USPTO Launches Glossary Pilot to Promote Patent Claim Clarity

Washington, D.C. – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently 600px-US-PatentTrademarkOffice-Seal_svg.pngannounced the launch of a new Glossary Pilot as part of a White House Executive Action designed to enhance claim clarity in the specification of software-related patent applications.

The pilot runs for six months from the start date of June 2, 2014.

Pilot participation requires an applicant to include a glossary section in the patent application specification to define terms used in the patent claim. Applications accepted into the pilot will receive expedited processing, be placed on an examiner’s special docket prior to the first office action and have special status up to the issuance of a first office action.

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