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COVID fast-track appeals pilot program

by John Roberts on April 14, 2021

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COVID fast-track appeals pilot program

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will soon accept petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals for COVID-related inventions. There is no cost for appeals related to COVID-19 in this pilot program, which starts on April 15, 2021.

A COVID-related appeal for eligibility into the pilot program must relate to a product or process that is subject to an applicable U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for COVID-19 use.

Petition grants for fast-track review of COVID-related ex parte appeals will be limited to a maximum of 500, and the USPTO has a goal to issue a decision for these appeals within six months of entry into the pilot program. In order to keep appeals on schedule, oral hearings under the program will be expedited and, once scheduled, will not be rescheduled or relocated.

For additional information on the pilot program, visit the COVID fast-track appeals pilot program page on the USPTO website.

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The Register: The Historical and Unique Title for American Copyright Leadership
04/13/2021 09:11 AM EDT

The following is a guest blog post by Marilyn Creswell, Librarian-in-Residence at the U.S. Copyright Office. In most conversations, a register is usually a list, and a registrar is usually a person who keeps lists. The U.S. Copyright Office is a rare example of a Register being the person who keeps a register.1 The origin […]

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about remote hearings

by John Roberts on April 12, 2021

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about remote hearings

Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about remote hearings.

Chief Clerk Erica Swift will address procedural and technical aspects of video and telephonic hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Lead judges Georgianna Braden and Jessica Kaiser, Deputy Chief Clerk Kulunie Cannon, and PTAB practitioners David McCombs (Haynes and Boone, LLP) and Pauline Pelletier (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.) will provide their perspectives and recommendations for presenting effective oral arguments in remote hearings.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. Please send questions in advance or during the webinar to PTABBoardsideChat@uspto.gov.

Register in advance. The webinar is free and open to all.

More information is available on the PTAB Boardside Chat page of the USPTO website.

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TEAS and TEASi unavailable Saturday, April 24

by John Roberts on April 12, 2021

Submit forms by 7:59 a.m. on Saturday, April 24.
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TEAS and TEASi unavailable Saturday, April 24

What’s happening

The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and the Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi) will be unavailable due to system maintenance on Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. We’re updating the online forms to fix bugs and incorporate enhancements based on customer feedback.

What you should do

To avoid losing work, submit any completed and saved TEAS and TEASi forms, including e-signature forms, by 7:59 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 24. You will not be able to access previously saved forms or e-signature forms after the system maintenance.

Next steps

To find out more about changes we’re making to TEAS and TEASi, read the release highlights on the TEAS and TEASi maintenance and enhancement page of the USPTO website.

See the USPTO systems status and availability page on the USPTO website for the latest information on the operating status and availability of our online business systems.

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Maintenance filings, COVID-19, and excusable nonuse

by John Roberts on April 9, 2021

What to include in your maintenance filing
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Maintenance filings, COVID-19, and excusable nonuse
Are you a trademark owner with an upcoming deadline for a registration maintenance filing? If COVID-19 has directly impacted you or your business and temporarily prevented you from using your trademark, you may request to be temporarily excused from using your trademark.

If you think this applies to you, when you file your section 8 or section 71 declaration, you must provide a statement that includes the following:

  • An explanation of how COVID-19 has affected you or your business and caused you to temporarily stop using your trademark for the products and services covered by your registration
  • The date your trademark was last used
  • The steps you’re taking to resume use, and
  • The approximate date you expect to resume using your trademark.

For more information on excusable nonuse, please see Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) sections 1604.11 and 1613.11, and our Keeping your registration alive webpage for general information on how to maintain your trademark registration.

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Patent Center beta webinars, including DOCX filing

by John Roberts on April 9, 2021

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Patent Center beta webinars, including DOCX filing

Patent Center beta is available for all users for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface.

Join us for a training webinar on how to use various features in Patent Center, including filing in DOCX. Filing in DOCX provides many benefits in the patent application process, including:

  • eliminating the need to convert structured text into a PDF for filing
  • instant feedback analysis to detect common errors that may otherwise delay processing an application
  • automatic metadata detection and removal to support the submission of only substantive information in the file

Webinar Information:

The eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will provide information and conduct a demo, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Register to attend an April training webinar:

You will receive instructions for joining the webinar via email prior to your registered session.

For more information and to view frequently asked questions, visit the DOCX page of the USPTO website.

For assistance, questions, or feedback, please contact eMod.

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Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Scaled Agile Framework and the ECS

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April 8, 2021

The Copyright Office will host its twelfth public modernization webinar on April 28, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time.

As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is working with its collaborative partners in the Library of Congress’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to implement a framework for applying agile methodology—which advocates early delivery, continual improvement, and flexible responses to change—at an organization-wide level to holistically manage Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) development. The Office is using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)® methodology to prioritize and facilitate this largescale application development effort requiring the cooperation of multiple development teams. During the webinar, panelists will discuss the benefits of this framework in support of ECS development.

Participants must register for this Copyright Office webinar. The Copyright Office launched its modernization webinar series on January 31, 2019. View past webinars and presentation slides on copyright.gov. The Office will continue to hold additional webinars every other month during modernization to keep the public informed about and involved in the modernization process. Future webinar dates and topics will be announced through NewsNet.

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April 9: National Patent Application Drafting Competition national round

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Register today to watch the national round of the 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition (NPADC) on Friday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

The NPADC is a team competition that introduces law students to U.S. patent laws and regulations. It seeks to develop each participating student’s patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills.

The competition started with 51 teams and is now down to the final five. Each team will defend their strategy to a live panel of distinguished judges drawn from the greater patent community.

For more information, email PatentDraftingCompetition or call 313-446-6632.

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On April 26, 2021, at noon eastern time, the Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with The Creative Business
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The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market

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April 7, 2021

On April 26, 2021, at noon eastern time, the Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market, which reflects the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 2021 theme IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market. The Copyright Office event will feature a discussion of the importance of small and medium businesses in copyright, the economy, and our culture. Additionally, panelists will provide insights into how to navigate copyright issues that are unique to small and medium businesses.

Featured speakers include Hakim Draper, Executive, Founder, Manager, Author, Speaker Strategist, and Consultant, The Boogie Shack, Sunil Iyengar, Research & Analysis Director, National Endowment for the Arts, and Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will also provide a brief overview of their patent and trademark resources for small and medium business enterprises.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Sign up here.

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Save the date: World IP Day is April 26

April 6, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Save the date: World IP Day is April 26 Join the USPTO and its partner organizations for a special program to celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2021 on Monday, April 26, from 3-4:30 pm ET. This annual international event is an […]

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Tomorrow: Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program

April 6, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Tomorrow: Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program The 28th Annual Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program, “A Chance to Survive,” will be held virtually tomorrow, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The program occurs during the 2021 Holocaust Days of Remembrance. […]

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Get to know Radia Perlman, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

April 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Radia Perlman, this week’s #FeaturedInductee Radia Perlman’s Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) greatly increased the capabilities of Ethernet technology, allowing for the creation of expansive networks over large areas. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in […]

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Today: Webinar on the perfect oral argument

April 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Today: Webinar on the perfect oral argument Join the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) today, April 5, from 1–3 p.m. ET, for a webinar titled “The ‘Perfect’ Oral Argument.” Todd R. Walters, from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, will […]

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USPTO announces special Patents for Humanity COVID-19 category

April 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO announces special Patents for Humanity COVID-19 category Parties developing technologies related to COVID-19 are eligible for this award after filing a patent application. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will be launching a special category […]

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AIA Alerts mailing list now retired

April 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. America Invents Act AIA Alerts mailing list now retired Moving forward, information related to the America Invents Act (AIA) will be shared through the Patent Alerts and Patent Trial and Appeal Board mailing lists. We have migrated all subscriber information to those active lists […]

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USPTO concludes successful Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

April 1, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO concludes successful Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium A blog about the USPTO from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The USPTO hosted the final installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) on March 31, where participants heard from […]

