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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to chair the Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2)

WASHINGTON — In a letter to Council members this week, United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced her new role as chair of the new Inclusive Innovation Council (CI2). With representatives from industry, academia, nonprofits, and government, CI2 will help the U.S….

Henry “Jamie” Holcombe named Chief Information Officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of…

The United States rises in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States second for patents, related rights, and limitations in its International Property Index 2019, reflecting a significant improvement in the patent protection policy. Also, this year…

American ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited exceptions to copyright for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and the visually impaired. President Donald J. Trump signed…

Candidates sought for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is inviting nominations for the 2019 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United States. The medal is awarded to…

Thomas Krause Appointed Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Lawyer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Associate Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and USPTO Attorney. Krause, who has served as the agency’s associate attorney since 2014, begins his new role…

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Revised Guidelines for Determining Object Eligibility

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced revised guidelines on item eligibility under 35 USC § 101. The USPTO also announced guidelines on the application of 35 USC § 112 to computer-implemented inventions. The documents go into effect on Monday…

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released its 2018-2022 strategic plan. The strategic plan defines strategic goals focused on the USPTO’s mission: to optimize the quality and speed of patents; optimize the quality and speed of trademarks; and, to provide…

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Announces the Appointment of Laura Peter as Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). ), starting November 13, 2018. Mrs. Peter most recently organized the…

USPTO Seeks Public Comment on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 strategic plan. The draft plan defines strategic objectives focused on the USPTO’s mission: to optimize the quality and speed of patents; to optimize brand quality and…

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