United States Patent and Trademark Office 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Public Meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works
Document Number: 2017-27651
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Department of Commerce's internet Policy Task Force (Task Force) will hold a conference at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) facility in Alexandria, Virginia, on January 25, 2018, to discuss current initiatives and technologies used to develop a more robust and collaborative digital marketplace for copyrighted works. This follows up on three earlier public meetings held by the Task Force: On December 12, 2013, which included panels focusing on access to rights information and online licensing transactions; on April 1, 2015, which focused on how the Government can assist in facilitating the development and use of standard identifiers for all types of works of authorship; and on December 9, 2016, which was designed to facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue among stakeholders about ways to promote a more robust and collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Patent and Trademark Resource Center Metrics”
Document Number: 2017-27478
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Patent and Trademark Financial Transactions
Document Number: 2017-24693
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection.
Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Document Number: 2017-24190
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
This final rule on attorney-client privilege amends the existing rules relating to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) trial practice for inter partes review, post- grant review, the transitional program for covered business method patents, and derivation proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (``AIA'') providing for trials before the Office.
Representative and Address Provisions
Document Number: 2017-22618
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), invites comment on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0035 (Representative and Address Provisions).
Removal of Rules Governing Trademark Interferences
Document Number: 2017-22394
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Consistent with Executive Order 13777, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' and Executive Order 13771, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) proposes to amend the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to remove the rules governing trademark interferences. This proposed rule implements the USPTO's work to identify and propose regulations for removal, modification, and streamlining because they are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, costly, or unduly burdensome on the agency or the private sector. The revisions proposed herein would put into effect the work the USPTO has done, in part through its participation in the Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force) established by the Department of Commerce (Department or Commerce) pursuant to Executive Order 13777, to review and identify regulations that are candidates for removal.
Cash Payment Method Will No Longer Be Accepted
Document Number: 2017-21194
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will no longer accept cash, including coins, as payment for products and services for which fees are required.
Applications for Trademark Registration
Document Number: 2017-20836
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0009 (Applications for Trademark Registration).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Patent Petitions Related to Application and Reexamination Processing Fees
Document Number: 2017-20835
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Patent and Trademark Resource Centers Metrics
Document Number: 2017-20369
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0068 (Patent and Trademark Resource Center Metrics).
Performance Review Board (PRB)
Document Number: 2017-17321
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States 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.
Patent Examiner Employment Application
Document Number: 2017-16940
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0042 (Patent Examiner Employment Application).
Substantive Submissions Made During Prosecution of the Trademark Application
Document Number: 2017-15500
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a a proposed extension of an existing information collection.
Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice; Clarification
Document Number: 2017-15346
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2016 a final rule, which became effective on January 14, 2017, revising the Rules of Practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. This document clarifies certain provisions of the rules of practice regarding the deadlines for filing motions to compel discovery, motions to test the sufficiency of responses or objections to requests for admission, and motions for summary judgment. The clarification promotes clarity and reflects ongoing and current practice, in keeping with the goals of efficiency and predictability in the procedure and process of trial cases.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) Surveys
Document Number: 2017-14182
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Information Collection; Submissions Regarding Correspondence and Regarding Attorney Representation (Trademarks)
Document Number: 2017-14181
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0056 (Submissions Regarding Correspondence and Regarding Attorney Representation (Trademarks).
Notice of Public Meeting on Voluntary Initiatives To Combat Infringement of Intellectual Property in the Online Environment; Cancellation
Document Number: 2017-14072
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register of June 22, 2017, concerning a public meeting on measuring the impact of voluntary initiatives undertaken to reduce intellectual property infringement, scheduled for July 17, 2017, at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This notice announces that the July 17, 2017 meeting has been cancelled.
Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2017-13769
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (the ``Act''), Public Law 106-113, which, among other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and to advise the Director on these matters. The America Invents Act Technical Corrections Act made several amendments to the 1999 Act, including the requirement that the terms of the USPTO Public Advisory Committee members be realigned by 2014, so that December 1 be used as the start and end date, with terms staggered so that each year three existing terms expire and three new terms begin on December 1. Through this Notice, the USPTO is requesting nominations for up to three (3) members of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and for up to three (3) members of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, for terms of three years that begin on December 1, 2017.
International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)
Document Number: 2017-13716
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing collection: 0651-0075 (International Design Applications (Hague Agreement)).
Notice of Roundtable Related to Fraudulent Solicitations
Document Number: 2017-13612
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') and its Trademark Public Advisory Committee will host a free public roundtable on fraudulent and misleading solicitations that are directed to trademark holders, to further public awareness of the problem, to provide U.S. Government officials with more information about its scope, and to facilitate a discussion among members of the public about how to address the problem.
Extension of the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program
Document Number: 2017-13122
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
On June 29, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program, which permits patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy to be advanced out of turn for examination and reviewed earlier (accorded special status). To date, over 80 petitions requesting participation in the pilot program have been filed, and 9 patents have been granted under the pilot program. Various stakeholders from around the world have filed petitions to participate in the pilot programthey are independent inventors, universities, research institutions, hospitals, medical centers, government agencies, and large and small companies. The pilot program was originally scheduled to end on June 28, 2017. In view of the continued interest in the pilot program, the USPTO is extending the pilot program until December 31, 2018. All pilot parameters will remain the same as the original pilot.
Notice of Public Meeting on Voluntary Initiatives To Combat Infringement of Intellectual Property in the Online Environment
Document Number: 2017-12992
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public meeting at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 17, 2017, on measuring the impact of voluntary initiatives undertaken to reduce intellectual property infringement, such as copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting, that occurs online.