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USPTO Winter Monthly Review

April 1, 2021

A look back at the highlights of February and March 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of February and March 2021 Journeys of Innovation Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girls Scouts of the USA, created a lasting organization for women’s empowerment. A […]

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New trademark basics webpages

March 31, 2021

Check out the new content now Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New trademark basics webpages The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released newly redesigned trademark basics webpages on the USPTO website. The new content is easier to read and understand, more visually appealing, and […]

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Tomorrow: USPTO to host NCEAI Innovation Chat

March 31, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Tomorrow: USPTO to host NCEAI Innovation Chat The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) Innovation Chat on Thursday, April 1, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. The virtual discussion will focus on […]

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Zitkála-Šá: On Creativity, Copyright, and Cultural Empowerment

March 31, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Zitkála-Šá: On Creativity, Copyright, and Cultural Empowerment 03/31/2021 11:53 AM EDT Zitkála-Šá was a prolific writer, political activist, and musician, credited as the first Native American to write an opera, The Sun Dance […]

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USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office Update

March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office Update View as a Webpage Check out the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events Join us for our signature monthly programming for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses—now available virtually. The Path to a Patent series kicks off our spring virtual training events on April 2, […]

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USPTO’s Texas Regional Office Update

March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Texas Regional Office Update View as a Webpage Check out the USPTO’s Texas Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events Join us for our signature monthly programming for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs—all available virtually. The eight-part Path to a Patent series kicks off this spring season starting April 2, followed by the […]

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USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office Update

March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office Update View as a Webpage Check out the USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events Join us for our signature monthly programming for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs—all available virtually. The eight-part Path to a Patent series kicks off this spring season starting April 2, followed by the […]

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USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office Update

March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office Update View as a Webpage Check out the USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events Join us for our signature monthly programming for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs—all available virtually. The eight-part Path to a Patent series kicks off this spring season starting April 2, followed […]

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USPTO’s Eastern Regional Outreach Office Update

March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Eastern Regional Outreach Office Update View as a Webpage Check out the USPTO’s Eastern Regional Outreach Office’s budding lineup of spring events Spring into action and join the USPTO’s Eastern Regional Outreach Office as we offer a variety of educational, informative, and engaging virtual events available to attendees nationwide. Listed below are some of […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 30, 2021

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U.S. lawyers: Beware of solicitations asking to use your bar credentials

March 29, 2021

Forward solicitations to TMScams@uspto.gov Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert U.S. lawyers: Beware of solicitations asking to use your bar credentials The USPTO recently learned that U.S. attorneys are again receiving emails from unlicensed individuals offering to pay to use the attorney’s bar credentials in trademark filings. These […]

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

March 29, 2021

Copyright Office Extends Deadline for Initial Determination in Web V Rate Setting Proceeding NewsNet 889 March 29, 2021 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 an […]

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This Wednesday: 2021 WES–Lessons from successful innovative wo men with special guest U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

March 29, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert This Wednesday: 2021 WES–Lessons from successful innovative women with special guest U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Don’t miss special guest U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the final installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Lessons from successful innovative […]

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March 31: Learn about trademarks in sports

March 29, 2021

Register now for this special event Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert March 31: Learn about trademarks in sports Are you curious about how sports teams protect their brands? Do you run a sports league or manage brands for a sports organization or manufacturer? Join the United States […]

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Next Wednesday: 2021 WES–Lessons from successful innovative wo men with special guest U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

March 26, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next Wednesday: 2021 WES–Lessons from successful innovative women with special guest U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Don’t miss special guest U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the final installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Lessons from successful innovative […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notification of Inquiry Regarding CASE Act Implementation Regulations

March 26, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a notification of inquiry seeking public comment regarding regulations to establish the new Copyright C U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notification of Inquiry Regarding CASE Act Implementation Regulations NewsNet 888 March 26, 2021 Pursuant to the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office has […]

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Houdini and the Magic of Copyright

March 24, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Houdini and the Magic of Copyright 03/24/2021 04:11 PM EDT The following is a guest blog post by Marilyn Creswell, Librarian-in-Residence at the U.S. Copyright Office. Magicians do not always reveal their tricks, […]

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Coming soon: Webinar on the perfect oral argument

March 23, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: Webinar on the perfect oral argument Join the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) on Monday, April 5, from 1–3 p.m. ET, for a webinar titled “The ‘Perfect’ Oral Argument.” Todd R. Walters, from Buchanan Ingersoll & […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Announces Job Postings for Copyright Claims Officers to Consider Small Copyright Claims

March 23, 2021

The Board will be an alternative forum housed within the Copyright Office that parties may use to resolve certain disputes U.S. Copyright Office Announces Job Postings for Copyright Claims Officers to Consider Small Copyright Claims NewsNet 887 March 23, 2021 As part of its implementation of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of […]

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USPTO to host NCEAI Innovation Chat on April 1

March 23, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO to host NCEAI Innovation Chat on April 1 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) Innovation Chat on Thursday, April 1, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. The virtual discussion will […]

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Federal Register Notice: Administrative updates to the General Requirements Bulletin

March 23, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Federal Register Notice: Administrative updates to the General Requirements Bulletin On March 23, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on administrative updates to the General Requirements Bulletin (GRB) for admission to […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 22, 2021

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This Wednesday: Investing in innovation

March 22, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert This Wednesday: Investing in innovation Don’t miss the next free, online installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Investing in innovation,” coming this Wednesday, March 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. Tune in to learn about funding opportunities for women […]

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Additional space available for trademark specimens webinar

March 22, 2021

Registration open for March 30 event Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Additional space available for trademark specimens webinar Earlier this month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the Trademark specimens overview for experienced filers webinar scheduled for March 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET, which […]

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Get to know Ashok Gadgil, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

March 22, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Ashok Gadgil, this week’s #FeaturedInductee Physicist Ashok Gadgil’s inventions have improved quality of life for over 100 million people globally. Most famous for the Berkeley-Darfur Stove, which reduced fuel demand for millions of people in displacement camps, he was […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: March 20-21, 2021

March 19, 2021
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Trademark Basics Boot Camp returns in April

March 19, 2021

Register now for popular training modules Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Trademark Basics Boot Camp returns in April Get ready for the next Trademark Basics Boot Camp, launching on April 6, from 2-3 p.m. ET with Module 1 of the series, “Trademark Fundamentals.” This eight-part series delivers […]

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Artificial intelligence tools at the USPTO

March 18, 2021

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Artificial intelligence tools at the USPTO Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Among the most important technological developments has […]

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Announcement Regarding the U.S. Copyright Office’s Public Roundtables for Its Unclaimed Royalties Study

March 18, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to recommend best practices that the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Announcement Regarding the U.S. Copyright Office’s Public Roundtables for Its Unclaimed Royalties Study NewsNet 886 March 18, 2021 As directed by the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a public study, in […]

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Retirement of AIA Alerts mailing list on March 31

March 18, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. America Invents Act Retirement of AIA Alerts mailing list on March 31 When the America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted in 2011, we created this mailing list to share the latest news and information regarding the agency’s implementation of the new law. Ten years […]

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Next Wednesday: Investing in innovation

March 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next Wednesday: Investing in innovation Don’t miss the next free, online installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Investing in innovation,” coming next Wednesday, March 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. Tune in to learn about funding opportunities for women […]

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Attend the TC 2400 Cybersecurity Partnership meeting

March 17, 2021

4/7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Attend the TC 2400 Cybersecurity Partnership meeting On April 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for shared insights, experiences, and ideas on patent protection […]

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Coming soon: LEAP webinar on how to prepare for an oral argument

March 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: LEAP webinar on how to prepare for an oral argument Join the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) on Friday, March 19, from 1–2 p.m. ET. W. Karl Renner (Fish & Richardson) and Erin M. Dunston (Panitch […]

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USPTO celebrates women inventors and entrepreneurs

March 15, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO celebrates women inventors and entrepreneurs Editor’s note: This is a blog about the USPTO from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Nobel laureate and inventor Frances Arnold. (Photo courtesy of Caltech) Most Americans have likely heard of […]

