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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

The next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting is on Thursday, August 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The meeting is online only.

View the agenda and learn how to access the meeting by visiting the PPAC quarterly meeting event page on the USPTO website.

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August 6: Learn how to file a patent

by John Roberts on August 5, 2020

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August 6: Learn how to file a patent

On Thursday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to noon ET, learn the critical steps you need to take to protect your intellectual property.

USPTO Patent Examiner Blake Tankersley will discuss the requirements for patentability, drafting nonprovisional and provisional patent applications, and common pitfalls to avoid.

This online workshop is free and open to the public, so register early.

The program is offered in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center and is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, including captioning, sign language interpreting, or other, please email easternregionaloutreachoffice@uspto.gov, visit the Eastern Regional Outreach Office page of the USPTO website, or call 571-272-2243.

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Join the Copyright Office’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

Online, August 5, Noon – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join the U.S. Copyright Office for a virtual celebration in recognition of our 150th anniversary, and register for “Copyright Office Presents: Celebrating 150 Years of Creativity” on August 5 from noon to 1:00 p.m. eastern time.

This online event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

On July 8, 1870, Congress centralized the administration of copyright law in the Library of Congress. Since its establishment 150 years ago, the Office has driven the evolution of copyright law and been a key player in copyright law revisions, from the Copyright Act of 1909 to the Copyright Act of 1976 to the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act and beyond. The Office also provides critical services, helping copyright owners protect their works and preserving a public record of the country’s creativity.

“Copyright Office Presents: Celebrating 150 Years of Creativity” will highlight the rich and sometimes surprising history of the Copyright Office and copyright itself, the importance of the Office’s connection with creators and users of copyright-protected works, and the role of the Office in engaging creativity through a conversation with Copyright Office experts, past and present. Presenters include:

  • John Cole, Library of Congress historian and author
  • Frank Evina, curator of prior Copyright Office exhibit and former senior information specialist, Copyright Office
  • Heather Wiggins, supervisor in the Literary Division of the Registration Program, Copyright Office, and adjunct professor

“Copyright Office Presents: Celebrating 150 Years of Creativity” kicks off a yearlong celebration with special events and activities to mark this anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, the Copyright Office is building awareness of how copyright can “Engage Your Creativity.” For more resources and selected videos, visit our new Engage Your Creativity webpage.

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USPTO July Monthly Review

by John Roberts on August 4, 2020

A look back at the highlights of July 2020
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Journeys of Innovation

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A scientist makes inroads in chemistry and civil rights.

Surmounting the insurmountable

With unwavering perseverance, Percy Julian fought against segregation and other challenges to become a leading innovator in synthetic chemistry. His numerous inventions range from the fire retardant Aerofoam to treatments for glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis. He was granted over 130 patents during his lifetime and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1990. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Julian’s graduation, as valedictorian, from DePauw University. While that honor was the first of many intellectual and scientific accolades, Julian is equally celebrated as an innovator who broke down barriers for future scientists from underrepresented groups.

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First-rate information technology infrastructure supports USPTO teleworkers nationwide

Remember that old U.S. Post Office creed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds?” That’s how we feel about our work at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Granted, we’ve faced much worse in the past three months than just inclement weather. Even so, the USPTO’s 13,000 employees have endured the historic challenges and, through an efficient teleworking system, have kept America’s engine of innovation moving forward.

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Fee schedule update

by John Roberts on August 4, 2020

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Fee schedule update

The fee schedule was updated with the following changes, effective August 1:

PCT Fees to Foreign Offices

  • 1714: International search (Rospatent)–fee increase from $501 to $532

The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for our products and services. For additional information, please call the USPTO Contact Center at 571-272-1000 or 800-786-9199, or visit the PCT Fees page of the USPTO website.

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Consider Camp Invention Connect for your child

by John Roberts on August 3, 2020

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Consider Camp Invention Connect for your child

While many in-person summer camps have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners at the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) are meeting the needs of families across the country with Camp Invention Connect—a hybrid program for K-6 students that offers imaginative, hands-on learning at home. With a flexible online and offline approach, activity kits packed with materials, and opportunities to connect and collaborate with friends, this new program delivers a unique distance learning experience.

I encourage you to consider Camp Invention Connect for your child. Our colleagues at NIHF do an outstanding job of promoting interest among America’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as intellectual property.

To learn more, visit the Camp Invention Connect webpage.

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Keep Moving Forward: Performance of the Copyright Office during COVID-19
08/03/2020 11:02 AM EDT

The following is a guest post by Maria Strong, Acting Register of Copyrights. The U.S. Copyright Office has taken a number of actions to ensure that mission-critical functions continue during the ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19. I commend our staff for maintaining a continued high level of service under these challenging conditions and greatly appreciate […]

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Final Rule—Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees

by John Roberts on July 31, 2020

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Final Rule—Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is setting and adjusting Patent and Patent Trial and Appeal Board fees for the first time in almost three years through its Final Rule, effective on October 2, 2020.

Consistent with federal fee-setting standards, in 2017, the USPTO began its biennial review of fees, costs, and revenues, and found that fee adjustments are necessary to adjust to increasing costs and to provide necessary resources for Patent operations, including implementing the USPTO 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

In 2018, the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) held a public hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, inviting members of the public to submit written and/or oral testimony on fee adjustments. PPAC considered the public comments from this hearing and made them available on the USPTO website. Later, PPAC provided a written report setting forth the comments, advice, and recommendations of the public and the committee regarding the preliminary proposed fees.

The USPTO considered and analyzed all comments, advice, and recommendations received from PPAC and then, on July 31, 2019, published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2020. The USPTO received and considered comments from four intellectual property (IP) organizations and 40 individuals, attorneys, law firms, corporations, and other associations. Responses to the comments are included in the Final Rule.

More recently, the USPTO has considered the state of the U.S. economy, the operational needs of the agency, and the comments and advice received from the public during the 60-day comment period in determining when to implement the final rule. The USPTO then made adjustments to the timing of the Final Rule based on all of these considerations, specifically to delay publishing the Final Rule from April, with a July effective date, to August, with an October effective date. This approach is consistent with the USPTO’s many other efforts to provide various types of relief to stakeholders, including deadline extensions and fee postponements. Ultimately, the goal of the USPTO is to ensure not only that businesses and entrepreneurs can weather the economic downturn, but also that they can hit the ground running as it passes.

Among the changes made in response to the comments, the USPTO decided not to implement the annual active patent practitioner fee at this time and delayed implementation of the fee related to DOCX.

The overall strategy of the Final Rule is to establish a fee schedule that generates sufficient multi-year revenue to recover the aggregate costs of maintaining USPTO patent-related operations and accomplishing the USPTO’s patent-related strategic goals.

The Final Rule will benefit the IP community by enabling the USPTO to continue to enhance the quality of patent examination, achieve optimal examination times, invest in modernizing patent information technology systems and infrastructure, and provide stability to USPTO operations, even in times of financial fluctuations.

To learn more about the fee changes, please visit the Summary of FY 2020 Final Patent Fee Rule page of the USPTO website.

