Legal Advantage Blogs
May 2011

USPTO Announces U.S. Government-Wide Intellectual Property Training Database

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today announced the launch of a new onl...
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The USPTO Trademarks Dashboard - A Data Visualization Center

Unveiled on May 10th, the USPTO now provides a Trademarks Dashboard tool demonstrating a data visualization of many factors concerning trademark processing and how they compare to the past years. This...
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USPTO Announces Full First Action Interview Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program so as to...
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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection of intellectual property righ...
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April 2011

James Donald Smith Named Chief Administrative Patent Judge at USPTO

Washington – James Donald Smith of Chicago, Ill. has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the U.S. Patent a...
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World Intellectual Property Day

Today the intellectual property practitioners around the globe will be celebrating World Intellectual Property Day. The goals of World Intellectual Property Day are to raise awareness of how patents, ...
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USPTO Budget Cuts for 2011

Today USPTO Director David Kappos announced what the impact that the budget reduction will have at the Patent Office. There are a number of important areas where the USPTO will no longer be able to st...
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FTC Proposes Innovation and Reform Ideas that Benefit Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has prepared a report The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies with Competition, highlighting concerns and providing solutions to assist in the red...
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Expedited Examination of Green Patent Applications at the Canadian Patent Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has amended their patent rules on March 3rd allowing for an accelerated examination of ‘green’ technology patents without additional fee. Effective A...
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Ongoing Struggle for a Simple European Patent System

The proposed unified Patent System across Europe would have the potential to provide major reductions in intellectual property spending. By applying for a patent that would be granted across the propo...
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