Tag Archives: USPTO

NanoBusiness Panel on Patents Featuring View From the US Patent Office

At a recent nanotech conference hosted by the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, we received an update on nanotech patent trends from Jerry Lorengo, a Group Director with the US Patent Office. Jerry provided a great overview of the latest patent trends in Class 977, the particular area defined as nanotechnology by the US Patent Office: “Nanotechnology … Continue reading this entry

2013 Mid-Year Review of Nanotech Patent Class 977

For the first time, the USPTO is on pace to issue over 1,000 patents of nanotechnology class 977 in a single year. From 1/1/2013 to 6/30/2013, the USPTO issued 531 patents of nanotechnology class 977. Among them, 278 patents (52.4%) have at least one assignee located in the United States, proving that the US continues to be … Continue reading this entry

Update on Nanotechnology Class 977 Patent Filings in 2013 - the Patent Race Slows an Ounce?

2013 is flying by, remarkably fast, so it was time to check how the class 977 patent filings are coming for the new year. Last year provided a record 4,098 nanotechnology publications. After 16 weeks in 2013, the PTO is on pace to publish 3,478 nanotechnology publications. While the number is projected to be lower, there is still clearly … Continue reading this entry

Final Phases of Patent Reform Now Upon Us - Mark March 16, 2013 on Your Calendar and Plan Now

The final phases of U.S. patent reform become active on March 16, 2013 when the U.S. patent system switches to a “first-to-file” system. The USPTO has to date only issued draft guidance on this switch. Hopefully, they will issue final guidelines soon so patent applicants can adapt well to the new regime, particularly if the final … Continue reading this entry

2012 Remarkable Year for U.S. Nanotechnology Patenting - Over 4,000 Nanotechnology Applications Published

The nanotechnology patent filing boom continues. In 2012, the USPTO published 4,098 nanotechnology class 977 applications, which represents a 19.2% increase over last year. By way of comparison, in 2008, the USPTO published only 827 nanotechnology applications, and in 2009, only 1,499. Hence, the number has almost tripled in three years. This patenting trend is consistent, as … Continue reading this entry

Momentum for Additive Manufacturing Continues to Grow: USPTO Customer Partnership Meeting Announced

Momentum for “additive manufacturing” (aka “3D printing”) continues to grow. The USPTO recently announced a customer partnership meeting to be held on January 23, 2013.  In addition, in August 2012, the Obama administration announced a new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) initiative, including $30M federal funding. This week’s Economist also features an example, a new “carbomorph” … Continue reading this entry

Nanotechnology Patent Filing Explosion Continues on a Record Pace in 2012

We confirm that a nanotechnology patent filing explosion continues at a record pace in 2012 as we enter the final trimester of the year. On July 8, 2012, we reported that the USPTO was on pace to publish a record number of class 977 nanotechnology patent applications (over 4,000). This was also noted in past postings and … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Has Now Published Over 2,000 Nanotechnology Patent Applications in 2012: The Explosion Continues

The USPTO has now in 2012, as of July 5, published 2,137 patent applications falling within the nanotech 977 classification. If that publication rate continues, 2012 will be another record year for nanotech patent application publishing at the USPTO. Aproximately 4,000 will publish this year if the trend continues. Last year, a record 3,439 nanotech 977 applications were published, so … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Updates: Clean Tech & Customer Partnership Meeting, June 12, 2012

The USPTO is now announcing that its next clean tech customer partnership meeting will be held on June 12, 2012 at 1-5 p.m. at its Alexandria, VA campus (South Auditorium, Madison Building). Those who wish to attend can contact Jill Warden, 571-272-1267 (jillwarden@uspto.gov). This will be the second customer partnership meeting; the first was held in May … Continue reading this entry

U.S. P.T.O. Still Accepting Green Tech Accelerated Examination Petitions, in Theory at Least

Based on review of the US PTO webpage statistics today, the PTO should still be accepting green tech petitions for accelerated examination. The PTO had declared in December that they would stop the program upon granting of 3,500 petitions, or upon reaching the date, March 30, 2012, whichever occurs first. As of the statistics posted today, only … Continue reading this entry

GE and Wind Turbine Patenting: A Fortress Emerging as a Real Cleantech Story of the Year?

