Patent and Trademark Office – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Removal of Rules Governing Trademark Interferences
Document Number: 2018-15163
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-07-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) amends the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to remove the rules governing trademark interferences. This rule arises out of the USPTO's work during FY 2017 to identify and propose regulations for removal, modification, and streamlining because they are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, costly, or unduly burdensome on the agency or the private sector. The revisions put into effect the work the USPTO has done, in part through its participation in the Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force) established by the Department of Commerce (Department or Commerce) pursuant to Executive Order 13777, to review and identify regulations that are candidates for removal.
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2018-14497
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The Acting Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, with the concurrence of the General Services Administration, renewed the Charter for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee on February 13, 2018.
Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations
Document Number: 2018-14385
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0064 (Patent Reexaminations and Supplemental Examinations).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Trademark Petitions”
Document Number: 2018-14384
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
USPTO Websites Customer Satisfaction Surveys
Document Number: 2018-14383
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed new information collection.
Patent Cooperation Treaty Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot Project Between the IP5 Offices
Document Number: 2018-13800
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), referred to collectively as the IP5 Offices, will launch a pilot project on Collaborative Search and Examination (CS&E) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This will be the third such pilot. The USPTO, the EPO, and the KIPO conducted two previous pilots in 2010 and in 2011-2012. The third pilot is needed to further develop and test the concept amongst all the IP5 Offices. In particular, this IP5 pilot project aims at assessing user interest for a CS&E product and the expected efficiency gains for the IP5 Offices.
Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice To Mandate Electronic Filing
Document Number: 2018-11353
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-05-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) proposes to amend the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases and the Rules of Practice in Filings Pursuant to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks to mandate electronic filing of trademark applications and submissions associated with trademark applications and registrations, and to require the designation of an email address for receiving USPTO correspondence. This proposed rule would further advance the USPTO's IT strategy to achieve complete end-to-end electronic processing of trademark-related submissions, thereby improving administrative efficiency by facilitating electronic file management, optimizing workflow processes, and reducing processing errors.
Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2018-10768
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection; 0651-0080: Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request; “Rules for Patent Maintenance Fees”
Document Number: 2018-10690
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2018-10530
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (the ``Act''), Public Law 106-113, which, among other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and to advise the Director on these matters. The America Invents Act Technical Corrections Act made several amendments to the 1999 Act, including the requirement that the terms of the USPTO Public Advisory Committee members be realigned by 2014, so that December 1 be used as the start and end date, with terms staggered so that each year three existing terms expire and three new terms begin on December 1. Through this Notice, the USPTO is requesting nominations for up to three (3) members of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and for up to three (3) members of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, for terms of three years that begin on December 1, 2018.
Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Document Number: 2018-09821
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-05-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'' or ``Office'') proposes changes to the claim construction standard for interpreting claims in inter partes review (``IPR''), post-grant review (``PGR''), and the transitional program for covered business method patents (``CBM'') proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (``PTAB'' or ``Board''). In particular, the Office proposes to replace the broadest reasonable interpretation (``BRI'') standard for construing unexpired patent claims and proposed claims in these trial proceedings with a standard that is the same as the standard applied in federal district courts and International Trade Commission (``ITC'') proceedings. The Office also proposes to amend the rules to add that the Office will consider any prior claim construction determination concerning a term of the involved claim in a civil action, or an ITC proceeding, that is timely made of record in an IPR, PGR, or CBM proceeding.
