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Event on China's shifting IP landscape

There is still time to register to attend “China’s Shifting IP Landscape and the Consequences for Rights Holders,” a free, day-long program on Wednesday, November 20 at our Global IP Academy in Alexandria, Virginia.Hear experts from academia, industry, and government, including introductory remarks from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, address China’s shifting political and economic needs and the implications for IP protection and enforcement.Learn more on the event page of the USPTO website.
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Attend the Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

Attend our next quarterly meeting with the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) on Thursday, November 14 for a review of policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. You can watch online or attend in person at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.Learn more about the PPAC quarterly meeting, including the agenda and how to access the meeting online. 
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USPTO releases SUCCESS Act report to Congress

Report looks at participation of women, minorities, and veterans in the patent systemOctober 31, 2019 On October 31, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) transmitted to Congress a report required by the SUCCESS Act of 2018. The report looks at publicly available data on the participation rates of women, minorities, and veterans in the patent system, finding that there is limited information on these underrepresented groups. It makes a series of recommendations regarding legislation and initiatives that can help increase awareness among these groups of the importance of intellectual property and facilitate their participation in the patent system.
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Visit our SUCCESS Act webpage to learn more about the USPTO's SUCCESS Act initiative.
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New Redesigned web page

You may have noticed some changes on www.uspto.gov. We recently redesigned the landing pages for each of the major sections of our website:Along with a new look and feel, the pages have more links and intuitively organized information, as well as a toolbar for commonly used USPTO transactional systems like EFS-Web, PAIR, TEAS, and TESS, to name a few. Each section page also includes the latest news and upcoming events related to its focus.This work is part of a continuous effort to refine the USPTO.gov website based on stakeholder feedback and usability best practices.You can sign up to volunteer to be part of user testing of future web improvements or send the web team feedback at OCCOfeedback@uspto.gov.
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Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Webinar for those new to ex parte appeals New to ex parte appeals or want to learn more about them? Please join the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for a Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, November 7 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Lead Judge James Worth and Judge Alyssa Finamore will explain the ex parte appeal process, tips for filing your appeal brief, and how to make effective arguments before the Board. The webinar is free and open to all. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation, so please send questions in advance or during the webinar to PTABBoardsideChat@uspto.gov.More information, including the webinar access information, is available on the PTAB Boardside Chat page of the USPTO website.
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Update on Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided notice of an update to the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (2019 PEG).The October 2019 Update responds to public comments regarding the 2019 PEG. The update does not change the 2019 PEG, but provides further explanation on how the USPTO applies such guidance. For example, the update provides additional information on how the USPTO determines if a claim “recites” an abstract idea and how groupings within the abstract idea exception are determined. It also explains the procedures examiners can use to identify “tentative abstract ideas” and provides more information on how examiners evaluate whether a judicial exception is integrated into a practical application. The update also addresses the examiner’s responsibility to provide adequate notice to applicants in making a subject matter eligibility rejection. In addition to the written explanations described above, the update includes additional helpful examples in the life sciences and data processing areas. It also includes an updated index of examples for use with the 2019 PEG and an updated case law chart that lists selected eligibility cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.The October 2019 Update materials are available to the public on the Subject Matter Eligibility page of the USPTO website. Feedback on the update or on any patent eligibility issue is welcome on an ongoing basis. Instructions for submitting feedback, and more information on the public comments, are available on our Subject Matter Eligibility page.
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