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October 12, 2000
#00-62

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Press Release, 00-62

USPTO Extends Workshops on AIPA and Electronic Commerce

Due to overwhelming interest, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will continue to hold free, one-day, educational workshops in four cities at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL) detailing implementation of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) and introducing the agency's electronic commerce initiatives.

The AIPA sessions will focus on new USPTO procedures implementing Request for Continued Examination; Patent Term Adjustment; Eighteen-Month Publication; and Inter Partes Reexamination. The highlights of the electronic commerce segment are Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) - How to access information about your patent application or any issued patents/published application via the Internet; Electronic Filing System (EFS) - How to file a patent application online; Changes to PAIR and EFS to support implementation of the AIPA and whether or not you will need to use PAIR and EFS as a result of AIPA implementation; and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) - How the USPTO protects your application information on the Internet.

In each city, there will be two workshops, one planned for attorneys and large corporations and one planned for independent inventors. The workshops will be presented as interactive lectures with ample opportunity for questions and answers.

Cincinnati; The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
November 13 - November 14
Contact: (513) 369-6971 or email: tkoenig@plch.lib.oh.us

San Diego; San Diego Public Library
November 29 - November 30
Contact: (619) 236-5813 or email: science@library.sannet.gov

Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Broward County Main Library
December 6 - December 7
Contact (954) 357-7439 or (954) 357-7872

Salt Lake City; University of Utah Marriott Library
December 14 - December 15
Contact: (801) 581-8558 or email:dmorriso@library.utah.edu

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