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December 4, 2023 | By Gene M. Garner II
Posted in: S&H IP Blog | USPTO News

USPTO Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program

The USPTO has announced a new Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program to encourage research, development, and innovation in semiconductor manufacturing. The Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program began accepting applications on December 1, 2023 and will continue through December 2, 2024. According to the USPTO, the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program supports the CHIPS […]

September 15, 2023 | By S&H
Posted in: USPTO News

USPTO Petition Data for July 2023

USPTO Petition Data for July 2023 – Frequently Filed Petitions in the Office of Petitions Petition Type Avg Days Pending of Decided Petitions in the Past 12 Months Grant Rate Percent of Total Petitions Decided in the Past 12 Months To Make Entity Status Large from Small 125 81% To […]

September 15, 2023 | By Gene M. Garner II
Posted in: USPTO News

USPTO News Briefs

By:  Gene M. Garner II, Partner The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced: a decrease from $1,277 to $1,167 in PCT fees for designating the Japan Patent Office (JPO) as the International Search Authority (ISA) for an international search; the introduction of a new Patents Petitions webpage […]

February 24, 2022 | By Mehdi D. Sheikerz
Posted in: S&H IP Blog | USPTO News


By:  Mehdi Sheikerz, Partner The USPTO has implemented a new pilot program, starting from February 1, 2022 and ending on July 30, 2022, to evaluate the effect of permitting applicants to defer responding to subject matter eligibility (SME) rejections in certain patent applications. The Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER) […]

September 22, 2021 | By Mehdi D. Sheikerz
Posted in: S&H IP Blog | USPTO News


By:  Mehdi Sheikerz, Partner DOCX is a word processing file format based on open standards and is supported by word processing applications. According to the USPTO, as a part of their continuous efforts to modernize and streamline their patent application systems, applicants have had the ability to file patent application-related […]


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