The USPTO is implementing the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program. In particular, the QPIDS pilot program will eliminate the requirement for processing of a request for continued examination (RCE) with an information disclosure statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee in order for the IDS to be considered by the examiner. Where the examiner determines that no item of information in the IDS necessitates reopening prosecution, the USPTO will issue a corrected notice of allowability. The QPIDS pilot program will run from May 16, 2012, to September 30, 2012.
Director of the USPTO David Kappos announced plans to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to the already-announced first USPTO satellite office to open on July 13 in Detroit, Michigan. Selection of the four sites was based upon criteria including geographical diversity, regional economic impact, ability to recruit and retain employees, and the ability to engage the intellectual property community.
US Patent Status Helper: A tool for checking the maintenance status of US patents. Enter up to100 patent numbers at a time. The site will generate a list of links to the USPTO “Patent Maintenance Fees” page with the necessary information already filled out. From there, click on the links to open the pages.
In January 2012 the government approved Article 167 of the Anti-Paperwork Law exempting Powers of Attorney, Certificates of Incorporation, International registered certified copies for priority purposes, and evidence documents from legalization or certification of any signature or other means of personal identification. Powers of Attorney will not require notarization. This new law also implements multi-class Trademark applications.
Mozilla has announced that their Firefox browser will start blocking older versions of the Java plug-in from running. When accessing EFS-Web for Registered eFilers and Private PAIR with Firefox, an error message may appear on the Authentication Page stating: Java Not Enabled. It is recommended that you upgrade to Java Version 6, Update 31.
Effective June 30, 2012, the maximum daily limit per credit card or debit card account has been reduced from $99,999.99, to $49,999.99, and the daily limit for debit cards will be eliminated. If cardholders exceed the daily limit, a message will indicate that the maximum daily limit has been reached and the payment will be rejected. Existing alternatives for submitting large dollar payments are deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT) over the USPTO Web site, and wire transfer through the Federal Reserve Fedwire System.
TSDR 1.0 Integrates the prior TARR and TDR into one database providing a single place for viewing, printing and downloading data. The new features provide, among other things, the ability to collapse and expand sections of the data, the ability to move between status and document content and presentation based on both the case and class levels. To access the previous version of TARR and TDR, click TARR.