Patent and Trademark Office 2022 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Study on Non-Fungible Tokens and Related Intellectual Property Law Issues
Document Number: 2022-25211
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United States Copyright Office (USCO) (collectively, the Offices) are conducting a joint study regarding issues of intellectual property (IP) law and policy associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The Offices seek public comments on these matters to assist in their work on IP policy related to NFTs and in conducting the study. In addition, the Offices are announcing a series of three public roundtables to allow them to gather further input.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent Term Extension and Adjustment
Document Number: 2022-25314
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-21
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 and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0020 Patent Term Extension and Adjustment. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Standardization of the Patent Term Adjustment Statement Regarding Information Disclosure Statements
Document Number: 2022-25156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-11-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule titled ``Standardization of the Patent Term Adjustment Statement Regarding Information Disclosure Statements'' that was published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2022. The proposed rule's comment period, which ended on September 12, 2022, is extended until December 2, 2022. In addition, the USPTO will treat as timely any comment that was received between September 12, 2022, and November 18, 2022.
Date of Receipt of Electronic Submissions of Patent Correspondence
Document Number: 2022-24335
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-11-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is amending the patent rules of practice to provide that the receipt date of correspondence officially submitted electronically by way of the USPTO patent electronic filing system is the date in the Eastern time zone of the United States (Eastern Time) when the USPTO received the correspondence rather than the date on which the correspondence is received at the correspondence address in Alexandria, Virginia. This change is necessary because the USPTO is expecting to provide servers for receiving electronic submissions in locations that are separate from the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This change will ensure consistency and predictability with respect to correspondence receipt dates, as the date of receipt accorded to correspondence submitted electronically will not depend on the location of USPTO servers. The USPTO is also amending the patent rules of practice to make other clarifying changes regarding the receipt of electronic submissions, including providing a definition for Eastern Time. These changes harmonize the patent rules with the trademark rules and provide clarity regarding the date of receipt of electronic submissions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent Law Treaty
Document Number: 2022-25000
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-17
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, invites comments on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0073 Patent Law Treaty. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Eliminating Continuing Legal Education Certification and Recognition for Patent Practitioners
Document Number: 2022-24676
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-11-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) amends the rules of practice in patent cases and the rules regarding the representation of others before the USPTO to eliminate provisions regarding voluntary continuing legal education (CLE) certification for registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters before the USPTO. After rules were published on August 3, 2020, providing that registered patent practitioners and persons granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters before the USPTO would be permitted to voluntarily certify completion of CLE to the Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED Director) and that the OED Director could publish whether such persons had voluntarily certified, the USPTO indefinitely delayed implementation of the voluntary CLE certification. After receiving and considering stakeholder feedback on the certification process and possible details regarding implementation, the USPTO has determined that it will not implement the voluntary CLE certification program at this time.
Joint USPTO-FDA Collaboration Initiatives; Notice of Public Listening Session and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2022-24107
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services, is announcing a public listening session on January 19, 2023, titled ``Listening Session on Joint USPTO-FDA Collaboration Initiatives.'' The purpose of the listening session is to seek public comments on proposed initiatives for collaboration between the agencies to advance President Biden's Executive Order on ``Promoting Competition in the American Economy'' and to promote greater access to medicines for American families. To assist in gathering public input, the USPTO and the FDA are announcing the establishment of a docket to track feedback received through this notice and a request for comments on these collaborative efforts.
Request for Comments on USPTO Initiatives To Ensure the Robustness and Reliability of Patent Rights
Document Number: 2022-23879
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the comment period for the notice titled ``Request for Comments on USPTO Initiatives to Ensure the Robustness and Reliability of Patent Rights'' that was published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2022. The notice's comment period is extended until February 1, 2023. This will be the only extension of the comment period.
Expanding Opportunities To Appear Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Document Number: 2022-22572
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In this request for comments, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) seeks public input on the requirements to practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board). The Office seeks to ensure quality representation in PTAB proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) without creating undue restrictions or barriers to entry for practitioners wishing to appear before the PTAB. The Office's goal is to expand the admission criteria to practice before the PTAB so more Americans, including those from traditionally under-represented and under-resourced communities, can participate in Office practice, while maintaining the Office's high standards necessary for the issuance and maintenance of robust and reliable intellectual property rights.
