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Developments on fraudulent solicitations

by John Roberts on September 17, 2021

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Developments on fraudulent solicitations

This week, the United States Department of Justice announced that Viktors Suhorukovs, a citizen of Latvia, was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to pay over $4.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to mail fraud in a multi-million-dollar scheme to defraud owners of U.S. trademark registrations. Suhorukovs established and operated Patent and Trademark Office, LLC, and Patent and Trademark Bureau, LLC. These entities gave the false impression that they were, in fact, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), scamming more than 2,900 U.S. trademark registrants out of millions of dollars for inflated, and often fake, renewal fees.

This is one of many schemes that confuse and defraud owners of U.S. registrations with solicitations that are intended to look like official USPTO correspondence. These schemes often falsely promise to take required maintenance actions on behalf of the registration owner, or they scam registrants into paying for services they don’t need.

We have worked hard to fight these solicitations and assist law enforcement in cases like Suhorukovs’. Learn more about our ongoing efforts to combat scams on our website.

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Registration Now Open for October Event on Machine Learning and Copyright

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September 17, 2021

Registration is now open for the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s October 26, 2021, conference entitled “Copyright Law and Machine Learning for AI: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?” The event will comprise three one-hour sessions, with a lunch break, and is expected to run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. eastern time. Panels will explore machine learning in practice, how existing copyright laws apply to the training of artificial intelligence, and what the future may hold in this fast-moving policy space.

As long as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic allows for the safe gathering of participants indoors, organizers are planning to present this event in a hybrid format. All sessions will be viewable on Zoom; however, organizers are working toward allowing speakers and members of the public to also attend on-site at the Library of Congress’s Montpelier Room. The option to attend on-site will depend on pandemic-related conditions and access to the Library at the time of the event and could be subject to cancelation if conditions change. Cancelation of the on-site option may take place with little prior notice. Whether in-person or via Zoom, audience members must register to attend this free, public event. Registration information and a complete agenda for the event are available at the event website.

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A presentation on IP developments in the People’s Republic of China during the past three months
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Sept. 30 webinar: Quarterly legislation and case law update on IP in the People’s Republic of China

Register to attend a free presentation on Thursday, September 30, from 1-2 p.m. ET, by senior United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorneys on the latest developments in intellectual property (IP) law over the past three months in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The PRC has passed and implemented a variety of IP-related measures during this period. This one-hour program will provide an opportunity for IP attorneys, businesses, inventors, brand owners, and other IP stakeholders to access a unique and concise source of information.

For more information, visit the event page on the USPTO website.

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The Inspiring Life and Work of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

by John Roberts on September 16, 2021

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The Inspiring Life and Work of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
09/16/2021 09:07 AM EDT

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was a musical powerhouse who continues to be an important creative influence decades after her death. Read about some of the ways she has inspired others.

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USPTO announces extension to the Motion to Amend pilot program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to extend the Motion to Amend (MTA) pilot program. This program provides additional options for a patent owner who files an MTA in a trial proceeding under the America Invents Act (AIA).

The MTA pilot program will run until September 16, 2022. The USPTO may extend the program (with or without modification) on either a temporary or a permanent basis, or may discontinue the program after that date.

The USPTO has presented preliminary results of the MTA pilot program and continues to track data related to MTAs. The most recent information and statistics related to MTAs are available on the USPTO’s website.

The full text of the notice is available in the Federal Register. Stay current with the USPTO by subscribing to receive email updates via our Subscription Center.

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Reminder: Trademark register protection initiatives webinar

by John Roberts on September 13, 2021

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Trademark register protection initiatives webinar

Are you a trademark professional interested in learning more about the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) comprehensive strategy to protect the integrity of the U.S. trademark register, as discussed in our recent blog? If so, register now for the latest installment of the Trademarks Webinar Series, now on September 23, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET.

Amy Cotton, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, will speak about the USPTO’s register protection initiatives, including:

  • Post Registration Audit Program
  • Mandatory account login
  • Examining attorney guidance on digitally created or altered specimens
  • Special task force
  • U.S. counsel rule
  • Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

There will also be time for participants to ask questions about any of these initiatives. You may submit questions before the event to TMWebinar.

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Upcoming trainings on September 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28
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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

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Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or EFS-Web. The next available trainings are on September 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28.

This on-demand video shows how to file DOCX documents in the Patent Center training mode.

As described in a recent blog from USPTO leadership, filing in DOCX provides many benefits in the patent application process, including:

  • elimination of 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

The eCommerce Modernization (eMod) team will provide information and conduct a demo using the Patent Center training mode, followed by a question-and-answer session. We encourage applicants to use the Patent Center training mode to practice filing in DOCX without saving/storing data to USPTO systems.

Please visit the Patents DOCX filing upcoming events page to register for an upcoming 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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USPTO events for the weeks of September 13-24

by John Roberts on September 13, 2021

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September 14

Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET

Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 7: Keeping your registration alive, 2 p.m. ET

September 15

Meet the Patent Experts: Class Three, 12:30 p.m. CT

September 16

The Path to a Patent, Part VIII: Common mistakes and support after filing, 10 a.m. PT

Attend DOCX filing training, 2 p.m. ET

September 17

LEAP webinar: AIA oral argument encore, noon ET

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Transitioning to the Sponsorship Tool in Patent Center

by John Roberts on September 9, 2021

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Transitioning to the Sponsorship Tool in Patent Center

As of September 15, the standalone Sponsorship Tool will no longer be available.

Please use the Sponsorship feature in Patent Center to view and manage support staff sponsorships for EFS-Web, Private PAIR, and Patent Center. You may use your same USPTO.gov account information to sign in to all filing systems. After signing in, you can access the sponsorship tool under the Manage > Sponsor Users menu option.

See the Patent Center Sponsorship Guide for more information.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) at 866-217-9197 during their operating hours of 6 a.m. to midnight ET, Monday through Friday, or email ebc.

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Ensuring the validity of micro entity certifications – which provide reduced fees to eligible inventors and small businesses

Guest blog by Andrew Faile, Acting Commissioner for Patents

Image of a person on a computer A core focus of our work at the USPTO is to foster innovation, competition, and economic growth, by providing opportunities for all current and aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs to participate in the intellectual property (IP) system. The cost of filing an application for a patent or trademark should not hinder individual inventors and small businesses from obtaining these key IP protections. That is why we offer a 50% and 75% reduction on most patent application fees to independent inventors and small businesses that qualify as small and micro entities.

