Decisions related to utility patents, design patents, and trademarks are reviewed.
The USPTO is required to extend or reduce the 20-year patent term from the application filing date when the delay was caused by the USPTO under the patent term adjustment (PTA) system created by the U.S. Congress. The PTA also accounts for the Applicant’s delay and reduces the PTA term (but not the original 20-year patent term) if any PTA term is granted.
The USPTO recently released a 2020 update regarding U.S. women inventor-patentees, incorporating three years of new data and nearly one million issued patents to their previous 2016 report. The information was obtained via PatentsView, a free database supported by the USPTO Office of the Chief Economist.