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The USPTO Glossary Pilot Program

by Orlando Lopez

On March 24, 2014 the USPTO announced a Glossary Pilot Program following one of the White House’s recommendations aimed at improving clarity and increasing the quality of patents. In view of our last blog post, the Glossary Pilot Program provides an opportunity for Applicants in some of the USPTO Technology Centers to expedite examination of their applications. The program applies to the Technology Centers of 2100, 2400, 2600 and the Business Methods area of Technology Center 3600, and is aimed at software applications.

The Applicant provides a petition to make special under the pilot program and a formal glossary section, defining terms used in the claims, as part of the patent application. No fee is required. The aim is to make it easier for the Examiner to understand and interpret the claims, and as a reward for doing that, the Applicant gets a fast turnaround. The program starts on June 2, 2014.

We look forward to the result of this pilot program since it can lead to higher quality patents and a fast pass through the Patent Office. The fast pass through the Patent Office is important for start-ups and young companies, which are the drivers of the economy.


Watch out USPTO, JPO is Coming!

by Orlando Lopez

The Japanese government has announced an initiative to reduce patent examination time from 2.5 years to about 14 months. When they achieve 14 months examination time, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) will provide the shortest examination period in the world. This is part of the initiative to make Japan the world leader in intellectual property, an initiative which is being driven by the Prime Minister.

The push to achieve the shortest examination time was announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The driving force behind the effort to shorten the examination time is to provide applicants the ability to launch businesses and recover investments faster. We had referred to this before as the Patent Stimulus Package.

The Japanese initiative package should be compared to the U.S. initiative to provide more transparency in ownership of patents and to attack the so-called patent trolls. In view of the fact that new jobs are created by new business, and that young, high-tech companies outpace the rest of the private sector in job creation, the Japanese Patent Stimulus Package appears to have a better chance of stimulating the economy.