The year was defined by an ongoing pandemic, the inauguration of a new president, and a generally shaky economy. Fortunately, the IP industry has continued to grow and adjust and prepare for a future that is hard to predict.
President Biden recently announced Kathi Vidal as his long-awaited nominee for Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the second woman to hold the position.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting technologies of the last century, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to radically transform the way we live and work. And the USPTO has taken a keen interest.
It may be hard to believe, but the first half of 2021 is now behind us, and there is reason to believe things are looking up. The effects of the pandemic have eased considerably, the labor market recovery is accelerating, and, in many states and cities, life is starting to look normal again.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced plans to hire hundreds of patent examiners in the coming months. The new positions will be in the biomedical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering technology sectors.
Technology Center 2900 is a bit of an outlier at the USPTO, handling design patents rather than utility patents. Design patents are a different breed than utility patents, covering the visual and ornamental characteristics of an article rather than the article’s functional or utilitarian elements.
The USPTO recently issued the 2020 Citizen Centric Report. The report is a companion to its 2020 Performance and Accountability Report, and it compares the agency’s performance to previous years while providing essential facts and figures. How did the USPTO generally do in 2020?
Technology Center 3600 is perhaps the most infamous of all technology centers at the USPTO. As a “catch-all” technology center handling applications as diverse as surface transportation and furniture, it also houses many business methods art units.
The USPTO recently announced a companion to the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, the COVID Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program. The goal is to expedite the processing of ex-parte appeals for applications related to COVID-19.