Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

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U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

The NYTimes published an article titled, "U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office."


The article discuses the troubles the USPTO has faced since the Internet revolution in 1997 and the recent steps taken to cure them. 

The following are three improvements:

1.  Improved relations with Examiners' union to improve morale and retention including a revised quota system for Examiners.

2.  The opening of a satellite patent office in Detroit, Michigan.

3.  A proposed sliding filing fee that would allow applicants to pay more for a faster examination.

As I have already stated in this blog,  I am a big fan of USPTO Director Kappos's efforts.  I have already witnessed a drastic improvement in patent office examination speed as well as a willingness to consider arguments that was not available under the prior director.