a request from the USPTO, the examiner will be able to act on the first Office action on the merits immediately after determining that reexamination will be ordered, and in a suitable case issue the reexamination order and the first Office action on the merits (including an NIRC) at the same time. This will eliminate the delay of waiting for a patent owner’s statement and the third-party requester’s reply and will permit the examiner to utilize his or her time more efficiently by drafting the order and the first Office action on the merits (including an NIRC) together. Moreover, by performing the threshold analysis of determining and preparing an action on the merits concurrently when a request raises a substantial new question of patentability (SNQ), the overall efficiency of the USPTO in performing the reexamination process should be increased. The Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) has experience in performing the threshold SNQ analysis and concurrently preparing an Office action on the merits, and the reexamination order and Office action are typically mailed together in inter partes reexamination proceedings. See 37 CFR 1.935. III. Waiver Procedure under the Pilot Program: Under the pilot program for waiving the patent owner’s statement announced in this notice, the CRU will contact, via telephone, the patent owner to request the optional waiver of the patent owner’s statement after the proceeding has been granted a filing date and before the examiner begins his or her review. The telephone communication will be limited to the PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CRU requesting the waiver of the patent owner’s statement and agreement (or non-agreement) to the waiver by the patent owner. Discussion of the merits of the proceedings, e.g., the patentability of claims in patents, will not be permitted. The CRU will make the agreement or non-agreement of record in the reexamination file in an interview summary and a copy will be mailed to the patent owner and any third party requester. The patent owner is not required to complete a written statement of the telephone communication under 37 CFR 1.560(b) or otherwise, and such a statement should not be filed as it will slow the process. If the patent owner agrees to the waiver of the right to file a patent owner’s statement, the examiner will typically issue the reexamination order and the first Office action on the merits on the same day as the order, or within a few days thereafter. The Office intends to make available to the public statistics on the number of patent owners that agree to waive the statement and the impact on pendency due to waiving the statement right. This data is expected to form a portion of the data used in the decision making processes in phases II and III. Dated: July 16, 2010. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2010–19337 Filed 8–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (A–570–855) Certain Non–Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Preliminary Results of the New Shipper Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No.: PTO-P-2010-0056]


Pilot Program for Waiver of Patent Owner's Statement in Ex Parte 
Reexamination Proceedings

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
recognizes the need to reduce the pendency of reexamination proceedings 
and improve the efficiency of the reexamination process. The USPTO is 
considering a number of short and long-range initiatives that can be 
implemented in three phases. In phase I, the USPTO will implement 
streamlined procedures, as well as optional programs in which patent 
owners and third party requesters may elect to participate in order to 
gain the benefit of shorter pendency. In phases II and III, the USPTO 
will consider the data gathered from phase I and the feedback from the 
patent owners and other stakeholders, and implement process changes 
that are likely to improve efficiency. Such changes may include 
internal procedural changes, rule making that includes opportunities 
for the public to comment, and/or administrative proposals for 
statutory changes to enhance the efficiency of the USPTO in conducting 
reexamination proceedings. As part of phase I to reduce pendency and 
improve efficiency in ex parte reexamination proceedings, the USPTO is 
implementing, in this notice, a pilot program in which patent owners 
may waive the right to file a patent owner's statement upon a request 
made by the USPTO. This will enable USPTO in suitable cases to issue 
the first Office action on the merits together with or soon after the 
reexamination order, and thereby reduce the pendency of the proceeding 
by about three to five months.

DATES: Effective Date: The changes set forth in this notice will take 
effect on August 5, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert A. Clarke, Kenneth M. Schor or 
Joni Y. Chang, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the 
Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at 
571-272-7735, 571-272-7710 or 571-272-7720, or by mail addressed to: 
Mail Stop Comments Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
    Inquiries regarding the current reexamination practice may be 
directed to the Office of Patent Legal Administration, by telephone at 
(571) 272-7703, or by electronic mail at PatentPractice@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: The USPTO recognizes the need to reduce the pendency 
of reexamination proceedings and improve the efficiency of the 
reexamination process. As of March 31, 2010, the average time to reach 
notice of intent to issue reexamination certificate (NIRC) for ex parte 
reexamination proceedings was about twenty-five months. Many of our 
stakeholders have expressed the desire to have a proceeding in which 
patent owners can resolve patent

