On September 28, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced that the After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (“AFCP 2.0”) program and the Quick Path IDS (“QPIDS”) pilot program have been extended to September 30, 2018.
On August 25, 2017, the Trump administration announced Andrei Iancu to be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).
On August 25, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a precedential opinion in Ex Parte McAward, holding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“the PTAB”) will continue to use the standard from In Re Packard, 751 F.3d 1307 (Fed. Cir. 2014), rather than Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2120 (2014), when evaluating the definiteness of patent claims during pre-issuance examination.