Patent and Trademark Office April 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; Correction
Document Number: 2016-09814
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published a final rule in the Federal Register on April 1, 2016, revising the rules related to trial practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, the transitional program for covered business method patents, and derivation proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (``AIA'') providing for trials before the Office. This document corrects an error in that final rule.
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Document Number: 2016-09037
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-19
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 Act of 1996, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice
Document Number: 2016-06672
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'' or ``Office'') proposes to amend the Trademark Rules of Practice (``Trademark Rules'' or ``Rules''), in particular the rules pertinent to practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (``Board''), to benefit the public by providing for more efficiency and clarity in inter partes and ex parte proceedings. Certain amendments are being proposed to reduce the burden on the parties, to conform the rules to current practice, to update references that have changed, to reflect technologic changes, and to ensure the usage of standard, current terminology. The proposed rules will also further strategic objectives of the Office to increase the end-to-end electronic processing.
Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Document Number: 2016-07381
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
This final rule amends the existing consolidated set of rules relating to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) trial practice for inter partes review (``IPR''), post-grant review (``PGR''), the transitional program for covered business method patents (``CBM''), and derivation proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (``AIA'') providing for trials before the Office.