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USPTO Creates New Office of International Patent Cooperation

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the creation of a new Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC). The establishment of the OIPC reflects USPTO’s strong commitment toward global patent harmonization and to work with global stakeholders and intellectual property (IP) offices to increase quality and create new efficiencies within international patent rights acquisition. The main focus of the office is to provide optimized business process solutions to the international patent examination system for examiners and external stakeholders, to better protect America’s ideas and make it easier to do business abroad.

ICE, CBP Announce Year-End Intellectual Property Seizure Statistics

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the comprehensive results of counterfeit and pirated goods seized during Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), HSI and CBP are the agencies charged with the enforcement of intellectual property rights for goods entering the United States.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Supports IP Protection at Commemoration of 700,000th Design Patent

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee and Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino on March 26 for a ceremony commemorating the 700,000th design patent. The patent was assigned to LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. for the design of “Leapster Explorer,” a hand-held learning and play device for 4-to-9-year-olds, featuring a touch screen and 3D graphics. Every day, USPTO is awarding more utility and design patents to entrepreneurs and businesses to help them grow, innovate, and compete. Last year, USPTO issued 22,000 applications for design patents, an 8 percent increase over the previous year. Applications in this area cover designs of computer equipment, cell phones and other handheld electronic devices, such as the Leapfrog Design Patent Number 700,000.

USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board to Visit a City Near You for AIA Trial Roundtables in 2014

The USPTO is pleased to announce upcoming roundtables with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board focused on the AIA trial proceedings (e.g., inter partes review and covered business method review). The roundtables will be held in 8 cities from mid-April to mid-May 2014. The goal of the roundtables is to share information about the trials and collect public input and suggestions. More details about the roundtables are available below.