Request for Comments on Determining Whether a Claim Element Is Well-Understood, Routine, Conventional for Purposes of Subject Matter Eligibility
Document Number: 2018-08428
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) recently issued a decision regarding the inquiry of whether a claim limitation represents well-understood, routine, conventional activities (or elements) to a skilled artisan in the relevant field. Specifically, the Federal Circuit found that whether a claim element, or combination of elements, represents well-understood, routine, conventional activities to a skilled artisan in the relevant field is a question of fact. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has implemented this decision in a memorandum recently issued to the Patent Examining Corps (the Berkheimer memorandum). The Berkheimer memorandum is available to the public on the USPTO's internet website. Examiners had been previously instructed to conclude that an element (or combination of elements) is well-understood, routine, conventional activity only when the examiner can readily conclude that the element(s) is widely prevalent or in common use in the relevant industry. The Berkheimer memorandum now clarifies that such a conclusion must be based upon a factual determination that is supported as discussed in the memorandum. Aditionally the Berkheimer memorandum now also specifies that the analysis for determining whether an element (or combination of elements) is widely prevalent or in common use is the same as the analysis under 35 U.S.C. 112(a) as to whether an element is so well-known that it need not be described in detail in the patent specification. The USPTO is now seeking public comment on its subject matter eligibility guidance, and particularly its guidance in the Berkheimer memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps.
Third-Party Submissions and Protests
Document Number: 2018-08022
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0062 (Third-Party Submissions and Protests).
Trademark Petitions
Document Number: 2018-08021
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0061 (Trademark Petitions).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Public Search Facility User ID and Badging”
Document Number: 2018-08019
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process
Document Number: 2018-06295
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Ombudsman Survey
Document Number: 2018-05468
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection.
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Application
Document Number: 2018-02989
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0060 (National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Application).
Patent Prosecution Highway Program
Document Number: 2018-02988
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0058 (Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program).
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, Ninth Edition, Revision of January 2018
Document Number: 2018-01866
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') issued a revision of the ninth edition of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (``MPEP'') in January 2018 to provide updated information on patent examination policy and procedure (``January 2018 revision''). The MPEP is published to provide patent examiners and the public with a reference work on the practices and procedures relative to the prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO. The MPEP contains instructions to examiners, as well as other material in the nature of information and interpretation, and outlines the current procedures which the examiners are required or authorized to follow in appropriate cases in the normal examination of a patent application.
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form
Document Number: 2018-01612
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0045 (Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form).
Public Search Facility User ID and Badging
Document Number: 2018-01610
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0041 (Public Search Facility User ID and Badging).
Recording Assignments
Document Number: 2018-01608
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Admission To Practice
Document Number: 2017-27685
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request on; “Applications for Trademark Registration”
Document Number: 2017-27477
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
International Trademark Classification Changes
Document Number: 2017-25880
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues a final rule to incorporate classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Agreement). These changes are effective January 1, 2018, and are listed in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (11th ed., ver. 2018), which is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017
Document Number: 2017-24390
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) sets or adjusts patent fees as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act or AIA). The USPTO operates like a business in that external and internal factors affect the demand for patent products and services. The fee adjustments are needed to provide the Office with a sufficient amount of aggregate revenue to recover its aggregate cost of patent operations (based on current projections), while maintaining momentum towards achieving strategic goals.
Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot Program
Document Number: 2017-23661
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) conducted two separate Collaborative Search Pilot Programs (CSPs) during the period of 2015 through 2017. One of these programs was conducted with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the other with the Korean Intellectual Patent Office (KIPO). Improvements in patent quality and examination pendency were identified as positive outcomes from these two original CSPs. Building on the success of these two programs, the USPTO is participating in a new, expanded CSP (Expanded CSP) in which applicants may request that multiple partnering Intellectual Property (IP) offices exchange search results for their counterpart applications prior to formulating and issuing their office actions. In Expanded CSP, each designated partner IP office will independently conduct a prior art search for its corresponding counterpart application. The search results will then be exchanged between the designated partner IP office(s) and the USPTO before any IP office issues an office action. By this exchange of search results, the examiners in all designated partner IP offices will have a more comprehensive set of prior art references to consider when making initial patentability determinations. In addition to changing the number of IP offices that may be providing search results to the USPTO, Expanded CSP provides applicants with more flexibility by not requiring that applicants follow the procedures of the First Action Interview Pilot Program (FAI). Expanded CSP will allow the USPTO to study the impact on examination processes resulting from exchanges of search results between the USPTO and multiple partner IP offices prior to formulating and issuing office actions.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Patent Examiner Employment Application”
Document Number: 2017-22619
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Admission To Practice and Roster of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents Admitted To Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Document Number: 2017-22617
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed information collection proposed extension of an existing information collection.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 6,100,082; OCSTM
Document Number: 2017-20272
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order granting a one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 6,100,082.
