“The objective is to ensure that the MPEP and TMEP are as accurate, complete and current as possible and enable practitioners and examiners to find information easily, and get accurate and complete guidance,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “This input from users will assist us to further improve these resources as well as our examining processes.”
On both websites, users can comment and suggest ideas for specific chapters of the MPEP or TMEP. Other visitors can then vote on the suggestions which allow the best ideas to “bubble up” to the top. Periodically, USPTO staff will post proposed new material for visitor feedback.
It’s great to see the USPTO taking advantage of technology and social media for process improvement. We hope the US community will partipate and perhaps we’ll see similar discussion sites pop up for other global patent offices, or WIPO itself.