Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

The US Patent and Trademark Office recently announced a new pilot program it is sponsoring with the National Science Foundation. Through this pilot program, the USPTO provides educational services and its IP Awareness Assessment tool. The pilot program will “provide additional services” in the future. The pilot program is available to awardees of the Small… Continue reading Small Business Innovation Research Pilot Program

Accelerated Examination for Green Technology Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Green Technology Pilot Program allows patent applicants to petition for accelerated examination if their patent application deals with “environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy, or greenhouse gas emission reduction.” The USPTO recently announced that under this pilot program, it has now allowed 500 patents. According to the… Continue reading Accelerated Examination for Green Technology Patents

USPTO August 2011 Patent Examination Performance Overview

The USPTO has released its performance “Patent Dashboard” for the month of August, 2011. The dashboard is a webpage showing numerous metrics related to the PTO’s patent application backlog, pendency rates, quality scores, and other data. The dashboard is a measuring stick for the USPTO’s patent quality measurement procedures (how the USPTO started measuring its… Continue reading USPTO August 2011 Patent Examination Performance Overview

New and Old Section 103

35 U.S.C. § 103 deals with the non-obviousness requirement for patentability. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the current Section 103 of Title 35 with the new version from the America Invents Act: Old Section 103 New Section 103 35 U.S.C. 103 Conditions for patentability; non-obvious subject matter. (a) A patent may not be obtained… Continue reading New and Old Section 103

Major Changes Coming to the U.S. Patent System

Last Friday, September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (available here) into law. The America Invents Act makes significant changes to the U.S. patent system. Among other things, the America Invents Act: changes the patent system from a first-to-invent to first-to-file regime eliminates the year-long grace period following public disclosure What… Continue reading Major Changes Coming to the U.S. Patent System