Tag Archives: USPTO

{2 minutes to read}  In December of last year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to seek public feedback on a proposal to revise the rules of practice for issuing patents electronically. Under the current rule (37 CFR 1.315), the USPTO is required to deliver or […]

Per guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has terminated engagement with officials from Russia’s agency in charge of intellectual property, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (commonly known as Rospatent), and with the Eurasian Patent Organization. The USPTO has also terminated engagement with officials from […]

On January 6, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new pilot program: The Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER). This pilot program is designed to evaluate how deferred applicant responses to subject matter eligibility (SME) rejections affect examination efficiency and patent quality as compared to traditional compact prosecution practice.

The USPTO is ending the unpopular “First Action Interview Pilot Program” effective January 15, 2021. According to the program, an applicant could have requested an interview before receiving a first office action on the merits. The examiner would have performed a search and would have provided the applicant with a short communication including potential rejections. 

In the Federal Register Notice published August 3, 2020, the USPTO notified the final rule on fee changes.  This final rule is effective from October 2, 2020, except for the surcharge for non-DOCX filings, which is effective from January 1, 2022.  As detailed in the Table of Patent Fee Adjustments the final rules includes three […]