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Accommodation for Copyright Office Correspondence Deadlines between August 10 and September 9

September 8, 2021

Accommodation for Copyright Office Correspondence Deadlines between August 10 and September 9 NewsNet 919 September 8, 2021 When Copyright Office examiners communicate with an applicant via email, the applicant is expected to respond within forty-five days after the examiner’s message was sent. If a response is not received by the deadline, the examiner will close […]

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

September 8, 2021

Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency NewsNet 918 September 8, 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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USPTO events for the weeks of September 7-17

September 7, 2021

View as a Webpage This week September 7 Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 6: Responding to an office action, 2 p.m. ET September 8 LEAP webinar: Preparing for your AIA argument, noon ET September 9 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET The Path to a Patent, Part VII: How to file a patent application […]

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Apply for a Patents for Humanity COVID-19 award by Sept. 30

September 3, 2021

Applications accepted until 5 p.m. ET, Sept. 30, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Apply for a Patents for Humanity COVID-19 award by Sept. 30 The final deadline for the submission of applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patents for Humanity COVID-19 award […]

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Apply for a judicial law clerkship at the USPTO by September 10

September 2, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Apply for a judicial law clerkship at the USPTO by September 10 Guest Blog by Scott Boalick, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Are you interested in launching your career as an intellectual property […]

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USPTO to continue considering COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program applications until Dec. 31, 2021

September 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO to continue considering COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program applications until Dec. 31, 2021 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a modification to its COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. Requests that […]

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Rescheduled: Trademark register protection initiatives webinar

September 2, 2021

Register today Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Rescheduled: Trademark register protection initiatives webinar Are you a trademark professional interested in learning more about the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) comprehensive strategy to protect the integrity of the U.S. trademark register, as discussed in our recent […]

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USPTO August Monthly Review

September 2, 2021

A look back at the highlights of August 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of August 2021 Journeys of Innovation Audrey Sherman, a leading inventor of adhesives at 3M, shows what’s possible through persistence and collaboration. Driving innovation Audrey Sherman was initially drawn […]

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Copyright Office Proposes Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions

September 2, 2021

Copyright Office Proposes Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions NewsNet 917 September 2, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a proposed rule to establish procedures by which a library or archive may preemptively opt out of Copyright Claims Board (CCB) proceedings. The proposed rule also sets forth procedures relating […]

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Deadline for submission of comments on patent eligibility jurisprudence extended to October 15

September 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief Deadline for submission of comments on patent eligibility jurisprudence extended to October 15 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended the deadline for submitting comments on the state of patent eligibility jurisprudence, and its effect on investment and innovation […]

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Webinar: Trademark register protection initiatives

September 1, 2021

Register today Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Webinar: Trademark register protection initiatives Are you a trademark professional interested in learning more about the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) comprehensive strategy to protect the integrity of the U.S. trademark register, as discussed in our recent blog? […]

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Copyright Office Establishes Accommodation for Applicants Affected by Electronic Copyright System Outage

September 1, 2021

Copyright Office Establishes Accommodation for Applicants Affected by Electronic Copyright System Outage (Updated) NewsNet 916 September 1, 2021 The Register of Copyrights today issued a further declaration pursuant to her authority to adjust certain registration timing provisions in the event of a disruption to a Copyright Office electronic system. Beginning on August 12, 2021, at […]

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Copyright Office Releases Report on Sovereign Immunity in Copyright Infringement Cases

August 31, 2021

Copyright Office Releases Report on Sovereign Immunity in Copyright Infringement Cases NewsNet 915 August 31, 2021 Today the U.S. Copyright Office released a report entitled Copyright and State Sovereign Immunity. The report marks the completion of a study conducted by the Office in response to an April 2020 request by Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

August 30, 2021

Upcoming trainings on August 31, September 2, 9, 14, and 16 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of August 30 – September 10

August 30, 2021

View as a Webpage This week August 31 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 5: Application filing walk-through, 2 p.m. ET September 2 Innovators and entrepreneurs: Learn about IP basics and helpful resources, noon ET Attend DOCX filing training, 2 p.m. ET

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Ongoing Technical Issues with Some eCO Applications and Services

August 27, 2021

Ongoing Technical Issues with Some eCO Applications and Services The electronic Copyright System (eCO) is back online, and most applications and services are working normally. We are experiencing a few technical issues that we are working diligently to resolve. Users who have not logged into their accounts within the last 90 days may experience account […]

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This week: Inside PTAB—an educational webinar

August 24, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board This week: Inside PTAB—an educational webinar Join the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for an educational webinar this Thursday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The webinar is designed to give students and intellectual property […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of August 23 – September 3

August 23, 2021

View as a Webpage This week August 24 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 4: Application requirements, 2 p.m. ET August 26 Inside PTAB–an educational webinar, 11 a.m. ET Inaugural Inventor Hour webinar, noon ET The Path to a Patent, Part VI: Learn how to protect your IP abroad, […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: Augus 21–22, 2021

August 20, 2021

The eCO Registration System will be offline from 6:00 p.m. ET Saturday, August 21 until 6:00 a.m, Sunday, August 22 to accommodate Pay.gov maintenance. Following the eCO system upgrade at the beginning of this week, work is still ongoing to address reports of slow system speed and users who are unable to reset forgotten or […]

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PTAB Inventor Hour

August 20, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB Inventor Hour If you are an inventor or new to Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, don’t miss this opportunity on August 26, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, to learn about ex parte appeals, America Invents […]

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Transitioning to the Sponsorship Tool in Patent Center

August 19, 2021

Transition finalizes on 9/15 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Transitioning to the Sponsorship Tool in Patent Center On September 15, 2021, the standalone Sponsorship Tool will no longer be available. Please use the Sponsorship feature in Patent Center to view and manage support staff sponsorships for EFS-Web, […]

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Coming soon: AIA oral argument encore

August 18, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: AIA oral argument encore Join the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for an America Invents Act (AIA) oral argument encore on September 17, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Practitioners […]

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Copyright Office Issues Final Rule for Small Claims Expedited Registration Procedures and FOIA Conforming Amendment

August 18, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office has published a final rule establishing procedures for a new expedited registration option for a work at issue Copyright Office Issues Final Rule for Small Claims Expedited Registration Procedures and FOIA Conforming Amendment NewsNet 914 August 18, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has published a final rule establishing procedures for a […]

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USPTO’s comprehensive strategy to fight trademark fraud

August 18, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog USPTO’s comprehensive strategy to fight trademark fraud Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks at […]

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Copyright Office Establishes Accommodation for Applicants Affected by Electronic Copyright System Outage 

August 17, 2021

Copyright Office Establishes Accommodation for Applicants Affected by Electronic Copyright System Outage NewsNet 913 August 17, 2021 The Register of Copyrights today issued a declaration pursuant to her authority to adjust certain registration timing provisions in the event of a disruption to a Copyright Office electronic system. Beginning on August 12, 2021, at 5 p.m., […]

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Coming soon: Preparing for your AIA argument

August 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: Preparing for your AIA argument Join the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for a webinar about oral argument before the PTAB in an America Invents Act (AIA) trial on September […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

August 16, 2021

Upcoming trainings on August 17, 24, and 26 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of August 16-27

August 16, 2021

View as a Webpage This week August 17 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 3: Searching, 2 p.m. ET August 18 Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on your intellectual property, noon ET Meet the Patent Experts: Class Two, 12:30 p.m. CT August 19 Learn about the PTAB Judicial Law Clerk Program, […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates, Technical Service Outage

August 15, 2021
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PTAB presents: Inside PTAB—an educational webinar

August 13, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB presents: Inside PTAB—an educational webinar Join the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for an educational webinar on August 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The webinar is designed to give students and intellectual property practitioners […]

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PTAB posts update to Orange Book patent/biologic patent study

August 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board PTAB posts update to Orange Book patent/biologic patent study The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has published an update to its Orange Book patent/biologic patent study. The update analyzes all America Invents Act (AIA) petitions challenging Orange Book […]

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Inventors, entrepreneurs, and students, register now: Invention-Con 2021 is next week

August 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Inventors, entrepreneurs, and students, register now: Invention-Con 2021 is next week If you are an inventor or entrepreneur, your creative work is among your most valuable assets. Don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as […]

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Copyright Office Announces Modernization Webinar on the Historical Public Records Program

August 10, 2021

Copyright Office Announces Modernization Webinar on the Historical Public Records Program NewsNet 912 August 10, 2021 The Copyright Office will host its next public modernization webinar on August 31, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m. eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office is digitizing print and microfilm records to make available […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates, Technical Service Outage

August 9, 2021
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Learn about the PTAB Judicial Law Clerk Program

August 9, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Learn about the PTAB Judicial Law Clerk Program Join the next Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, August 19, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about the PTAB Judicial Law Clerk […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of August 9-20

August 9, 2021

View as a Webpage This week August 10 Attend DOCX filing training, 2 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 2: Registration process overview, 2 p.m. ET August 12 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET Wine & IP: Resources and policy from the United States Department of Agriculture, 4 p.m. ET

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Protecting our trademark customers with federal registration of USPTO marks

August 5, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Protecting our trademark customers with federal registration of USPTO marks Guest blog by David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks Exterior shot of the Madison Building and Dulany Gardens at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Photo […]

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PTAB’s “fast-track” pilots available for regular and COVID-19 related ex parte appeals

August 4, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog PTAB’s “fast-track” pilots available for regular and COVID-19 related ex parte appeals Guest blog by Scott Boalick, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two programs […]

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Copyright Legislative Developments

August 4, 2021

Bill Recently Introduced H.R.4130 – American Music Fairness Act To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide fair treatment of radio stations and artists for the use of sound recordings, and for other purposes.

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USPTO issues first Director review decisions

August 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO issues first Director review decisions On June 29, as a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc., the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented an interim procedure whereby review of a […]

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U.S. Copyright Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Host October 26, 2021, Event on AI and Copyright

August 2, 2021

U.S. Copyright Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Host October 26, 2021, Event on AI and Copyright NewsNet 911 August 2, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are hosting an October 26, 2021, conference entitled Copyright Law and Machine Learning for AI: Where Are We and Where […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

August 2, 2021

Upcoming trainings on August 3, 5, 10, 12, and 17 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent […]

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USPTO July Monthly Review

August 2, 2021

A look back at the highlights of July 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of July 2021 Journeys of Innovation Kavita Shukla has made it her mission to eliminate food waste. Keeping innovation fresh As a 12-year-old, Kavita Shukla drank water believed to […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of August 2-13

August 2, 2021

View as a Webpage This week August 3 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 1: Fundamentals, 2 p.m. ET August 5 Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting, 11 a.m. ET Innovators and entrepreneurs: Learn about IP basics and helpful resources, noon ET IP enforcement: Overview for artists […]

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Coming soon: PTAB LEAP Mock Argument Practicum

August 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: PTAB LEAP Mock Argument Practicum Join the USPTO’s Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) on Friday, September 10, from 1–4 p.m. ET, for an America Invents Act (AIA) mock […]

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Latest Op-eds from the U.S. Department of Commerce on Care Economy, Broadband Access, and Space Commerce

July 30, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a webpage. Op-ed by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: A Tattered Care Economy Is Holding Back American Workers July 30, 20201 Many employers across the country are pushing workers to return to the office. This shift from remote work has triggered concerns among workers who are parents and […]

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Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships

July 30, 2021

Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships NewsNet 910 July 30, 2021 The Copyright Office is now accepting applications for the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. This fellowship, which runs eighteen to twenty-four months, was created for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in […]

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August 5: PPAC quarterly meeting

July 29, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert August 5: PPAC quarterly meeting Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting on Thursday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. ET. Members of the public are welcome and […]

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Copyright Office Closes Out 150th Celebrations with New Exhibit

July 29, 2021

To commemorate our 150th year, we’ve launched “Find Yourself in Copyright,” an online exhibit exploring our rich history of creativity. Copyright Office Closes Out 150th Anniversary Celebrations with New Exhibit NewsNet 909 July 29, 2021 July marks the end of the Copyright Office’s 150th anniversary celebration. To commemorate our 150th year, we’ve launched “Find Yourself […]

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July 30: TPAC quarterly meeting

July 27, 2021

Save the date Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert July 30: TPAC quarterly meeting Please join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) on Friday, July 30, from 1-4 p.m. ET. Members of the public […]

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Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the national trademark system

July 27, 2021

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the national trademark system Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Photo courtesy of the […]

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Today: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration

July 27, 2021

Register now! Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Today: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Lanham Act, which is the primary federal trademark law of the United States. Today, July 27, from 1-2 p.m. ET, join the United […]

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Student workshops available August 18 at Invention-Con 2021

July 26, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Student workshops available August 18 at Invention-Con 2021 If you know an aspiring inventor or entrepreneur of any age, make sure to tell them about the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) free online Invention-Con 2021, coming August 18–20. The first […]

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August 5: Webinar on IP enforcement for artists and creative organizations

July 26, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert August 5: Webinar on IP enforcement for artists and creative organizations Register to attend a free webinar on Thursday, August 5, from 1-3 p.m. ET, to hear about ways artists and creative organizations can protect their creative works and trademarks. Discover no-cost […]

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New TMEP available

July 26, 2021

View online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New TMEP available The July 2021 Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) is now available. This update incorporates final rules, examination guides, and Supreme Court decisions issued since the October 2018 TMEP revision. It also clarifies or memorializes some existing […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of July 26-August 6

July 26, 2021

View as a Webpage This week July 27 Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration, 1 p.m. ET Attend DOCX filing training, 2 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 8: Question-and-answer panel, 2 p.m. ET July 29 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET The Path to a Patent, Part III: Patent searching, 11 a.m. MT […]

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Next week: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration

July 22, 2021

Register today! Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Next week: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Lanham Act, which is the primary federal trademark law of the United States. On July 27, from 1-2 p.m. ET, join the […]

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Copyright Office Issues Letter to Congress on Effects of the Satellite Television Co mmunity Protection and Promotion Act of 2019 on the Satellite Television Marketplace

July 21, 2021

Copyright Office Issues Letter to Congress on Effects of the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019 on the Satellite Television Marketplace NewsNet 908 July 21, 2021 On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the results of its study regarding the […]

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George Thuronyi Appointed Interim Head of the Office of Public Information and Education

July 21, 2021

George Thuronyi Appointed Interim Head of the Office of Public Information and Education NewsNet 907 July 21, 2021 Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter today announced that George Thuronyi will serve as interim head of the Office of Public Information and Education at the United States Copyright Office, effective July 27, 2021. He will begin this […]

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EFS-Web maintenance

July 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert EFS-Web maintenance The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will perform maintenance on the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) system beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 24, and ending at 5:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 25. During the maintenance period, the […]

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Apply for a Patents for Humanity COVID-19 award by Sept. 30

July 21, 2021

Applications accepted until 5 p.m. ET, Sept. 30, 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Apply for a Patents for Humanity COVID-19 award by Sept. 30 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the final deadline for the submission of applications for its Patents for Humanity […]

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USPTO updates Arthrex Q&As

July 20, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO updates Arthrex Q&As On June 29, as a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc., the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented an interim procedure whereby review of a Patent Trial […]

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Copyright Office Announces Appointments of Copyright Claims Board Officers

July 20, 2021

Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter today announced the appointments by the Librarian of Congress of David Carson, Monica P. McCabe, and Copyright Office Announces Appointments of Copyright Claims Board Officers NewsNet 906 July 20, 2021 Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter today announced the appointments by the Librarian of Congress of David Carson, Monica P. McCabe, […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

July 19, 2021

Upcoming trainings on July 20, 22, 27, and 29 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center […]

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Today: Protecting your brand in the restaurant industry

July 19, 2021

Register now! Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Today: Protecting your brand in the restaurant industry Are you a restauranteur, chef, or food truck operator? Are you thinking about launching products or services in the restaurant industry? Do you want to learn how to protect your brand with […]

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USPTO events for the weeks of July 19-30

July 19, 2021

View as a Webpage This week July 19 Don’t burn your brand: intellectual property for restaurants, 2 p.m. ET July 20 Attend DOCX filing training, 1 p.m. ET Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 7: Keeping your registration alive, 2 p.m. ET July 21 New ways of working at the USPTO, 1 p.m. ET July 22 […]

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Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Registration Prototype

July 15, 2021

Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Registration Modernization NewsNet 905 July 15, 2021 The Copyright Office will host its next public modernization webinar on July 26, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m. eastern time. As part of its modernization efforts, the Copyright Office, in partnership with the Library of Congress Office of the Chief Information Officer, […]

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Entrepreneurs: Learn about intellectual property strategy August 18–20 at Invention-Con 2021

July 15, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Entrepreneurs: Learn about intellectual property strategy August 18–20 at Invention-Con 2021 If you are an entrepreneur, your creative work is among your most valuable assets. Don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as patents, trademarks, […]

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Coming soon: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration

July 15, 2021

Register today Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Coming soon: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Lanham Act, which is the primary federal trademark law of the United States. On July 27, from 1-2 p.m. ET, join the […]

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National Medal of Technology and Innovation nominations due on July 30

July 15, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation due on July 30 The USPTO is seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of […]

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Learn about options available after a final rejection

July 13, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Learn about options available after a final rejection Join the next Boardside Chat webinar this Thursday, July 15, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about options available after a final rejection. Vice Chief Judge Michael Kim […]

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Upcoming deadline to submit comments on the USPTO’s notice of p roposed rulemaking to implement the Trademark Modernization Act

July 9, 2021

Submit feedback by July 19 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Upcoming deadline to submit comments on the USPTO’s notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Trademark Modernization Act The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requests your feedback on the notice of proposed rulemaking on Changes […]

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

July 9, 2021

Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency NewsNet 904 July 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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Public comment sought on the current state of patent eligibil ity jurisprudence and its effect on investment and innovation

July 8, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief Public comment sought on the current state of patent eligibility jurisprudence and its effect on investment and innovation The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks comments from the public regarding the impact of patent eligibility jurisprudence in the United States […]

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Copyright Office Releases Report on Best Practice Recommendations for the Mechanical Licensing Collective

July 8, 2021

Copyright Office Releases Report on Best Practice Recommendations for the Mechanical Licensing Collective NewsNet 903 July 8, 2021 Today the U.S. Copyright Office, in consultation with the Government Accountability Office, released a report entitled “Unclaimed Royalties: Best Practice Recommendations for the Mechanical Licensing Collective.” The report details the Office’s findings and recommendations on the best […]

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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves praises USPTO for critical w ork in promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and ingenuity

July 8, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves praises USPTO for critical work in promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and ingenuity A blog about the USPTO by the U.S. Department of Commerce USPTO’s Drew Hirshfeld presents Deputy Secretary of Commerce […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

July 6, 2021

Upcoming trainings on July 8, 13, and 15 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or […]

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USPTO issues notice of proposed rulemaking to implement WIPO Standard ST.26

July 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO issues notice of proposed rulemaking to implement WIPO Standard ST.26 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the rules of practice for submitting biological sequence data associated with disclosures of […]

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USPTO announces extension of the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program through July 2, 2022

July 2, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO announces extension of the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program through July 2, 2022 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to extend the expiration date for the […]

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USPTO announces final rule to update certain mailing addresses

July 1, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO announces final rule to update certain mailing addresses The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a final rule to amend the rules of practice to update the address for the replenishment of a deposit account by mail. From […]

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USPTO announces final rule to update certain mailing addresses

July 1, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces final rule to update certain mailing addresses The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a final rule to amend the Rules of Practice to update the addresses for payments of patent maintenance fees that are not submitted […]

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Updated patent basics webpage

July 1, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Updated patent basics webpage The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a newly redesigned patent basics webpage on the USPTO website. The webpage is easily accessible from the USPTO.gov homepage. Along with a fresh look and feel, the new […]

