The USPTO first announced in August 2020 that it would be imposing a new fee for patent applications not filed in DOCX format beginning on January 1, 2022. After multiple extensions, the USPTO announced that the deadline is now June 30, 2023.
The USPTO recently published a final rule announcing that it would encourage the transition to filing in DOCX format by imposing new fees on certain documents submitted in a non-DOCX format. The new rule takes effect on April 3, 2023.*
In 2016, the USPTO launched the Patents 4 Patients program to support the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot initiative. In September of this year, the USPTO announced that the pilot program would be extended through January 31, 2023.
We are nearing the halfway point of 2022, with a new director at the USPTO, another opportunity to clarify the §101 patent eligibility framework, and a pair of bills poised to innovate the semiconductor industry. Here’s what you need to know about the year in patents so far.
There are two types of patent petitions: petitions that are so routine you can do them in your sleep and those so rare you don’t even know where to start. Here are the most and least common petitions filed at the USPTO.
The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program, established in 2011 as a component of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, connects small business owners and inventors with pro bono representation to ease the burden of expensive and time-consuming patent prosecution.