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Start Preamble AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or PTO) is proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information in patent applications and reexamination proceedings (duty of disclosure) in … [read more]

Start Preamble AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) proposes to amend its rules regarding petitions to revive an abandoned application and petitions to the Director of the USPTO (Director) regarding other … [read more]

Start Preamble AGENCY: Patent Trial and Appeal Board, United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule. SUMMARY: This proposed rule would amend the rules of practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to recognize that, in connection with discovery conducted in certain proceedings … [read more]

Start Preamble Start Printed Page 68150 AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) proposes to set or adjust patent fees as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act or … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Discussion of Proposed Regulatory Changes Rulemaking Requirements Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis 1. Description of the Reasons That Action by the Office Is Being Considered 2. Succinct Statement of the Objectives of, and Legal … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion of Proposed Regulatory Changes Rulemaking Requirements America Invents Act Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis List of Subjects PART 2—RULES OF PRACTICE IN TRADEMARK CASES PART 7—RULES OF PRACTICE IN FILINGS PURSUANT TO THE PROTOCOL … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Back to Top The comment period is open-ended, and comments will be accepted on an ongoing basis. ADDRESSES: Back to Top Comments must be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet addressed … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Reasons for Proposed Rule Changes Electronic Filing Service and Electronic Communication Streamlining Discovery and Pretrial Procedure Efficient Trial Procedures Remand Procedures/Appeal Procedures Other Clarification of Board Practice and Codification of Case Law Public … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. The Enhanced Quality Initiative II. Case Studies at the USPTO III. Topic Submission for Case Studies Pilot Program IV. Example of a Topic Submission DATES: Back to Top Submissions deadline date: To be … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Summary A. Purpose of the Regulatory Action B. Summary of the Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action in Question Discussion of Specific Rules Rulemaking Considerations List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 11 … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Back to Top Written comments on the proposed rule published August 20, 2015 (80 FR 50720) must be received on or before November 18, 2015. ADDRESSES: Back to Top Comments must be sent … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summary of Major Provisions Background Development of These Proposed Rules Differences Between the Proposed Rules and the Current Rules Claim Construction Standard Patent Owner's Motions To Amend Patent Owner's Preliminary Response Additional Discovery Obviousness … [read more]

  Table of Contents Back to Top DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Patent Quality Pillars Existing Quality Efforts New Quality Proposals Proposal 1 Under Pillar 1: Applicant Requests for Prosecution Review of Selected Applications Proposal 2 Under Pillar 1: Automated Pre-Examination Search Proposal 3 Under … [read more]

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