Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law and Procedure
June 16, 2022
The Copyright Small Claims Board is open for business. The streamlined procedure for resolving copyright infringement is for claims of under $30,000.00. You can learn more about it and file a claim by visiting https://ccb.gov/.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has amended its procedures in two significant ways:
- First, the USPTO will begin issuing electronic versions of registration certificates. For applications that were filed before May 24, 2022, the registrant can obtain a paper copy with a gold seal for no cost. For applications filed after May 24, 2022, registrants can obtain a paper copy for $25.00.
- Second, the time to respond to Office Actions is being shortened from 6 months to 3 months. According to USPTO data, most responses are filed within that time frame anyway. A party can request a 3 month extension but the request has to be made before the initial 3 month deadline passes.
For questions about any of these key developments, please contact GCT's IP Practice Group Chair Beverly A. Berneman at firstname.lastname@example.org.