United States Patent and Trademark Office April 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Request for Comments on the Feasibility of Placing Economically Significant Patents Under a Secrecy Order and the Need To Review Criteria Used in Determining Secrecy Orders Related to National Security
Document Number: 2012-9503
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Pursuant to a request from Congress, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking comments as to whether the United States should identify and bar from publication and issuance certain patent applications as detrimental to the nation's economic security. The USPTO is also seeking comments on the desirability of changes to the existing procedures for reviewing applications that might be detrimental to national security.
Patents External Quality Survey (formerly Customer Panel Quality Survey)
Document Number: 2012-8485
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States 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 this extension 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)).