USPTO Launches Glossary Pilot to Promote Patent Claim Clarity

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces 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 get expedited processing, be placed on an examiner’s special docket prior to the first office action and have special status up to issuance of a first office action.

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3 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for Steve]
    June 5, 2014 08:07 pm

    We’re gonna need a bigger glossary.

  • [Avatar for Anon]
    June 4, 2014 11:18 pm

    Oddly, the thought of tribbles occurs to me: the words in the glossary section are themselves made of words.

    What next, a glossary section for words used in the glossary section?

    (words, being words, are born pregnant with other words and multiple meanings – using words to define words cannot resolve the basic inherent issue)

  • [Avatar for American Cowboy]
    American Cowboy
    June 4, 2014 04:25 pm

    Which words is the scrivener supposed to define? Bill Clinton needed “is” defined for him.

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