The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a roundtable meeting on Thursday, July 27, 2000, to discuss the history and present practices relating to computer-implemented business method patents and to identify ways to improve USPTO's current examination approach to these applications. Jim Crowne, of Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Journal, will moderate the roundtable. The list of roundtable participants is attached to this advisory.
The roundtable is part of the business method patent initiative announced by the agency on March 29, 2000 (http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/speeches/00-22.htm). The initiative has two major components: industry outreach and quality initiatives. The industry outreach programs include customer partnerships with industry, the July 27 roundtable, and industry feedback on issues relating to prior art. The quality programs encompass steps to enhance the technical training of examiners, revise the examination guidelines and examples, and expand current prior art search activities. A white paper outlining the history and current UPSTO practices concerning software-related business method patents is available at http://www.uspto.gov/web/menu/busmethp/index.html .
Computer-Related Business Method Patents Roundtable
Thursday, July 27, 2000
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Crystal City Sheraton Hotel
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Ballrooms B and C, 2nd Floor
Computer-Related Business Method Patents Roundtable on
Armitage, Robert, Eli Lilly & Co.
Banner, Pamela I., Banner & Witcoff, LTD
Goldberg, Eric M., American Insurance Association
Keyack, Albert, DirectWeb, Inc.
Kuester, Jeffrey R., Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP
Kupferschmid, Keith, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Kursman, Scott, Securities Industry Association (SIA)
Kushan, Jeffrey P., Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, LLP
Laurie, Ron, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Lerner, Joshua, Harvard Business School
Linck, Nancy, Guilford Pharmaceuticals
James, Love, Consumer Project on Technology
Menell, Peter, University of California School of Law
Nydegger, Rick, Wortman, Nydegger & Seeley/AIPLA
O'Reilly, Tim, O'Reilly Publishing
Riedinger, Jerry A., Perkins Coie
Romain, Patrick, Merrill Lynch
Sander, Scott C., SIGHTSOUND.COM
Tenney, Glenn S., Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Thomas, Jay, George Washington University Law School
Wallach, Steven I., Pennie & Edmonds, LLP
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