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Successful failover test ensures the stability of patent system applications at the USPTO

July 28, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Successful failover test ensures the stability of patent system applications at the USPTO Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer of […]

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Op-Ed by Wilbur Ross and Eugene Scalia: America’s broad-based effort to get workers better jobs

July 27, 2020
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Today: Learn about design patents

July 24, 2020

Online at 1 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Today: Learn about design patents What is a design patent and how does it differ from a utility patent? Today, July 24, from 1-2 p.m. ET, learn the basics of the design patent system from one of […]

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ICYMI: What others are saying about the USPTO’s updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

July 24, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. In Case You Missed It… What others are saying about the USPTO’s updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy On Tuesday, July 21, the United States Patent and Trademark Office released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” […]

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Director Andrei Iancu addresses National Association of Manufacturers on combating counterfeit products

July 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Director Andrei Iancu addresses National Association of Manufacturers on combating counterfeit products Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, today called on consumers to fight against counterfeit products. He did […]

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NewsNet 846: Library of Congress Publishes Results of an Indepen dent Audit of the Fiscal Year 2019 Fiduciary Financial Statements

July 22, 2020

NewsNet 846 July 22, 2020 Library of Congress Publishes Results of an Independent Audit of the Fiscal Year 2019 Fiduciary Financial Statements Earlier this year, the Library of Congress contracted with an independent public accounting firm Cotton & Company LLP to conduct an audit of the financial statements prepared for the fiduciary assets administered by […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: July 25 – 26, 2020

July 22, 2020
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This week: Boardside chat about prioritized examinations

July 21, 2020

Join the next Boardside chat webinar on Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board This week: Boardside chat about prioritized examinations Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. […]

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USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

July 21, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” a follow-up to its 2019 report on U.S. women inventors. […]

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July 24: TPAC quarterly meeting

July 21, 2020

Attend online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert July 24: TPAC quarterly meeting The next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be held on Friday, July 24, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will be online only. The agenda and webcast link are available […]

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NewsNet 845: Copyright Office Proposes Update to MMA Transition Period Regulatio ns for Transfer and Reporting of Royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective

July 17, 2020

NewsNet 845 July 10, 2020 Copyright Office Proposes Update to MMA Transition Period Regulations for Transfer and Reporting of Royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective Pursuant to the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations pertaining to cumulative statements of […]

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First-rate information technology infrastructure supports USPTO teleworkers nationwide

July 16, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog First-rate information technology infrastructure supports USPTO teleworkers nationwide Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer of the USPTO Remember that old […]

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Copyright Office Presents: 150 Years of Celebrating Creativity

July 16, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright Office Presents: 150 Years of Celebrating Creativity 07/16/2020 02:17 PM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office hosts Copyright Office Presents: 150 Years of Celebrating Creativity on August 5, 2020, online at noon eastern […]

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Patent Center beta webinars

July 16, 2020

7/23 and 7/29 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta webinars Patent Center beta is available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single, unified interface. Join us for training on how to use […]

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The operational phase of the IP5 PCT CS&E pilot has concluded

July 16, 2020

Concluded on 6/30/2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert The operational phase of the IP5 PCT CS&E pilot has concluded The operational phase of the IP5 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Collaboration Search and Examination (CS&E) pilot concluded on June 30. No new international applications will be accepted into […]

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July 23: Boardside chat about prioritized examinations

July 15, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board July 23: Boardside chat about prioritized examinations Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Learn about prioritized programs at the USPTO, including the Track One Prioritized Patent Examination Program, the […]

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PTAB releases update to Motion to Amend Study

July 15, 2020

PTAB releases update to Motion to Amend Study Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB releases update to Motion to Amend Study The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has published the sixth installment of its Motion to Amend Study. The study tracks and analyzes […]

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Today: Intellectual Property 101

July 15, 2020

7/15, 2-3 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Today: Intellectual Property 101 Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join us today, July 15, from 2-3 p.m. ET to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition […]

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July 23: Webinar on using overlapping IP rights to protect your products in China

July 14, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert July 23: Webinar on using overlapping IP rights to protect your products in China Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “Using overlapping IP rights […]

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PTAB designates two decisions as informative applying the Fintiv factors

July 13, 2020

PTAB designates two decisions as informative applying the Fintiv factors Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates two decisions as informative applying the Fintiv factors Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc., IPR2020-00019, Paper 15 (May 13, 2020) (informative) This decision denies institution upon applying the […]

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Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

July 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has reappointed Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld for a second five-year term. Commissioner Hirshfeld’s original […]

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NewsNet No. 844: Copyright Office Welcomes New Ringer Fellow

July 13, 2020

Copyright Office Welcomes New Ringer Fellow Issue No. 844 July 13, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office is pleased to announce that Melinda Kern has joined the Office as a fellow (2020–2022) in the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. She started her two-year appointment this month and will receive assignments from multiple departments within the […]

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NewsNet 843: Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

July 10, 2020

NewsNet 843 July 10, 2020 Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency The Copyright Office is further extending the temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by the COVID-19 national emergency. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the Register […]

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NewsNet No. 842: Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships

July 9, 2020

Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships Issue No. 842 July 9, 2020 The Copyright Office is now accepting applications for the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. This fellowship, which runs eighteen- to twenty-four months, was created for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest […]

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NewsNet 841: Copyright Office Celebrates its 150th Anniversary with Virtual Event – August 5 at Noon

July 8, 2020

Join the Copyright Office’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Online, August 5, Noon – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time On July 8, 1870, Congress centralized the administration of copyright law in the Library of Congress. Join the U.S. Copyright Office for a virtual celebration in recognition of our 150th anniversary, and register for “Copyright Office Presents: Celebrating 150 […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: July 11 – 12, 2020

July 8, 2020
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Notice of system maintenance

July 7, 2020

TEAS and TEASi outage on July 11 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Notice of system maintenance The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and the Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi) will be unavailable due to system maintenance on Saturday, July 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

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Precedential Opinion Panel issues decision regarding when the Board can raise new argument s in deciding a motion to amend

July 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Precedential Opinion Panel issues decision regarding when the Board can raise new arguments in deciding a motion to amend Hunting Titan, Inc. v. DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH, IPR2018-00600 (PTAB July 6, 2020) (Paper 67) The Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) holds […]

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NewsNet 840: Copyright Office Extends Deadline for Initial Determination in Web V Rate Setting Proceeding

July 6, 2020

NewsNet 840 July 6, 2020 Copyright Office Extends Deadline for Initial Determination in Web V Rate Setting Proceeding The U.S. Copyright Office has announced that, at the request of the Copyright Royalty Board, it is extending the deadline for the Board’s initial determination in the Web V webcaster rate setting proceeding by up to 120 […]

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Patent Center beta webinars

July 6, 2020

Training on how to use various features in Patent Center, including filing in DOCX Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta webinars Patent Center beta is available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a […]

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NewsNet 839: Copyright Office Announces Webinar on New Group Registration Options for Short Online Literary Works (GRTX)

July 2, 2020

Copyright Office Announces Webinar on New Group Registration Options for Short Online Literary Works (GRTX) Issue No. 839 July 2, 2020 The Copyright Office will host a webinar on July 15, 2020, at 2 p.m. eastern time on the new group registration option for short online literary works—for example, blog entries, social media posts, and […]

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The Statue of Liberty: A Copyright Inspiration

July 2, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Statue of Liberty: A Copyright Inspiration 07/02/2020 11:00 AM EDT The Statue of Liberty, officially named Liberty Enlightening the World, is one of the most recognized sculptures ever registered for copyright, and […]

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Fee schedule update

July 2, 2020

Effective on 7/1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule update The fee schedule was updated with the following changes, effective July 1: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1712: International search (IPAU) – fee decrease from $1,483 to $1,341 The fee schedule provides information and fee rates […]

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USPTO June Monthly Review

July 2, 2020

A look back at the highlights of June 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of June 2020 Journeys of Innovation How inventor and entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt learned to push past the idea of the impossible. Persistence is omnipotent Faced with daunting challenges throughout […]

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USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

July 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” launches […]

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IP attaché career opportunities

July 1, 2020

Open through 7/10 and 7/11, respectively Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert IP attaché career opportunities The USPTO, in partnership with the International Trade Administration, has posted job announcements for intellectual property (IP) attachés assigned to U.S. embassies or consulates in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab […]

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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program

July 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program On June 15, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications, which allows COVID-19-related trademark applications to be […]

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Revision to the MPEP

June 30, 2020

Revised 6/30 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Revision to the MPEP On June 30, the ninth edition of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure was revised to include updated information on patent examination policy and procedure related to a number of issues, including subject matter eligibility and […]

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NewsNet 838: Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Its R ulemaking on Modernizing Recordation of Notices of Termination

June 30, 2020

NewsNet 838 June 30, 2020 Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Its Rulemaking on Modernizing Recordation of Notices of Termination The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of comments in its rulemaking on modernizing recordation of notices of termination. Comments are now due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 5, […]

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USPTO extends certain CARES Act relief for small and micro entities

June 29, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO extends certain CARES Act relief for small and micro entities The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant hardships on many of our stakeholders. As a result, the USPTO has waived certain fees […]

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Register for Invention-Con 2020

