Initiatives and Announcements
USPTO Issues Proposed Rules to Implement the Micro Entity Provision for Paying Discounted Patent Fees The USPTO has published proposed rules related to micro entity provisions in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Smaller innovators qualifying for micro entity status receive a 75 percent discount on patent fees. The micro entity proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on May 30, starting a sixty-day public comment period. Read more about it in our press release in our press release <http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-35.jsp>
USPTO Testifies Before Congress About AIA Implementation
On Wednesday, May 16, USPTO Director David Kappos testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary at a hearing on the USPTO’s implementation of the America Invents Act, the first oversight hearing on this historic legislation. Kappos noted that the USPTO is on schedule for a full implementation of the AIA, and has significantly reduced the backlog of patent applications. Following Kappos’ testimony, a second panel of witnesses representing various companies and intellectual property law associations testified. You can view a webcast <http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/Hearings%202012/hear_05162012.html>
of the complete hearing or read the director’s testimony <http://www.uspto.gov/news/speeches/2012/kappos_AIA_testimony.jsp>
on the USPTO website.
National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ten innovators were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in a May 2 ceremony at a Smithsonian museum that was the 19th century home of the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. USPTO Director David Kappos presented inductees present with their awards, and honored all inductees in a speech. The 2012 class included inventors of the first statin, holography, carbon dioxide laser, and laser printer. Also inducted was Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, who was inducted posthumously. Read more in our press release <http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2012/12-29.jsp>
USPTO in the News
Enhancing Global Commerce Through The America Invents Act <http://www.flickr.com/photos/uspto/sets/72157629569982864/with/7129143633/>
The Commerce Blog
Five Trillion (and Two) Reasons Patents Matter <http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/2012/05/03/five-trillion-reasons-patents-matter/>
by Louis Basenese, Wall Street Daily
PTO Director: Patent Backlog Reduced After
by Josh Smith, National Journal
Patent chief says backlog down to 640,000, 'lowest level in years'
by Brendan Sasso, The Hill
Widening Secret Patents Seen as Costing Inventors’ Rights <http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-30/widening-secret-patents-seen-as-costing-inventors-rights>
by Susan Decker and Eric Engleman, Bloomberg Businessweek
Smithsonian To Feature Steve Jobs' Patents In DC <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/smithsonian-to-feature-st_n_1471775.html>
by Brett Zongker, Associated Press
**Testimony and Speeches**
**Federal Register Notices**
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