United States Patent and Trademark Office February 5, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Comments on Enhancing Patent Quality
Document Number: 2015-02398
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-02-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public input and guidance to direct its continued efforts towards enhancing patent quality. These efforts focus on improving patent operations and procedures to provide the best possible work products, to enhance the customer experience, and to improve existing quality metrics. In pursuit of these goals, the USPTO is launching a comprehensive and enhanced quality initiative. This initiative begins with a request for public comments on the set of proposals outlined in this document and will continue with a two-day ``Quality Summit'' with the public to discuss the outlined proposals. The conversation with the public held at this Quality Summit, complemented by written comments to these proposals, is the first of many steps toward developing a new paradigm of patent quality at the USPTO. Through an active and long- term partnership with the public, the USPTO seeks to ensure the issuance of the best quality patents and provide the best customer service possible.
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