USPTO to Hold Public Roundtable on Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Ex Parte Appeals Rules Meeting will be Webcast
January 19, 2010
Press Release 10-04

Contact: Peter Pappas or Jennifer Rankin Byrne
(571) 272-8400 or peter.pappas1@uspto.gov
jennifer.rankin_byrne@uspto.gov;

Washington - Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon Barner will open a public roundtable on Wednesday, January 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the USPTO's campus in Alexandria, Va. Chief Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Michael Fleming will brief participants on the challenges facing the Board. The public will have an opportunity to comment on modifications to rules governing practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in ex parte patent appeals.

WHAT: Public Roundtable - Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Ex Parte Appeals Rules

WHO: Sharon Barner, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and

Deputy Director of the USPTO

Michael Fleming, Chief Administrative Patent Judge

Public Participants include: Q. Todd Dickinson, Executive Director, American Intellectual

Property Law Association;Curtis Rose, Vice President and Associate Patent Counsel,

Hewlett-Packard Company

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: USPTO Campus, Madison Auditorium

600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Va.

The roundtable will be available for viewing via Web cast. Web cast information is available on the USPTO's website at http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/bpai/roundtable_info.jsp.

Media who are interested in attending should contact either Peter Pappas at peter.pappas1@uspto.gov or Jennifer Rankin Byrne at jennifer.rankin_byrne@uspto.gov.

For more information, see Federal Register notice: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/notices/74fr67987.pdf.

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