Patent and Trademark Office 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Actions
Document Number: 2020-11248
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-26
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 the extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0040 (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Actions).
COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program
Document Number: C1-2020-10372
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program
Document Number: 2020-10372
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is implementing a pilot program to provide prioritized examination of certain patent applications. To qualify, the claim(s) of an application must cover a product or process related to COVID-19, and such product or process must be subject to an applicable FDA approval for COVID-19 use. Under this pilot program, the USPTO will grant qualified requests for prioritized examination without payment of certain fees associated with prioritized examination for applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status. The goal of prioritized examination is to provide a final disposition within 12 months, on average, from the date the prioritized status has been granted. Furthermore, the USPTO believes it can achieve final disposition in six months if applicants provide more timely responses to notices and actions from the USPTO, as compared to those required by prioritized examination. This notice outlines the conditions, eligibility requirements, and guidelines of the pilot program.
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2020-08896
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration, with the concurrence of the General Services Administration, renewed the Charter for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee on February 12, 2020.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Pro Bono Survey”
Document Number: 2020-08893
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Appeals
Document Number: 2020-08344
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-20
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 the renewal and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0063 (Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Appeals).
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 7,534,790; Vernakalant Hydrochloride
Document Number: 2020-07190
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
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. 7,534,790.
Waiver of Original Handwritten Signature Requirement Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Document Number: 2020-06186
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) considers the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to be an extraordinary situation. Therefore, pursuant to the Office's authority, the USPTO is waiving its only regulatory requirements for an original handwritten signature personally signed in permanent dark ink or its equivalent for certain correspondence with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and certain payments by credit card. In both instances, the Office will accept copies of handwritten signatures. The USPTO has no other requirements for original handwritten, ink signatures.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 8,858,612; Reducer®
Document Number: 2020-06447
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-27
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. 8,858,612.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 6,953,476; Reducer®
Document Number: 2020-06445
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-27
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 one- year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 6,953,476.
Native American Tribal Insignia Database
Document Number: 2020-05312
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-16
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 the renewal of a currently approved information collection: 0651-0048 (Native American Tribal Insignia Database).
Clarification of the Practice for Requiring Additional Information in Petitions Filed in Patent Applications and Patents Based on Unintentional Delay
Document Number: 2020-03715
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is clarifying its practice as to situations that will require additional information about whether a delay in seeking the revival of an abandoned application, acceptance of a delayed maintenance fee payment, or acceptance of a delayed priority or benefit claim was unintentional.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Law School Clinic Certification Program
Document Number: 2020-04135
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-03068
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-108, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hereby gives notice it has established a new system of records titled COMMERCE/USPTO-26, Trademark Application and Registration Records. The USPTO proposes to establish this system of records to manage trademark application and registration records.
Small Entity Government Use License Exception
Document Number: 2020-01687
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-02-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is proposing to amend the rules of practice in patent cases to clarify and expand exceptions to the rule pertaining to government use licenses and their effect on small entity status for purposes of paying reduced patent fees so as to support independent inventors, small business concerns and nonprofit organizations in filing patent applications. The proposed rule change is designed to encourage persons, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to collaborate with the Federal Government by providing an opportunity to qualify for the small entity patent fees discount for inventions made during the course of federally-funded or federally-supported research.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Deposit of Biological Materials
Document Number: 2020-01852
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Post Allowance and Refiling
Document Number: 2020-01851
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Law Treaty
Document Number: 2020-01850
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Term Extension
Document Number: 2020-01849
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Facilitating the Use of WIPO's ePCT System To Prepare International Applications for Filing With the United States Receiving Office
Document Number: 2020-01765
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is proposing to amend the foreign filing license rules to facilitate use of ePCT (a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) online web-based service) to prepare an international application for filing with the USPTO in its capacity as a Receiving Office under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). ePCT offers many benefits to users, including real time up-to-date validation features to help users properly complete the PCT Request. ePCT resides on WIPO's servers abroad and is accessed via an internet browser on the user's system. While the current foreign filing license rules would authorize the export of technical data to ePCT for purposes of preparing an international application for filing in a foreign PCT Receiving Office, the current rules do not authorize the export of technical data to ePCT for purposes of preparing an international application for filing with the USPTO as a Receiving Office. The USPTO is thus proposing to amend the foreign filing license rules to provide that a foreign filing license from the USPTO would authorize the export of technical data abroad for purposes relating to the use of ePCT to prepare an international application for filing with the USPTO in its capacity as a Receiving Office under the PCT.