Reflections on 33 years at the USPTO by HC120626233511


									USPTO Update

 April 19, 2005
New USPTO Headquarters
         USPTO Challenges
• Increased filings

• Increased complexity

• Increased subject matter scope

• Federal appropriations process
• In fiscal year 2004, the USPTO
  made patentability
  determinations on more than 10
  million claims
             USPTO Goals
• Issue quality patents

• Reduce pendency

• E-government

• Lead US IP policy agenda
         Examination Quality
• Improved hiring

• Certification

• Recertification

• Quality control reviews
      Possible Future Changes
• Post grant review?

• Pre-grant 3rd party participation?

• Raise the “patentability bar”
      USPTO Plans to Reduce
• Hiring
   Hiring has been essentially at attrition level
  since 2002

   Current plans call for 860 new examiners
  in 2005 and 900 the next year
      USPTO Plans to Reduce
•   Work sharing with other IP offices
          Volume and timing are issues

•   Contracting
           PG Publication Classifications
Paper File Room
Electronic Application (IFW)
         Image File Wrapper
• All pending applications are captured in
  IFW today
• Content is continuously updated with
  incoming and outgoing correspondence
• The IFW is the “official” file
• This data base is separate from the
  published application and patent data base
          How IFW Works
• Incoming applications and papers are
  scanned in the office of initial patent
  examination (OIPE)
• Outgoing papers are scanned into IFW at
  the Alexandria campus
• A messaging system is used to notify
  employees of incoming work
       Federal Appropriations
• USPTO fees were raised in Dec. 2004 for 2 years

• Full access in FY2005

• FY2006 appropriation to be decided

• What happens in 2007?
            IP Policy Setting
• International harmonization

• Patent “trolls”

• Congressional interest
  House proposes IP Legislation
• 13 Reform Proposals

• First Inventor To File

• Post Grant Review

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