IP Update, Vol. 12, No. 8 (15 Dec. 2014)

Editor: Marc S. Weiner, Esq.

Glossary Pilot Program Extended Until June 2, 2015

Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated a new program called the Glossary Pilot Program.This new program was designed for the USPTO to study how the use of a glossary section in the specification of a patent application would improve the clarity of the patented claims.In order to participate in this program, numerous requirements must first be met. For example, one key requirement is that a glossary must be included within the specification.Another key requirement is that the application must be classified in software-related technological fields under the jurisdiction of Technology Centers 2100, 2400, 2600, or the Business Methods area of Technology Center 3600.Upon acceptance into this program, the USPTO will provide the expedited examination of the application (only) up to the mailing of the first Office Action.

Originally, the Glossary Pilot Program was set to expire (after six months) on December 31, 2014 (or until the USPTO accepts 200 grantable petitions under this pilot program, whichever occurs first).The USPTO has recently announced that the Glossary Pilot Program has been extended to June 2, 2015 (or until the USPTO accepts 200 grantable petitions under this pilot program, whichever occurs first).

As of December 5, 2014, the USPTO has reported that a total of 134 Glossary Pilot Program petitions have been filed with 58 Glossary Pilot Program petitions being granted.

For more information on the Glossary Pilot Program, please visit this link.

Summary provided by Aslan Ettehadieh.