Notice of Roundtable on Intellectual Property and Trade Shows
Document Number: 2017-19488
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable discussion at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 18, 2017, on addressing intellectual property infringements at trade shows.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)”
Document Number: 2017-19183
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Patent Petitions Related to Application and Reexamination Processing Fees
Document Number: 2017-15501
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 7,179,464; Benralizumab
Document Number: 2017-15249
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order granting interim extension for a one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 7,179,464.
Revival of Abandoned Applications, Reinstatement of Abandoned Applications and Cancelled or Expired Registrations, and Petitions to the Director
Document Number: 2017-13519
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) amends its rules regarding petitions to revive an abandoned trademark application and petitions to the Director of the USPTO (Director) regarding other trademark matters and to codify USPTO practice regarding requests for reinstatement of abandoned trademark applications and cancelled or expired trademark registrations. The changes will permit the USPTO to provide more detailed procedures regarding the deadlines and requirements for requesting revival, reinstatement, or other action by the Director. These rules will thereby ensure that the public has notice of the deadlines and requirements for making such requests, facilitate the efficient and consistent processing of such requests, and promote the integrity of application/registration information in the trademark electronic records system as an accurate reflection of the status of applications and registrations.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 5,912,231; LOCILEX® (pexiganan)
Document Number: 2017-10964
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order granting interim extension for a one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 5,912,231.
July 2017 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Procedures
Document Number: 2017-10870
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is amending the rules of practice to implement certain amendments made to the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) that will take effect on July 1, 2017, concerning the transmittal by a Receiving Office to an International Searching Authority of documents relating to an earlier search or classification.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Actions
Document Number: 2017-10759
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Improving the Accuracy of the Trademark Register: Request for Comments on Possible Streamlined Version of Cancellation Proceedings on Grounds of Abandonment and Nonuse
Document Number: 2017-09856
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') seeks comments from stakeholders, mark owners, and all those interested in the maintenance of an accurate U.S. Trademark Register, on the establishment of a streamlined version of the existing inter partes abandonment and nonuse grounds for cancellation before the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (``TTAB'').
Responses to Office Action and Voluntary Amendment Forms
Document Number: 2017-09809
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0050 (Responses to Office Action and Voluntary Amendment Forms).
Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) Surveys
Document Number: 2017-08897
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) Actions
Document Number: 2017-08420
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Initial Patent Applications
Document Number: 2017-08419
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Notice of Public Meeting on Developments in Trade Secret Protection
Document Number: 2017-07254
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be holding a public symposium on issues relevant to the protection of trade secrets. Since our last symposium on these issues in January 2015, the area of trade secret protection has continued to develop, most notably with the May 11, 2016, enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). Given this legislation and the continuing domestic and international attention to trade secrets, the USPTO will be holding another public symposium to address recent developments.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Native American Tribal Insignia Database
Document Number: 2017-05575
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Trademark and Trial Appeal Board (TTAB) Actions
Document Number: 2017-05574
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 invites public comments about the proposed extension of an existing information collection: Trademark and Trial Appeal Board (TTAB) Actions.
Public Meeting on Consumer Messaging in Connection With Online Transactions Involving Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2017-05511
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Patent and Trademark Office
The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force (Task Force) will host a public meeting at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) facility in Alexandria, Virginia, on April 18, 2017, to discuss how best to communicate to consumers regarding license terms and restrictions in connection with online transactions involving copyrighted works. This follows up on one of the recommendations that the Task Force presented in its January 2016 White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages.