Patent and Trademark Office 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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.
Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Actions
Document Number: 2017-03195
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
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 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Actions.
Initial Patent Applications
Document Number: 2017-03124
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-16
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 information collection: Initial Patent Applications.
Changes in Requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases
Document Number: 2017-02796
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action delays for 60 days the effective date of the final rule entitled ``Changes in Requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases,'' published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017. The 60-day delay in effective date is necessary to give agency officials the opportunity for further review of the issues of law and policy raised by this rule.
Reopening of the Period for Comments on a Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Currently Being Negotiated at The Hague Conference on Private International Law
Document Number: 2017-00671
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is publishing this notice to reopen the comment period provided in its notice of November 18, 2016, entitled Request for Comments and Notice of Public Meeting on a Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Currently Being Negotiated at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The new deadline for public comments is January 18, 2017.
Request for Comments Regarding the Continuation of the Accelerated Examination Program
Document Number: 2017-00568
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting comments from its stakeholders on whether the accelerated examination program should be retained. In an August 16, 2016 notice updating the program to reflect changes in the law and examination practice, the USPTO indicated that the number of accelerated examination requests has been quite low. In particular, in each of the fiscal years 2012-2015, fewer than 250 applications were accepted into the accelerated examination program. Accordingly, the USPTO seeks feedback from its stakeholders on whether the accelerated examination program provides a sufficient benefit to the public to justify the cost of implementation. Comment Deadline: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be received on or before March 13, 2017. No public hearing will be held. Addresses for Comments: Written comments should be sent by electronic mail addressed to AEcomments2016@uspto.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Mail Stop CommentsPatents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Pinchus Laufer, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Although comments may be submitted by mail, the USPTO prefers to receive comments via the Internet. The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, located in Madison East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia, and will be available via the USPTO Internet Web site at http://www.uspto.gov. Because comments will be available for public inspection, information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments.