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April 21, 2006
#06-25

Contact:
Brigid Quinn or Ruth Nyblod
(571) 272-8400 or
brigid.quinn@uspto.gov
Ruth.nyblod@uspto.gov

Media Advisory, 06-25

USPTO to Sponsor Panel Discussion on Proposals to Improve Patent Examination

Washington, D.C. — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is holding a town hall meeting to educate the public on USPTO's plans to streamline the application review process. A four-person panel representing a variety of organizations with interests in the patent system will offer their views on the proposals which are designed to ensure high quality patent examination and work toward decreasing the backlog of pending applications.

WHAT     Town Hall Meeting
               An overview of the challenges the USPTO faces and the reasons why proposed
               new rules limiting claims and rework are necessary, panel discussion and a
               question and answer session.

WHO      John Doll, Commissioner for Patents
                Jay Lucas, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

WHEN     Tuesday, April 25, 2006
               2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE   United States Patent and Trademark Office
               Madison Auditorium
               600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

For more information, please go to http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/townhall.htm.

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