Recognizing innovation as the life blood of our economy, Obama Administration announced progress on various initiatives aimed at ‘strengthening Patent System and Fostering Innovation’.
Highlights of the Fact Sheet:
Promoting Transparency — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published draft rule to ensure patent owners accurately record / update ownership information.
Making Patents Clear — The USPTO has developed and implemented a training program to help its examiners rigorously examine so-called “functional claims” to ensure claims are clear and can be consistently enforced. In the coming weeks, the USPTO will launch a pilot program that uses glossaries in patent specifications to promote patent clarity.
Protecting Main Street from Abuse — Create awareness of consumer rights before entering into costly litigation or settlements.
Expanding Outreach & Focused Study — USPTO expands its Edison Scholars Program, to get distinguished academic experts to the USPTO to develop and make available more robust data.
Strengthening Exclusion Order Enforcement — To make the enforcement of exclusion orders issued by the International Trade Commission more transparent, effective, and efficient.
Innovation For Global Development — commit to the Patents for Humanity Program, which create business incentives for using patented technology to address global humanitarian needs.
Crowdsourcing Prior Art — help find relevant “prior art”— that is, the technical information patent examiners need to determine whether an invention is truly novel.
More Robust Technical Training — expand Patent Examiner Technical Training Program to help patent examiners keep up with fast-changing technological fields. The Administration is calling on innovators to volunteer their time and expertise to help ensure that USPTO training is robust and state of the art.
Pro Bono and Pro Se Assistance — increase accessibility of the patent system, appoint a full-time Pro Bono Coordinator, and help expand the existing America Invents Act Pro-Bono program to cover all 50 states.
Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc.
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