USPTO to Host February 21 Webinar with Senior Agency Officials

February 15, 2012
Press Release 12-12
CONTACT: (Media Only)
Richard Maulsby or Paul Fucito
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WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. USPTO Director David Kappos and other agency leaders will outline proposals for new patent fees, as well as other issues related to the implementation of the Leahy Smith America Invents Act. This historic legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama in September 2011 and is the biggest reform to U.S. patent laws since 1836.

Participants in the webinar will answer a selection of questions during the session. Questions should be submitted in advance to for consideration.

WHAT: USPTO Senior Leadership Webinar

WHEN: Feb. 21, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. ET

WHO: David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Peggy Focarino, Commissioner for Patents

Bernard Knight, USPTO General Counsel

James D. Smith, BPAI Chief Administrative Patent Judge

Moderated by Peter Pappas, Chief of Staff

Webcast Viewing Instructions

An archived video recording of the online webinar is now available here:

For more information about the America Invents Act please refer to

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