Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS)

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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.

U.S. Commerce Department to Open Four Regional U.S. Patent Offices

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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.

Colombia IP Law Changes

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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.

USPTO Private Pair Access

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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.

New Maximum Daily Limit for Credit Cards

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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.

Did You Know…?

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An assignment that contains the information and statements in an oath or declaration (“assignment-statement”) may be used as the inventor’s oath or declaration.

  • If applicant submits on filing all required filing fees, including the surcharge, and an ADS, the Office will not send a Notice to File Missing Parts requiring the declaration.
  • A copy of a declaration from a prior application may only be submitted in an application filed on or after September 16, 2012, if the declaration meets the requirements of amended 35 U.S.C. 115(a) which must include the required statements in 35 U.S.C. 115(b):
  • Applications entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371 on or after September 16, 2012 where the International Application was filed prior to September 16, 2012, the declaration must comply with the pre-AIA provisions.

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