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USPTO announces final rule to eliminate handwritten signature requirement

July 1, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO announces final rule to eliminate handwritten signature requirement The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is eliminating the handwritten signature requirement set forth in 37 CFR § 1.4(e) by a final rule, effective July 2, 2021. Section 1.4(e) required original […]

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USPTO June Monthly Review

July 1, 2021

A look back at the highlights of June 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of June 2021 Journeys of Innovation Maude Adams, the most successful American actress of the early 20th century, invented a light bulb that helped actors everywhere shine as they […]

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On-site Copyright Office Services Reopening by Appointment Only

July 1, 2021

On-site Copyright Office Services Reopening by Appointment Only NewsNet 902 July 1, 2021 Beginning July 8, 2021, on-site services at the U.S. Copyright Office will open to the public by appointment only. To submit claims, request certified copies of certificates or copyright deposits, or conduct other in-person business, please make an appointment here. Note: Due […]

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Distinguishing between prophetic and working examples in a patent application

June 30, 2021

Published a notice in the Federal Register Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Distinguishing between prophetic and working examples in a patent application The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a notice in the Federal Register reminding applicants that patent applications must properly present examples […]

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National Medal of Technology and Innovation nominations due July 30

June 30, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation due July 30 The USPTO is seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the […]

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One week remains in the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees nomination period

June 30, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief One week remains in the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees nomination period Nomination submissions to fill upcoming vacancies in both the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees are due on or before July 9—just over a week away. The United States […]

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USPTO issues information on implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc.

June 29, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board USPTO issues information on implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc. As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc., the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has implemented […]

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Inventors and entrepreneurs: Save the date – Invention-Con 2021 is coming August 18-20

June 28, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Inventors and entrepreneurs: Save the date – Invention-Con 2021 is coming August 18-20 Are you a young or independent inventor, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner whose success depends on guarding your creative work? Then don’t miss your chance to learn […]

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Fee schedule update

June 28, 2021

effective June 25 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Fee schedule update The fee schedule was updated with the following change, effective June 25: Patent enrollment fees 9030: Request for extension of time in which to schedule examination for registration to practice (non-refundable)–new fee of $115 See the […]

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Kevin Amer Appointed Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights

June 28, 2021

Amer will serve as Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office, effective July 2 Kevin Amer Appointed Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights NewsNet 901 June 28, 2021 Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter today announced that Kevin Amer will serve as Acting General Counsel and Associate […]

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Protecting your brand in the restaurant industry

June 28, 2021

Register for the July 19 event Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Protecting your brand in the restaurant industry Are you a restauranteur, chef, or food truck operator? Thinking about launching products or services in the restaurant industry and want to learn how to protect your brand with […]

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USPTO responds to the surge in trademark applications

June 25, 2021

Current wait times on USPTO website Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO responds to the surge in trademark applications The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is experiencing a huge surge in trademark application filings which has resulted in a significant increase in unexamined application inventory. […]

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Copyright and Drag

June 25, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Copyright and Drag 06/25/2021 09:29 AM EDT Drag performances are one of the many creative contributions to come out of the queer community. The history of drag within the copyright record runs deep, […]

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Coming next week: Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators

June 24, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Coming next week: Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators Don’t miss this special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) innovators. Join us to hear a discussion on creating change, building legacies, securing funding, […]

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Copyright Office Will No Longer Accept Electronic Deposits in WPS Format

June 23, 2021

Copyright Office Will No Longer Accept Electronic Deposits in WPS Format NewsNet 900 June 23, 2021 Beginning July 23, 2021, the Copyright Office will no longer accept electronic deposits in WPS format. As of July 23, 2021, the file-blocking feature in the electronic registration system (eCO) will prevent applicants from uploading WPS files. If an […]

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What a huge surge in trademark filings means for applicants

June 23, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog What a huge surge in trademark filings means for applicants Guest blog by David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks Since last fall, trademark applications from U.S. and foreign applicants have surged to unprecedented levels. As of June 17, […]

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Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Reflect Recent Reorganization

June 23, 2021

Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Reflect Recent Reorganization NewsNet 899 June 23, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office has updated its regulations to implement the Office’s May 2021 reorganization. The reorganization is intended to improve the Office’s effectiveness and efficiency by renaming divisions and realigning certain reporting structures and reflects the agency structure for the […]

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June 30 webinar: Beyond registration: Taking your copyright and trademark rights to the next level

June 22, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert June 30 webinar: Beyond registration: Taking your copyright and trademark rights to the next level On Wednesday, June 30, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will host a free […]

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Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee

June 22, 2021

Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee NewsNet 898 June 22, 2021 The Library of Congress issued the following press release: The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of […]

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Nomination period for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees closing soon

June 22, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief Nomination period for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees closing soon Three weeks remain in the nomination period for both the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the nomination period to fill upcoming […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

June 21, 2021

Upcoming trainings on June 22 and 24 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or EFS-Web. […]

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USPTO operating status on Friday, June 18

June 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO operating status on Friday, June 18 The United States Patent and Trademark Office will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 21(b), the USPTO will deem actions or fees due […]

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June 29: Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators about creating change, securing funding, and networking

June 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert June 29: Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators about creating change, securing funding, and networking Don’t miss this special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) innovators. Join us to hear a discussion on creating change, building […]

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Today: Mechanics of admission to practice before the PTAB

June 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Today: Mechanics of admission to practice before the PTAB Join the next Boardside Chat webinar today, June 17, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about the mechanics of admission to practice before the Patent Trial and […]

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Tomorrow: Wine & IP: Geographical indications, international policy, and the intersection with trademarks

June 16, 2021

View as a Webpage Tomorrow: Wine & IP: Geographical indications, international policy, and the intersection with trademarks Are you interested in learning more about the relationships between wine, geography, and international policy? Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on June 17, from 4-5 p.m. ET, for a webinar about the international foundations […]

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Tomorrow: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration

June 16, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Tomorrow: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Lanham Act, the primary federal trademark law of the United States. On June 17-18, join the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State […]

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New TBMP available

June 15, 2021

June 2021 update Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert New TBMP available The June 2021 update of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is now available on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board webpage under “Policies and procedures.” The revision describes current practice and […]

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June 24 webinar: First quarterly legislation and case law update on IP in China

June 15, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert June 24 webinar: First quarterly legislation and case law update on IP in China On Thursday, June 24, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET, senior United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorneys will present on the latest developments in intellectual property (IP) law […]

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U.S. Copyright Office, WIPO Host Roundtables on International Copyright Education