June 29, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Register for Invention-Con 2020 Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner, or intellectual property (IP) professional? Don’t miss the USPTO’s virtual Invention-Con 2020, which will be free and online August 20-22. This year’s theme is “Your IP: A power tool […]

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NewsNet 837: Copyright Office Updates Proposed Rule Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books

June 29, 2020

NewsNet 837 June 29, 2020 Copyright Office Updates Proposed Rule Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books The U.S. Copyright Office has updated its proposed rule providing for the mandatory deposit of certain electronic-only books with the Copyright Office for use by the Library of Congress. The proposed rule would make electronic-only books published in the […]

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Technology Center 2800 Virtual Customer Partnership Meeting

June 26, 2020

Register by 7/31 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Technology Center 2800 Virtual Customer Partnership Meeting Join us for the free Technology Center (TC) 2800 Virtual Customer Partnership Meeting on August 11, from noon to 2 p.m. ET. Register by July 31 to attend. TC 2800 examines applications […]

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

June 26, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or […]

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New TBMP available

June 25, 2020

June 2020 update Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New TBMP available The June 2020 update of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is now available on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board webpage under “Policies and procedures.” The revision describes current practice and […]

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Copyright in Pride

June 25, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright in Pride 06/25/2020 11:40 AM EDT June is Pride Month, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the first pride parade in New York City. What do copyright and pride have […]

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June 25: Free webinar on oral advocacy before the PTAB

June 24, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board June 25: Free webinar on oral advocacy before the PTAB The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is holding a webinar on oral advocacy Thursday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Judges Amanda Wieker and Christa Zado […]

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NewsNet 836: Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for State Sovere ign Immunity Study and Requests Reply Comments and Empirical Research

June 24, 2020

NewsNet 836 June 24, 2020 Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for State Sovereign Immunity Study and Requests Reply Comments and Empirical Research The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for the submission of comments in its study on state sovereign immunity from copyright infringement suits. Comments are now due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time […]

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John Roberts representing internet backbone provider: “Needless to say, the outcome of this case will be crucial to how the entire Internet operates.”

June 23, 2020

John Roberts, along with his long-time colleagues at TechMark, is representing internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric in a landmark case against dozens of alleged copyright trolls seeking to shut down Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with allegations of infringement of copyrights in movies including “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Hellboy,” and “Rambo V: Last Blood,” among others. The […]

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Registration extended: The Path to a Patent, Part 1: Patent searching

June 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Registration extended: The Path to a Patent, Part 1: Patent searching Do you have an invention that you want to protect before talking to the public? Do you have a business and want to make products without infringing other patents? Have you […]

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NewsNet 835: Copyright Office Releases Updated Online Edition of Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code

June 23, 2020

NewsNet 835 June 23, 2020 Copyright Office Releases Updated Online Edition of Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code Acting Register of Copyrights Maria Strong has released an updated version of Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 […]

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The Path to a Patent, Part 1: Patent searching

June 22, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert The Path to a Patent, Part 1: Patent searching Do you have an invention that you want to protect before talking to the public? Do you have a business and want to make products without infringing other patents? Have you decided to […]

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NewsNet 834: Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works

June 22, 2020

NewsNet 834 June 22, 2020 Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule creating a new group registration option for short online literary works such as blog entries, social media posts, and short online articles. The Office initiated this […]

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NewsNet 833: U.S. Copyright Office Announces Start of Eighth Triennial Rulemaking Proceeding under Section 1201

June 22, 2020

NewsNet 833 June 22, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Announces Start of Eighth Triennial Rulemaking Proceeding under Section 1201 The Copyright Office has published a notice of inquiry and request for petitions initiating the eighth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 1201. Section 1201 provides that the Librarian of […]

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June 25: Free webinar on oral advocacy

June 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board June 25: Free webinar on oral advocacy The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is holding a webinar on oral advocacy Thursday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. This webinar is offered as part of the PTAB’s […]

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Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: Under Donald Trump’s Leadership, the U.S. Economy Will Come Back Strong

June 18, 2020
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NewsNet 832: Library of Congress and Copyright Office to Host Public Forum on Copyright Office IT Modernization

June 17, 2020

NewsNet 832 June 17, 2020 Library of Congress and Copyright Office to Host Public Forum on Copyright Office IT Modernization On Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. eastern time, the Library of Congress Office of the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Copyright Office will host a virtual public forum on Copyright Office IT […]

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e-Office Action allows timely receipt of patent-related correspondence

June 16, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert e-Office Action allows timely receipt of patent-related correspondence The USPTO offers electronic notification of agency communications, including office actions, via the e-Office Action program. Participants in the e-Office Action program receive an email notification documenting new USPTO communications when they are available […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Announces Webinar on the Eighth Triennial Section 1201 Rulemaking

June 16, 2020

The webinar will provide an overview of section 1201 and the rulemaking process for establishing temporary exemptions. It will also discuss U.S. Copyright Office Announces Webinar on the Eighth Triennial Section 1201 Rulemaking NewsNet 831 June 16, 2020 The Copyright Office will host a webinar on June 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time on […]

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications

June 15, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and service mark applications. Under this new program, the USPTO […]

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USPTO announces relief to restore priority or benefit rights for patent applicants

June 12, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces relief to restore priority or benefit rights for patent applicants Pursuant to Subsection 12004(a) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and 37 C.F.R. § 1.183, and in response to the requests from stakeholders, the United States […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and three decisions as informative

June 11, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and three decisions as informative DTN, LLC v. Farms Technology, LLC, IPR2018-01412, Paper 21 (June 14, 2019) (precedential) This decision terminates the proceeding due to settlement and denies a joint request to expunge […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: June 13 – 14, 2020

June 10, 2020
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June 11: Learn about new developments in AIA trials

June 10, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board June 11: Learn about new developments in AIA trials Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Learn about AIA trial statistics, including institution rates and the outcome of final written […]

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Introducing USPTO Silicon Valley Regional Director Wayne Stacy

June 9, 2020

View as a Webpage Introducing USPTO Silicon Valley Regional Director Wayne Stacy Friends, It is my pleasure to inform you that Wayne Stacy has been sworn in by USPTO Under Secretary and Director Andrei Iancu as the new Regional Director for the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office. Regional Director Stacy brings a wealth of experience […]

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Patent Center beta webinars

June 8, 2020

6/9 and 6/15 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta webinars Patent Center beta is available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Join us for training on how to use […]

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June 16: Webinar on copyright basics for entrepreneurs and small businesses

June 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Copyright Alert June 16: Webinar on copyright basics for entrepreneurs and small businesses Register to attend a free webinar about the basics of copyright and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement. The 90-minute program is on Tuesday, June 16, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. […]

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NewsNet 830: Copyright Office Announces Ninth Modernization Webinar on the Public Record

June 4, 2020

NewsNet 830 June 4, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Ninth Modernization Webinar on the Public Record The U.S. Copyright Office will host its ninth public modernization webinar on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 1 p.m. eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is building a new online Copyright Public Record with robust […]

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Today: Learn about the USPTO’s nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program

June 4, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Today: Learn about the USPTO’s nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program Learn about the USPTO’s nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program during a webinar for inventors, entrepreneurs, and law school students and professors today, June 4, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The webinar will include […]

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Fee schedule update

June 3, 2020

Effective 6/1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule update The fee schedule was updated with the following changes, effective June 1: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1714: International search (Rospatent) – fee decrease from $616 to $501 The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for […]

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Learn about the USPTO’s nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program

June 3, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn about the USPTO’s nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program Learn about the USPTO’s nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program during a webinar for inventors, entrepreneurs, and law school students and professors on Thursday, June 4, from 1-2 p.m. ET. The webinar will include […]

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Corrected Link- NewsNet 829: Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Modernize Reco rdation of Notices of Termination and Seeks Comment on Other Potential Changes

June 3, 2020

NewsNet 829 June 3, 2020 Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Modernize Recordation of Notices of Termination and Seeks Comment on Other Potential Changes The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to update its regulations governing the recordation of notices of termination in conjunction with the development of the Office’s online electronic recordation system. In addition, the […]

