The USPTO issued a Federal Register Notice announcing a pilot program beginning June 2, 2014, allowing the applicants of certain software-related patent applications to include a glossary section in the application. The goal of the glossary is to “enhance patent quality and improve the clarity of patent claims” by providing express definitions for claim terms.
The pilot program will be limited to certain software-related non-provisional or CIP utility applications. Applicants interested in participating must submit a Certification and Petition To Make Special Under the Glossary Pilot Program (USPTO Form PTO/SB/436, which has not yet been released), include a glossary section in their patent specification, and meet the requirements outlined in the Federal Register Notice. Accepted applications will receive expedited processing prior to the first Office action.
Additional information can be found on the USPTO glossary initiative website.