The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new public webpage that provides information on applications for patent term extension (PTE) that have been filed within the past five years and patent terms extended under 35 U.S.C. § 156. The information includes the application number, patent number, and trade name identified in the PTE application, and provides a link to the electronic file containing the PTE papers. The USPTO added comprehensive PTE information to the USPTO website in response to stakeholder feedback seeking readily available information about PTE applications.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Kathi Vidal also committed to exploring ways to facilitate public access to information on PTE applications and grants as one of the USPTO’s initiatives proposed in her July 6, 2022, letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Director Vidal proposed this initiative in response to the Biden Administration’s goal of increasing competition in the pharmaceutical marketplace. You can learn more about this initiative in the recent USPTO Director's blog from Director Vidal and FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf.
The USPTO plans to update the information on this webpage on a quarterly basis.
For more information on PTE under 35 U.S.C. § 156, see the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, section 2750 et seq.