Tuesday, August 17, 2004
2 - 2:30 p.m.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
500 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Va
Congressman Jim Moran will join Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas in recognizing the outstanding efforts of the USPTO employees who have brought the agency's electronic patent application processing system, called the Image File Wrapper (IFW) and Public PAIR (Patent Application and Information Retrieval) to fruition. The IFW/Public PAIR systems, major milestones in the USPTO's e-government initiatives, replace paper files. IFW is now used by patent examiners to review applications, and is the official application file. Public PAIR enables anyone anywhere in the world, with the click of a mouse, to track the progress of a public patent application as it moves from publication to final disposition, and review documents in the official application file, including all decisions made by patent examiners and their reasons for making them.
A brief ceremony and live demonstration of the IFW/Public PAIR system will be held in the Jefferson Building's conference room starting at 2 p.m.
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