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PPAC Annual Report

2014 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Annual Report

The 2014 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Annual Report is now available for review. PPAC was established under statutory authority and consists of nine voting members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce who represent small and large entity patent applicants located in the U.S. 

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Volunteer as Guest Lecturer in the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program

The USPTO is expanding its Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP). We're seeking voluntary assistance from scientists, engineers, professors, and industrial designers to participate as guest lecturers to help enhance our patent examiners' knowledge in their technical fields.

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Two Key Patent Pilot Programs Have Been Extended Another Year

We've extended our After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) 2.0 and the Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) Pilot through September 30, 2015. AFCP 2.0 is ideal for situations where an examiner and applicant may be close to an agreement.

Glossary Pilot Program - A New Strategy for Improving Claim Clarity Using Glossaries - Still Accepting Applications!

Patents Glossary Pilot Program

The Program has been extended for six months through June 2, 2015 or until the USPTO accepts 200 grantable petitions, whichever occurs first. Applications accepted into the Program will receive expedited examination up to the mailing of the First Office Action. A notice of extension will be issued in due course.

Popular for tailgating during football season, Design Patent No. 706,355 granted to Jeffrey Monenare for his football cornhole board

Popular for tailgating during football season, Design Patent No. 706,355 granted to Jeffrey Monenare for his football cornhole board

Driving Innovation, Not Litigation

An executive action update from the White House and the USPTO, answering President Obama's call to strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.

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