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Investigative Report: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Analysis of Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Statistics

https://www.oig.doc.gov/OIGPublications/14-0990.pdf

Full text of the report on time and attendance abuse by patent examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office.  Identified 137,000 unsupported hours of claimed work at a cost of nearly $8.8 million in a 9 month period.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce

 

Business Research and Development and Innovation: 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16313/pdf/nsf16313.pdf

Offers more than 60 statistical tables on research and development expenditures by businesses operating in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.  Also includes spending for R&D staff and information on patents.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

The Year in Trade 2015: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program 67th Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Treaties

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4627.pdf

Annual overview of developments regarding the administration of U.S. trade laws and trade agreements.  Covers all antidumping, intellectual property rights infringement, and trade preference programs.  Also covers World Trade Organization decisions and actions, negotiations related to trade agreements, bilateral trade issues, and U.S. trade in goods and services in 2015.   From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Strengthen Search Capabilities and Better Monitor

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Property Rights

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678149.pdf

Describes the challenges in identifying “prior art” (existing patents), describes how foreign patent offices have treated this problem, and reviews what the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is doing to resolve the challenges.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

A Patent/Innovation Box as a Tax Incentive for Domestic Research and Development

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44522.pdf

Describes current tax incentives for research, the reason for subsidizing research and development, and the potential effects upon innovation of patent/innovation boxes.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Section 108: Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-13426.pdf

As part of the current copyright review process in Congress, this notice invites interested parties to propose/discuss potential revisions relating to library and archives exceptions to current copyright law.  Cites, as possible topics, provisions concerning copies for users, security measures, public access, and third-party outsourcing.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-17/pdf/2016-11613.pdf

Seeks comments on expanding 6 year old interim rule about mandatory deposit of electronic works not available in a physical format.  The intent is to expand mandatory deposit to ebooks and sound recordings.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Open Data Portal

Categories: Copyright/Patents

https://developer.uspto.gov/

In four sections: patent and trademark data sets; visualizations created from patent and trademark datasets; a community site for developers and consumers of USPTO open data; and a library of APIs (coming soon).  From the Patent and Trademark Office of the Commerce Department

 

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