Expanding Admission Criteria for Registration To Practice in Patent Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Document Number: 2022-22569
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
This request for comments seeks public input on the scientific and technical requirements to practice in patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office). Specifically, the Office seeks input on whether it should revise the scientific and technical criteria for admission to practice in patent matters to require the USPTO to periodically review certain applicant degrees on a predetermined timeframe, and make certain modifications to the accreditation requirement for computer science degrees. This request for comments also seeks input on whether the creation of a separate design patent practitioner bar would be beneficial to the public and the Office, whether to add clarifying instructions to the General Requirements Bulletin for Admission to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (GRB) for limited recognition applicants, and whether the Office should make any additional updates to the scientific and technical requirements for admission to practice in patent matters. The USPTO is undertaking this effort as part of its continual review of the admission criteria for sitting for the registration examination.
Changes To Implement Provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020; Delay of Effective Date and Correction
Document Number: 2022-22217
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-10-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On November 17, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) published in the Federal Register a final rule amending its regulations to implement provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA). This action changes the effective date for the regulations published in the November 17, 2021, final rule that established new Office action response periods and set fees for requests to extend Office action response deadlines. This action resets the effective date for responses and extensions from December 1, 2022, to December 3, 2022, in the examination of applications, and from December 1, 2022, to October 7, 2023, in the examination of post- registration filings.
International Trademark Classification Changes
Document Number: 2022-22065
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-10-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues this 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 listed in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification), which is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and will become effective on January 1, 2023.
Request for Comments on USPTO Initiatives To Ensure the Robustness and Reliability of Patent Rights
Document Number: 2022-21481
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) seeks initial public comments on proposed initiatives directed at bolstering the robustness and reliability of patents to incentivize and protect new and nonobvious inventions while facilitating the broader dissemination of public knowledge to promote innovation and competition. This request for comments (RFC) addresses a variety of topics, including prior art searching, support for claimed subject matter, request for continued examination (RCE) practice, and restriction practice, and certain initiatives related to these topics that are outlined in the USPTO's July 6, 2022, letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This RFC also seeks comments on the questions set forth in a June 8, 2022, letter to the USPTO from six United States Senators. The USPTO is studying additional topics and initiatives to bolster the robustness and reliability of U.S. patents and will seek public comments on those separately.
Extension of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Motion To Amend Pilot Program
Document Number: 2022-21472
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the Motion to Amend (MTA) Pilot Program, initiated on March 15, 2019, and first extended on September 16, 2021. The MTA Pilot Program provides additional options for a patent owner who files an MTA in an America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In particular, the program provides a patent owner who files an MTA with options to request preliminary guidance from the PTAB on the MTA and to file a revised MTA. The MTA Pilot Program also provides timelines for briefing to accommodate these options.
Extension of the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program
Document Number: 2022-21469
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program, initiated on July 2, 2020, and previously extended on July 12, 2021. The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program permits appellants with a docketed ex parte appeal before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) to file a petition to expedite the review of the appeal. The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program sets a target of reaching decisions on ex parte appeals within six months from the date they enter the program.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 6,406,699; ECI® (ELIAS Cancer Immunotherapy)
Document Number: 2022-21118
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-29
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. 6,406,699 ('699 patent).
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 7,199,162; GrafapexTM
Document Number: 2022-21117
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-29
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. 7,199,162 ('162 patent).
Extension of the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program
Document Number: 2022-20988
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On June 29, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program in support of the White House's National Cancer Moonshot initiative, which sought to accelerate cancer research. The program permits patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy to be advanced out of turn for examination. To date, over 880 petitions requesting participation in the pilot program have been filed, and over 650 patents have been granted under the program. In view of the continued interest in the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program, as well as the White House's reignition of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative, the USPTO is extending the program, with all parameters remaining the same, until January 31, 2023. The USPTO will also continue to evaluate whether to expand the scope of the pilot program and to what extent during this extension period.
