MISSION

The American Center for Equitable Treatment (ACET) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating Americans about the economic and social benefits of the federal government’s fair, efficient, and effective administration of technology, innovation, and intellectual property laws and policies.

CURRENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECTS

ACET uses government publications and the Freedom of Information Act to gather information of potential interest to the public from federal agencies, and disseminates that information to advance public understanding both of government process and of the effect such process has on technological innovation, intellectual property protection, and economic prosperity.  ACET posts its information requests and the government’s responses for public review and also publishes on ACET Blog analyses and commentary on such information.  Please visit again soon to view new items as they become available.

Related laws, regulations and agency guidance

Administrative Procedure Act
Paperwork Reduction Act
OMB PRA Regulations
Information Quality Act
OMB IQA Regulations
Regulatory Flexibility Act
U.S. Patent Act
USPTO Regulations
USPTO MPEP
Freedom of Information Act
Dept. of Justice Guide to FOIA


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OMB Accountability

January 31, 2017. OMB Response to ACET’s Appeal No. 2016-128 and related partial production for ACET’s FOIA request No. 2016-127. [Cover Letter, Records Produced].

December 30, 2016. OMB partial production for ACET’s FOIA request No. 2016-126 and Appeal No. 2016-128. [Cover Letter, Records Produced].

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USPTO Accountability

Sensitive Applications Warning System (“SAWS“).

8-8-2018. The PTO’s cover-up of the secret SAWS Program

7-18-2018. The SAWS program disproportionately targeted individual and small entity inventors

Danny Huntington FOIA Requests and litigation.  Comprehensive FOIA requests on the operation of the secret SAWS program since its inception in 1994 until its retirement in March 2015. Records include memos, directives, reports, emails, and SAWS guidance for examiners. Records show that all pending pre-GATT applications were flagged under the SAWS and that the Board of Appeals received SAWS information on appeals for applications flagged under the SAWS.  See details.

February 2, 2017. ACET’s second FOIA request from USPTO on derivation of paperwork burden estimates and on guidance for complying with OMB PRA reviews. [FOIA Rrequest No. F-17-112].

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RECENT ACET BLOG POSTS

8-8-2018. The PTO’s cover-up of the secret SAWS Program

7-18-2018. The SAWS program disproportionately targeted individual and small entity inventors

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Links

OIRA Watch
Patently-O
IPWatchdog
OIRA Website
OIRA Primer on the PRA
OIRA ICR Search
USPTO Website
USPTO Federal Register Notices

OTHER PARTIES’ RELEVANT ACTIONS

See Hyatt & AAET v. USPTO – On repealing MPEP 1207.04

See Hyatt & AAET v. OMB – On Petition under the Paperwork Reduction Act