Patent and Trademark Office 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 4,971,802; Mifamurtide
Document Number: E8-30781
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a certificate under 35 U.S.C. 156(d)(5) for a second one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 4,971,802.
Public User ID Badging
Document Number: E8-30488
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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 take this opportunity to comment on the revision of a continuing information collection, 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
Document Number: E8-29636
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals; Delay of Effective and Applicability Dates
Document Number: E8-29297
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On June 10, 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published the final rule that amends the rules governing practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) in ex parte patent appeals. The final rule states that the effective date is December 10, 2008, and that the final rule shall apply to all appeals in which an appeal brief is filed on or after the effective date. On June 9, 2008, the Office published a 60-Day Federal Register Notice requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a new information collection for BPAI items in the final rule and requesting public comment on the burden impact of the final rule under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). On October 8, 2008, the Office published a 30-Day Federal Register Notice stating that the proposal for the collection of information under the final rule was being submitted to OMB and requesting comments on the proposed information collection be submitted to OMB. The proposed information collection is currently under consideration by OMB. Since the review by OMB has not been completed, the Office is hereby notifying the public that the effective and applicability date of the final rule is not December 10, 2008. The effective and applicability dates will be identified in a subsequent notice.
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee Meeting
Document Number: E8-28254
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) Nomination Evaluation Committee will meet in closed session on Monday, December 15, 2008. The primary purpose of the meeting is the discussion of relative merits of persons and companies nominated for the NMTI award.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-27692
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Clarification of the Effective Date Provision in the Final Rule for Ex Parte Appeals
Document Number: E8-27357
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On June 10, 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published the final rule that amends the rules governing practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) in ex parte patent appeals. The effective date provision in the final rule states that the effective date is December 10, 2008, and the final rule shall apply to all appeals in which an appeal brief is filed on or after the effective date. The final rule requires, in part, appeal briefs in a new format relative to the format required prior to the rule revision. The Office is issuing this notice to clarify that it will not hold an appeal brief as non-compliant solely for following the new format even though it is filed before the effective date.
Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice
Document Number: E8-27222
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``Office'') is amending the Trademark Rules of Practice to clarify certain requirements for applications, intent to use documents, amendments to classification, requests to divide, and Post Registration practice; to modernize the language of the rules; and to make other miscellaneous changes. For the most part, the rule changes are intended to codify existing practice, as set forth in the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (``TMEP'').
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Document Number: E8-27208
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is adopting new rules governing the conduct of individuals registered to practice before the Office. The Office is adopting a new rule that provides for an annual practitioner maintenance fee for those recognized to practice before the Office in patent cases. These changes will enable the Office to maintain a roster of registered practitioners and, consequently, better protect the public from unqualified practitioners. The Office is also making conforming amendments to 37 CFR 1.21.
Fiscal Year 2009 Changes to Patent Cooperation Treaty Transmittal and Search Fees
Document Number: E8-26711
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is amending the rules of practice to adjust the transmittal and search fees for international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The Office is adjusting the PCT transmittal and search fees to recover the estimated average cost to the Office of processing PCT international applications and preparing international search reports and written opinions for PCT international applications.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26697
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Rules for Patent Maintenance Fees
Document Number: E8-25886
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-30
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 take this opportunity to comment on the revision of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate Action Form
Document Number: E8-25280
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
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 take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: E8-25279
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is amending the system of records currently listed under ``COMMERCE/ PAT-TM-18 USPTO Identification and Security Access Control Systems.'' This action is being taken to revise the Privacy Act Notice to include the information necessary for identification cards that meet the standards set by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) ``Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors'' (August 27, 2004). The system of records will also be renamed ``COMMERCE/PAT-TM-18 USPTO Personal Identification Verification (PIV) and Security Access Control Systems.'' We invite the public to comment on the amended system noted in this publication.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 4,919,140; AndaraTM
Document Number: E8-24881
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a certificate under 35 U.S.C. 156(d)(5) for a one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 4,919,140.
Fastener Quality Act Insignia Recordal Process
Document Number: E8-24680
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
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 take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Statutory Invention Registration
Document Number: E8-23677
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
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 take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Application
Document Number: E8-23180
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-02
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 take this opportunity to comment on this new information collection, 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
Document Number: E8-20695
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Patent and Trademark Financial Transactions
Document Number: E8-19375
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-21
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 take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2009
Document Number: E8-18822
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is adjusting certain patent fee amounts for fiscal year 2009 to reflect fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The patent statute provides for the annual CPI adjustment of patent fees set by statute to recover the higher costs associated with doing business. In addition, the Office is correcting the addresses for maintenance fee payments and correspondence, and deposit account replenishments.
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Document Number: E8-18109
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is adopting new rules governing the conduct of disciplinary investigations, issuing warnings when closing such investigations, disciplinary proceedings, non-disciplinary transfer to disability inactive status and reinstatement to practice before the Office. The Office is adopting a new rule regarding recognition to practice before the Office in trademark cases. The Office also is adopting a new rule to address a practitioner's signature and certificate for correspondence filed in the Office. These changes will enable the Office to better protect the public from practitioners who do not comply with the Office's ethics rules and from incapacitated practitioners.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-18697
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Clarification of Patent Regulations Currently in Effect, and Revision in Applicability Date of Provisions Relating to Patent Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct Claims
Document Number: E8-18224
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is publishing this notice to clarify which patent-related regulations are currently in effect. The USPTO is identifying the applicability date of those regulatory provisions relating to applications containing patentably indistinct claims which are enjoined in Tafas v. Dudas, 530 F. Supp. 2d 786 (E.D. Va. 2008). Should the injunction be lifted, those regulations will apply only to applications filed on or after any new effective date that would be published by the USPTO in the future.