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NewsNet 829: Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Modernize Recordation of Notices of Termination and Seeks Comment on Other Potential Changes

June 3, 2020

NewsNet 829 June 3, 2020 Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Modernize Recordation of Notices of Termination and Seeks Comment on Other Potential Changes The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to update its regulations governing the recordation of notices of termination in conjunction with the development of the Office’s online electronic recordation system. In addition, the […]

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Rescheduled to June 11: Learn about new developments in AIA trials

June 3, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Rescheduled to June 11: Learn about new developments in AIA trials Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. This event was initially scheduled for Thursday, June 4, but has been […]

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USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

June 3, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched the COVID-19 Response Resource Center to provide stakeholders and other interested parties with improved access to USPTO initiatives, programs, and other helpful intellectual property (IP)-related information […]

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NewsNet 828: Copyright Office Initiates State Sovereign Immunity Study and Requests Public Comments

June 3, 2020

NewsNet 828 June 3, 2020 Copyright Office Initiates State Sovereign Immunity Study and Requests Public Comments The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice announcing a study on the extent to which copyright owners are experiencing infringement by states without adequate remedies under state law. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property […]

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June 16: Webinar on top trademark and copyright cases in China

June 2, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert June 16: Webinar on top trademark and copyright cases in China Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “Top trademark and copyright cases in China: […]

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Trademark Webinar Series: Madrid Protocol

June 2, 2020

Register for June 9 webinar Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Trademark Webinar Series: Madrid Protocol Are you a U.S.-based trademark legal professional interested in filing international trademark applications using the Madrid Protocol? Register today for our free webinar and get valuable insight into this powerful resource for […]

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USPTO May Monthly Review

June 2, 2020

A look back at the highlights of May 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of May 2020 Journeys of Innovation How inventor and entrepreneur Floyd Smith made the skies safer for aviators. Pulling the rip cord At the end of World War I, […]

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NewsNet 827: Copyright Office Requests Public Comments for Its Unclaimed Royalties Study

June 1, 2020

NewsNet 827 June 1, 2020 Copyright Office Requests Public Comments for Its Unclaimed Royalties Study As required by the Music Modernization Act, the U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study to recommend the best practices the MLC may implement to identify and locate musical work owners with unclaimed accrued royalties held by the MLC, encourage […]

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Joint message from the USPTO and the JPO: For the future of innovation

June 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Joint message from the USPTO and the JPO: For the future of innovation The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) would like to express our most heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the novel coronavirus […]

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USPTO to allow filing of initial patent term extension applications vi a patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

May 29, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO to allow filing of initial patent term extension applications via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to be an “extraordinary situation” within […]

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NewsNet 826: Copyright Office Issues Final Rule Relating to Group Registration of Newsletters

May 28, 2020

NewsNet 826 May 28, 2020 Copyright Office Issues Final Rule Relating to Group Registration of Newsletters The U.S. Copyright Office has published a final rule that amends its regulations for the group registration of newsletters, effective June 29, 2020. The previous regulations required that newsletters be published at least twice a week to qualify for […]

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USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines

May 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant hardships on many of our stakeholders. As a result, the USPTO has waived certain fees under […]

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USPTO grants further relief for certain patent-related fees and deadlines

May 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO grants further relief for certain patent-related fees and deadlines In accordance with the temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today further extended the time to […]

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NewsNet 825: Copyright Office Allows Electronic Submission of Recordation Special Handling Requests

May 27, 2020

NewsNet 825 May 27, 2020 Copyright Office Allows Electronic Submission of Recordation Special Handling Requests In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Copyright Office is further expanding its capabilities to receive electronic submissions for Office services. In addition to the electronic filing options previously announced, the Office is now permitting members of the public […]

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Learn about new developments in AIA trials

May 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Learn about new developments in AIA trials Do you want to learn more about AIA trial statistics—including institution rates and the outcome of final written decisions—and potential rule changes to AIA trial rules on institution and responsive briefing? Join […]

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USPTO announces notice of proposed rulemaking to change AIA trial rules on institution and responsive briefing

May 26, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO announces notice of proposed rulemaking to change AIA trial rules on institution and responsive briefing The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the rules of practice in view […]

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NewsNet 824: Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 512

May 21, 2020

NewsNet 824 May 21, 2020 Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 512 The U.S. Copyright Office today released its Report, Section 512 of Title 17, a multi-year study of section 512 of the U.S. Copyright Act, which is part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). When it enacted section 512 in 1998, Congress designed […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Thomas Hong, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO

May 20, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Thomas Hong, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO Guest blog by Thomas Hong, Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Thomas Hong (right) with officers from the Korean-American Intellectual Property Organization at the USPTO. […]

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Registration closing soon for double patenting course

May 20, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Registration closing soon for double patenting course Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “Double Patenting” on June 9, 10, or 11. Our trainers will lead this […]

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Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: 3 Factors Why This Economic Bounceback Won’t Mirror 2008

May 19, 2020
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USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

May 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program On May 8, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, permitting COVID-19-related applications filed by small and micro entities to be put on […]

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NewsNet 823: Copyright Office Issues Request for Information for Enterprise Copyright System Developme

May 18, 2020

NewsNet 823 May 18, 2020 Copyright Office Issues Request for Information for Enterprise Copyright System Development The U.S. Copyright Office is engaged in a comprehensive modernization effort and is assessing its technology systems Office-wide. As part of this work, and working with the General Services Administration, on May 15, the Office issued a formal Request […]

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New trademarks examination guide on cheeses and processed meats

May 15, 2020

Available now Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New trademarks examination guide on cheeses and processed meats The USPTO has issued a new examination guide titled “Marks Including Geographic Wording that Does Not Indicate Geographic Origin of Cheeses and Processed Meats.” The guide sets out procedures for examining […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: May 16 – 17, 2020

May 13, 2020
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Patent Center beta training

May 13, 2020

5/14, 5/19, 5/28, 6/1, 6/9, and 6/15 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta training Patent Center beta is available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Join us for training […]

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This week: Oral advocacy training under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program

May 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board This week: Oral advocacy training under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program Planning to participate in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP)? Join the first LEAP webinar training on oral advocacy this […]

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NewsNet 822: Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule on Secure Tests Affected by COVID-19

May 8, 2020

NewsNet 822 May 8, 2020 Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule on Secure Tests Affected by COVID-19 The Copyright Office has published an interim rule that amends its regulations regarding eligibility for the Office’s special registration procedure for “secure tests.” The prior regulations required that a secure test be administered “at specified centers.” Due to the […]

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USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities

May 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. Under this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination […]

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USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence v ia patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

May 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it will temporarily permit the […]

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Oral advocacy training available for newer practitioners under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program

May 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Oral advocacy training available for newer practitioners under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program Planning to participate in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP)? Come to the first LEAP webinar training on […]

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Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Statement from Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson Former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson (right) congratulates Andrei Iancu after his ceremonial swearing-in as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Elizabeth Chu, Social Media Specialist and Acting Website Editor-in-Chief, USPTO

May 5, 2020

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Elizabeth Chu, Social Media Specialist and Acting Website Editor-in-Chief, USPTO Guest blog by Elizabeth Chu, Social Media Specialist and Acting Website Editor-in-Chief, USPTO Elizabeth Chu (pictured first row, center) and USPTO communications staff at […]

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USPTO releases a form to assist with making a statement of delay due to COVID-19

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO releases a form to assist with making a statement of delay due to COVID-19 The USPTO has released a form for making a statement of delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The form is in response to requests from applicants for […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and de-designates one decision

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and de-designates one decision Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc., IPR2020-00019, Paper 11 (March 20, 2020) (precedential) This order discusses six factors the Board considers in determining whether to exercise its discretion to institute […]

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Learn about our nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program

May 5, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn about our nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program Learn about our nationwide Patent Pro Bono Program during a webinar for inventors, entrepreneurs, law school students, and professors. The discussion will include an explanation of pro bono services available and a brief overview […]

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USPTO April Monthly Review

May 4, 2020

A look back at the highlights of April 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of April 2020 Journeys of Innovation NASA environmental engineer Jackie Quinn and her team created an emulsion system that removes contaminants from our groundwater. From the ground up As […]

