Patent and Trademark Office October 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Comments on Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program
Document Number: E9-25798
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently developing a Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program. The Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program is intended to provide patent applicants, attorneys and agents with assistance with application-specific issues including prosecution advancement concerns. The Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program is not intended to circumvent normal communication between pro se applicants or applicant's representatives and examiners or Supervisory Patent Examiners (SPEs). The USPTO is inviting public comment on the proposed Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program.
Legal Framework for Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web)
Document Number: E9-25785
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
This Legal Framework provides guidance on the background statutes, regulations and policies that support the Electronic Filing SystemWeb (EFS-Web) project. The document is provided as a reference for applicants, parties in reexamination proceedings, attorneys, and agents, as well as their employees using the system.
Customer Input: United States Patent and Trademark Office Customer Surveys
Document Number: E9-25723
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-26
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 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)).
Performance Review Board (PRB)
Document Number: E9-25722
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
In conformance with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4), the United States Patent and Trademark Office announces the appointment of persons to serve as members of its Performance Review Board.
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Document Number: E9-25652
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-26
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)).
Changes in Requirements for Signature of Documents, Recognition of Representatives, and Establishing and Changing the Correspondence Address in Trademark Cases
Document Number: E9-25460
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``Office'') is revising 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
Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, Sixth Edition
Document Number: E9-25581
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') issued the sixth edition of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (``TMEP'') on October 12, 2009.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 4,919,140; AndaraTM
Document Number: E9-24917
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a second certificate under 35 U.S.C. 156(d)(5) for a second one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 4,919,140.
Changes to Practice for Continued Examination Filings, Patent Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct Claims, and Examination of Claims in Patent Applications
Document Number: E9-24667
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published a final rule in the Federal Register in August of 2007 to revise the rules of practice for patent cases pertaining to continuing applications and requests for continued examination practices, and for the examination of claims in patent applications (Claims and Continuations Final Rule). The Office is revising the rules of practice in this final rule to remove the changes in the Claims and Continuations Final Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations.
Additional Period for Comments on Interim Examination Instructions for Evaluating Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
Document Number: E9-24395
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has prepared interim examination instructions for evaluating patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 (Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions) pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos, and invited the public to submit written comments on the Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions. The USPTO is extending the comment period to ensure that members of the public have sufficient opportunity to submit comments on the Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions. The USPTO will revise the instructions as appropriate based on comments received.