Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has officially rescinded the highly hated regulations that would have limited patented claims and continuations — with an emphasis on the fact that they were proposed by the previous administration. The regulations were published in the Federal Register in August 2007, […]

David Kappos, Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, made a series of proposals to bring change to the examiner count system – the process for determining the time a patent examiner has to complete a patent examination and how much credit is given for each stage of an examination. The proposal was developed […]

The USPTO has prepared interim examination instructions for evaluating patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 (Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions) pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos, and invited the public to submit written comments on the Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions on or […]

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment regarding the Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures (74 Fed. Reg. 40163). Patent applications that contain nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosures must include a copy of the sequence listing in accordance with […]

(Prepared Remarks) David Kappos Swearing In Ceremony August 13, 2009 USPTO Thank you Secretary Locke for your support, for joining today and for your focus on the USPTO and the American IP system. I also want to thank President Obama for appointing me to this position. And thanks to all of you who came out […]

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate David J. Kappos as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. According to the press release: Mr. Kappos is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, for IBM Corporation. Based in Armonk, New York, […]

The US Patent & Trademark Office has released a beta test of its new web site. The beta site has a cleaner look than the original and should make navigation a little easier.  From the press release: The new site has been redesigned to improve the look and feel, as well as to enhance the […]

You’re not alone in your suffering.  The recession has even hit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is funded by fees from patent applications and other services.  John Doll, acting director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said the patent office is projecting a 2 percent drop in applications, if trends continue. What’s […]