June 15, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are hosting a yearlong virtual roundtable series U.S. Copyright Office, WIPO Host Roundtables on International Copyright Education NewsNet 897 June 15, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are hosting a yearlong virtual roundtable series on copyright education for […]

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Coming June 29: Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators

June 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Coming June 29: Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators Don’t miss this special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) innovators. Join us to hear a discussion on creating change, building legacies, securing funding, […]

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Next week: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration

June 10, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Next week: Lanham Act 75th anniversary celebration This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Lanham Act, the primary federal trademark law of the United States. On June 17-18, join the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the […]

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Copyright Office Adjusts Timing Requirements for Certain Regist ration Applications and Pre-1972 Schedules Pursuant to CARES Act

June 10, 2021

The Copyright Office is temporarily adjusting certain timing requirements pertaining to registration applications Copyright Office Adjusts Timing Requirements for Certain Registration Applications and Pre-1972 Schedules Pursuant to CARES Act NewsNet 896 June 10, 2021 Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Copyright Office is temporarily adjusting certain timing requirements pertaining […]

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Final rule regarding representation of others before the USPTO

June 9, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Final rule regarding representation of others before the USPTO The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has amended the rules regarding representation of others before the USPTO set forth in 37 C.F.R. part 11 by a final rule, effective June 25, […]

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Friday: Trademarks and the Games: A fireside chat about intellectual property and the Olympics

June 9, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Friday: Trademarks and the Games: A fireside chat about intellectual property and the Olympics From the iconic five rings to the Olympic torch, trademarks play a pivotal role in protecting the unique identity of the Olympic Games. Join us on Friday, June […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

June 9, 2021

Upcoming trainings on June 10, 15, and 17 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for training webinars on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or […]

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June 17: Mechanics of admission to practice before the PTAB

June 9, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board June 17: Mechanics of admission to practice before the PTAB Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on June 17, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about the mechanics of admission to practice before the Patent Trial […]

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USPTO hosting final roundtable for Trademark Modernization Act notice of proposed rulemaking

June 7, 2021

Register for June 14 event Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO hosting final roundtable for Trademark Modernization Act notice of proposed rulemaking On June 14, from 1-3 p.m. ET, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting the last of its two virtual roundtables to […]

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Global protection and local outreach: How the USPTO’s IP attachés are helping U.S. business interests abroad

June 7, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Global protection and local outreach: How the USPTO’s IP attachés are helping U.S. business interests abroad Guest blog by Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Damian Porcari, Director of […]

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Agents and attorneys: learn to think like a patent examiner

June 7, 2021

8/17-8/20 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Agents and attorneys: learn to think like a patent examiner If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like a patent examiner. Get a better understanding of how examiners makes decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination […]

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Copyright Office Announces Appointment of Joel Waldfogel as Kaminstein Scholar

June 7, 2021

Copyright Office Announces Appointment of Joel Waldfogel as Kaminstein Scholar NewsNet 895 June 7, 2021 Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter welcomes Professor Joel Waldfogel as the fourth Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar at the U.S. Copyright Office. Professor Waldfogel will be joining the Office on June 7 and serving in this position through the end of […]

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Creating to Inspire Social Change: A Brief Look into Gwendolyn Brooks

June 7, 2021

You are subscribed to Copyright: Creativity at Work for U.S. Copyright Office. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Creating to Inspire Social Change: A Brief Look into Gwendolyn Brooks 06/07/2021 09:54 AM EDT The following is a guest post by Chandel Boozer, spring 2021 law clerk in the Office of Policy […]

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Attend the Biotechnology, Chemical, and Pharmaceutical Partnership meeting

June 4, 2021

RSVP by 6/11 for the 6/15 meeting Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Attend the Biotechnology, Chemical, and Pharmaceutical Partnership meeting Share your insights and experiences to improve patent prosecution in biotechnology areas at the United States Patent and Trademark’s (USPTO) next Biotechnology, Chemical, and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership […]

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Next week: Trademarks and the Games: A fireside chat about IP and the Olympics

June 3, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next week: Trademarks and the Games: A fireside chat about intellectual property and the Olympics From the iconic five rings to the Olympic torch, trademarks play a pivotal role in protecting the unique identity of the Olympic Games. Join us on June […]

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USPTO May Monthly Review

June 3, 2021

A look back at the highlights of May 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of May 2021 Journeys of Innovation The co-founders of Kinnos, Kevin Tyan, Jason Kang, and Katherine Jin, learned from healthcare workers and developed a life-saving additive for disinfectants. Innovating […]

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The USPTO announces change to its implementation of structured text filing

June 1, 2021

The USPTO now considers the DOCX document filed by the applicant to be the authoritative document Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO announces change to its implementation of structured text filing The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is in the process of transitioning to a […]

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Help us find the next National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates

June 1, 2021

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Help us find the next National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO The […]

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USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

June 1, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO to expand Law School Clinic Certification Program Program accepting law school clinic submissions through December 31, 2022. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is extending the submission deadline for expanding its Law School Clinic Certification Program by admitting additional […]

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Celebrating Asian American Representation in Film

May 28, 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 Asian American Representation in Film 05/28/2021 11:33 AM EDT Over the past century, film has become one of the more popular and influential forms of entertainment, helping us feel seen and realize […]

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USPTO issues notice of proposed rulemaking to permit submission of higher-capacity physical media

May 26, 2021

Submit comments by 7/26 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert USPTO issues notice of proposed rulemaking to permit submission of higher-capacity physical media The USPTO has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the rules of practice to permit the submission of physical media larger than […]

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This Thursday: An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame

May 25, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert This Thursday: An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame On Thursday, May 27, from 1–2 p.m. ET, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an inspiring conversation about innovation with Frances Ligler, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

May 25, 2021

5/25 and 5/27 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a training webinar on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or EFS-Web. Filing in DOCX […]

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Modernizing patent filing with DOCX

May 25, 2021

Read the latest Director’s blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Modernizing patent filing with DOCX Guest blog by Acting Commissioner for Patents Andrew Faile and Chief Information Officer Jamie Holcombe At the USPTO, we are continuously working to modernize and streamline our patent application systems. As […]

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USPTO holding roundtables on notice of proposed rulemaking on the Trademark Modernization Act

May 24, 2021

Register for June 1 and June 14 events Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO holding roundtables on notice of proposed rulemaking on the Trademark Modernization Act The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host two virtual roundtables to hear public input and questions about the […]

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USPTO announces recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

May 24, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release USPTO announces recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, which recognizes individuals and law firms that assist financially […]

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USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

May 24, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. Please submit nominations electronically on or […]

