In March 2010 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced plans to begin cooperation on increasing the efficiency and quality of the patent examination process by making greater use of each other’s work on commonly filed patent applications and eliminating duplication of work.  This initiative […]

MEMORANDUM DATE:            June 28, 2010 TO:                  Patent Examining Corps FROM:           Robert W. Bahr, Acting Associate Commissioner For Patent Examination Policy SUBJECT:     Supreme Court Decision in Bilski v. Kappos Today, the Supreme Court affirmed the USPTO’s decision that the claims in the patent application at issue in Bilski v. Kappos are not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. […]

The Innovation Economy:  Unleashing Intellectual Property to Fuel Growth and Create Jobs Under Secretary Kappos June 2, 2010 Thank you, Sarah, for that kind introduction.  I would like to thank the Center for American Progress for having me in today to speak with you about intellectual property’s critical role in today’s innovation economy. America stands […]

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is increasing the availability of its patent electronic filing system, Electronic Filing System—Web (EFS-Web) by providing a new contingency option when the primary portal to EFS-Web has an unscheduled outage. Previously, the entire EFS-Web system is not available to the users during such an outage. The contingency […]

Inventors Eye, a new electronic publication by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is a bimonthly publication for the independent inventor community. According to the USPTO, Inventors Eye is for and about America’s independent and small entity inventor community. It is a community that has always been a vital and vibrant part of America’s […]

India and United States have signed two inter-governmental agreements on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to help prevent what they say is the misappropriation of traditional knowledge through mistaken issuance of patents, what some call biopiracy. ‘Biopiracy’ describes a process in which living resources or traditional knowledge and practices are patented, thus applying intellectual property restrictions […]

In the the Tafas v. Kappos lawsuit, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filed a joint motion for dismissal of the appeal and to vacate the judgment of the district court below because the USPTO […]

The next quarterly meeting of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership is scheduled: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Auditorium in Madison East, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia. The Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership is designed and developed to be a forum to share […]