United States Patent and Trademark Office October 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Comments on Intellectual Property Enforcement in China
Document Number: 2011-26757
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
As China has become a major trading partner for the United States, U.S. rights holders are increasingly seeking to protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) in that country. China's patent and trademark offices are now among the largest in the world in terms of filings, and its IP enforcement system is being increasingly utilized by U.S. rights holders. Ensuring that the Chinese IP system works in a fair and timely manner for U.S. innovators is a top priority for the U.S. Government. To that end, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with other U.S. Government agencies, is leading an effort to identify and assess the challenges U.S. inventors are facing with China's judicial and administrative patent enforcement systems. The USPTO would like to address the concerns of rights holders by working with them to identify problemssuch as difficulties in gathering evidence, meeting evidentiary requirements, protecting proprietary information, obtaining adequate damages, and enforcing preliminary injunctionsto then find ways to address these issues with the Chinese Government. As part of this effort, the USPTO, in coordination with the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), has conducted a series of roundtables to obtain the views of diverse members of the patent community who have first-hand experience enforcing their patents in China. Roundtables were held on July 19, 2011, in Washington, DC; on July 26, 2011, in Beijing, China; on July 29, 2011, in Shanghai, China; and on August 1, 2011, in Guangzhou, China. Topics for discussion included: (1) Acquisition and enforcement of utility model and design patents; (2) evidence collection and preservation in Chinese courts; (3) obtaining damages and injunctions; (4) enforceability of court orders; and (5) administrative patent enforcement. To ensure that the USPTO receives a wide array of views, the USPTO would like to invite any member of the public to submit written comments on China's patent enforcement system, including, but not limited to, the five specific issues listed above. Examples of first- hand experience using China's patent enforcement system, and recommendations on ways to improve the system, are encouraged. Based on these comments, the USPTO intends to produce a report that details the patent enforcement landscape in China and identifies any challenges faced by U.S. innovators, together with recommendations for improving the system.
Performance Review Board (PRB)
Document Number: 2011-26751
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
In conformance with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announces the appointment of persons to serve as members of its Performance Review Board.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-26307
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearings on the Study of International Patent Protection for Small Businesses
Document Number: 2011-26157
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Comments on the Study of Prior User Rights
Document Number: 2011-26154
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
Public User ID Badging
Document Number: 2011-26014
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the revision of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).