Bloomberg BNA’s Patent Trademark & Copyright Law Daily™is the IP industry’s premier news service, offering objective, timely,and reliable daily news coverage and commentary from leading IP law...
By Joseph Marks
Sept. 2 — The Patent and Trademark Office is considering making permanent a pilot program that gives inventors a break on deadlines for filing some parts of a patent application, according to a Federal Register notice scheduled to be published Sept. 6.
If it’s not made permanent, the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program will expire at the end of this year. The PTO is asking for public feedback on whether the program should be dropped or made permanent.
The program, instituted in 2010, effectively gives applicants more time between when they start the application process—with a provisional application—and when they file a complete application. Specifically, the program provides more time to fill in missing parts on an application and to pay search and examination fees, provided an inventor has filed a provisional application.
The additional lead time became more useful with the 2011 passage of the America Invents Act, which switched the U.S. from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file patent system, incentivizing inventors to file provisional applications as early as possible so competitors don’t beat them to it.
The PTO is seeking input on which parts of the pilot are beneficial and which aren’t, what might discourage an inventor from using the program and whether it should be made permanent, as well as on any other aspects. Comments are due within two months.
To contact the reporter on this story: Joseph Marks in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Wilczek at email@example.com
The Federal Register notice: http://src.bna.com/ifY
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)