The USPTO expects to reduce trademark registration fees around mid-2015 to improve the alignment of USPTO costs with revenues. Users can expect to save of $50/classification for both a regular trademark registration process and a TEAS-plus process.
See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-09/pdf/2014-10730.pdf for the complete federal register announcement.
Innovation Coast and others are holding a business plan competition with some impressive awards — “prizes valued at more than $215,000”. The top 20 companies will be invited to showcase their products and services. The top 10 companies vie for a 1st place cash award of $100,000, 2nd place award of $50,000, and 3rd place of $5,000 in business services. Other prizes will be awarded.
Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2014. Finalists will be notified by June 30, 2014. The awards event will be held on November 6-7, 2014 in Pensacola.
For more information, see
News from the USPTO: A Glossary Pilot, running until December 2, 2014, allows an applicant to define terms used in a patent application in exchange for being placed in “special” status until the first office action.
The USPTO Software Rountable discussed this pilot at length during their meeting in October 2013, getting input from various stakeholders. For history of the program, see http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/executive_actions.jsp.
For information about the Pilot, see: www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/glossary_initiative.jsp.
THE FALL GCIPA MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN NEW ORLEANS IN LATE OCTOBER
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS!