PTO and BIO to Hold Two-Day Biotech Conference

August 23, 1999
Press Release #99-25

Ruth Nyblod
Maria V. Hernandez

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) are sponsoring two days of presentations, August 24 and 25, 1999, on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and organic chemistry. Over 200 patent practitioners interested in biotechnology patenting are expected to attend.

The first day of events will include discussions of biotechnology policy issues by high-ranking PTO officials, followed by a town hall meeting, which will allow attendees to ask questions on the presentations. Q. Todd Dickinson, acting commissioner of patents and trademarks will be the luncheon speaker. An open house will offer the chance to meet and talk with PTO's biotech management, search and examining staff, and the opportunity to tour the agency's biotech facilities. A panel with Q&A, moderated by John Doll, head of the agency's biotech examining operation, on the second day will feature patent prosecution in the areas of DNA, transgenic animals, immunology, and organic chemistry.

What: Biotech Conference presented by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and BIO Industry Association

When: Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25, 1999
Program begins daily at 8:30 a.m.

Where: The Crystal Forum
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Who: Audience will include biotechnology, organic chemistry, and pharmaceutical practitioners