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Department of Energy web page today featured use of wind power in my hometown area, Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Two new wind power units were installed in early 2011. Built by GE.  They can be observed when driving into the county, crossing the river. Subject of discussion over Thanksgiving dinner. That led … Continue reading this entry

PTO to Terminate its Successful Greentech Patent Program in Favor of Track I (Curiously)

Some curious end-of-year activity for one government agency: the US PTO announced on December 15, 2011 through the Federal Register that it will extend – but also terminate – the Greentech accelerated examination program. The program was set to expire at the end of December but it will be extended to March 30, 2012. If, however, … Continue reading this entry

Patent Explosion for 977 Patent Publications Continues as 2011 Finishes

Patent filing data are suggesting (if not confirming) that nanotechnology is an increasingly important technology sector in the U.S. For example, in 2004, the US PTO created the 977 nanotechnology class which provides a useful metric. In 2011, the 10,000th nanotechnology 977 patent publication published. The current patent publication count stands at 10,735 (as of December 8, 2011). … Continue reading this entry

Thanksgiving Day's Bumper Crop of Nanotech 977 Patent Publications

While Thanksgiving this year was a holiday for most of us, filled with visiting relatives, turkey, and football, the US PTO quietly published a bumper crop of nanotech 977 patent applications on Thanksgiving Day – 62 to be precise! Some of my “favorites” include those with applications in cleantech and bionanotech. In addition, the intersection … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Website Posts Story of Green Technology Pilot Program Use

The USPTO has posted a story about one company’s Green Technology Pilot Program. The story reports that Calera, a California company working to provide "green cement" for use in building construction, has fast-tracked twelve patent applications through the Green Technology Pilot Program. The story was presumably intended to provide a concrete (get it?) example of … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Legislation & PTO's Green Tech Accelerated Examination

Last week, the House passed complex patent reform legislation, HR 1249.  In considering how this might be reconciled with a Senate version passed earlier this year, PTO fee diversion is a key issue.  Many in the high tech community, including cleantech and nanotech, would like to see fee diversion end so as to promote a stronger … Continue reading this entry

Cleantech and Nanotech: Subjects of the First USPTO Partnership Meeting

The USPTO held its first Clean Technology Partnership Meeting on April 27, 2011 at its Alexandria facility. Attendance was strong. Providing a broad set of perspectives, presenters included USPTO officials, Du Pont, Argonne National Laboratories, Foley and Lardner, NanoInk, and the Pennsylvania Nanomaterials Commercialization Center. Linked here are the slides that I presented for Foley and Lardner … Continue reading this entry

Patent Office Says Green Tech Program Is "Starting to Take Off"

The USPTO announced yesterday, January 13, 2011, that its Green Tech Program is "starting to take off."  This will be an important development to watch in 2011. The program, now in its second year, was expanded in May 2010 and again in November 2010 to cover any unexamined application and to extend into 2011.  Since November, 149 new petitions were … Continue reading this entry

USPTO's Expansion of Green Technologies Pilot Program Broadens Expedited Examination Opportunities

As of November 10, 2010, the USPTO has further expanded the scope of its Pilot Program for expediting the handling of patent applications for environmentally friendly technologies. In particular, the Green Technologies Expedited Examination Pilot Program (Pilot Program) will now include applications filed on or after December 8, 2009. The Pilot Program was previously limited … Continue reading this entry

Stimulus Needed? Patent Office Releases New Stats on Green Patent Filing Program

The PTO continues to execute on its Green Patent Pilot Program, recently releasing statistics in a report dated June 28, 2010. However, this program now more than a half year old appears to continue to suffer from insufficient use and needs further adapting to customer needs, based on these new PTO statistics. With the December deadline quickly approaching, time … Continue reading this entry

Green Pilot Program Update: USPTO's Progress on Accelerated Examination for Green Patents

December 8, 2009 marked the advent of the PTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program which sought to expedite the examination of patent applications directed to certain green inventions. Nearly four months later, internal remarks from the new PTO Commissioner, David Kappos, reveal that the PTO has confirmed 450 of 850 patent applications sought in this space … Continue reading this entry

Recent Nanotech Patent Trends: Top Ten Observations

While the snowfall may have closed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for a fourth day in a row, a fresh crop of patents have issued again as happens each Tuesday. Many of these patents are vital to the future of nanotechnology and cleantech. Below are my top 10 patent observations based on a brief review … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Announces Expedited Examination of Green Technology Patent Applications

On December 7, 2009, the USPTO announced that it will implement a green technology pilot program (Pilot Program) to expedite the examination of patent applications directed to certain green technology inventions. While eligibility is currently limited to applications filed before December 8, 2009, the USPTO has hinted toward expanding the program if successful. We will … Continue reading this entry