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Learn online how examiners approach double patenting

May 4, 2020

Register by 5/25 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn online how examiners approach double patenting Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “Double Patenting” on June 9, 10, or 11. Our trainers […]

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NewsNet 821: Artificial Intelligence Symposium Recordings Available Online

May 4, 2020

NewsNet 821 May 4, 2020 Artificial Intelligence Symposium Recordings Available Online The United States Copyright Office has posted videos of its February 2020 symposium on artificial intelligence, co-sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence featured an international gathering of expert panelists taking an in-depth look at how […]

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USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

May 4, 2020

Initial release focuses on COVID-19–related technologies Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships, […]

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Webinar: Professional responsibilities and ethics

May 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Webinar: Professional responsibilities and ethics Learn about patent practitioner professional responsibilities and ethics during a webinar hosted by our Office of Enrollment and Discipline today, May 1, at 1 p.m. ET. Join online via WebEx. Deputy General Counsel and Director of the […]

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NewsNet 820: Copyright Office Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

May 1, 2020

NewsNet 820 May 1, 2020 Copyright Office Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency The Acting Register of Copyrights is extending the temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by the COVID-19 national emergency. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the Register […]

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Responding to COVID-19: A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO

April 30, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Responding to COVID-19: A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO The coronavirus outbreak has changed our daily lives almost beyond recognition. The staff of the European Patent Office (EPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1

April 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1 In accordance with the temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed by President Trump on March 27, the United States Patent and Trademark Office […]

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PTAB launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the next generation of patent practitioners

April 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog PTAB launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the next generation of patent practitioners Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Scott Boalick, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial […]

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May 7: Webinar on current IP developments in China

April 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert May 7: Webinar on current IP developments in China Register to attend “Highlights from the field: Current IP developments in China,” on Thursday, May 7, from 9-10:30 a.m. ET. This free, 90-minute webinar will cover new intellectual property (IP) laws and regulations […]

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Patent Center beta training

April 27, 2020

4/30, 5/4, and 5/6 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta training Patent Center beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Join us for training on how […]

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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

April 27, 2020

5/7, 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting The next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting is on Thursday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET. The meeting is online only. View […]

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Petition decision: Inventorship limited to natural persons

April 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Petition decision: Inventorship limited to natural persons The USPTO has published a petition decision explaining that, under current law, only natural persons may be named as an inventor in a patent application. The decision is available on the Artificial Intelligence page and […]

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Webinar: Appearing before PTAB

April 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Webinar: Appearing before PTAB Curious as to how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is handling proceedings and hearings these days? Come to the “Boardside Chat” webinar on Friday, May 1, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. The […]

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Copyright Office Launches Recordation System Pilot

April 27, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright Office Launches Recordation System Pilot 04/27/2020 11:23 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office launches a limited release pilot for a new document recordation system.

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Recognizing World IP Day

April 27, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Recognizing World IP Day Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu Twenty years ago, the World Intellectual Property Organization designated April 26 as World Intellectual Property Day […]

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Owner email address field now masked in TEAS and TEASi documents in TSDR

April 24, 2020

Our steps to reduce public exposure of your information Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Owner email address field now masked in TSDR We’re taking steps to address your concerns about owner email addresses being visible in TSDR. The owner email address field is now masked in TEAS […]

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ROMAG FASTENERS, INC. v. FOSSIL GROUP, INC., FKA FOSSIL, INC., ET AL., No. 18–1233.

April 23, 2020

Resolving a longstanding split among the circuits, today the Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff in a trademark infringement or unfair competition suit under the Lanham Act is no longer required to show that a defendant willfully infringed the plaintiff’s trademark as an absolute precondition to a profits award. However, willfulness will still be very […]

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USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

April 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a report authored by its Chief Economist titled, Adjusting to Alice: USPTO patent examination outcomes after Alice Corp v. […]

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Four-on-the-Floor: Keep the Beat with Music Modernization Act Developments

April 22, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Four-on-the-Floor: Keep the Beat with Music Modernization Act Developments 04/22/2020 11:45 AM EDT The Music Modernization Act (MMA) is a historic overhaul to the nation’s music copyright laws. As you may already know, […]

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AAU Contact Center temporary closure

April 22, 2020

4/28, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert AAU Contact Center temporary closure The Application Assistance Unit (AAU) Contact Center will be closed Tuesday, April 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The unit will reopen at 1 p.m. ET. During the […]

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NewsNet 818: U.S. Copyright Office Issues Three Notices of Proposed Rulema king and One Notification of Inquiry Related to the Music Modernization Act

April 22, 2020

NewsNet 818 April 22, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking and One Notification of Inquiry Related to the Music Modernization Act Pursuant to the Musical Works Modernization Act, title I of the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), the Copyright Office has issued three notices of proposed rulemaking and […]

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Patent Center Beta is now available

April 20, 2020

New tool features the ability to submit a single DOCX document Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center Beta now available Patent Center Beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single […]

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Moving Forward: The Copyright Office During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Moving Forward: The Copyright Office During COVID-19 04/20/2020 11:28 AM EDT Like many Americans, the Copyright Office staff and the Office as an organization are experiencing unprecedented challenges since the beginning of the […]

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NewsNet 817: Join Our Virtual Copyright Matters “From Awareness to Action: Innovate for a Green Future” on April 29

April 20, 2020

Join the Copyright Office Online for our next Copyright Matters Join the Copyright Office’s Celebration of World IP Day Online, April 29 11:00 a.m. – noon ET Join the U.S. Copyright Office for our next discussion in the Copyright Matters lecture series “Awareness to Action: Innovate for a Green Future” held online, in celebration of […]

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USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

April 17, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) yesterday announced the recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals and law firms who help make the […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and two decisions as informative

April 14, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and two decisions as informative Lectrosonics, Inc. v. Zaxcom, Inc., Case IPR2018-01129, Paper 33 (PTAB Jan. 24, 2020) (precedential) Considering Fox Factory, Inc. v. SRAM, LLC, 944 F.3d 1366, 1373 (Fed. Cir. 2019), […]

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Patent Quality Chat: International Patent Cooperation Initiatives

April 14, 2020

4/21 at noon ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Quality Chat: International Patent Cooperation Initiatives Join us for the second 2020 Patent Quality Chat webinar, “International Patent Cooperation Initiatives,” on April 21 at noon ET. Learn how we engage in various work-sharing programs and initiatives that […]

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The Breakdown: What Songwriters Need to Know about the Music Modernization Act and Royalty Payments

April 13, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Breakdown: What Songwriters Need to Know about the Music Modernization Act and Royalty Payments 04/13/2020 03:52 PM EDT You may have already heard about the Music Modernization Act, or the MMA for […]

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Patent Center beta training

April 13, 2020

4/14, 4/16, 4/21, and 4/23 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Patent Center beta training Join us for upcoming training on using Patent Center tools and filing in DOCX using the Patent Center. Several members of the eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will share information and conduct a demo […]

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April 17: TPAC quarterly meeting

April 10, 2020

Attend online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert April 17: TPAC quarterly meeting The next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be held on Friday, April 17, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will be online only. The agenda and webcast link are available […]

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NewsNet 816: Copyright Office Announces Eighth Modernization Webinar

April 10, 2020

NewsNet 816 April 10, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Eighth Modernization Webinar The U.S. Copyright Office will host its eighth public modernization webinar on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at noon eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is using human-centered design to create new online applications for registration, recordation, and researching the […]

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NewsNet 815: U.S. Copyright Office Extends Reply Comment Period for Online Publication Rulemaking

April 9, 2020

NewsNet 815 April 9, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Extends Reply Comment Period for Online Publication Rulemaking On December 4, 2019, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comment on a broad range of issues concerning the application of the statutory definition of publication to the online context. The Office received forty-two […]

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The Roaring Twenties Welcome Artificial Intelligence: How Will It All Play Out?