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The Copyright Office: Marking One Year of Pandemic Operations

March 15, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Copyright Office: Marking One Year of Pandemic Operations 03/15/2021 02:38 PM EDT The following is a guest blog post by Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office. On Friday, […]

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This Wednesday: Resources for protecting your intellectual property

March 15, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert This Wednesday: Resources for protecting your intellectual property Don’t miss the next free, online installment of the 2021 annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Resources for protecting your intellectual property” coming Wednesday, March 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity […]

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Information for customers affected by postal service interruption from winter storm

March 12, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Information for customers affected by postal service interruption from winter storm The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has posted a notice designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by the winter […]

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Next Wednesday: Resources for protecting your intellectual property

March 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next Wednesday: Resources for protecting your intellectual property Don’t miss the next free, online installment of the 2021 annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Resources for protecting your intellectual property” coming Wednesday, March 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Announces Webinar on New Group Registration for Works on an Album of Music (GRAM)

March 11, 2021

U.S. Copyright Office Announces Webinar on New Group Registration for Works on an Album of Music (GRAM) NewsNet 885 March 11, 2021 The Copyright Office will host a webinar on Wednesday, March 31, at noon eastern time on the new group registration option for works published on the same album of music. The Copyright Office […]

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about AIA motions practice

March 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: PTAB webinar about AIA motions practice Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, March 18, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about America Invents Act (AIA) motions practice. Judges Erica Franklin and Eric […]

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USPTO to host webinar on trademark specimens for experienced filers

March 11, 2021

Register for March 30 event Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO to host webinar on trademark specimens for experienced filers Are you a trademark professional who wants to learn more about United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) practices regarding trademark specimens of use? Register today for […]

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March 18: Webinar on the basics of IP in China, Part 2

March 10, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert March 18: Webinar on the basics of IP in China, Part 2 Register to attend the second in a series of USPTO webinars focused on the basics of intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “China IP Basics, […]

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Patent Center Beta webinars

March 10, 2021

3/18 and 3/25 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. It 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 various […]

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March 12: TPAC quarterly meeting

March 9, 2021

Attend online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert March 12: TPAC quarterly meeting The next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) is on Friday, March 12, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will be online only. The agenda and webcast link are available on the […]

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Recordings of Standard Technical Measures Discussion Now Online

March 9, 2021

Recordings of Standard Technical Measures Discussion Now Online NewsNet 884 March 9, 2021 In September 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office hosted three Standard Technical Measures (STMs) Discussion sessions: Legal Foundation, Current Technologies and Their STM Potential, and Looking Forward. As noted in the Copyright Office’s report, Section 512 of Title 17, the Office believes that […]

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

March 9, 2021

Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency NewsNet 883 March 9, 2021 The Copyright Office is further extending 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 of […]

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Revisiting the Copyright Office’s Focus on Women in Copyright

March 8, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Revisiting the Copyright Office’s Focus on Women in Copyright 03/08/2021 04:57 PM EST The following is a guest post by Librarian-in-Residence Marilyn Creswell. Over the years, the U.S. Copyright Office has explored the […]

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Closing of the USPTO on February 18

March 8, 2021

The USPTO will deem actions or fees due on Thursday, February 18, to be timely if … Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Closing of the USPTO on February 18 In view of the official closing of federal government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the […]

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This Wednesday: Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for students K-12 and beyond

March 8, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert This Wednesday: Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for students K-12 and beyond On Wednesday, March 10, don’t miss the next installment of the 2021 annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for students K-12 and […]

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Get to know Jackie Quinn, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

March 8, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Jackie Quinn, this week’s #FeaturedInductee Emulsified zero-valent iron, known as EZVI, is an environmental cleanup system designed to remove concentrated contaminants from our groundwater, and is one of the most licensed NASA technologies ever. Its inventor, Jackie Quinn, was […]

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Next Wednesday: Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for students K-12 and beyond

March 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next Wednesday: Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for students K-12 and beyond On Wednesday, March 10, don’t miss the next installment of the 2021 annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES), “Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for students K-12 and […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Supplemental Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act

March 5, 2021

The Copyright Office has issued a supplemental interim rule updating certain reporting requirements U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Supplemental Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act NewsNet 882 March 5, 2021 Pursuant to title I of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob–Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), the Copyright Office has issued a supplemental interim rule updating […]

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about AIA motions practice

March 4, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: PTAB webinar about AIA motions practice Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, March 18, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about America Invents Act (AIA) motions practice. Judges Erica Franklin and Eric […]

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Specimen protest email pilot program discontinued

March 4, 2021

Inbox no longer available Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Specimen protest email pilot program discontinued The USPTO discontinued its specimen protest email pilot program on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The pilot program was implemented in March 2018 to allow third parties to submit information regarding trademark applications […]

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RELEASE: Gina M. Raimondo Sworn in as 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce

March 4, 2021

Today, Gina M. Raimondo was sworn in as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Secretary Raimondo was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2021 Media Contact: PublicAffairs@doc.gov Gina M. Raimondo Sworn in as 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce WASHINGTON – Today, Gina M. Raimondo was sworn in as the […]

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Tomorrow: Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium kickoff

March 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Tomorrow: Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium kickoff Tomorrow, March 3, from 12:30–3:05 p.m. ET, learn from successful innovators and hear from senior USPTO officials and other intellectual property experts at the USPTO’s free online 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) kickoff. Register for this special […]

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New fee for certain requests to delete goods, services, or classes

March 2, 2021

New fee implemented on Jan. 2 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New fee for certain requests to delete goods, services, or classes The trademark register in the United States is a use-based register. Registrations are entitled to be maintained only for goods or services for which the […]

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Fee schedule update

March 1, 2021

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 $1,051 to $1,107 1712: International search (IPAU)–fee increase from $1,580 to $1,697 1714: International […]

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The growing importance of international cooperation to the protection of industrial designs

March 1, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog The growing importance of international cooperation to the protection of industrial designs Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Mary […]

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Gee’s Bend Quilters and Copyright

March 1, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Gee’s Bend Quilters and Copyright 03/01/2021 09:01 AM EST The Gee’s Bend quilters have a rich creative history. Through educational outreach from various organizations, the women of Gee’s […]

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Copyright Legislative Developments

March 1, 2021

Bills Recently Introduced S. 169. ARTS Act. Introduced Feb. 2, 2021 H.R. 704. ARTS Act. Introduced Feb. 2, 2021 These bills direct the Copyright Office to waive various copyright registration-related fees for works that win certain competitions sponsored by the Congressional Institute or established by Congress.

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Coming March 3: Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

February 26, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Coming March 3: Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium On March 3, from 12:30-3:15 p.m. ET, learn from successful innovators and hear from senior USPTO officials and other intellectual property experts at the USPTO’s free online 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES). Register for this special […]

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Copyright Office Issues Final Rule and Statement of Policy on Modernizing Recordation of Notices of Termination

February 26, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule that amends its regulations governing the recordation of notices of termination, effectiv Copyright Office Issues Final Rule and Statement of Policy on Modernizing Recordation of Notices of Termination NewsNet 881 February 26, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule that amends its regulations […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: February 27-28, 2021

February 26, 2021
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Next week: USPTO to hear public feedback on implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act

February 24, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Next week: USPTO to hear public feedback on implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act On March 1, beginning at 1 p.m. ET, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will listen to public input on issues relating to the implementation of […]

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Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create New Group Registration Option for Works on an Album of Music

February 23, 2021

Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create New Group Registration Option for Works on an Album of Music NewsNet 880 February 23, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule establishing a new group registration option, known as “Group Registration for Works on an Album of Music” or “GRAM,” to allow applicants to […]

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PTAB’s “Fast-Track” pilot still available for pending ex parte appeals