Extension of the Period for Comments on Director Review, Precedential Opinion Panel Review, and Internal Circulation and Review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions
Document Number: 2022-20697
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-26
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 July 20, 2022, seeking public comment on the processes for Director review, Precedential Opinion Panel review, and internal circulation and review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions. The USPTO is extending the period for public comment until October 19, 2022.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Legal Processes
Document Number: 2022-20132
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-16
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 extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0046 Legal Processes. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Changes to the Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Document Number: 2022-18215
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-09-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) proposes to amend the rules of practice in patent cases and the rules regarding the representation of others before the USPTO to better protect the public and improve compliance with USPTO requirements. In particular, this rulemaking proposes to formalize the USPTO's Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners whose physical or mental health issues or law practice management issues resulted in minor misconduct. Formalizing the Pilot would align USPTO disciplinary practice with a majority of states and provide practitioners an opportunity to address the root causes of such misconduct. In addition, the USPTO proposes to require foreign attorneys or agents granted reciprocal recognition in trademark matters to provide and update their contact and status information or have their recognition withdrawn so the public will have access to up-to-date information. Also, the USPTO proposes to defer to state bars regarding fee sharing between practitioners and non-practitioners to reduce the potential for conflicts between USPTO and state bar rules. Further, the USPTO proposes to remove a fee required when changing one's status from a patent agent to a patent attorney and to make minor adjustments to other rules related to the representation of others before the USPTO.
Submission of Comments Regarding the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
Document Number: 2022-18895
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public feedback on its existing patent subject matter eligibility guidance. The existing guidance, put in place in 2019, has contributed to more consistent examination. But there is more work to be done to impart clarity and certainty into patent eligibility. In addition to working with Congress on potential changes to the law and looking for opportunities in the courts, the USPTO is updating its guidance and has been seeking public input on the same. Given the overwhelming interest in the guidance, the USPTO will now accept feedback via the Federal eRulemaking Portal until October 15, 2022.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent and PTAB Pro Bono Programs
Document Number: 2022-18598
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-30
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 and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0082 Patent and PTAB Pro Bono Programs. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2022-18543
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In conformance with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the appointment of persons to serve as members of its Performance Review Board (PRB).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)
Document Number: 2022-17523
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. The USPTO invites comment on this information collection. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on May 24, 2022 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot Program-New Combined Petition Option for Participation
Document Number: 2022-06602
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), have collaborated on a new petition option for participation in the Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) program. The new petition option, which has several enhancements compared to the current petition form and process, permits an applicant to file a combined petition in one of the partner intellectual property (IP) offices rather than separate petitions in both partner IP offices. Enhancements include a more user-friendly layout, addition of multilingual text, and a foundation for data collection that both satisfies the petition requirements and streamlines the process for partaking in the Expanded CSP program.
Third Extension of the Modified COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for Patent Applications
Document Number: 2022-06294
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is extending the modified COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, which provides prioritized examination of certain patent applications. Requests that are compliant with the pilot program's requirements and are filed on or before June 30, 2022, will be accepted. The USPTO will evaluate whether to terminate or further extend the program during this extension period.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patents External Quality Survey
Document Number: 2022-05472
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-15
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 and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0057 (Patents External Quality Survey). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 6,953,476; Reducer®
Document Number: 2022-04970
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-09
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. 6,953,476.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 8,858,612; Reducer®
Document Number: 2022-04969
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-09
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. 8,858,612.
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2022-03443
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The Acting 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 (NMTI Committee) on February 9, 2022.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Practitioner Conduct and Discipline
Document Number: 2022-02607
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-08
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 and revision of an existing information collection: 0651- 0017 (Practitioner Conduct and Discipline). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response Pilot Program
Document Number: 2021-28473
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is implementing a pilot program to evaluate the effects of permitting applicants to defer responding to subject matter eligibility (SME) rejections in certain patent applications. Under this pilot program, applicants may receive invitations to participate if their applications meet the criteria for the program as specified in this notice, including a criterion that the claims in the application necessitate rejections on SME and other patentability-related grounds. An applicant who accepts the invitation to participate in this pilot program must still file a reply to every Office action mailed in the application, but is permitted to defer responding to SME rejections until the earlier of final disposition of the application, or the withdrawal or obviation of all other outstanding rejections. This notice outlines the conditions, eligibility requirements, and guidelines of the pilot program.
Trademarks Administrative Sanctions Process
Document Number: 2021-28536
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
As part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO or Office) continuing efforts to protect the integrity of the U.S. trademark register, the Commissioner for Trademarks (Commissioner) has established an administrative process for investigating submissions filed with the USPTO in trademark matters that appear to violate the Trademark Rules of Practice, including the rules concerning signatures, certificates, and representation of others in trademark matters before the USPTO (collectively, the USPTO rules), and/or the USPTO website's Terms of Use; and imposing sanctions, as appropriate.