April 8, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Roaring Twenties Welcome Artificial Intelligence: How Will It All Play Out? 04/08/2020 12:17 PM EDT The music industry in the 1920s was forever changed with the introduction of the radio. Radio enabled […]

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NewsNet 814: Copyright Office Expands Electronic Submission Options

April 8, 2020

NewsNet 814 April 8, 2020 Copyright Office Expands Electronic Submission Options In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Copyright Office is expanding its capabilities to receive electronic submissions for Office services. While many of the Office’s services, including applications for copyright registration submitted through the electronic Copyright Office (“eCO”) system, are already largely digital, […]

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PTAB designates one decision as precedential and four decisions as informative

April 7, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates one decision as precedential and four decisions as informative Ex parte Grillo-López, Appeal No. 2018-006082 (Jan. 31, 2020) (precedential) This decision to deny a request for rehearing explains that the burden for establishing that a reference is […]

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USPTO answers frequently asked questions on CARES Act relief

April 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO answers frequently asked questions on CARES Act relief The USPTO has released a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers for patent and trademark filers regarding the USPTO’s previously announced extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the […]

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NewsNet 813: Emergency Relief for Section 115 Paper Processes During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6, 2020

NewsNet 813 April 6, 2020 Emergency Relief for Section 115 Paper Processes During COVID-19 Pandemic The U.S. Copyright Office has become aware that some entities may not be able to provide paper Notices of Inquiry (NOIs), Statements of Account (SOAs), and, potentially, associated royalty payments under section 115 of the Copyright Act because the COVID-19 […]

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NewsNet 812: Sarah Garske Named Deputy Director of Copyright Modernization Office

April 3, 2020

NewsNet 812 April 3, 2020 Sarah Garske Named Deputy Director of Copyright Modernization Office Sarah Garske has been selected to serve as deputy director of the Copyright Modernization Office (CMO). Sarah served as a program analyst in CMO since October 2018. Since joining CMO, she has supported multiple Copyright Office modernization projects and initiatives and […]

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NewsNet 811: Registration of Claims with Physical Deposit Copies During Temporary Building Closure

April 2, 2020

NewsNet 811 April 2, 2020 Registration of Claims with Physical Deposit Copies during Temporary Building Closure Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public, and the U.S. Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements to reduce the number of onsite staff. To mitigate the effect of this temporary closure […]

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

April 2, 2020

Program accepting law school clinic submissions through May 31, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is expanding its Law School Clinic Certification Program by admitting additional schools into the program. Founded […]

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March 2020 Monthly Review

April 1, 2020

March 2020 Monthly Review Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of March 2020 Journeys of Innovation How an IBM Master Inventor found her special gift in the world. Augmenting ability From a young age, Susann Keohane was intrigued by innovation. Though she expressed an […]

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USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timin g deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

March 31, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and […]

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NewsNet 810: Copyright Office Announces Temporary Changes to Certa in Timing Provisions for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

March 31, 2020

NewsNet 810 March 31, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Temporary Changes to Certain Timing Provisions for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorizes the Register of Copyrights to temporarily adjust timing provisions in the Copyright Act if she determines […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner

March 31, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner Guest blog post by Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Ed. note: This post is part of the […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: April 3 – 6, 2020

March 30, 2020
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Copyright Legislative Developments

March 27, 2020

Bill Recently Introduced and Passed H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Introduced: Mar. 25, 2020. Passed House: Mar. 27, 2020 See Sec. 19011. (a) Amendment.—National Emergency Relief Authority for the Register of Copyrights, pages 769-772 in PDF version

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Filing patent documents

March 26, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Filing patent documents We strongly encourage customers to file via EFS-Web. This online business system is efficient and convenient. EFS-Web filers: EFS-Web for Registered eFilers – Enhanced filing of new patent applications, follow-on submissions, saved submissions, and more. EFS-Web for Unregistered eFilers […]

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Celebrating the Women Leading the Copyright Office

March 25, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Celebrating the Women Leading the Copyright Office 03/25/2020 09:01 AM EDT To celebrate women’s history month, I wanted to write about the five women who have served (and are serving) as leaders of […]

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PTAB designates two decisions as precedential and one decision as informative

March 24, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates two decisions as precedential and one decision as informative Advanced Bionics, LLC v. MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geräte GmbH, IPR2019-01469 (PTAB Feb. 13, 2020) (Paper 6) (precedential) This decision denies institution of an inter partes review based on 35 […]

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USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub

March 24, 2020

A new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system As part of Women’s History Month, the USPTO has officially launched […]

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Registration closing soon for 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections course

March 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Registration closing soon for 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections course Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on obviousness rejections? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “35 U.S.C. 103 – Obviousness rejections,” on April 14-15. Our trainers […]

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Receiving office communications electronically

March 22, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Receiving office communications electronically We encourage customers to take advantage of the efficiency and convenience of our online business systems. The USPTO currently offers electronic notification of office communications, including office actions to those participating in the e-Office Action program. We encourage […]

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Statement from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff

March 22, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Statement from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff The United States Patent and Trademark Office mourns the loss of The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, […]

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NewsNet 809: Electronic refusal letters and decisions in requests for reconsideration

March 20, 2020

NewsNet 809 March 20, 2020 Electronic refusal letters and decisions in requests for reconsideration U.S. Copyright Office staff are currently working remotely in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory virus. Ordinarily, when the Office refuses to register an application for copyright registration, the refusal letter will be sent to the applicant […]

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NewsNet 808: Copyright Office Updated Fee Schedule Takes Effect Today

March 20, 2020

NewsNet 808 March 20, 2020 Copyright Office Updated Fee Schedule Takes Effect Today The new Copyright Office fee schedule takes effect today. The Office initiated the most recent cost study in June 2017 and proposed an initial fee schedule in a May 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking. The Office received a number of public comments, […]

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USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

March 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark […]

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NMTI nomination deadline extended to May 1

March 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert NMTI nomination deadline extended to May 1 We are seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States. A recorded webinar […]

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USPTO posts responses from Requests for Comments on Artificial Intelligence

March 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO posts responses from Requests for Comments on Artificial Intelligence The USPTO has launched a page for artificial intelligence (AI) information on its website that provides information on our AI initiatives, public notices and responses, AI-related events, and outside resources. On it, […]

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NewsNet 807: Registration Special Handling Arrangements

March 18, 2020

NewsNet 807 March 18, 2020 Registration Special Handling Arrangements As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Library of Congress buildings are currently closed to the public. The U.S. Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements that result in a reduced number of onsite staff. Consequently, with respect to applications for registration, the processing of paper […]

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NewsNet 806: Copyright Office Continues Services

March 17, 2020

NewsNet 806 March 17, 2020 Copyright Office Continues Services The U.S. Copyright Office continues to be open through our website copyright.gov for online registration, searching copyright-related records, and learning about copyright topics. We are also receiving registration applications and recorded documents sent by mail. Members of the public may submit emails with questions through our […]

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TEACHing from a Distance and Copyright Considerations

March 17, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. TEACHing from a Distance and Copyright Considerations 03/17/2020 10:21 AM EDT The following is a guest post by David Welkowitz, attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel. As the spread of COVID-19 […]

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NewsNet 805: U.S. Copyright Office to Extend Comment Period for Registration Modernization Notice of Inquiry

March 16, 2020

NewsNet 805 March 16, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office to Extend Comment Period for Registration Modernization Notice of Inquiry On March 3, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a statement of policy and notice of inquiry announcing several intended practice updates to improve the efficiency of the copyright registration system and soliciting further comment on additional […]

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Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of coronavirus to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 and 37 CFR 2.146 for affected patent and trademark applicants, […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 21 – 22, 2020

March 16, 2020
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Closure of USPTO facilities to the public

March 16, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Closure of USPTO facilities to the public Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and USPTO employees, all USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, […]

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USPTO update on in-person meetings

March 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO update on in-person meetings Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at […]

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Access the U.S. Copyright Office Online During Temporary Building Closure

March 13, 2020

NewsNet 804 March 13, 2020 Access the U.S. Copyright Office Online During Temporary Building Closure Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings, which includes the U.S. Copyright Office, will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. If […]

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View the status of USPTO events on our website

March 12, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert View the status of USPTO events on our website The Events page on USPTO.gov is the best place to find an up-to-date list of upcoming USPTO events. If an event will be postponed or canceled, we will update the listing to reflect […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 14 – 15, 2020

