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400 applications receive prioritized examination under USPTO’s COVID-19 relief programs

By Ferraiuoli LLC - 25/03/2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched in 2020 the COVID-19 Prioritized Patent Examination Pilot Program and the COVID-19 Prioritized Trademark Examination Program.

These programs enable the USPTO to grant requests for prioritized examination to qualifying patent applicants and to accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for trademarks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services, without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination.

Since the programs’ enactment in May 2020 for patents and June 2020 for trademarks:

-251 patent requests for prioritized patent application examination have been granted, resulting in 33 patents being allowed or granted, and 129 trademark petitions have been granted.

-More than half of the patent applications granted prioritized examination are directed to medical treatments, vaccines, and diagnostic technology. The balance of the applications are directed to ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other technology related to COVID-19.

-Almost half of the trademark petitions granted are for items designed to detect and treat COVID-19. The other half are for PPE and medical goods, as well as medical services related to COVID-19.

“Our staff is working very hard to move COVID-19 related patent and trademark requests, ensuring the intellectual property system is fully responsive to this national emergency,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. 

By Ferraiuoli LLC - 25/03/2021
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Ferraiuoli LLC (FLLC) was founded in 2003 by the late Blas Ferraiuoli-Martínez, Eugenio Torres-Oyola and María Marchand-Sánchez. This group was then joined in 2004 by Fernando J. Rovira-Rullán, thus forming the founding core of FLLC. FLLC has grown exponentially since its founding from a law firm with three attorneys and a support staff of three to its current size of 54 attorneys with a support staff of 38. Also, FLLC has grown from initially being known as an intellectual property and corporate law boutique law firm to a multiservice law firm that handles most matters relevant to a business while continuing to earn praise for its leading intellectual property and corporate practices.

FLLC has been ranked as a leading law firm in Puerto Rico by the professional publication Chambers Latin America in intellectual property, corporate, bankruptcy, labor & employment, real estate, and tax law. Moreover, 17 FLLC partners have been ranked as leaders in their field by the same publication. 4 FLLC partners are ranked as leaders in Intellectual Property, no other firm has more than 2. This recognition in such a short period of time is a tribute to FLLC’s business model.

FLLC prides itself in doing its work faster and more cost-efficiently yet with the same quality as that of its main competitors. The founding name partners are available at all times to attend to client matters. Their work ethic sets the tone for the rest of the firm. FLLC’s founders’ goal has been steady from the outset: become one of the premier multiservice law firms in Puerto Rico.