uspto.gov
Skip over navigation

July 24, 2000
#00-44

CONTACT:
Brigid Quinn
703-305-8341

Media Advisory, 00-44

USPTO Schedules Roundtable on Software Business Method Patents

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 .

What

Computer-Related Business Method Patents Roundtable

When

Thursday, July 27, 2000
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Where

Crystal City Sheraton Hotel
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Ballrooms B and C, 2nd Floor
Arlington, Va. 

Panel Participants

Computer-Related Business Method Patents Roundtable on Thursday, July 27

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

# # #

United States Patent and Trademark Office
This page is owned by Office of the Chief Communications Officer.
Last Modified: 12/27/2012 4:17:22 PM