February 23, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert PTAB’s “Fast-Track” pilot still available for pending ex parte appeals On July 2, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched the first-ever “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” to offer patent appellants a way to secure expedited resolution of an ex […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: LaRita Jones, Division Chief, Office of Human Resources

February 22, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: LaRita Jones, Division Chief, Office of Human Resources, USPTO Guest blog post by LaRita Jones, Division Chief, Office of Human Resources, USPTO LaRita Jones, Division Chief, Office of Human Resources, USPTO Black History Month […]

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The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: Exciting Progress in Access t o Published Works for the Blind and Print-Disabled Communities

February 22, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: Exciting Progress in Access to Published Works for the Blind and Print-Disabled Communities 02/22/2021 11:19 AM EST Two years ago, the United States joined the Marrakesh Treaty, which […]

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Get to know Marshall Jones, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

February 22, 2021

Get to know Marshall Jones Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Marshall Jones, this week’s #FeaturedInductee This National Engineers Week, we are highlighting Marshall Jones, a pioneer in the field of industrial lasers. Jones was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017. […]

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Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule to Allow Remote Examination of Applications to Register Secure Tests

February 19, 2021

The Copyright Office has published an interim rule that amends its regulations regarding the examination procedures for secure tests and sec Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule to Allow Remote Examination of Applications to Register Secure Tests NewsNet 878 February 19, 2021 The Copyright Office has published an interim rule that amends its regulations regarding the […]

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A Family of Creative Works in Celebration of Black History Month

February 18, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. A Family of Creative Works in Celebration of Black History Month 02/18/2021 01:37 PM EST The following is a guest post by Annette James. As I reflect upon the 2021 Black History Month […]

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March 4: Webinar on protecting and enforcing intellectual property in Southeast Asia

February 18, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert March 4: Webinar on protecting and enforcing intellectual property in Southeast Asia Register to attend a free webinar on Thursday, March 4, from 7-8:45 p.m. ET, featuring intellectual property (IP) specialists from the U.S. government, academia, and the private sector. The speakers […]

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Tomorrow: PTAB webinar about recent developments for ex parte appeals

February 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Tomorrow: PTAB webinar about recent developments for ex parte appeals Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, February 18, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about recent developments for ex parte appeals. Judge Michael Cygan […]

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The Enduring Copyright Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

February 12, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. The Enduring Copyright Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 02/12/2021 12:25 PM EST When Justice Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020, she left a lasting and wide-ranging legacy, most notably in her lifelong […]

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USPTO to host virtual roundtable to gather public feedback on implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act

February 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO to host virtual roundtable to gather public feedback on implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act On March 1, from 1-3 p.m. ET, the USPTO will hold a virtual roundtable to gather public input on issues relating to its implementation of the […]

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about recent developments for ex parte appeals

February 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: PTAB webinar about recent developments for ex parte appeals Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, February 18, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about recent developments for ex parte appeals. Judge Michael […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Issues an Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act

February 11, 2021

U.S. Copyright Office Issues an Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act NewsNet 878 February 11, 2021 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 an interim rule related to the protection of confidential information by the mechanical […]

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USPTO accepting additional comments on developing a national consumer awareness campaign

February 10, 2021

Accepting additional comments through March 12, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO accepting additional comments on developing a national consumer awareness campaign On November 17, 2020, the USPTO published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on the Development of a National Consumer Awareness Campaign on […]

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TEAS and TEASi unavailable Saturday, Feb. 13

February 9, 2021

File saved forms and e-signature forms by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, February 12 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Notice of system maintenance What’s happening The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and the Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi) will be unavailable due to system maintenance on […]

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Tomorrow and Friday: USPTO Black History Month celebrations

February 9, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Tomorrow and Friday: USPTO Black History Month celebrations Tune in tomorrow to learn from groundbreaking innovators Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard, and Arlyne Simon. The panelists will share firsthand accounts of their amazing career paths and game-changing inventions during the USPTO’s Black History […]

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CORRECTION: Copyright Office Invites Requests to Testify in Section 1201 Rulemaking Hearings

February 8, 2021

Section 1201 provides legal protections against the circumvention of technological measures used by copyright owners to prevent unauthorized Copyright Office Invites Requests to Testify in Section 1201 Rulemaking Hearings NewsNet 877 February 8, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a Federal Register notice announcing that it will hold public hearings in the triennial rulemaking […]

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Request for comments deadline extended to February 23 for national strategy for expanding American innovation

February 8, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Request for comments deadline extended to February 23 for national strategy for expanding American innovation On December 23, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in consultation with the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI), announced a request for […]

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Get to know Stan Honey, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

February 8, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Stan Honey, this week’s #FeaturedInductee If you caught the big game last night, you likely saw the invention of today’s #FeaturedInductee in action. Stan Honey, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018, is the creator of […]

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Copyright Office Invites Requests to Testify in Section 1201 Rulemaking Hearings

February 8, 2021

Section 1201 provides legal protections against the circumvention of technological measures used by copyright owners to prevent unauthorized Copyright Office Invites Requests to Testify in Section 1201 Rulemaking Hearings NewsNet 877 February 8, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a Federal Register notice announcing that it will hold public hearings in the triennial rulemaking […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Announces Public Roundtables for Unclaimed Royalties

February 8, 2021

Members of the public who seek to participate in a roundtable session should complete and submit the form available on the Office’s website U.S. Copyright Office Announces Public Roundtables for Unclaimed Royalties NewsNet 876 February 8, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice announcing that it will hold public roundtables for […]

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Library of Congress Accepting Applications for Copyright Public Modernization Committee

February 5, 2021

Library of Congress Accepting Applications for Copyright Public Modernization Committee NewsNet 875 February 5, 2021 The Library of Congress issued the following press release: The Library of Congress announced this week that it is convening a public committee to enhance communication with external stakeholders about the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office’s ongoing modernization […]

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Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot extended

February 5, 2021

Published to the Federal Register on 2/4 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot extended The USPTO has extended the Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP), in collaboration with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). The Expanded CSP provides applicants […]

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Feb 18: Webinar on copyright basics for entrepreneurs and small businesses

February 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Copyright Alert Feb 18: Webinar on copyright basics for entrepreneurs and small businesses Register to attend the free webinar, “Copyright basics and considerations for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” on Thursday, February 18, from 1-3 p.m. ET. Specially designed to address the needs of U.S. […]

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Learn online how examiners approach petitions practice

February 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn online how examiners approach petitions practice Would you like to learn more about recent examination practice and procedure guidance for petitions practice? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “Petitions Practice” on February 23, 24, or 25. Our trainers will […]

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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

February 4, 2021

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, February 11, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. The meeting is online only. View the agenda and learn how to access […]

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Patent Center Beta webinars

February 2, 2021

2/11, 2/25 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. It 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 various features […]

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USPTO announces relief for delays in filing certified copies of foreign priority applications due to the COVID-19 outbreak

February 1, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces relief for delays in filing certified copies of foreign priority applications due to the COVID-19 outbreak The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes that the COVID-19 outbreak has imposed significant hardships on many of our stakeholders. In particular, […]

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The Lifecycle of Copyright: 1925 Works Enter the Public Domain

January 29, 2021

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: 1925 Works Enter the Public Domain 01/29/2021 08:46 AM EST On January 1, a new raft of creative works of expression entered the public domain in the United States. […]

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This Thursday: PTAB webinar about recent developments for AIA trials

January 26, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board This Thursday: PTAB webinar about recent developments for AIA trials Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, January 28, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about recent developments for American Invents Act (AIA) trials. Patent […]

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NewsNet 874: Copyright Office Virtual Event Celebrates the Copyright Legacy of Ruth Bader Gin sburg – February 17 at 1:00 p.m.

