By Emmanuel Oluebube
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched the COVID-19 Response Resource Center to provide stakeholders and other interested parties with improved access to USPTO initiatives, programmes, and other helpful intellectual property (IP)-related information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
As it always does, our nations innovation community will play a crucial role in devising creative solutions to the ongoing pandemic, said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu. The USPTO stands shoulder-to-shoulder with inventors and entrepreneurs and is working on a variety of measures to incentivize, protect, and disseminate COVID-19 related innovation. The COVID-19 Response Resource Center will provide inventors, entrepreneurs, and IP practitioners with a centralized destination to access information and assistance needed to meet the challenges of these times.
The resource center allows users to easily view information on a number of critical initiatives to aid the public throughout the ongoing crisis, including the USPTOs Patents 4 Partnerships IP marketplace platform and the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Programme for accelerating the evaluation of patent applications directed to COVID-19 related technologies. Information on trademark counterfeiting and consumer fraud, as well as updates on international developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak, are also available.
The resource center also includes links to the USPTOs Pro Bono Programme, information on voluntary early patent application publication, and resources for inventors and small businesses. The resource center will be updated on a continuing basis to incorporate new information, programmes, and initiatives.
The USPTO invites the public to submit recommendations or suggestions for the USPTO to consider as it assists the IP community. Email comments are to be sent to COVIDcomments@uspto.gov.