Will New USPTO and AUTM Initiative Lead to Better Patents?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) recently announced the launch of a new training initiative for patent examiners. The USPTO/AUTM Patent Examiners Training Initiative aims to improve the strength and quality of U.S. patents through specialized training between patent examiners, innovators, and scientists.

Through the USPTO/AUTM Patent Examiners Training Initiative, AUTM members working in university technology transfer offices will identify key faculty members to participate in specialized training programs for patent examiners. The initiative will enhance USPTO’s existing Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP) by providing patent examiners with additional training opportunities from scientists and experts across various technology sectors.

PETTP currently provides patent examiners with information from scientists and experts in order to update them on technical developments, the state of the art, emerging trends, maturing technologies, and recent innovations in their fields.

By providing additional training, the USPTO expects more streamlined patent examination, fewer delays, and quicker final disposition. The USPTO and AUTM also highlight that the training should lessen the need for Request for Continued Examination Practice, help the USPTO readily identify allowable subject matter, and ultimately issue strong, valid patents.

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