CAFC Calendar: Check out this calendar before planning your next DC trip – Perhaps you can work-in a visit to the CAFC while it is in session. [CAFC Calendar].
Triway Pilot Program: The USPTO, EPO, and JPO are beginning a pilot program to share work. In this program, each office will conduct searches and the results will be shared. [LINK].
Public PAIR Access: Although file histories are an integral part of patent analysis and are often useful as prior art, the PTO offers no search tools for PAIR access. Furthermore, the PTO has thus far prevented companies from using automated engines to obtain bulk data in order to create an accessible database. Here is the PTO’s response so far: “There are no immediate plans to remove the CAPTCHA restriction. However, we are evaluating a solution that will ease the restriction and permit limited automated access. The USPTO is committed to providing access to public data, and recognizes the urgency in implementing support for both interactive and automated access to Public PAIR. The USPTO will keep you informed and involved as we continually work to improve access to public patent information contained in the PAIR system.”