March 11, 2020
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Submit NMTI nominations; informational webinar now available

March 10, 2020

Nominations due by April 3 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Submit NMTI nominations; informational webinar now available We are seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the […]

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NewsNet 803: Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Fee Adjustments

March 9, 2020

NewsNet 803 March 9, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Fee Adjustments The Copyright Office will host a webinar on its new fee schedule on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. The Office is adopting a new fee schedule for registration, recordation, record retrieval, search and certification, the Licensing Division, and other […]

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Fee schedule update

March 5, 2020

Effective 3/1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule update The fee schedule was updated with the following changes, effective March 1: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1715: International search (ILPO) – fee increase from $1,016 to $1,036 The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for […]

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Federal Register notice: Clarification of practice for revival, reinstatement, and delayed priority petitions

March 5, 2020

Federal Register published change Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Federal Register notice: Clarification of practice for revival, reinstatement, and delayed priority petitions In order to promote reliability and predictability of patent rights, we are clarifying our practice for situations that will require additional information about whether a […]

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New Commissioner for Trademarks

March 4, 2020

David S. Gooder sworn in Monday, 3/2 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert David S. Gooder is sworn in as Commissioner for Trademarks Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO On March 2, David S. Gooder was sworn in as Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO. The Commissioner for Trademarks oversees […]

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March 19: China IP Road Show in Minneapolis

March 4, 2020

Register today Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert March 19: China IP Road Show in Minneapolis Register to attend “Recent developments on IP protection and enforcement in China—What Minneapolis businesses need to know” in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 19. This free, day-long program features informative presentations and panel […]

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Agents and attorneys: Learn to think like a patent examiner

March 3, 2020

4/20 – 4/22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Agents and attorneys: Learn to think like a patent examiner If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Registration for the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and […]

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Valencia Martin Wallace named Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation (OIPC)

March 3, 2020

Effective 3/1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Valencia Martin Wallace named Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation (OIPC) Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld has named Valencia Martin Wallace Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation (OIPC), effective March 1. As Deputy Commissioner for OIPC, Ms. Martin Wallace will […]

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NewsNet 802

March 3, 2020

NewsNet 802 March 3, 2020 Copyright Office Announces Intended Practice Updates on Registration Modernization and Solicits Further Comment The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice announcing several intended practice updates to improve the efficiency of the copyright registration system and soliciting further comment on additional proposed reforms under consideration. This announcement follows […]

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Though February is a short month, it was action-packed!

March 3, 2020

This month was full of exciting inventor interactions, from Shawn Springs to Dean Kamen, and many more! Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of February 2020 Journeys of Innovation As a professional football player, Shawn Springs experienced the effects of concussions firsthand. The coolest […]

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Learn how examiners approach 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections

March 2, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how examiners approach 35 U.S.C. obviousness rejections Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on obviousness rejections? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “35 U.S.C. 103 – Obviousness rejections,” April 14-15. Our trainers will lead […]

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Copyright Office Staff Finds Inspiration in African American Works

February 28, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright Office Staff Finds Inspiration in African American Works 02/28/2020 09:45 AM EST As we celebrated the rich cultural contributions of African Americans throughout history, I started exploring creative works inspired by African […]

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Send Us Your Litigation Notices by Email

February 27, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Send Us Your Litigation Notices by Email 02/27/2020 11:03 AM EST You may have heard that the Supreme Court recently confirmed that you are required to register a U.S. work before you can […]

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NewsNet 801

February 27, 2020

NewsNet 801 February 27, 2020 Copyright Office Updates Rules Governing DMCA Designated Agent Directory to Allow Waiver Requests by Email Today, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a non-substantive technical amendment to its regulations governing the DMCA Designated Agent Directory, the Office’s electronic system to designate and search for agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner

February 26, 2020

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner Guest blog by Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO) Ed. note: This post is part of […]

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International IP attaché career opportunities

February 26, 2020

Open through February 29 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert International IP attaché career opportunities The USPTO, in partnership with the International Trade Administration, has posted job announcements for two intellectual property (IP) attachés assigned to U.S. embassies or consulates in the following locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil […]

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Nominations now open for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

February 25, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Nominations now open for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu NMTI laureates Joseph DeSimone, Cato Laurencin, and Mark Humayun […]

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NewsNet 800

February 25, 2020

NewsNet 800 February 25, 2020 Electronic Delivery of Litigation Notices Under Sections 411 and 508 The U.S. Copyright Office has published a final rule in the Federal Register permitting the use of email to provide notice to the Office regarding the filing of a copyright infringement lawsuit or a request to the Register of Copyrights […]

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NewsNet 799

February 24, 2020

NewsNet 799 February 24, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Proposed Rule Relating to Group Registration of Newsletters The U.S. Copyright Office has published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would amend its regulations for the group registration of newsletters. The regulation currently states that newsletters must be published at least twice a week […]

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USPTO in the game at CES

February 24, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO in the game at CES Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu From left: U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu […]

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Subscription Change Confirmation

February 21, 2020

You have made the following changes to your U.S. Department of Commerce subscriptions: You unsubscribed from topics: Commerce at a Glance Press Releases You will receive an email update when new information becomes available.

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Subscription Change Confirmation

February 21, 2020

You have made the following changes to your National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) subscriptions: You unsubscribed from topics: Tech Beat CNST News Collaborations CNST Nanotechnology Seminar Series Environment Information Technology Trusted Identities Group (TIG) MEP Weekly E-Blast Manufacturing Materials Science Manufacturing Innovation Blog Technology Transfer/Commercialization Health IT Math Nanotechnology News from the Material […]

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NIST / Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) will be participating in 2 sessions in San Francisco, CA.

February 21, 2020

Planning to be in San Francisco, California next week? Join folks from the NIST Cybersecurity Program and other cybersecurity experts to discuss secure software development framework and use cases for the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Please see below for more information and links to register Session 1: Discussion on Secure Software Development Framework Tuesday, February […]

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NIST Announces the Release of Special Publication 800-171, Revision 2: Protect ing Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations

February 21, 2020

NIST Special Publication 800-171, Revision 2, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, has been approved as final. The protection of CUI while residing in nonfederal systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the Federal Government to carry out its missions and […]

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Next Week: San Francisco Privacy Framework Roundtables

February 21, 2020

View As Web Page Cybersecurity Insights Next Week: San Francisco Privacy Framework Roundtables Planning to be in San Francisco next week? Join the NIST Privacy Framework team at peer-to-peer roundtables to discuss implementation and roadmap areas. Please see below for more information and links to register. NIST Privacy Framework Implementation Roundtable Tuesday, February 25, 2020, […]

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NIST and RSAC 2020: Back in our Element

February 21, 2020

View As Web Page Cybersecurity Insights a NIST Blog NIST and RSAC 2020: Back in our Element We are thrilled to join the cybersecurity community once again this year at RSA Conference (RSAC) 2020 on February 24-28th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco! Our team will be showcasing our work at Booth #2438 in […]

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New Standard Cigarette, Whale Pregnancy Tests, Video Search

February 20, 2020

Also in this issue: microbalance measurements, radio history, composite materials View as a Web Page A biweekly news digest from the National Institute of Standards and Technology FEBRUARY 20, 2020 Editor’s Note The variety of research topics at NIST is even more awe-inspiring now than when I started working here a decade ago. This diversity […]

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February 26 webinar on NMTI nomination process

February 20, 2020

NMTI nominations due by April 3 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert February 26 webinar on NMTI nomination process We are seeking nominations for the 2020 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of […]

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Call For Papers & Presentations: 29th Annual IEEE Software Technology Conference at NIST

February 20, 2020

STC 2020 29th Annual IEEE Software Technology Conference Call for Papers and Presentations June 1 – June 4, 2020 At the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD USA http://ieee-stc.org The IEEE Software Technology Conference (STC) is for software engineering practitioners and researchers from industry, government, and academia. The conference provides a forum for […]

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The Lifecycle of Copyright: 1924 Works Enter the Public Domain

February 20, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Lifecycle of Copyright: 1924 Works Enter the Public Domain 02/20/2020 02:44 PM EST On January 1, thousands of 1924 works entered the public domain. An important part of the copyright lifecycle, you […]

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Make the Baldrige Framework “How You Work”: Lessons from Adventist Health Castle

February 20, 2020

Steve Bovey shares how Adventist Health Castle makes Baldrige "How We Work" View as a Web Page. Make the Baldrige Framework “How You Work”: Lessons from Adventist Health Castle By Christine Schaefer When Steve Bovey first learned about the Baldrige Excellence Framework, he was impressed that it was not “another flavor of the month” among […]

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Baldrige Foundation Quarterly Webinar

February 20, 2020

Click here for a message from the Baldrige Foundation.