January 25, 2021

Join the Copyright Office’s Celebration of the Copyright Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Online, February 17, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. eastern time NewsNet 874 January 25, 2021 Join the U.S. Copyright Office for a virtual event celebrating the enduring copyright legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on February 17 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. […]

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Get to know Frances Ligler, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

January 25, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Frances Ligler, this week’s #FeaturedInductee Today’s #FeaturedInductee is Frances Ligler, the inventor of a portable optical biosensor used in many different settings across the globe. Ligler was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017. Follow us […]

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USPTO accepting additional comment on state sovereign immunity

January 25, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO accepting additional comment on state sovereign immunity On November 5, 2020, the USPTO published a Federal Register notice (85 FR 70589) requesting public input regarding the extent to which patent or trademark right holders are experiencing infringement by state entities without […]

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USPTO creates a resource page for the Trademark Modernization Act

January 22, 2021

New procedures established Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO creates a resource page for the Trademark Modernization Act The USPTO has created an informational webpage on the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA), identifying key provisions, and an email box to ask questions and provide feedback. The […]

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Copyright Office Updates Copyright.gov Design and Navigation

January 21, 2021

Copyright Office Updates Copyright.gov Design and Navigation NewsNet 873 January 21, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has updated the design of the copyright.gov homepage, multiple secondary pages, and website navigation to enhance the ability to quickly find relevant information and tools. The update is the result of extensive user interviews, analysis of how people of […]

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Feb. 4: Webinar on the basics of IP in China, Part 1

January 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Feb. 4: Webinar on the basics of IP in China, Part 1 Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “China IP Basics, Part 1: Protecting […]

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Reserve your slot for the February 10 and 12 USPTO Black History Month celebrations

January 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Reserve your slot for the February 10 and 12 USPTO Black History Month celebrations Slots are limited for the USPTO’s free online Black History Month celebrations, so make sure to register early. On February 10, learn from inventors Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard, […]

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Learn online how examiners approach after final practice

January 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn online how examiners approach after final practice Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on after final practice? Attend our Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course “After Final Practice” on January 26, 27, or 28. Our trainers […]

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USPTO publishes executive summary of public views on institution of AIA proceedings

January 19, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO publishes executive summary of public views on institution of AIA proceedings The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published an Executive Summary encapsulating stakeholder feedback received from the October 20, 2020 Request for Comments on institution […]

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Leading the way in the IP economy

January 19, 2021

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Leading the way in the IP economy Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Director Iancu at the quarterly meeting of the Patent Public Advisory Committee at […]

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USPTO publishes Final Rule to allocate the burdens of persuasion on motions to amend in AIA trial proceedings

December 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO publishes Final Rule to allocate the burdens of persuasion on motions to amend in AIA trial proceedings The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a Final Rule concerning the rules of practice to allocate the […]

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USPTO releases FY 2020 Performance and Accountability Report

December 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO releases FY 2020 Performance and Accountability Report Guest blog by Jay Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer of the USPTO The USPTO’s Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for fiscal year 2020 is now online and available to members of the public. The […]

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Notice of system maintenance

December 18, 2020

File saved applications by Dec. 31, other forms by Jan. 1 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Notice of system maintenance What’s happening The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) will be unavailable due to system maintenance on Friday, January 1, 2021, from midnight until 12:15 a.m. ET. Some […]

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USPTO announces final rule concerning small entity status exceptions

December 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces final rule concerning small entity status exceptions The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a final rule to clarify and expand the exceptions that permit a party to qualify for small entity status when a use license […]

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USPTO seeks public input on interpretation of the article of manufacture requirement

December 18, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO seeks public input on interpretation of the article of manufacture requirement The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks public input on whether its interpretation of the article of manufacture requirement in section 171 of Title 35 of the United […]

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Upcoming Patents and Trademarks URL changes

December 18, 2020

On January 17, we will be shortening Patents and Trademarks URLs to provide a more consistent customer experience Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Upcoming Patents and Trademarks URL changes On Sunday, January 17, we will be shortening Patents and Trademarks URLs to provide a more consistent customer […]

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Advances in searching for prior art

December 17, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Advances in searching for prior art Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents of the USPTO Patent examination, though inherently complex, […]

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PTAB designates two decisions applying the Fintiv factors as precedential

December 17, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates two decisions applying the Fintiv factors as precedential Sotera Wireless, Inc. v. Masimo Corporation, IPR2020-01019, Paper 12 (Dec. 1, 2020) (precedential as to § II.A) This decision addressing the Fintiv factors explains that the petitioner’s broad stipulation […]

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Commerce Secretary Ross: Space Commerce Accelerating

December 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 16, 2020 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883 Space Commerce Accelerating By Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross SpaceNews December 16, 2020 Space has forever captured the imagination of people around the world. Starting in the late 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union recognized the national security […]

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Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot

December 15, 2020

Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot NewsNet 865 December 15, 2020 Today, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS) pilot to the public. The new portal will provide access to the same copyright records for both registration and recordation data that exist in the Copyright Public Catalog but […]

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Madrid application fee change

December 15, 2020

Effective Feb. 18, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Madrid application fee change Effective February 18, 2021 In its recent Trademark Fee Adjustment rule, the USPTO amended the application fee for international applicants designating the United States under the Madrid Protocol. The fee is set to increase […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of December 14

December 14, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of December 14 Monday, December 14 (9-10 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu IP Attaché Consultations Opening remarks Tuesday, December 15 (8:30-9 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu 14th Annual Global Intellectual Property Center/IP Attaché […]

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Four USPTO intellectual property attachés elevated to rank of “Counselor”

December 10, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release Four USPTO intellectual property attachés elevated to rank of “Counselor” The change in rank signals the increased importance of U.S. efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property rights internationally. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that four of […]

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This week: Learn about multiple petitions, motions to amend, and forms for public use in suggesting designation of PTAB decisions as precedent

December 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board This week: Learn about multiple petitions, motions to amend, and forms for public use in suggesting designation of PTAB decisions as precedent Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, December 10, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for […]

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Mary Critharis appointed Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

December 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release Mary Critharis appointed Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Mary Critharis as its new Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs. Ms. Critharis had […]

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Sojourner Truth and the Power of Copyright Registration

December 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. Sojourner Truth and the Power of Copyright Registration 12/08/2020 10:46 AM EST The following is a guest post by Marilyn Creswell, 2020 Librarian-in-Residence for the U.S. Copyright Office. Sojourner Truth was a preacher, […]

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Dec. 15: Understanding patenting in China

December 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Dec. 15: Webinar on understanding patenting in China Register to attend the latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “Understanding patenting in China,” will take place Tuesday, December 15, from […]

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USPTO publishes Final Rule related to certain AIA trial procedures

December 8, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO publishes Final Rule related to certain AIA trial procedures The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a Final Rule related to America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings. The Final Rule addresses three aspects of trial […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of December 7

December 7, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of December 7 Tuesday, December 8 (7-9 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Trilateral (USPTO, Japan Patent Office, European Patent Office) Meeting Role of the Trilateral Offices Tuesday, December 8 (1:45-2:45 p.m. ET) USPTO Director […]

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USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members

December 7, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes two new members of the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), Judge Susan Braden and Daniel Brown, and three new members of the Trademark Public Advisor Committee […]

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PTAB designates three decisions as precedential

December 4, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB designates three decisions as precedential RPX Corp. v. Applications in Internet Time, LLC, IPR2015-01750, Paper 128 (Oct. 2, 2020) (precedential) This decision on remand from the Federal Circuit holds that the petitioner was time-barred because the petitioner’s client […]

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Breaking news: United States’ Lisa Jorgenson appointed WIPO Deputy Director General for Patents and Technology

December 4, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release Breaking news: United States’ Lisa Jorgenson appointed WIPO Deputy Director General for Patents and Technology The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) congratulates Lisa Jorgenson of the United States on her appointment as World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Deputy Director General […]

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Patent Center beta webinars

December 4, 2020

12/10, 1/14, and 1/28 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. It 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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PTAB’s Motion to Amend Pilot Program shows promising results

December 3, 2020

Read the latest Director blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog PTAB’s Motion to Amend Pilot Program shows promising results 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 and Appeal […]

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Dec. 15: The 14th annual USPTO-GIPC intellectual property attaché roundtable

