First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce its first Partnership meeting with the cybersecurity and network security community. The Cybersecurity Partnership meeting creates a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity and network security sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. Members from the public are invited to attend.

For this inaugural event, the USPTO has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who will present information on their voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. USPTO staff will also discuss cybersecurity patent initiatives, key computer security patent application statistics, and examination guidelines for patent eligible subject matter following the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court decision. In addition to the presentations from NIST and the USPTO, several key stakeholders will present their views on topics focusing on the intersection of Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity. A confirmed list of speakers appears below and more are on the way:

  • Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President of San Jose State University and member of the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council
  • Angela Ziegenhorn, Senior Director for Intellectual Property at Symantec Corporation
  • David Kinsinger, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at L-3
  • John Vandenberg, Partner at Klarquist Sparkman

The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on these topics, and share ideas during the interactive discussions.

=> Agenda

The USPTO looks forward to hearing the individual views from its stakeholders. Input and ideas from the public will be solicited. While public attendees will have the opportunity to provide their individual input, group consensus advice will not be sought.

Date and Location: The Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting will be held on November 14, 2014 at the USPTO's Menlo Park Office on the U.S. Geological Survey Campus. The Conference Room is in Building 3, on the Second Floor, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California 94025-3591. This meeting begins at 8:30 am (PST) and will run until approximately 3pm.

Registration Information

Registration is required. There is no fee to register for the meeting. Requests for attendance to the Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting must be submitted via e-mail to CyberSecurityPartnership@USPTO.GOV by November 10, 2014. Requests for attendance should include "Cyber Registration" in the e-mail subject line. In the body, the following information should be included: the attendee's name, affiliation, title, mailing address, and telephone number.

Individuals will be notified via e-mail of accepted requests for attendance by the USPTO no later than three days prior to the date of the meeting. Space is limited. Accordingly, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests, and only those with an accepted request will be permitted to attend. If necessary, non-accepted requesters will be notified by the USPTO. However, the meeting will be webcasted live and accessible via WebEx. Webcast access instructions will be posted below.

Directions and Parking information to the Silicon Valley USPTO (temporary location) on the U.S. Geological Survey Campus:

U.S. Geological Survey Campus

Building 3, Second Floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California 94025-3591

View Menlo Park Campus map and direction

Parking options:

  • There is ample parking on the campus. Parking is available along the circular drive in front of Building 3, as well as in the various lots on campus.

For further information, please contact: CyberSecurityPartnership@USPTO.GOV