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validity issues in a shorter time frame. The USPTO is considering a 
number of short and long-range initiatives that can be implemented in 
three phases to reduce pendency and improve efficiency in reexamination 
proceedings. In phase I, the USPTO will implement streamlined 
procedures and optional programs in which patent owners and third party 
requesters may elect to participate in order to gain the benefit of 
shorter pendency. For example, the USPTO recently implemented the 
streamlined procedure for appeal brief review in ex parte reexamination 
proceedings. See Streamlined Procedure for Appeal Brief Review in Ex 
Parte Reexamination Proceedings, 75 FR 29321 (May 25, 2010). In the 
instant notice, the USPTO is implementing a pilot program in which 
patent owners may waive the right to file a patent owner's statement in 
response to a request from the USPTO. The USPTO will also publish 
notices to implement additional optional procedures and seek public 
comments on other procedural changes in the near future. In phases II 
and III, the USPTO will consider the data gathered from phase I and the 
feedback from the patent owners and other stakeholders, and implement 
process changes through internal procedural changes, rule making that 
includes opportunities for the public to comment, and/or administrative 
proposals for statutory changes to enhance reexamination proceedings. 
The USPTO welcomes feedback on improving its processes. Suggestions may 
be directed to the Office of Patent Legal Administration at (571) 272-
7701 for the general examination process, or (571) 272-7703 for the 
reexamination or reissue process.
    II. Overview of the Pilot Program: As part of phase I to reduce 
pendency and improve efficiency in ex parte reexamination proceedings, 
the USPTO will implement a pilot program in which the USPTO will 
contact the patent owner and request the optional waiver of the right 
to file a patent owner's statement after the proceeding has been 
granted a filing date and before the examiner begins his or her review. 
This will enable the USPTO in suitable cases to issue the first Office 
action on the merits (including an NIRC) together with or soon after 
the order for reexamination, and thereby reduce the pendency of the 
proceeding by about three to five months.
    Under the current procedure, a patent owner may file a statement 
under 35 U.S.C. 304 within two months from the issuance of an ex parte 
reexamination order in a reexamination proceeding, and a third party 
requester may file a reply (under 35 U.S.C. 304) to the patent owner's 
statement within two months from the date of service of the patent 
owner's statement. Last year, approximately ten percent of patent 
owners filed a patent owner's statement under 35 U.S.C. 304 after the 
USPTO had ordered an ex parte reexamination of a patent. When ex parte 
reexamination is ordered, the examiner generally starts to prepare the 
first Office action on the merits after the receipt of the patent 
owner's statement and the third party requester's reply, or after the 
expiration of the time period for filing the statement and reply. As of 
March 31, 2010, the average time to order an ex parte reexamination 
from the filing of an ex parte reexamination request was about two 
months and the average time to issue a first Office action on the 
merits from the filing of an ex parte reexamination request was between 
seven to eight months.
    If the patent owner waives the right to file a patent owner's 
statement in response to a request from the USPTO, the examiner will be 
able to act on the first Office action on the merits immediately after 
determining that reexamination will be ordered, and in a suitable case 
issue the reexamination order and the first Office action on the merits 
(including an NIRC) at the same time. This will eliminate the delay of 
waiting for a patent owner's statement and the third-party requester's 
reply and will permit the examiner to utilize his or her time more 
efficiently by drafting the order and the first Office action on the 
merits (including an NIRC) together. Moreover, by performing the 
threshold analysis of determining and preparing an action on the merits 
concurrently when a request raises a substantial new question of 
patentability (SNQ), the overall efficiency of the USPTO in performing 
the reexamination process should be increased. The Central 
Reexamination Unit (CRU) has experience in performing the threshold SNQ 
analysis and concurrently preparing an Office action on the merits, and 
the reexamination order and Office action are typically mailed together 
in inter partes reexamination proceedings. See 37 CFR 1.935.
    III. Waiver Procedure under the Pilot Program: Under the pilot 
program for waiving the patent owner's statement announced in this 
notice, the CRU will contact, via telephone, the patent owner to 
request the optional waiver of the patent owner's statement after the 
proceeding has been granted a filing date and before the examiner 
begins his or her review. The telephone communication will be limited 
to the CRU requesting the waiver of the patent owner's statement and 
agreement (or non-agreement) to the waiver by the patent owner. 
Discussion of the merits of the proceedings, e.g., the patentability of 
claims in patents, will not be permitted. The CRU will make the 
agreement or non-agreement of record in the reexamination file in an 
interview summary and a copy will be mailed to the patent owner and any 
third party requester. The patent owner is not required to complete a 
written statement of the telephone communication under 37 CFR 1.560(b) 
or otherwise, and such a statement should not be filed as it will slow 
the process. If the patent owner agrees to the waiver of the right to 
file a patent owner's statement, the examiner will typically issue the 
reexamination order and the first Office action on the merits on the 
same day as the order, or within a few days thereafter.
    The Office intends to make available to the public statistics on 
the number of patent owners that agree to waive the statement and the 
impact on pendency due to waiving the statement right. This data is 
expected to form a portion of the data used in the decision making 
processes in phases II and III.

    Dated: July 16, 2010.
David J. Kappos,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2010-19337 Filed 8-4-10; 8:45 am]
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