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trademark problems in the Patent Office. We will continue on this course of modernization and improvement.
I would like to illustrate what is being done in response to the recommendations of this committee. The most recent change to be fully implemented was a reorganization in the section of the Trademark Examining Operations in which trademark applications receive initial processing. Essentially, those changes were directed to emphasize those functions which were most important from the standpoint of public needs. Without going into detail, suffice it to say, that whereas several months ago the public search file was more than 3 months behind as to data concerning newly-filed applications, this delay has now been reduced to 4 weeks. Our eventual goal is to deliver data to the Public Search Room within 10 days of the receipt of new applications.
In another important area-communication between the office and the applicant-we are introducing a number of new techniques. At present, our emphasis is on first actions and the techniques now in use, or in active stages of development, include the use of form paragraphs, transcribed by mechanicallyaided typewriters; the use of check-off forms, where feasible; and the preaddressing of the forms used in first action letters. In introducing these improvements, our goal is to increase efficiency without sacrificing substance. In order to achieve the best possible results we will, of course, need your cooperation, constructive criticism and suggestions.
There are just two examples of our current activity. The Committee made some 64 recommendations, and we have implemented, or are engaged in implementing, more than 75 percent of them. Furthermore, this Committee is continuing to advise us on matters not covered in the original report, and it will, I hope, continue to do so. Legislation
As I am sure this Association recognizes, we remain vitally interested in sound patent revision legislation, including the Scott Amendments. And certainly we share your concern over the recent events culminating in the issuance of the Committee Print of 8.643. More than ever, we are convinced that a stabilization and clarification of the licensable nature of the patent grant is as vital to the nation's economy and and technological growth as it was when the Department of Commerce supported such amendments before the Senate Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights last May. Moreover, we share your concern over the amendments to the Committee Print which, among other things, would require an attorney oath, would require a patentability brief without adequate protection for patent applicants, and would permit the importation into the United States of products made abroad by processes patented in this country. I can assure you that we will continue to press for a sound patent law revision, including the substance of the Scott Amendments. International
As you know, it has been almost 2 years since the negotiation and signing of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Since that time, we have been working with the associations such as your own, to develop the posture this country should take with regard to ratification of the Treaty. We intend to ratify the PCT and have already drafted in preliminary form the necessary legislation. And I should emphasize that our position on the Treaty is fully consistent with that expressed by the patent community.
We are quite optimistic about the advent of the PCT. We believe it will benefit the U.S. business community, and also assist our examiners to perform more thorough and complete patent searches of applications in the United States.
Equally important to the U.S. businessman is our effort to secure an acceptable Trademark Registration Treaty. This was launched by a resolution by the United States to the Executive Committee of the Paris Union in October, 1970, tration system in which countries not now party to the Madrid Agreement might participate.
On May 2 of this year there will be convened in Geneva, Switzerland, a Committee of Experts to consider a revised draft of this Treaty.
This upcomong May meeting—the third of a series is most important, since the draft treaty is now taking shape to an extent that prompt and serious examination of its provisions by interested trademark owners and associations in the United States is essential.
As you are aware, the most recent draft of the Trademark Registration Treaty was released by the World Intellectual Property Organization on January 31, 1972, and was published in the February 22nd issue of the Official Gazette. Some of the main features of the Treaty in its present form are:
1. Securing international registration, effective in designated member countries, by filing a single international application directly with WIPO.
2. Correspondingly simplified renewal, by filing a single renewal application with WIPO.
3. Notwithstanding these procedural benefits substantive matters would continue to be governed by the national law of the designated countries. While several issues remain to be resolved, we believe that the Trademark Registration Treaty could result in significant advantages to American businessmen. We are continuing to work with a number of interested associations to obtain their comments on the draft treaty for the May Committee of Experts. The culmination of the present efforts will be a diplomatic conference scheduled to be helf in Vienna, Austria, in May and June of 1973. The Patent System and the Future
It must be clear to you that we have a broad-based concern for improving the patent system. This has its roots in the conviction that the Patent System is of vital importance, and that we will rely more, rather than less, on the incentives it affords as we move ahead into the Seventies.
In his recent State of the Union Address, President Nixon, recognized that American ingenuity has enjoyed a wide International reputation and has contributed greatly to our domestic prosperity and our international strength. He further emphasized that we should be doing more to apply our scientific and technological genius directly to domestic opportunities. In the coming year, an all out effort will be made to focus our research and development resources on projects where an extra effort is most likely to produce a breakthrough, and where the breakthrough is most likely to make a difference in our lives.
I need hardly remind this audience of the central role that the patent system has played in stimulating and making practically effective the American ingenuity of which the President spoke. In this day of competitive international challenge, it is incumbent upon us, both in Government and the private sector, to do all within our power, to strengthen the Patent System in order that it may play in fullest measure its proper role in revitalizing and strengthening the American economy. The President called upon the patent system to stimulate the application of American technological genius to the problems of the environment, and we can be sure that the President also intends that the incentives of the patent system be similarly applied to the transfer of technol. ogy from the public to the private sector which he has stressed as increasingly important.
We have learned through experience how the growth of industry and compe tition in this country has been fostered by the patent system. We hare learned, too, how potent a force in international commerce American Trademarks can be.
We recognize that our ability to compete internationally rests in no small degree upon the strength of patent incentives in this country and the effective protection of our technology and trademarks abroad.
I pledge to you today that my efforts, and those of our entire Patent Office team, will be dedicated to doing all in our power to accomplish the President's goals through the strengthening of our patent and trademark systems.
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