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Ode to Cicadas

May 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. Ode to Cicadas 05/24/2021 09:44 AM EDT They’re flying, buzzing, and crawling everywhere! Washington, DC, neighborhoods around the U.S. Copyright Office are teeming with Brood X cicadas, taking their next steps on a […]

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Webinar on trademark Post Registration Audit Program

May 21, 2021

Register for June 3 event Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Webinar on trademark Post Registration Audit Program Are you an experienced trademark filer who wants to learn more about the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Post Registration Audit Program? Register today for a free webinar […]

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Next week: An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame

May 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next week: An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame On Thursday, May 27, from 1–2 p.m. ET, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an inspiring conversation about innovation with Frances Ligler, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee […]

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New tool available to help appellants prepare ex parte appeal briefs

May 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board New tool available to help appellants prepare ex parte appeal briefs In celebration of National Inventors Month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has released a new tool to help inventors, pro se appellants, new practitioners, and those […]

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Spotlight on Commerce: Hannah Wang, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO

May 20, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog Spotlight on Commerce: Hannah Wang, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO Guest blog post by Hannah Wang, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO Hannah Wang, Primary Patent Examiner, USPTO As a primary patent examiner at the Commerce Department’s United States Patent […]

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Library of Congress Publishes Results of an Independent Audit of the Fiscal Year 2020 Fiduciary Financial Statements

May 20, 2021

Library of Congress Publishes Results of an Independent Audit of the Fiscal Year 2020 Fiduciary Financial Statements NewsNet 894 May 20, 2021 Earlier this year, the Library of Congress contracted with an independent public accounting firm Cotton & Company LLP to conduct an audit of the financial statements prepared for the fiduciary assets administered by […]

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TTAB introduces additional programs for COVID-related applications

May 19, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief TTAB introduces additional programs for COVID-related applications In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in view of the critical need to develop and help speed to market medical products and services to combat COVID-19, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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May 21: TPAC quarterly meeting

May 19, 2021

Attend online Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert May 21: TPAC quarterly meeting Join the USPTO for the next Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) quarterly meeting on Friday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m. ET. Members of the public are welcome and invited to attend. The virtual meeting will […]

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USPTO updates China IPR toolkit

May 18, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO updates China IPR toolkit The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently updated the China Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) toolkit to reflect the recent changes made to China’s intellectual property (IP)-related laws and government structure. Originally published in October 2019, […]

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Today: Webinar and panel discussion commemorating the first anniversary of LEAP

May 18, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Today: Webinar and panel discussion commemorating the first anniversary of LEAP Join the USPTO in a virtual celebration of the successful first year of the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) today, May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. […]

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Next week: An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame

May 18, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next week: An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame On Thursday, May 27, from 1–2 p.m. ET, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an inspiring conversation about innovation with Frances Ligler, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee […]

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Roberts IP Law defeats plaintiff in patent infringement case

May 17, 2021

On May 17, 2021 the Southern District of Indiana, Honorable Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt presiding, granted Roberts IP Law’s motion to dismiss the defendants for lack of personal jurisdiction under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2) and entered final judgment against the plaintiff in case number 4:20-cv-00052-TWP-DML, EDDIE M. GREEN, JR. v. ARA YAVRUYAN, […]

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USPTO issues notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Trademark Modernization Act

May 17, 2021

Start submitting comments tomorrow Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert USPTO issues notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Trademark Modernization Act The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking on Changes To Implement Provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) […]

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Updated inventor and entrepreneur resources webpage

May 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Updated inventor and entrepreneur resources webpage The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a newly redesigned inventor and entrepreneur resources webpage on the USPTO website. The webpage is easily accessible from our home page. Along with a clean look […]

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Get to know William Warner, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

May 17, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know William Warner, this week’s #FeaturedInductee William Warner set a new standard in the film industry when he invented the Avid Media Composer®, a digital, nonlinear editor with the ability to make instantaneous changes at anytime, anywhere in the program. […]

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Op-Ed by Gina Raimondo and Alejandro Mayorkas: Colonial Pipeline Ransomware A ttack is an Opportunity for Every Organization to Shore Up its Cyber Defenses

May 14, 2021

The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was an all too familiar story to businesses across the United States. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 14, 2021 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs, publicaffairs Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack is an Opportunity for Every Organization to Shore Up its Cyber Defenses Op-Ed by Gina Raimondo and […]

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Copyright Legislative Developments

May 14, 2021

Bill Recently Introduced H.R.1856 – Modern Television Act of 2021 To repeal certain provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, title 17 of the United States Code, and certain regulations, to allow for interim carriage of television broadcast signals, and for other purposes.

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Today: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors

May 14, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Today: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors Today, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, don’t miss a special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) innovators. Take this opportunity […]

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Today: PTAB webinar about preparing an appeal brief

May 13, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Today: PTAB webinar about preparing an appeal brief Join the next Boardside Chat webinar today, May 13, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about preparing an appeal brief. This program is intended for independent inventors, new […]

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Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems

May 12, 2021

5/13 and 5/20 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn how to file DOCX documents in your applications using USPTO systems Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a training webinar on how to file in DOCX through Patent Center or EFS-Web. Filing in DOCX […]

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June 2 webinar on NMTI nomination process

May 12, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert June 2 webinar on NMTI nomination process The USPTO is seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States. To learn […]

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Don’t miss this Friday’s event: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors

May 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Don’t miss this Friday’s event: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors This Friday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, don’t miss a special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander […]

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United States issues patent number 11,000,000

May 11, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release United States issues patent number 11,000,000 WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today officially issued U.S. patent number 11 million, recognizing an important milestone in American innovation and ingenuity. “This momentous benchmark is a reminder of the remarkable and enduring […]

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New tool available to help appellants prepare ex parte appeal briefs

May 10, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board New tool available to help appellants prepare ex parte appeal briefs In celebration of National Inventors Month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has released a new tool to help inventors, pro se appellants, new practitioners, and those […]

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

May 10, 2021

The Copyright Office is further extending temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency NewsNet 893 May 10, 2021 The Copyright Office is further extending temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for […]

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Next week: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors

May 7, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Next week: Meet top Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander inventors On Friday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, don’t miss a special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) innovators. Take […]

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Happening now: Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting (updated meeting link)

May 6, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Happening now: Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting (updated meeting link) Join us for the next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting now, Thursday, May 6, until 3:50 p.m. ET. Members of the public are welcome and invited to attend. The […]

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An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame

May 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert An inventor’s journey to the Hall of Fame On Thursday, May 27, from 1–2 p.m. ET, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an inspiring conversation about innovation with Frances Ligler, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee and leader […]

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Attend tomorrow’s Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

