Tag Archives: Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act

How Much Is That Issue Fee Payment In The Window?

A new USPTO fee schedule took effect on January 16, 2018, which usually means that all fees must be paid at the new (higher) rate. However, thanks to revisions to 35 USC § 151 effected by the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012, applicants paying an Issue Fee need only pay the amount set … Continue reading this entry

Patent Law Treaty Sets Minimum Two Month Response Periods

Since the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act took effect on December 18, 2013, applicants may have noticed that they are being given a longer period of time to respond to certain Office Actions, such as Restriction Requirements. This is because one of the “procedural” changes wrought by the Patent Law Treaty regulations is to require … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Issues Proposed Rules On Design Patents To Implement Hague Treaty on Industrial Designs

On November 29, 2013, the USPTO published its proposed rules to implement “the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs.” The changes relate to the design patent provisions of Title I of the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act (PLTIA). Written comments on the proposed changes to design patent practice are due by January 28, … Continue reading this entry

U.S. and USPTO Move To Implement The Patent Law Treaty of 2000

While U.S. patent practitioners have been focusing on the changes to U.S. patent law embodied in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), Congress has taken additional steps to harmonize and streamline patent application procedures in accordance with an international treaty, the Patent Law Treaty of 2000 (PLT). The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 … Continue reading this entry