Changes to Practice for Documents Submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Document Number: E8-18025
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing to revise the rules of practice to limit the types of correspondence that may be submitted to the Office by facsimile. The Office is also proposing an increased minimum font size for use on papers submitted to the Office for a patent application, patent or reexamination proceeding. The proposed changes will improve the legibility of documents in the Office's files of patent applications and reexamination proceedings.
Scope of Foreign Filing Licenses
Document Number: E8-16830
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
Applicants and registered patent practitioners are reminded that the export of subject matter abroad pursuant to a license from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), such as a foreign filing license, is limited to purposes related to the filing of foreign patent applications. Applicants who are considering exporting subject matter abroad for the preparation of patent applications to be filed in the United States should contact the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce for the appropriate clearances.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-15681
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-15679
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Fiscal Year 2009 Changes to Patent Cooperation Treaty Transmittal and Search Fees
Document Number: Z8-13730
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Representative and Address Provisions
Document Number: E8-14194
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-24
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 take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program (Formerly Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program)
Document Number: E8-14193
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-24
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 the continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Fiscal Year 2009 Changes to Patent Cooperation Treaty Transmittal and Search Fees
Document Number: E8-13730
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing to revise the rules of practice to adjust the transmittal and search fees for international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The Office is proposing to adjust the PCT transmittal and search fees to recover the estimated average cost to the Office of processing PCT international applications and preparing international search reports and written opinions for PCT international applications.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-13719
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice
Document Number: E8-12909
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``Office'') proposes to amend the Trademark Rules of Practice to clarify certain requirements for applications, intent to use documents, amendments to classification, requests to divide, and Post Registration practice; to modernize the language of the rules; and to make other miscellaneous changes. For the most part, the proposed rule changes are intended to codify existing practice, as set forth in the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (``TMEP'').
Changes in Requirements for Signature of Documents, Recognition of Representatives, and Establishing and Changing the Correspondence Address in Trademark Cases
Document Number: E8-12896
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``Office'') proposes to revise the Trademark Rules of Practice to set forth the requirements for signature of documents filed in the Office, recognition of representatives, and establishing and changing the correspondence address in trademark cases.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-13048
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals
Document Number: E8-12451
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office amends the rules governing practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in ex parte patent appeals. Amendments to the rules governing practice before the Board in ex parte appeals are needed to permit the Board to handle an increasing number of ex parte appeals in a timely manner.
Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Actions
Document Number: E8-12820
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-09
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 take this opportunity to comment on this new information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: E8-12564
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives notice of a proposed new system of records entitled ``COMMERCE/ PAT-TM-22 Patent e-Commerce Database.'' We invite the public to comment on the system announced in this publication.
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2009
Document Number: E8-12364
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing to adjust certain patent fee amounts for fiscal year 2009 to reflect fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The patent statute provides for the annual CPI adjustment of patent fees set by statute to recover the higher costs associated with doing business.
Institution of a Fee To File on Paper a Request for Reconsideration of a Final Office Action in a Trademark Case
Document Number: E8-9216
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In response to objections raised, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') withdraws its prior proposal to amend the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require a request for reconsideration of an examining attorney's final refusal or requirement to be filed through the Trademark Electronic Application System (``TEAS'') within three months of the mailing date of the final action. The USPTO instead proposes to require a fee of $50 for filing a request for reconsideration on paper, whereas no fee would be required for a request for reconsideration filed through TEAS. The proposed fee would cover the USPTO's added costs of processing a request for reconsideration filed on paper, rather than through TEAS. Currently, no fee is required in connection with a request for reconsideration, filed either on paper or through TEAS.
Public Advisory Committees
Document Number: E8-9120
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-25
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''), Pub. L. 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 (now codified at 35 U.S.C. 5). The USPTO is requesting nominations for three (3) members to each Public Advisory Committee for terms of three years that begin from date of appointment.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 4,650,787; Sanvar®
Document Number: E8-8058
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order granting interim extension under 35 U.S.C. 156(d)(5) for a fourth one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 4,650,787.
Submissions Regarding Correspondence and Regarding Attorney Representation (Trademarks)
Document Number: E8-7980
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 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 take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, 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
Document Number: E8-7171
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Substantive Submissions Made During Prosecution of the Trademark Application
Document Number: E8-7019
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-04
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 take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Post Registration (Trademark Processing)
Document Number: E8-6297
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-27
Agency: Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce
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 take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Patent Examiner Employment Application (Formerly Patent Examiner Employment Application-Job Application Rating System (JARS))
Document Number: E8-5277
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
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 take this opportunity to comment on the revision of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Changes in the Requirement for a Description of the Mark in Trademark Applications
Document Number: E8-5202
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') amends the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require a description of the mark in all applications to register a mark not in standard characters. This requirement will facilitate more accurate and comprehensive design coding and pseudo-mark data determinations, and therefore will promote better searchability of marks within the USPTO trademark database. The USPTO will maintain its practice of printing the description of a mark on the certificate of registration only when the USPTO deems the description necessary to clarify what is claimed in the mark.
Applications for Trademark Registration
Document Number: E8-4933
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
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 take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).