United States Patent and Trademark Office 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Legal Processes
Document Number: 2019-25747
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Pro Bono Survey
Document Number: 2019-24618
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-13
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 revision and extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0082 (Pro Bono Survey).
Post Allowance and Refiling
Document Number: 2019-24617
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-13
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 the extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0033 (Post Allowance and Refiling).
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee
Document Number: 2019-14089
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') is requesting nominations of individuals to serve on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee. The USPTO will consider all timely nominations received in response to this notice as well as from other sources.
Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures
Document Number: 2019-08027
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-22
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 this proposed extension of an existing information collection.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Madrid Protocol”
Document Number: 2019-03224
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Practitioner Conduct and Discipline
Document Number: 2019-03223
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Extension of the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program
Document Number: 2019-00202
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-28
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 300 petitions requesting participation in the pilot program have been filed, and over 100 patents have been granted under the pilot program. In view of the continued interest in the pilot program, the USPTO has extended the pilot program until June 30, 2020. All pilot parameters remain the same as the original pilot.
Expiration of the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program
Document Number: 2019-00201
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a pilot program (Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program) in which an applicant, under certain conditions, can request a 12-month time period to pay the search fee, the examination fee, any excess claim fees, and the surcharge (for the late submission of the search fee and the examination fee) in a nonprovisional application. Based on the limited number of grantable requests and the administrative burden on the USPTO in processing improper requests, the USPTO decided not to extend the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program beyond January 2, 2019.
Examining Computer-Implemented Functional Claim Limitations for Compliance With 35 U.S.C. 112
Document Number: 2018-28283
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
This guidance will assist United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) personnel in the examination of claims in patent applications that contain functional language, particularly patent applications where functional language is used to claim computer- implemented inventions. Part I of this guidance addresses issues related to the examination of computer-implemented functional claims having means-plus-function limitations. Part II of this guidance addresses written description and enablement issues related to the examination of computer-implemented functional claims that recite only the idea of a solution or outcome to a problem but fail to recite details of how the solution or outcome is accomplished.
2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
Document Number: 2018-28282
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has prepared revised guidance (2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance) for use by USPTO personnel in evaluating subject matter eligibility. The 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance revises the procedures for determining whether a patent claim or patent application claim is directed to a judicial exception (laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas) under Step 2A of the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance in two ways. First, the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance explains that abstract ideas can be grouped as, e.g., mathematical concepts, certain methods of organizing human activity, and mental processes. Second, this guidance explains that a patent claim or patent application claim that recites a judicial exception is not ``directed to'' the judicial exception if the judicial exception is integrated into a practical application of the judicial exception. A claim that recites a judicial exception, but is not integrated into a practical application, is directed to the judicial exception under Step 2A and must then be evaluated under Step 2B (inventive concept) to determine the subject matter eligibility of the claim. The USPTO is seeking public comment on its subject matter eligibility guidance, and particularly the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance.