Monthly Archives: March 2015

USPTO TO HOST FIRST-EVER SUMMIT ON PATENT QUALITY

The USPTO will host a two-day public meeting on patent quality on March 25 and 26 at our headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The Quality Summit will encourage robust discussions among USPTO leadership; patent prosecutors, litigators, applicants, and licensees; and other members of the public interested in the USPTO’s efforts to further improve patent quality through its Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative.

The USPTO is seeking public input and guidance to direct its continued efforts towards enhancing patent quality. These efforts focus on improving patent operations and procedures to provide the best possible work products, to enhance the customer experience, and to improve existing quality metrics. The USPTO has already set in motion several quality initiatives, including robust technical and legal training for patent examiners, as well as a Glossary Pilot, Quick Patent IDS Program, First Action Interview Pilot, and After Final Consideration Pilot. The two-day Quality Summit is one of many ways the USPTO is engaging with the public on this important effort.

Read the press release to learn more.

PATENTS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: IMPLICATIONS FOR REFORM —

Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee at the Technology Policy Institute

Patent reform is high on the agenda for Congress. Proponents of reform claim the current system produces excessive litigation, particularly on the part of “patent assertion entities,” imposing costs on entrepreneurs and others and deterring innovation. Those on the other side suggest that the litigation explosion is overstated and that patent reform efforts will weaken intellectual property protections to the detriment of innovation.

Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee joined The Technology Policy Institute for a half-day conference “Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform” on February 11 to explore the evidence for reform from both sides of the issue.

Learn more by viewing the agenda or watching the fireside chat.