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

Law School Clinic Certification Program
Document Number: 2019-27832
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
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: 0651-0081 (Law School Clinic Program).
Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice To Mandate Electronic Filing
Document Number: 2019-27426
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On July 31, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published in the Federal Register a final rule amending the regulations to mandate electronic filing of trademark applications and all submissions associated with trademark applications and registrations, and to require the designation of an email address for receiving USPTO correspondence, with limited exceptions. That final rule had an effective date of October 5, 2019, which was subsequently delayed until December 21, 2019. A correction to the July 31, 2019 rule was published on December 13, 2019 and is also effective on December 21, 2019. This action further delays the effective date of the both the July 31, 2019 final rule, and the December 13, 2019 correction, until February 15, 2020.
Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice To Mandate Electronic Filing; Correction
Document Number: 2019-26899
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2019 (delayed on October 2, 2019), a final rule amending its regulations to mandate electronic filing of trademark applications and all submissions associated with trademark applications and registrations, and to require the designation of an email address for receiving USPTO correspondence, with limited exceptions. This rulemaking clarifies the mandatory electronic filing regulation addressing the requirements for receiving a filing date, by amending it to remove the word ``domicile.'' This rulemaking also clarifies the mandatory electronic filing regulation addressing the requirements for a TEAS Plus application.
Request for Comments on Intellectual Property Protection for Artificial Intelligence Innovation
Document Number: 2019-26104
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a request for comments in the Federal Register on October 30, 2019, seeking public comment on the impact of artificial intelligence (``AI'') technologies on intellectual property law and policy. Through this notice, the USPTO is extending the period for public comment until January 10, 2020.