December 3, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Dec. 15: The 14th annual USPTO-GIPC intellectual property attaché roundtable Join the USPTO and the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) for the 14th annual intellectual property (IP) attaché roundtable on Tuesday, December 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET. This virtual program is free […]

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USPTO to adopt N-Wave network services

December 3, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO to adopt N-Wave network services This month, the USPTO and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced their new relationship for enhanced telecommunications. Read about the partnership in this month’s issue of N-Wave News, NOAA’s bi-annual newsletter. Using NOAA’s N-Wave […]

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Postal service interruption notices published for USPTO customers affected by hurricanes and wildfires

December 2, 2020

Affected USPTO customers have alternative options Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Postal service interruption notices published for USPTO customers affected by hurricanes and wildfires The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has posted notices designating the interruptions in service of the United States Postal Service in […]

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Coming soon: Learn about multiple petitions, motions to amend, and forms for public use in suggesting designation of PTAB decisions as precedent

December 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: Learn about multiple petitions, motions to amend, and forms for public use in suggesting designation of PTAB decisions as precedent Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, December 10, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for […]

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Fee schedule update

December 1, 2020

Effective 12/1 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 December 1: PCT fees to foreign offices 1712: International search (IPAU) fee increase from $1,507 to $1,587 The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for our […]

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USPTO November Monthly Review

December 1, 2020

A look back at the highlights of November 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of November 2020 Journeys of Innovation How Garrett Brown’s “habit of invention” revolutionized cinematography and could launch another revolution for the mobility impaired. LOOK OUT! Captivated by innovation and […]

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USPTO directs customers to online portal for patent and trademark copy requests

December 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO directs customers to online portal for patent and trademark copy requests The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) encourages customers to submit requests for copies of certified and uncertified patents and trademarks using the Certified Copy Center (CCC) storefront on […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 30

November 30, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 30 Tuesday, December 1 (3-4:20 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Rutgers University faculty and students Expanding American innovation Wednesday, December 2 (6-7 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu University of Illinois at […]

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Watch the video recording of the Speaker Series event featuring Dr. Marian Rogers Croak

November 30, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. In Case You Missed It… Watch the video recording of the Speaker Series event featuring Dr. Marian Rogers Croak The latest USPTO Speaker Series event on October 21 featured Dr. Marian Rogers Croak. Dr. Croak and Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual […]

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Roberts IP Law makes news at the Federal Circuit

November 26, 2020

I am pleased to announce that my colleague Manny de la Cerra and I were successful before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in overturning a trial verdict in Whitewater West Indus. v. Richard Alleshouse and Yong Yeh (Fed. Cir. 2020) (opinion available here: http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/node/26787 ) Manny and I were brought in […]

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The 2020 TPAC Annual Report is available

November 24, 2020

See our website Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert The 2020 TPAC Annual Report is available The 2020 Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) Annual Report is now available online. The report includes information on trademark policies, goals, performance, budget, and fees. TPAC prepares the report to be transmitted […]

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The 2020 PPAC Annual Report is available

November 24, 2020

Available now Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert The 2020 PPAC Annual Report is available The 2020 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Annual Report is now available online. The report includes information on patent policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. PPAC prepares the report to be transmitted […]

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USPTO fights trademark scams

November 24, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO fights trademark scams Guest blog by David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office At the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), our fundamental mission is to provide stable, reliable, and predictable […]

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Requesting feedback on recent infringement and anti-counterfeiting Federal Register Notices

November 24, 2020

Provide feedback Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Requesting feedback on recent infringement and anti-counterfeiting Federal Register Notices The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requests your feedback on three newly issued Federal Register Notices. State sovereign immunity The Sovereign Immunity Study notice is intended to aid […]

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Dec. 3: Webinar on trends in trademarks at the USPTO and Israel Patent Office

November 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Dec. 3: Webinar on trends in trademarks at the USPTO and Israel Patent Office Register today to join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) for a webinar on current developments in trademarks at the […]

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Six Copyright Concepts Your K-12 Students Should Know

November 19, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Six Copyright Concepts Your K-12 Students Should Know 11/19/2020 12:01 PM EST Whether you’re teaching young students just starting out or preparing older students for life beyond high school, incorporating copyright concepts into […]

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PTAB allows input on POP review requests using online form

November 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB allows input on POP review requests using online form The PTAB has added an online form to the USPTO website that allows the submission of an amicus request addressing a pending request for Precedential Opinion Panel (POP) review. […]

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Reminder to Register for Advancing Inclusion in Copyright and Register Barbara Ringer’s Legacy

November 17, 2020

Join the U.S. Copyright Office, Georgetown Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic, and Georgetown Institute for Law and Policy Advancing Inclusion in Copyright and Register Barbara Ringer’s Legacy Reminder to Register: Event on 11/19 Join the U.S. Copyright Office, Georgetown Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic, and Georgetown Institute for Law and Policy online, on […]

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Final rule – Setting and adjusting Trademark fees

November 16, 2020

Effective January 2, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Final Rule – Setting and adjusting Trademark fees The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is setting and adjusting Trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board fees for the first time in nearly three years through its […]

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Subscribe to our Journeys of Innovation email updates

November 16, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Journeys of Innovation Subscribe to our Journeys of Innovation email updates Each month, our Journeys of Innovation series tells the stories of inventors or entrepreneurs whose groundbreaking innovations have made a positive difference in the world. To receive an email when a new story […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 16

November 16, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 16 Monday, November 16 (7-9 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Trilateral (USPTO, Japan Patent Office, European Patent Office) Meeting Impact of COVID and a new vision and framework for Trilateral Cooperation Monday, […]

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Deadline to submit input on Request for Comments on Discretion to Institute Trials extended to December 3

November 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Deadline to submit input on Request for Comments on Discretion to Institute Trials extended to December 3 The USPTO is extending the time to submit comments in response to the Request for Comments on Discretion to Institute Trials Before […]

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CIO Jamie Holcombe named Artificial Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

November 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert CIO Jamie Holcombe named Artificial Intelligence Government Executive of the Year Jamie Holcombe, the USPTO’s Chief Information Officer, won this year’s WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award for Artificial Intelligence Government Executive of the Year. This award program highlights successful executives and businesses saving money […]

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Five years of innovation – Texas Regional USPTO

November 13, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Five years of innovation – Texas Regional USPTO Blog by Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Recently, I spoke with Hope Shimabuku, USPTO’s Texas Regional Director […]

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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

November 12, 2020

11/19 from 11 a.m. to 4:10 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, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. ET. The meeting is online only. […]

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Copyright Office Issues Final Rule Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books

November 12, 2020

Copyright Office Issues Final Rule Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books NewsNet 864 November 12, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule providing for the mandatory deposit of certain electronic-only books with the Copyright Office for use by the Library of Congress. The rule makes electronic-only books published in the United States […]

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Copyright Office Registration Processing Times Change for the Second Half of Fiscal 2020

November 10, 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 Registration Processing Times Change for the Second Half of Fiscal 2020 11/10/2020 02:31 PM EST The following is a guest post by Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director […]

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Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Electronic Recordation System Pilot Update

November 10, 2020

Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Electronic Recordation System Pilot Update NewsNet 863 November 10, 2020 The Copyright Office will host its eleventh public modernization webinar on December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is transitioning its recordation system from a paper process to a digital […]

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David Berdan appointed General Counsel of the USPTO

November 10, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release David Berdan appointed General Counsel of the USPTO The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of David L. Berdan as its new General Counsel. As General Counsel, Mr. Berdan will serve as the principal legal advisor to […]

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Generating STEAM with Copyright

November 9, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Generating STEAM with Copyright 11/09/2020 02:59 PM EST A summary of some of the protections and guidance copyright law provides to those participating in STEAM-related activities.

