Patent and Trademark Office March 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Third Public Meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2019-05116
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
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 hold a conference at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) facility in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 28, 2019, to discuss current initiatives and technologies used to develop a more robust and collaborative digital marketplace for copyrighted works. In the previous public comments and meetings, the Task Force heard from stakeholders that the government can play a useful role by facilitating dialogues between and among industry sectors and by convening stakeholder groups to make recommendations on specific issues. Based on this feedback, the Task Force is organizing this meeting to build on the work of the prior meetings and continue to facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue about ways to promote a robust and collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works.
Notice Regarding a New Pilot Program Concerning Motion To Amend Practice and Procedures in Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Document Number: 2019-04897
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'' or ``Office'') provides notice of a pilot program for motion to amend (``MTA'') practice and procedures in trial proceedings under the America Invents Act (``AIA'') before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (``PTAB'' or ``Board''). In particular, a patent owner who files an MTA will have the ability to choose how that motion will proceed before the Board, including whether to request preliminary guidance from the Board on the MTA and whether to file a revised MTA. The Office previously published a notice requesting comments on proposed modifications to the current MTA practice and procedures. The Office has considered those comments and greatly appreciates the feedback. In view of the comments received, the Office has modified its prior proposal in certain respects as reflected in this notice, and will implement the MTA pilot program presented in this notice.