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A Better Pregnancy Test for Whales

February 20, 2020

New measurements will help biologists understand a changing ocean. View as a Web Page A Better Pregnancy Test for Whales It’s not easy to do pregnancy tests on whales. You can’t just ask a wild ocean animal that’s the size of a school bus to pee on a little stick. For decades, the only way […]

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NIST Releases a New Standard Cigarette for Testing the Flammability of Mattresses and Furniture

February 19, 2020

The specially designed cigarette is used as an ignition source for soft furnishings. View as a Web Page NIST Releases a New Standard Cigarette for Testing the Flammability of Mattresses and Furniture In efforts to reduce the number of deaths from smoking-related fires, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new […]

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NewsNet 798

February 19, 2020

NewsNet 798 February 19, 2020 Copyright Office Announces New Fee Schedule The Copyright Office is announcing a new fee schedule for services in the following areas: registration, recordation, record retrieval, search and certification, the Licensing Division, and other services. These fees, which track those detailed in a report to Congress in fall 2019, will take […]

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Forensic Handwriting Examination and Human Factors Report

February 19, 2020

View as a Web Page Forensic Handwriting Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice Through a Systems Approach The image above shows a handwriting sample from the recently published report. As with all human endeavors, handwriting examination is not immune to error. NIST convened the Expert Working Group for Human Factors in Handwriting Examination to […]

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NIST’s Role in the Early Decades of Radio (1911-1933)

February 19, 2020

J. Howard Dellinger took on the project of calibrating the first radio instrument at NIST. View as a Web Page Taking Measure Blog NIST’s Role in the Early Decades of Radio (1911-1933) Even if you weren’t able to watch the recent Super Bowl on TV, you could still listen to the play-by-play commentary on the […]

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Save the Date – 2020 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference

February 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. SAVE THE DATE! The 2020 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday & Tuesday, December 7-8. Key upcoming dates: Early April – Call for Proposals July – Early bird registration Keep up to date at the conference […]

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An Early Warning System for Damage in Composite Materials

February 18, 2020

New mechanophore senses damage to fiber reinforced polymers. View as a Web Page An Early Warning System for Damage in Composite Materials A team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a tool to monitor changes in widely used composite materials known as fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs), which can be found […]

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Connect with NICE at RSA Conference 2020

February 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. At this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA, NIST staff will be hosting a number of presentations, interactive meetings, demos, and panels. The following sessions may be of interest if you are attending the event from February 24-28.

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Updated Exam Guide for mandatory electronic filing

February 14, 2020

New exam guide effective February 15, 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Rulemaking for mandatory electronic filing On May 30, 2018, the USPTO issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring electronic filing and communications with the USPTO in Trademark registration matters. Following the public comment period and […]

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Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works (Fourth Public Meeting)

February 14, 2020

Register now for Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works public meeting, April 7 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Copyright Alert Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works (Fourth Public Meeting) On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) […]

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Quest Full Schedule Released, Advance Rates End February 20

February 14, 2020

The complete schedule for the 32nd Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference, has just been released, and it features the 2019 Award Recipients, 17 Former Recipients, and much, much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of three days of exciting learning, sharing, and networking. Register today and lock in the advance conference rates before […]

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Department of Commerce Renews Temporary General License for 45 Days

February 14, 2020

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it was extending a Temporary General License FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 13, 2020 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883 Department of Commerce Renews Temporary General License for 45 Days WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) […]

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Commerce at a Glance: February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020
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Zero Trust Architecture: 2nd Draft of NIST SP 800-207 Available for Comment

February 13, 2020

Zero trust refers to an evolving set of network security paradigms that narrows defenses from wide network perimeters to individual resources. Its focus on protecting resources rather than network segments is a response to enterprise trends that include remote users and cloud-based assets that are not located within an enterprise-owned network boundary. NIST invites comments […]

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A Tactical Approach to Make the Baldrige Framework Less Daunting

February 13, 2020

A Tactical Approach to Make the Baldrige Framework Less Daunting View as a Web Page. A Tactical Approach to Make the Baldrige Framework Less Daunting By Dawn Bailey The Baldrige Excellence Framework and its Criteria can be daunting for organizations new to the performance excellence model. “When you first open that framework it can appear […]

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Application readiness: Assessing incoming applications

February 13, 2020

Patent Quality Chat webinar Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Application readiness: Assessing incoming applications Join us for the first Patent Quality Chat webinar of 2020, “Application readiness: Assessing incoming applications,” on February 19, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. You’ll learn how we are studying the quality […]

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January was a busy month in the patent world

February 13, 2020

See what we have been up to Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of January 2020 Journeys of Innovation How a statistician’s competitive spirit laid the groundwork for the modern census. Count me in By combining personal experience with progressive technological thinking, Herman Hollerith […]

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The patented boat that won the war

May 14, 2019

The patented boat that won the war In the early hours of June 6, 1944, more than 135,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, in northern France. In spite of stiff resistance and heavy losses, the largest seaborne invasion in history prevailed, paving the way toward Nazi Germany’s surrender 11 months later. This staggering […]

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trademarks are becoming a scarce resource for craft beer – USPTO

May 1, 2019

Brewing the brand Food and beverage trends are often fleeting, but over the past decade one has remained; with hundreds of new breweries opening each year, it’s clear that craft beer in America is here to stay. And while the choices for beer lovers have never been more abundant, this presents challenges to those who […]

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Ford Bronco patent application – roll-up roof becomes slide-out canopy

April 5, 2019

Ford Bronco patent application? Roll-up roof becomes slide-out canopy –John

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Grumpy Cat Wins $710,001 in Copyright Lawsuit: ‘Memes Have Rights Too’

January 24, 2018

https://www.thewrap.com/grumpy-cat-wins-710001-in-copyright-lawsuit-memes-have-rights-too/ John Roberts IndianaPatentLawyer.com

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USPTO to remain open during government shutdown

January 20, 2018

According to sources within the USPTO, they will continue to operate normally for at least a few weeks during a government shutdown by relying on fees collected in the previous year. Even after that they reportedly intend to keep accepting new application filings and to keep their IT systems operating. John Roberts 812-418-3663 www.indianapatentlawyer.com

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USPTO Fee Schedule Update

January 17, 2018

On Jan. 16, adjusted Patents fees became effective. The USPTO Fee Schedule has been updated to reflect the fee changes. For more information on the revised fees, see the Federal Register Notice of a final rule: Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017 (Effective January 16, 2018). The fee schedule provides information and […]

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Patenting better ways to pick up Fall leaves

November 15, 2017

There have been numerous inventions directed to making the task of leaf removal easier, including the following: Improvement in Rakes U.S. Pat. No. 148,660 One of the earliest patents on a rake, U.S. Pat. No. 148,660 granted to Edmund Brown, March 17, 1874, is directed “to iron-tooth handrakes, such as commonly used in cleaning leaves […]

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Mark Twain’s role in establishing modern copyright law

November 15, 2017

“A day will come, when, in the eye of the law, literary property will be as sacred as whiskey, or any other of the necessaries of life.” — Mark Twain, speech in Montreal, Quebec, 1881. And so it is. Mark Twain had an important role in establishing the Copyright Act of 1909, which allowed for […]

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Invention of the sports bra

September 14, 2017

Today in 1993, two women inventors received a patent for a protective and supportive brassiere, otherwise known as a sports bra. Their idea developed during a conversation on the fact that there were many male inventors but not enough inventions for women. After discussing what they would invent for women, inventors Sheryl C. Unsworth and […]