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

November 9, 2020
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Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency

November 9, 2020

Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency NewsNet 862 November 9, 2020 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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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 9

November 9, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 9 Monday, November 9 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, USPTO Deputy Director Laura Peter Texas Regional USPTO (TXRO) 5-Year Anniversary Opening remarks, interview award recipient Monday, November 9 […]

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Copyright Office Publishes Supplemental Notice for MMA Transition Period Regulati ons for Transfer and Reporting of Royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective

November 5, 2020

Copyright Office Publishes Supplemental Notice for MMA Transition Period Regulations for Transfer and Reporting of Royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective NewsNet 861 November 5, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) updating its July 17, 2020, proposed rule concerning the Music Modernization Act transition period transfer and […]

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Copyright Office Announces Online Public Roundtables for State Sovereign Immunity Study

November 5, 2020

Copyright Office Announces Online Public Roundtables for State Sovereign Immunity Study NewsNet 860 November 5, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice announcing that it will hold public roundtables for its study on state sovereign immunity on December 11, 2020, via Zoom. The Office initiated this study in response to a […]

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Fee schedule update

November 3, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule update As of November 1, the fee schedule was updated to reflect changes in PCT fees to foreign offices: 1704: International search (EPO) fee increased from $1,950 to $2,107. 1714: International search (Rospatent) fee decreased from $578 to $537. The […]

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Nov. 10: Webinar about common trademark representation and ethical issues

November 2, 2020

Register for Nov. 10 webinar Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Nov. 10: Webinar about common trademark representation and ethical issues Are you a trademark attorney who wants to know more about the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) rules covering practitioner recognition, signatures, declarations, and what […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 2

November 2, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of November 2 Monday, November 2 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Nebraska University (NUtech Ventures) University faculty and students Expanding American innovation Monday, November 2 (4:30-5:30 p.m. ET) USPTO Director […]

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USPTO October Monthly Review

November 2, 2020

A look back at the highlights of October 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of October 2020 Journeys of Innovation “I think the more role models that people have, the more inspired they are to understand that they are capable of doing anything.” […]

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LOOK OUT!: Garrett Brown

October 30, 2020

Read our latest Journeys of Innovation story Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Journeys of Innovation LOOK OUT!: Garrett Brown Each month, our Journeys of Innovation series tells the stories of inventors or entrepreneurs whose groundbreaking innovations have made a positive difference in the world.  Captivated by innovation and storytelling […]

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Today: Attend the Trademark Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

October 30, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Today: Attend the Trademark Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting Today, October 30, from 1-4 p.m. ET, attend the next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) for a review of policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. Join online via […]

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Updated trademark examination guide on specimens

October 30, 2020

Available now Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Updated trademark examination guide on specimens The USPTO has issued an update to the trademark examination guide titled “Examination of Specimens for Use in Commerce: Digitally Created/Altered or Mockup Specimens.” The updated guide addresses examination guidelines regarding digitally created or […]

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Copyright Horror Stories

October 29, 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 Horror Stories 10/29/2020 03:54 PM EDT The following is a guest post by Mary Daniel, summer 2020 law clerk in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. Mary is a third year […]

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NewsNet 859: Copyright Office’s New Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works (GRTX) Goes Into Effect

October 29, 2020

Copyright Office’s New Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works (GRTX) Goes Into Effect Issue No. 859 – October 29, 2020 As of October 29, creators of short online literary works—such as blog posts, social media posts, and online articles—can use a new group registration application being offered by the Copyright Office. The Group […]

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USPTO welcomes new interim Trademark Public Advisory Committee member

October 28, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO welcomes new interim Trademark Public Advisory Committee member The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomes Tricia McDermott Thompkins as a new interim member of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The interim appointment will be effective on October 30, […]

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New exam guide on generic.com terms

October 28, 2020

Available now Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New exam guide on generic.com terms The USPTO issued a new examination guide titled “Generic.com Terms after USPTO v. Booking.com.” The guide sets out procedures for examining applications for generic.com terms, which are any combination of a generic term and […]

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Advancing Inclusion in Copyright and Register Barbara Ringer’s Legacy

October 27, 2020

Join the U.S. Copyright Office, Georgetown Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic, and Georgetown Institute for Law and Policy Advancing Inclusion in Copyright and Register Barbara Ringer’s Legacy NewsNet 858 October 27, 2020 Join the U.S. Copyright Office, Georgetown Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic, and Georgetown Institute for Law and Policy online, on November […]

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New benchmark USPTO study finds artificial intelligence in U.S. patents rose by more than 100% since 2002

October 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release New benchmark USPTO study finds artificial intelligence in U.S. patents rose by more than 100% since 2002 The number of artificial intelligence (AI) patent applications received annually by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) more than doubled from 2002 to […]

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Today: Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

October 27, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Today: Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Join us today, from 1-3:45 p.m. ET, for our Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. Join online via Webex or the USPTO Facebook page. This free virtual event will feature keynote speaker Florent “Flo” Groberg, Microsoft Principal […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Welcomes New Register

October 26, 2020

The U.S. Copyright Office welcomes Shira Perlmutter today as 14th Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. U.S. Copyright Office Welcomes New Register NewsNet 857 October 26, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office welcomes Shira Perlmutter today as 14th Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. Librarian of Congress Carla […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 26

October 26, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 26 Monday, October 26, (6-6:30 a.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu 2020 TM5 (Trademark 5) Annual Meeting – TM5 consists of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the China National Intellectual […]

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Oct. 27: Attend the Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

October 26, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Oct. 27: Attend the Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program On October 27, from 1-3:45 p.m. ET, the USPTO is offering a free online program for veterans, where independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property professionals can connect and learn about […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: October 24 – 25, 2020

October 23, 2020
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Webpages about international filing tools

October 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Webpages about international filing tools The USPTO website provides helpful information about pursuing intellectual property (IP) protection internationally. The webpages provide information about certain treaties and international agreements, a variety of arrangements that the USPTO has with other IP offices, and information […]

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2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition

October 22, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition Guest blog by Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld The 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition has kicked off! The competition, which began as a regional competition led by our Elijah […]

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Oct. 30: TPAC quarterly meeting

October 22, 2020

Attend online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Oct. 30: TPAC quarterly meeting The next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) is on Friday, October 30, from 1-4 p.m. ET. The meeting will be online only. The agenda and webcast link are available on the […]

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Patent Center beta webinars

October 21, 2020

10/22,11/5, and 11/19; 1 – 2 p.m. ET 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. It 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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Join the expanded Collaborative Search Program by Oct. 31

October 21, 2020

Don’t miss this last window of opportunity Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Join the expanded Collaborative Search Program by Oct. 31 The expanded Collaborative Search Program (CSP) provides applicants who cross-file their patent applications internationally with search results from multiple offices early in the examination process. It […]

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Today: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak

October 21, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Today: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak The next all-virtual installment of the USPTO Speaker Series is today, October 21, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Marian Rogers Croak, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, and the audience will discuss […]

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Attend the Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

October 20, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Attend the Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program On October 27, from 1-4:30 p.m. ET, the USPTO is offering a free online program for veterans, where independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals can connect and learn about useful […]

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USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 19

October 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO Executive Speaking Engagements for the week of October 19 Monday, October 19, (2 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Rogers State University faculty and students – Expanding American Innovation Monday, October 19, (5-6 p.m. ET) USPTO Director Andrei Iancu University of […]

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Oct. 21: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak

October 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Oct. 21: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak The next all-virtual installment of the USPTO Speaker Series is this Wednesday, October 21, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Marian Rogers Croak, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, and the audience […]

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USPTO seeks public input on possible rulemaking related to AIA trials

October 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO seeks public input on possible rulemaking related to AIA trials The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a Request for Comments (RFC) about considerations for instituting trials under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). This […]

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Mary Critharis appointed USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

October 19, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief Mary Critharis appointed USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Mary Critharis has been appointed the USPTO’s Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs. Ms. Critharis […]

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Outdated Applications to be Removed from the Electronic Registration System

October 16, 2020

Outdated Applications to be Removed from the Electronic Registration System NewsNet 856 October 16, 2020 Many users have saved draft applications in the eCO system that have never been submitted to the Copyright Office. To conserve system resources, any draft application created on or before November 30, 2019, will be permanently discarded by the system […]

