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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Feb212011

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."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/business/21patent.html

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.