Protecting Your Trademark: Top 10 Reasons To Register Your Trademark In The U.S.

By: Tom Dunn Trademark registration is not required in the United States, however, owning a federal trademark registration enhances rights in a mark.  Here are the top ten reasons why you should register your mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Prevention:  Registering your mark can prevent potential conflicts from arising. Prospective applicants …

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USPTO Proposes Reducing Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals Filed Electronically

By: Thomas Dunn The USPTO has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking relating to the reduction of fees for trademark applications and trademark renewals filed electronically. Currently the per-class fees for filing an application for registration of a trademark are set at $375 for filing a paper application, $325 for filing electronically using the regular Trademark …

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USPTO Announces Glossary Pilot Program to Expedite Software Patent Applications

By: Sean Detweiler The USPTO recently announced the launch of a new pilot program called the Glossary Pilot Program, to run from June 2nd until December 31st.  The program is for software patent applications and requires an applicant to include a glossary section in the patent application specification to define terms used in the patent claims. …

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Changes To Implement the Patent Law Treaty

By: Stanley Chalvire On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) final rules addressing the implementation of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) took effect, revising the rules of practice pertaining to patent cases.  The final rule was issued on October 21, 2013 pursuant to title II of the …

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Andrew Bunin to Panel BPLA Event

On Wednesday, April 17th MBBP Attorney Andrew Bunin, a former patent examiner, is sitting as a panelist for a Boston Patent Law Association event titled "Communicating with the USPTO - How to (hopefully) obtain favorable results when interacting with examiners and the USPTO". The event is meant to provide some insight into how the Patent Office operates …

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Intellectual Property – The Economic Booster

By: Andrew Bunin Last year the U.S. Commerce Department published a report on the role intellectual property (IP) plays in the economy. The report found that IP-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute nearly 35% ($5 trillion) of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). It also proved that between 2010 and 2011, direct …

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules in the Federal Register Implementing Micro Entity Provisions

By: Stanley Chalvire The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published final rules in the Federal Register implementing the micro entity provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The America Invents Act provided for the creation of a new micro entity status, affording qualifying applicants a seventy-five percent reduction in fees paid to …

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International Design Patent Application

By: Sean D. Detweiler Earlier this month, Congress passed S. 3486: Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (H.R. 6432 was previously passed by the House). The Act, if signed by the President, would allow those in the US to file a single international design patent application for international registration with the U.S. Patent & Trademark …

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USPTO to Hold a First-Inventor-to-File Roundtable on Thursday, September 6, 2012

By: David Fazzolare The USPTO plans to hold a First-Inventor-to-File Roundtable on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) in the Madison Auditorium at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus. The Roundtable provides an opportunity for the USPTO to gather public feedback over its recently proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines …

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USPTO Issues Proposed Rules to Implement the Micro Entity Provisions

By: Stan Chalvire The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register directed to the implementation of the micro entity provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The America Invents Act provided for the creation of a new micro entity status that affords qualifying applicants …

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