USPTO Invites Public Comments on Reducing Online IP Infringement

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
July 2, 2013

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites public input on the effectiveness of voluntary initiatives encouraged by the Obama Administration to reduce online intellectual property infringement. The deadline for public comments is Monday, July 22, 2013.

The USPTO invites input from all interested parties on the processes, data metrics, and methodologies that could be used to assess the effectiveness of cooperative agreements and other voluntary initiatives to reduce infringement. The USPTO additionally welcomes input on the following questions:

1. How should “effectiveness” of cooperative voluntary initiatives be defined?
2. What type of data would be particularly useful for measuring effectiveness of voluntary initiatives aimed at reducing infringement and what would that data show?
3. If the data is not readily available, in what ways could it be obtained?
4. Are there particular impediments to measuring effectiveness, at this time or in general, and if so, what are they?
5. What mechanisms should be employed to assist in measuring the effectiveness of voluntary initiatives?
6. Is there existing data regarding efficacy of particular practices, processes or methodologies for voluntary initiatives, and if so, what is it and what does it show?

Request of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Public Comments: Voluntary Best Practices Study
78 Federal Register 37210