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September 15, 2010

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Press Release, 10-40

USPTO Expands Technical Training Opportunities for Patent Examiners

Program to provide examiners access to scientists and experts with the goal of improving patent quality

Washington – Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos announced today that the USPTO has instituted a Patent Examiner Technical Training Program which formalizes the process for seeking public assistance in providing technical training to patent examiners. In the past, the USPTO has had success with patent examiner training programs in very specific areas. Building on that success, this program creates a corps-wide effort open to all technology areas in all technology centers. The program was announced in a notice published in the Federal Register today.

“The Patent Examiner Technical Training Program is intended to provide patent examiners with access to scientists and experts who are willing to share their expertise on prior art and industry standards. We believe this kind of training provides a great opportunity to enhance the quality of our patent examination,” Kappos said. “This initiative is the latest illustration of our desire to collaborate with the stakeholder community to improve the patent system.”

In order to participate in the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program, participants must fill out and submit the online form available at www.uspto.gov/patents/pettp.jsp, or send an email to Examiner_Technical_Training@uspto.gov identifying the area of technical assistance they can provide, their name and phone number, and other contact information as necessary. More details about the program can be found on the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov/patents/pettp.jsp.

The USPTO is interested in training in all technology areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Computer Architecture and Software
  • Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
  • Communications Technologies
  • Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems, and Components
  • Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License and Review
  • Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products

Additional details can be found in the Federal Register notice at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-23006.pdf

Non-press inquiries should be directed to Wynn Coggins at wynn.coggins@uspto.gov.

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