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Legal Experience and Advancement Program conducts virtual mock arguments

October 15, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Legal Experience and Advancement Program conducts virtual mock arguments 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 and Appeal […]

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Copyright Legislative Developments

October 15, 2020

Bill Recently Introduced S. 4632 – Online Content Policy Modernization Act, introduced 09/21/2020. To amend title 17, United States Code, to establish an alternative dispute resolution program for copyright small claims, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to modify the scope of protection from civil liability for “good Samaritan” blocking and screening of offensive […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Eighth Triennial Proceeding Under Section 1201

October 15, 2020

The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the eighth triennial proceeding under section 1201 of Title 17 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Eighth Triennial Proceeding Under Section 1201 NewsNet 855 October 15, 2020 The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the eighth […]

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Seis escritores latinoamericanos que debe conocer

October 14, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Seis escritores latinoamericanos que debe conocer 10/14/2020 01:01 PM EDT Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, observamos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, una celebración anual que rinde homenaje a las […]

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Six Latin American Authors You Should Know

October 14, 2020

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Six Latin American Authors You Should Know 10/14/2020 01:00 PM EDT From September 15 to October 15, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration honoring the histories, cultures, and contributions of […]

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Oct. 21: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak

October 14, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Oct. 21: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak See and hear inventor Dr. Marian Rogers Croak at the next all-virtual installment of the USPTO Speaker Series Wednesday, October 21, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Croak, USPTO Director […]

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Oct. 20: How the U.S. government can help you protect and enforce your IP in China

October 13, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Oct. 20: How the U.S. government can help you protect and enforce your IP 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, “How the […]

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Unpublished Twilight Sequel Sparks Interest in Copyright Deposits

October 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. Unpublished Twilight Sequel Sparks Interest in Copyright Deposits 10/08/2020 08:46 AM EDT Recently, Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer talked about her unpublished sequel to the original Twilight story, Forever Dawn. Shortly thereafter, the […]

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Don’t miss today’s USPTO Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

October 7, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Don’t miss today’s USPTO Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program The USPTO is offering a free, high-level online Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program today, October 7, from 1-4 p.m. ET. View the agenda on the USPTO website and join online via Webex at […]

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NewsNet 854: Copyright Office Announces Tenth Modernization Webinar on the New Copyright Office Warehouse

October 7, 2020

Copyright Office Announces Tenth Modernization Webinar on the New Copyright Office Warehouse NewsNet 854 October 7, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office will host its tenth public modernization webinar on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is opening a new 40,000 square foot warehouse […]

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USPTO releases report on artificial intelligence and intellectual property policy

October 6, 2020

Report catalogs agency’s commitment to keeping pace with emerging technologies Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO releases report on artificial intelligence and intellectual property policy The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released a report titled “Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy.” […]

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Fee schedule updates

October 6, 2020

Effective 10/1 and 10/2, respectively Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule updates The USPTO has made several changes to the fee schedule. Changes effective October 1—PCT fees to foreign offices: 1701: International filing fee (first 30 pages—filed electronically without ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file)—fee increase from […]

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USPTO celebrates Made in America Week by highlighting great American inventions

October 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO celebrates Made in America Week by highlighting great American inventions In celebration of President Donald J. Trump designating October 4-10 as “Made In America Week,” the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is highlighting on its social media channels throughout […]

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Don’t miss the USPTO’s Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

October 6, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Don’t miss the USPTO’s Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program The USPTO is offering a high-level, free-to-attend, online Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program on October 7. This is a chance for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals to […]

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USPTO September Monthly Review

October 5, 2020

A look back at the highlights of September 2020 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of September 2020 Journeys of Innovation Inventor and entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia combines engineering, medicine, and biology to study, diagnose, and treat disease. Tiny particles make a big impact Since […]

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USPTO Director Andrei Iancu celebrates famed inventor Marian Croak at presentation to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

October 1, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO Director Andrei Iancu celebrates famed inventor Marian Croak at presentation to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Today, Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), delivered the keynote address at […]

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Positively connected: Dr. Marian Croak

October 1, 2020

Read our latest Journeys of Innovation interview with Marian Croak Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Journeys of Innovation Positively connected: Dr. Marian Croak Each month, our Journeys of Innovation series tells the stories of inventors or entrepreneurs whose groundbreaking innovations have made a positive difference in the world.  A […]

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Silicon Valley Regional USPTO Update

October 1, 2020

View as a Webpage Join us for our signature monthly programming for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses—now available virtually. Our patent series starts on October 2 and our trademark series starts on October 13. Check our Silicon Valley Regional USPTO event listings for updates and new programming throughout the fall quarter. Upcoming events October […]

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Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Update

October 1, 2020

View as a Webpage This autumn, the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO is offering an abundant harvest of informative and engaging virtual events that are easily accessible no matter where you are in the region. Learn more about our programming and resources on the Rocky Mountain region events webpage. Upcoming events October The Path to a […]

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Midwest Regional USPTO Update

October 1, 2020

View as a Webpage The Midwest Regional USPTO is excited to host stakeholder services and unique engagement opportunities this fall. Our monthly recurring seminars will continue to offer an eclectic range of topics in intellectual property to the greater Midwestern public. Learn more about our programming and resources in the full event listing on the […]

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Texas Regional USPTO Update

October 1, 2020

View as a Webpage Join us this fall for exciting events at the Texas Regional USPTO. We will wrap up the year with unique programming designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property practitioners. Listen to Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, address the legal […]

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Eastern Regional Outreach Office USPTO Update

October 1, 2020

View as a Webpage This autumn, the Eastern Regional Outreach Office of the USPTO offers a cornucopia of vibrant, informative, and engaging virtual events available to attendees nationwide. Learn more about our programming and resources in the full event listing on the Eastern Regional Outreach Office webpage. Upcoming events October The Path to a Patent, […]

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NewsNet 853: U.S. Copyright Office Launches Digital Millennium Copyright Act Webpage

September 30, 2020

U.S. Copyright Office Launches Digital Millennium Copyright Act Webpage NewsNet 853 September 30, 2020 The U.S. Copyright Office today launched a new webpage dedicated to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The new webpage consolidates information and resources about various aspects of the DMCA, including section 512’s safe harbors and notice-and-takedown system, section 1201’s anticircumvention […]

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Fall 2020 brings exciting changes to the Patents organization

September 29, 2020

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Fall 2020 brings exciting changes to the Patents organization Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld, […]

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Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for State Sovereign Immunity Study

September 29, 2020

To ensure that members of the public have sufficient time to submit reply comments and empirical research, the Office is extending the dead Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for State Sovereign Immunity Study NewsNet 852 September 29, 2020 On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a notice of inquiry commencing a policy study […]

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PTAB introduces online form to nominate precedential and informative decisions

September 24, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB introduces online form to nominate precedential and informative decisions Based on stakeholder feedback, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has added an online form to the USPTO website that allows any member of the public to nominate […]

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Copyright Office Presents at National Book Festival

September 24, 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 at National Book Festival 09/24/2020 07:27 AM EDT We’re geared up this weekend to welcome everyone to learn all about copyright. On Sept. 26 and 27, join the U.S. Copyright […]

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Patent Center beta webinars

September 23, 2020

9/24, 10/8, 10/22 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. It 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 various […]

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Update to Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative

September 23, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Update to Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative As of September 30, Art Unit 2131 will be dissolved and thus will no longer be participating in the Access to Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Initiative. Art Unit 2133 will be added to the […]

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ICYMI: What others are saying about the USPTO’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI)

September 22, 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 National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) On September 14, the USPTO launched the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI), comprised of representatives from industry, academia, and government. Here’s what others […]

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Shira Perlmutter, USPTO Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, appointed Register of Copyrights

September 21, 2020

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Shira Perlmutter, USPTO Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, appointed Register of Copyrights Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Shira Perlmutter, the USPTO’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, has been selected by […]