Vidal to co-chair NACIE: USPTO Director Kathi Vidal has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo as a federal co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. NACIE is a federal advisory committee managed by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Committee members work to identify and recommend solutions aimed at perpetuating the innovation economy—including growing a skilled STEM workforce and removing barriers for entrepreneurs ushering innovative technologies into the market—while facilitating federal dialogue among the innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development communities.

Trademark applicants deadline: Beginning Dec. 3, 2022, instead of the current six months, trademark applicants will have three months (with a possible three-month extension) to respond to an office action issued during the examination of a trademark application at the USPTO.

The same change went into effect for post-registration office actions on October 7. By shortening response time, the USPTO aims to decrease the time it takes to get and maintain a registration; and provide flexibility to request additional time to respond to more complex office actions.