Berkeley Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Improvements to Patent Review Process

February 24, 2006
Press Release #06-13

Contact:
Brigid Quinn or Ruth Nyblod
571-272-8400
brigid.quinn@uspto.gov
ruth.nyblod@uspto.gov

Washington, D.C. - Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas will lead a town hall meeting to provide background information regarding proposed new rule changes to improve patent examination. The changes will make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by reducing the amount of rework by the USPTO and reducing the time it takes for the patent review process. In addition, the USPTO will demonstrate its new Web-based patent electronic filing system (EFS Web).

What Town Hall Meeting

An overview of the challenges the USPTO faces and the reasons why the proposed new rules
are necessary.

A question and answer session will follow immediately after presentations.

Who Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Patent attorneys, patent agents, independent inventors and members of the small business
community

When Tuesday, February 28, 2006
1 p.m.

Where University of California, Berkeley International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA

For more information, please go to http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/townhall.htm.

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