Hands-on Patent Search Workshop

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent examiner will instruct the attendees on the following:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

If you do not already have a UPWS login account which are valid for one year, please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the workshop to register for one. This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public.

Most of the class will be lecture; however, you will have the opportunity to practice on our Universal Public Workstations during the last 30-45 minutes. Please note, you may have to share a workstation due to limited availability. Priority to use the workstations will be given to those who pre-registered and in the order of their arrival. You may want to allow extra time after class to use a workstation.

WIPO ePCT Training Seminar Coming to San Jose

By filing one international patent application under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in a large number of countries. ePCT is WIPO’s online service that makes the filing and management of international applications easier and more efficient.

This event highlights the benefits of using the ePCT system and demonstrates how to make the most of its main features, with a focus on the interests of US applicants using either USPTO or the International Bureau as receiving Office. The target group for this session are those who already have some experience with the PCT, such as patent attorneys, patent assistants and paralegals.

Speakers:
Ann Bardini, Senior Business Analyst, PCT Business Development Division, WIPO

Riadh Ben Ghachem, Associate Business Analyst, PCT Business Development Division, WIPO

Training Seminar on WIPO’s ePCT

ePCT – WIPO’s online service for filing and managing applications for international patent protection under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

By filing one international patent application under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in a large number of countries. ePCT is WIPO’s online service that makes the filing and management of international applications easier and more efficient.

This event highlights the benefits of using the ePCT system and demonstrates how to make the most of its main features, with a focus on the interests of US applicants using either USPTO or the International Bureau as receiving Office. The target group for this session are those who already have some experience with the PCT, such as patent attorneys, patent assistants and paralegals.

Speakers:
Ann Bardini, Senior Business Analyst, PCT Business Development Division, WIPO
Riadh Ben Ghachem, Associate Business Analyst, PCT Business Development Division, WIPO

Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) Agent/Attorney 3-Day Course

The Silicon Valley USPTO will host the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP)program from July 17 – July 19, 2018. Training delivered through STEPP is designed to provide external stakeholders with a better understanding of how and why an examiner makes decisions while examining a patent application. In-person courses are led by USPTO trainers and based on material developed for training employees of the USPTO.

Training focuses on how our Examiners review patent applications according to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). The training is broken into three separate modules (Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3):

  • Day 1 focuses on the role of an examiner and the steps an examiner would take when reading an application for the first time. Claim interpretation and 35 USC 101 and 112 are emphasized on Day 1.
  • Day 2  uses the information gathered during Day 1 to plan a search, conduct a search, and map prior art to claims using 35 USC 102 and 103.
  • Day 3 focuses on writing of an office action, as well as post-examination options such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU). Similar to the training of entry level examiners, a sample application will be provided to each trainee and will be the focus of exercises during each module which build upon each other.

For a detailed schedule please view the Agent/Attorney 3-Day Course Schedule (Please note, the content and schedule of this course is subject to change).

Currently courses provided through STEPP are free to attend. The course has been approved for CLE credit hours in California. This course is specifically designed for patent attorneys and patent agents. Registration is now open and closes on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

REGISTER NOW for STEPP (San Jose)

For more information about STEPP.

Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility. Visitors are required to show a valid form of government-issued identification (drivers license or passport) and may be subject to security screening.

Parking: The Silicon Valley USPTO is located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. The entrance is on S. Fourth Street, which is a one-way street.  Metered street parking and city parking garages are available nearby, such as the Fourth Street Garage (next door). Please note that motorcycles are not allowed in the Fourth Street Garage. Unfortunately, we do not validate parking.

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, including captioning, sign language interpreting, or other, please email siliconvalley@uspto.gov or call (408)918-9900.

Trademark Tuesday

Trademark Tuesday

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC). During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.

This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view some of the informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare specific questions to ask the experts.

Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. The event is free and open to the public with limited space. Please register by July 9, 2018.

Technology Center 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting – Webcast

The Silicon Valley USPTO and Technology Center 2600 invite you and your colleagues to join our next Customer Partnership Meeting (CPM) scheduled for Tuesday July 17, 2018 and hosted by the Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver.  The USPTO’s main headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as the USPTO’s other regional offices (Midwest Regional, Texas Regional, and Rocky Mountain Regional) will also be participating.  Attendees may attend in person at our USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, any one of our four Regional Offices, as well as virtually via WebEx.

Our goal is to further build upon the partnership between USPTO internal and external stakeholders to ensure that we are providing patents of the highest quality. The CPM is open to everyone, but with a focus on practitioners in the electrical arts.  The CPM will provide more transparency, consistency, and information on training process and procedures of TC 2600.

You may register in advance to attend the Customer Partnership Meeting. The event is free and open to the public.  Please register by July 16, 2018.

Register Now(link is external)

Silicon Valley tentative agenda for the day’s event:

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. PT Welcome / Intro (recorded)
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. PT Presentation on 35 USC 112 (recorded)
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. PT Q & A
10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. PT Morning Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PT Presentation on 35 USC 101 (recorded)
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT Panel Discussion Q & A (live stream)
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PT 101 Workshop (local + recorded live stream)

For immediate questions please contact Ernestine McCombs at 571-272-3265 or Katara Singletary at 571-272-5637.

We hope that you can join us.

Please note: Segments of the TC 2600 Customer Partnership Meeting recordered and adjusted to compensate for time differences.  

The Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility.  Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to screening to gain access.

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, including captioning, sign language interpreting, or other, please email siliconvalley@uspto.gov or call (408)918-9900.

Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour

Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour

The Silicon Valley USPTO will host an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives. The event is free and open to the public. Please register by July 5, 2018.

Register Now(link is external)

Bayh-Dole for university faculty

Posted on  by Gerald Barnett

  • Under federal patent law, inventors own their inventions.
  • Federal patent law does not require inventors to use the patent system.
  • Federal patent law does not require inventors to assign their inventions.
  • Bayh-Dole is part of federal patent law and does not change these aspects of federal patent law

Bayh-Dole (35 USC 202(a)):

Each nonprofit organization or small business firm may, within a reasonable time after disclosure as required by paragraph (c)(1) of this section, elect to retain title to any subject invention . . .

Faculty inventors have no obligation under Bayh-Dole to use the patent system.

Faculty inventors have no obligation to assign their subject inventions, other than if they have promised to assign those inventions entirely outside anything to do with federal funding.

Universities under Bayh-Dole and the nonprofit version of the standard patent right have no right, obligation, mandate,  or special privilege to take ownership of faculty subject inventions. Anything to the contrary is a misrepresentation of the law and the standard patent rights clause.”

 

Read more HERE

Hands-on Patent Search Workshop

Hands-on Patent Search Workshop

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent examiner will instruct the attendees on the following:

  • What are the benefits of searching?
  • Where can you search?
  • When should you search?
  • How do you search using USPTO search tools?

This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching.

If you do not already have a UPWS login account which are valid for one year, please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the workshop to register for one. This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public.

Most of the class will be lecture; however, you will have the opportunity to practice on our Universal Public Workstations during the last 30-45 minutes. Please note, you may have to share a workstation due to limited availability. Priority to use the workstations will be given to those who pre-registered and in the order of their arrival. You may want to allow extra time after class to use a workstation.

This event and UPWS accounts are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register by June 25, 2018.