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July 16, 2010

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Media Advisory, 10-34

USPTO to Host Public Roundtable on "Three-Track" Patent Examination Proposal on July 20

Washington -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be holding a public roundtable discussion on its proposed Enhanced Examination Timing Control Initiative, also known as “Three-Track,” currently under consideration by the USPTO. The purpose of the roundtable meeting is to solicit opinions from the public on the proposed initiative. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The meeting will also be webcast.

The proposed ”Three-Track” initiative would provide applicants greater control over when their applications are examined and promote greater efficiency in the patent examination process. The proposal is designed to provide applicants with the timing of examination they need and to reduce pendency of patent applications.

What

A public roundtable to discuss the proposed “Three-Track” initiative. Details on the proposal are available in the Federal Register at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-13244.pdf.

Who

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos
USPTO Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll
Members of the intellectual property community and the general public

When

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
1:30-5:30 p.m.

Where

USPTO
Madison Building Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, Va., 22314

How

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person. Limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Instructions on how to participate via webcast are available at www.uspto.gov/patents/announce/3track.jsp.

Media who wish to attend the event must RSVP to Lolita Best at Lolita.Best@uspto.gov. For non-press inquiries, contact Robert A. Clarke, Deputy Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration by phone at 571-272-7735 or by email, Robert.Clarke@uspto.gov.

 

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