Since 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers the Peer To Patent project – a historic initiative that opens the patent examination process to public participation for the first time. Peer to Patent is an online system that aims to improve the quality of issued patents by enabling the public to supply the USPTO with information relevant to assessing the claims of pending patent applications.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program so as to include all utility applications in all technology areas and filing dates.
With the First Action Interview program the applicant is entitled to a first action interview, upon request, prior to the first Office action on the merits. This program is a pilot and will run through May 16, 2012. A request to participate in the program must be filed before May 16, 2012, and at least one day before a first Office action on the merits of the application appears in the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. Continue reading
The European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced that it has agreed with The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to jointly develop a patent classification system on the basis of the European Classification system, ECLA.