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Patent Office Extends Pilot Program for Assistance with Questions Relating to Patent Cooperation Treaty

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced that it is extending its pilot program that provides users with an email address to submit questions and inquiries relating to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. The email address that can be used is pcthelp@uspto.gov. The United States is a member country of the Patent Cooperation Treaty […]

Decrease in Patent Cooperation Treaty Fees

In the world we live in with record inflation and price increases, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced that the fees associated with certain filings for the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) have decreased effective January 1, 2023. The complete US Patent Office fee schedule can be found here. The specific fees that […]

Widerman Malek Client, Carol Craig, Featured on Good Morning America

On Monday, November 14, 2022, Carol Craig, Founder and CEO of Sidus Space, was featured on Good Morning America during their Trailblazing Women series. This series focuses on women that are breaking barriers in various industries and serving as examples/role models to younger women. This feature was very special to the Widerman Malek team as […]

Patent Office Introduces AI Capability for Search

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced new artificial intelligence (AI) capability for examiner searching. The bulletin regarding this announcement can be found here.  In the bulletin, it is explained that the AI system can be used by examiners to assist in conducting searches for prior art during the examination process of the […]

NFL and College Football Trademarks – Part 2

Many years ago, I wrote an article about using NFL trademarks, which can be found here. As a result of that article, and despite the advice in it, I continue to get many questions asking if an NFL logo can be used to sell something. Everything Except the Logo? Some people try to get crafty […]

US Patent Office Offers Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is offering relief to those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  Understanding that deadlines may be missed during the crisis, the USPTO is offering to waive the fees associated with a petition to revive a patent application should the patent application become abandoned due to an inventor, or a […]

Recent Developments for Intellectual Property Rights in India

Widerman Malek strives to keep our clients informed about the latest national and global intellectual property news. Our Mumbai colleagues from the law firm of Singhania & Co. recently shared their newsletter about intellectual property in India. Here is what you need to know: In the recent times, India has been trying to establish itself […]

Hong Kong Launches New Patent System

At Widerman Malek, we have a global network of attorneys and law firms to keep our clients apprised of new procedures in the world of intellectual property. Our Hong Kong colleagues, Ai-Leen Lim and Charlie Liu of AWA Asia, recently posted an update about Hong Kong’s new patent system. Here is what you need to […]

USPTO extends After Final Consideration Pilot through September 30, 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) has been extended through September 30, 2020. The program is part of the USPTO’s efforts to compact prosecution and increase collaboration between examiners and stakeholders. The AFCP 2.0 helps to streamline responses to Final Office action rejections and provides […]

USPTO issues new rule requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

The new rule applies to any foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside of the United States. These parties will be required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them before the USPTO in trademark matters.  The new rule will be effective August 3, 2019. “Businesses […]

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