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Customer Partnership Meeting John Doll Commissioner for Patents. Notice of Proposed Rules Changes. Claims Continuing Applications Information Disclosure Statements. Markush/Restriction practice. Markush Practice Restriction/Divisional practice. Alternative Examination Products.

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Customer partnership meeting john doll commissioner for patents

Customer Partnership Meeting

John Doll

Commissioner for Patents


Notice of proposed rules changes

Notice of Proposed Rules Changes

  • Claims

  • Continuing Applications

  • Information Disclosure Statements


Markush restriction practice

Markush/Restriction practice

  • Markush Practice

  • Restriction/Divisional practice


Alternative examination products

Alternative Examination Products

  • Potential products for strategic plan include:

    • Different Levels of Examination

      • Deferred examination

      • Accelerated examination

    • Traditional examination

    • Collaborative examination


Fy 2007 roadshows

FY 2007 RoadShows

  • Alternative Examination Products

    • Patentee / Trade Organization / User Input

      • Wants and Needs for IP Protection

        • Different Levels of Examination / Protection

        • Differed Examination

        • Peer Review

        • Collaborative Examination

  • Markush / Generic Claims

    • Notice of Proposed Rule Making

    • Input on Potential Solutions


Fy 2006 results

FY 2006 Results

  • Improving Quality is our Highest Priority


Fy 2006 tc 1600 results

FY 2006 TC 1600 Results

  • Improving Quality is our Highest Priority


Current quality initiatives

Current Quality Initiatives

  • Appeal Conferences

  • GS-12 Certification Exam

  • Primary Examiner

    Recertification

  • TC Targeted Areas

    of Review

  • New Patent Examiner

    Training Academy

  • Interviews before

    First Action

  • Second Pair of Eyes

  • In Process Reviews

  • Appeal Specialists

  • Pre-Appeal

    Brief Conferences


Allowance error rate

Allowance Error Rate


Allowance rate

Allowance Rate


Error and allowance rates

Error and Allowance Rates


Future quality initiatives

Future Quality Initiatives

  • Strategic Plan initiatives to improve quality include:

    • Improving Search Quality

      • Additional Examiner Resources for Search

    • Peer Review Pilot

      • Third Party Submission / Comment

    • Develop Quality Metrics

      • Seeking Input from Public

    • External Validation

      • Quasi-Governmental, Attorneys on Sabbatical, or an Independent Search Firm


Upr applications filed

UPR Applications Filed

  • FY 06 Goal 414,966

  • Actual 419,760

  • 9.2% over 2005

  • 1.2% over goal

UPR is Utility, Plant and Re-Issue Applications


Tc 1600 filings

TC 1600 Filings

  • FY06 40,687 (prelim)

  • 7% over 2005


Tc application inventory

TC Application Inventory

1 “New Application inventory” is the number of new applications designated or assigned to a technology center awaiting a first action.

2 “Overall Pending Application inventory” is the total number of applications designated or assigned to a technology center in an active status. Includes new applications; rejected awaiting response; amended; under appeal or interference; suspended; reexams and allowed applications awaiting grant publication.

*Total inventory includes applications not assigned to a particular TC, awaiting processing either pre- or post-examination.


Tc application inventory1

TC Application Inventory

1 “New Application inventory” is the number of new applications designated or assigned to a technology center awaiting a first action.

2 “Overall Pending Application inventory” is the total number of applications designated or assigned to a technology center in an active status. Includes new applications; rejected awaiting response; amended; under appeal or interference; suspended; reexams and allowed applications awaiting grant publication.


Technology center rework stats

Technology Center Rework Stats

* Rework first actions are those actions that are in a Continuing (CONs and CIPs), RCE, CPA or 129(a) applications (excludes Divisionals).


Tc 1600 rework stats

TC 1600 Rework Stats

* Rework first actions are those actions that are in a Continuing (CONs and CIPs), RCE, CPA or 129(a) applications (excludes Divisionals).


Inventory by art area in tc 1600

Inventory by Art Area in TC 1600

*The number of months it would take to reach a first action on the merits (e.g., an action addressing patentability issues) on a new application filed October 2006 at today’s production rate. Today’s production rate means that there are no changes in production due to hiring, attrition, changes to examination processing or examination efficiencies, and that applications are taken up in the order of filing in the given art unit/area. Of course, USPTO is taking aggressive steps to ensure changes that will significantly lower the inventory rates in high-inventory art areas.


Hires and attritions

Hires and Attritions


Tc 1600 hires and attrits

TC 1600 Hires and Attrits


Contact information

Contact Information

  • John Doll

    Commissioner for Patents

    e-mail:[email protected]

    Phone: 571-272-8800


Customer partnership meeting john doll commissioner for patents

Thank you.


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