Tuesday, 06 May 2014 17:28

USPTO Initiates Glossary Pilot Program to Promote Clarity in Patent Claims

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Effective June 2, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will commence a six-month Glossary Pilot Program to promote clarity in patent claims, particularly for software-related inventions (falling under technologies examined by USPTO Technology Centers 2100, 2400, 2600, and 3600/Business Methods).  Possible benefits of the program could include quicker and more consistent examination, with hopes for higher quality patent claims.  Possible concerns about the initiative might include a potential for inadvertent over-narrowing of certain defined terms.

The program requires an applicant to include a glossary section in the patent application specification to define terms used in the patent claims.  Applications accepted into the pilot program will receive expedited processing and be placed on an examiner’s special docket prior to the first office action.

The March 27, 2014 Federal Register details for the Glossary Pilot Program can be found here.

A link to the USPTO press release about the program is provided here.

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Jason LaCosse

As a Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. LaCosse concentrates his practice in Patent and Trademark Prosecution, Intellectual Property Enforcement, and Licensing. He maintains an AV-Preeminent peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Intellectual Property Law, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Mr. LaCosse is an active member of the Dade County Bar Association, serving on the DCBA Membership Committee and the DCBA Intellectual Property Committee. Mr. LaCosse earned his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics with honors from Michigan Tech, his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from the University of Denver.