The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a number of press releases in the Spring of 2013 the regarding awards, updated patent rules, and collaboration partnerships. Inventia Patent Drafting offers the following summaries of these announcements along with links to the original press releases.
May 6, 2013 – USPTO Commissioner for Patents Named Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Finalist. The USPTO Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. Focarino is among 31 finalists to be honored in Washington D.C. as part of Public Service Recognition Week for her contributions in stimulating job growth and the economy through improvements to the USPTO’s patent operations. Focarino has led a team for the last several years that implemented bold reforms. Those include giving examiners more time and flexibility to handle cases, new incentives for examiners and new performance requirements for examiners and managers. She also increased employee training and leadership development opportunities and developed a comprehensive set of metrics to monitor patent quality.
April 3, 2013 – USPTO Updates Professional Conduct Rules and Registration Examination for Patent Attorneys. The USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) developed revisions which update the questions on registration examination and more closely align the rules with general legal ethics guidelines. This first major update to professional conduct rules since 1985 brings the discipline rules in the USPTO in line with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association. Perhaps most relevant are the updates to the content of the registration examination to include provisions of the America Invents Act that took effect on March 16, 2013. These rule changes will modernize the practice of law before the USPTO.
March 5, 2013 – USPTO and AutoHarvest Collaborate to Accelerate Advanced Manufacturing. The two organizations today announce the signing of an MOU creating collaboration to spur innovation and generate jobs in advanced manufacturing. Focused in Detroit and surrounding regional areas, the partnership will help advance manufacturing businesses and individual inventors to obtain patent protection and commercialize their inventions. The partnership will result in an online environment for the exchange of information, technical discussions and encourage entrepreneurial activities.
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