PTO Updates

18 05, 2020

USPTO Provides Guidance on New COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

2020-05-18T14:21:14-04:00May 18th, 2020|

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has established a webpage with information and guidance regarding use of its new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. The new page indicates the number of applications that will be accepted under the new program (500) and provides a description of the program, a link to the application [...]

13 05, 2020

USPTO Announces New COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

2020-05-13T00:43:54-04:00May 13th, 2020|

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new pilot program to expedite the examination and prosecution of patent applications related to COVID-19. With a nod to the important role independent inventors and small businesses play in innovation and economic growth, the USPTO indicated its new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program will initially be [...]

4 05, 2020

USPTO Unveils Patents 4 Partnership

2020-05-04T17:04:07-04:00May 4th, 2020|

On May 4th, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a new IP marketplace platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies. The web-based platform, Patents 4 Partnership, is intended to provide a user-friendly, searchable database of patents and published patent applications available for licensing and related to [...]

29 04, 2020

USPTO Issues Update on Relief Available to Customers Affected by COVID-19

2020-04-29T16:12:00-04:00April 29th, 2020|

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Notice of Extended Waiver of Patent-Related Timing Deadlines under the CARES Act (“Updated Notice”). The Notice also addresses other relief available to Patent Applicants and Patentees and supersedes the USPTO’s March 31, 2020 Patent-Related and Trademark-Related Notices and its March 16, [...]

27 04, 2020

USPTO Releases Report on Patent Examination Uncertainty Post-Alice

2020-04-27T16:31:41-04:00April 27th, 2020|

by Kurt Buechle and Liz Burke On April 23, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a press release announcing the publication of a new report on patent examination outcomes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and the USPTO’s subsequently released January 2019 Subject [...]

16 03, 2020

USPTO Announces Relief Available to Customers Affected by COVID-19

2020-03-16T16:37:58-04:00March 16th, 2020|

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that, in certain circumstances, Petition to Revive fees will be waived “[f]or patent applicants or patent owners who were unable to timely reply to an Office communication due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.” The USPTO considers “the effects of the [...]

31 01, 2020

Jones Robb Attorney Kurt Buechle Attends USPTO Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership Conference

2020-03-16T18:23:11-04:00January 31st, 2020|

On January 28, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Technical Center 1600 held its Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership Conference. The conference included presentations on restriction practice, IPR/litigation statistics relating to biologic and Orange Book patents, patent term adjustment, written description, and subject matter eligibility. Among the speakers was Kery Fries, Senior Legal Advisor in [...]

2 05, 2019

Recap of USPTO’s Design Day 2019

2020-03-16T19:44:21-04:00May 2nd, 2019|

Thursday, April 25, 2019, was Design Day at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The event was hosted at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus, while other regional offices of the USPTO provided opportunities for local examiners and practitioners to attend the meeting remotely.  The relaxed tone and casual atmosphere of Design Day, combined with lively presenters [...]

10 01, 2019

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Releases Guidance on Application of 35 U.S.C. §112 to Computer-Implemented Inventions

2020-03-16T19:34:10-04:00January 10th, 2019|

(Synopsis By Sachin Kandhari) The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released revised guidelines (hereafter, “guidelines”) for Examiners on applying 35 U.S.C. §112 to computer-implemented functional claim limitations during examination.  In this article, we will summarize the guidelines and present key takeaways that will be useful to patent practitioners and clients. Generally, the [...]