USPTO Implements Pilot Program for Internal Cross-citing System November 1, 2018 

The USPTO is starting the pilot phase of the Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative as of November 1, 2018.  During the pilot phase, electronic files for a group of patent applications will automatically receive references previously cited in their immediate U.S. parent application.  Examiners reviewing those applications will receive a list of the imported references using a new software tool.  The pilot will be conducted in art unit 2131 (i.e. computer memory applications) starting November 1, 2018, and will expand to eight other art units on January 1, 2019.  Applications included in the program will receive a Notice of Imported Citations listing all citations imported using the pilot system.

The USPTO will use feedback from the pilot phase to make any adjustments needed for implementing the system office-wide.  However, there are no plans at this time to lift applicants’ duty of disclosure, and the USPTO’s internal cross-citing will need to be verified by applicants.  Thus, at this point, Oliff will not be changing our practice or procedures.  At some point, the USPTO may also implement a system for automatically retrieving relevant documents from counterpart foreign applications.  If the USPTO continues to pursue the Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative, it could significantly reduce the frequency of Information Disclosure Statement filings in the future.

Oliff PLC is closely monitoring this and other USPTO initiatives.  We will update our clients with any important information and changes as these programs progress.

For more information, please visit the USPTO’s official release: https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/access-prior-art-project

Holiday Closing (Thursday, November 22)

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of a federal holiday.  Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Friday, November 23.

Holiday Closing (Monday, November 12)

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of a federal holiday.  Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, November 13.

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of a federal holiday.  Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, October 9.

CELEBRATING 35 WONDERFUL YEARS

As Oliff PLC
Celebrates Its
35th Anniversary This Fall
We Thank Our Clients For Their Support
And Our Staff For Their Dedication
And Reflect On Past Achievements
While Looking Forward To The
Next 35 Years And Beyond

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of a Federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, September 4.

UPDATE: 10th Annual Intellectual Property Training Institute

IPTI UPDATE:

OLIFF PLC
is pleased to announce
we have a record number of attendees
who will be joining us for this year’s
10th Annual IPTI.

Our available seats are now filled to capacity and
we look forward to a very successful 2018 IPTI.
We wish to thank everyone
who has expressed an interest in our training program.

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of a Federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, May 29.

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of a federal holiday.  Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, February 20.

 

Holiday Closing (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of a federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, January 16.