May 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Attend tomorrow’s Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting Join us for the next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting tomorrow, Thursday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. ET. Members of the public are welcome and invited to attend. The […]

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Learn about the Collaborative Search Pilot program

May 5, 2021

5/18, 5/24, or 5/26 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Learn about the Collaborative Search Pilot program Learn how you can receive accelerated examination and search results from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) […]

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May 13: Webinar on copyright and the visual arts—current issues

May 5, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Copyright Alert May 13: Webinar on copyright and the visual arts—current issues Register to attend a free webinar about current copyright issues on Thursday, May 13, from noon to 2 p.m. ET. This two-hour program is designed to address the fair use doctrine and […]

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Native American tribes can include tribal insignias in the USPTO’s database at no charge

May 4, 2021

Submit your tribal insignias to the USPTO database Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert Native American tribes can include tribal insignias in the USPTO’s database at no charge The USPTO’s Native American tribal insignia database is a part of the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). This database records […]

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Get to know Margaret Wu, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

May 3, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Margaret Wu, this week’s #FeaturedInductee Chemist Margaret Wu’s revolutionary work in synthetic lubricants shows that creativity and persistence can change the world. Her work has resulted in higher engine efficiency and performance in machinery from automobiles to wind turbines, […]

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Coming soon: Webinar and panel discussion commemorating the first anniversary of LEAP

May 3, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: Webinar and panel discussion commemorating the first anniversary of LEAP Join the USPTO in a virtual celebration of the successful first year of the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) on Tuesday, May 18, from noon to […]

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USPTO hiring hundreds of new patent examiners

May 3, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief USPTO hiring hundreds of new patent examiners Qualified engineers, scientists, and graphic artists can apply now. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking soon-to-be graduates and professionals with backgrounds in graphic design/art, as well as engineers with backgrounds in biomedical, […]

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USPTO April Monthly Review

May 3, 2021

A look back at the highlights of April 2021 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page A look back at the highlights of April 2021 Journeys of Innovation An artist, puppeteer, and innovator, Jim Henson created the Muppets and forever changed the entertainment business. Reframing entertainment Jim Henson made his first […]

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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting on May 6

April 30, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert Attend the next Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting on May 6 Join the USPTO for the next Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) quarterly meeting on Thursday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. ET. Members of the public are welcome […]

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about preparing an appeal brief

April 29, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Coming soon: PTAB webinar about preparing an appeal brief Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, May 13, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about preparing an appeal brief. This program is intended for independent […]

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Nominations sought for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation

April 28, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Press Release Nominations sought for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2021 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological […]

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Explore the breakthroughs of Asian American/Pacific Islander inventors on May 14

April 27, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Explore the breakthroughs of Asian American/Pacific Islander inventors on May 14 Don’t miss this special online event celebrating the remarkable work of Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) innovators. Take this opportunity to hear from National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) inductees about their […]

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A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021

April 26, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021 On April 23, President Joseph R. Biden issued a proclamation for World IP Day: “This year, on World Intellectual Property Day, we celebrate the innovators and creators who enrich our lives and create the […]

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Copyright Office Proposes Small Claims Expedited Registration Procedures and FOIA Conforming Amendment

April 26, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing procedures for a new expedited registration option, as directed by the Copyright Alternative in Small Copyright Office Proposes Small Claims Expedited Registration Procedures and FOIA Conforming Amendment NewsNet 892 April 26, 2021 The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing procedures for a new expedited registration option, as directed by the […]

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USPTO releases FY 2020 Citizen Centric Report

April 23, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert USPTO releases FY 2020 Citizen Centric Report The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Citizen Centric Report for fiscal year (FY) 2020 is now available. The Citizen Centric Report is a companion reference to the FY 2020 Performance and Accountability Report. […]

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Reminder! Join Us for “The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market”

April 23, 2021

On April 26, 2021, at noon eastern time, the Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with The Creative Business Reminder: Join us on Monday 4/26 for “The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market” On April 26, 2021, at noon eastern time, the Copyright Office will celebrate World […]

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The Trademark Modernization Act: What brand owners need to know

April 22, 2021

Read the latest blog Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Director’s Forum Blog The Trademark Modernization Act: What brand owners need to know Guest blog by David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO Sustaining and promoting a healthy, vibrant trademark system is at the core of what we strive […]

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April 29: Plant patents

April 21, 2021

View as a Webpage April 29: Plant patents Spring has sprung, and it’s a perfect time to grow your knowledge about the living beauty and value of plant patents. On April 29, from 3-4 p.m. ET, Damian Porcari, Director of the USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office, will moderate a discussion between Dr. Joe […]

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Tomorrow: PTAB webinar about remote hearings

April 21, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board Tomorrow: PTAB webinar about remote hearings Join the next Boardside Chat webinar tomorrow, 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 […]

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April 22: Green patents in vinification

April 20, 2021

Celebrate Earth Day with "Wine & IP" View as a Webpage April 22: Green patents in vinification This Earth Day, April 22, join the USPTO to learn how new wine production techniques can help create a greener future. Register now for this special event. Hear from experts about various sustainable technologies being implemented in the […]

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Get to know Bantval Jay Baliga, this week’s #FeaturedInductee

April 19, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert Get to know Bantval Jay Baliga, this week’s #FeaturedInductee Bantval Jay Baliga’s insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), a semiconductor power switch, has reduced gasoline consumption by 10% and improved electrical energy efficiency by more than 40%. He was inducted into the National […]

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COVID fast-track appeals pilot program

April 14, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. News Brief 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 […]

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The Register: The Historical and Unique Title for American Copyright Leadership

April 13, 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 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 […]

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Coming soon: PTAB webinar about remote hearings

April 12, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Trial and Appeal Board 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 […]

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TEAS and TEASi unavailable Saturday, April 24

April 12, 2021

Submit forms by 7:59 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert 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 […]

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Maintenance filings, COVID-19, and excusable nonuse

April 9, 2021

What to include in your maintenance filing Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Trademark Alert 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 […]

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Patent Center beta webinars, including DOCX filing

April 9, 2021

4/14 and 4/29 Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Patent Alert 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 […]

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Copyright eService Maintenance and Updates: April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021
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Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Scaled Agile Framework and the ECS

April 8, 2021

Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Scaled Agile Framework and the ECS NewsNet 891 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 […]

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April 9: National Patent Application Drafting Competition national round

April 7, 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. USPTO Alert April 9: National Patent Application Drafting Competition national round 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 […]

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Join us for World IP Day with “The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market”

April 7, 2021

On April 26, 2021, at noon eastern time, the Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with The Creative Business The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market NewsNet 890 April 7, 2021 On April 26, 2021, at noon eastern time, the Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property […]

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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

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

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 […]