Each year, the USPTO releases a Performance and Accountability Report that analyzes the agency’s performance and evaluates how well it met the goals of its five-year Strategic Plan. Here are the key takeaways from the 2020 report.
Patent professionals who specialize in a specific type of technology may run into the same examiners from time to time. If that examiner is one of the most difficult in the technology center, knowledge of past performance may be the difference between an allowance and an abandonment.
Technology Center 2100 handles computer architecture and software, with art unit groups focused on computer reliability and control systems, memory access, computer architecture, databases and file management, software development, artificial intelligence (AI), and graphical user interfaces.
In a saturated market, law firms are looking for ways to stand out and deliver the best legal services to their corporate clients. If you are looking to provide quality patent prosecution that ensures long-standing relationships, your firm needs to invest in data analytics.
On January 19, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu announced his resignation from the agency. In his time as director, he focused on bureaucratic efficiency and clarifying patent eligibility guidelines.
Technology Center 3700 is somewhat of a “catch-all” technology center, handling technologies as diverse as medical instruments, shoes and apparel, machine and hand tools, thermal and combustion technology, and refrigeration.
In 2019, the USPTO released a report surveying the participation of female inventor-patentees in the U.S. patent system. The main discovery: women are still underrepresented in the patent system, but their participation rate is slowly improving.