The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the 2012 Business Methods Partnership Meeting to be hosted by the director and managers of the Business Methods workgroup. Members of the public are invited to attend. The Partnership Meeting is an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and to provide a forum for an informal discussion of many topics specific to the business methods community. The meeting will include a Business Methods operational briefing, presentations on the Cooperative Patent Classification effort, the America Invents Act, and recent court decisions; as well as a panel discussion offering perspectives on best practices in advancing prosecution and interviewing. While public attendees will have the opportunity to provide their individual input, group consensus advice will not be sought.
DATES AND LOCATION: The Partnership Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012, from 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at the USPTO MADISON AUDITORIUM (North), Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22313.
Requests for Attendance at the Partnership Meeting:
Requests for attendance will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis according to the time and date of receipt of each request. In order to ensure a broad cross-section of attendees, the USPTO reserves the right to limit the number of attendees from any single organization or law firm. Therefore, organizations and law firms must designate their official representatives. Individuals will be notified of accepted requests for attendance by the USPTO no later than one week prior to the date of the meeting. Non-accepted requesters will also be notified by the USPTO. No one will be permitted to attend without an accepted request.
Requests for attendance to the Partnership Meeting should be submitted to the attention of Jeff Smith via facsimile at (571) 273-6763, or by electronic mail through the Internet to email@example.com. Requests for attendance must include the attendee's name, affiliation, title, mailing address, and telephone number. Facsimile number and Internet mail address, if available, should also be provided. Requests must be received by July 12, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Jeff Smith by telephone at (571) 272-6763 (in addition to the facsimile number and e-mail address given above).
** UPDATED WITH eFILING MODERIZATION FOCUS SESSION INFORMATION **
In conjunction with the 2012 Business Methods Partnership Meeting, the UPSTO's Office of Patent Information Management (OPIM) e-Commerce Division will be hosting a focus session to introduce and gather feedback from our external stakeholders regarding an eFiling Modernization effort to allow filers to submit applications in textual formats. The USPTO is designing a new modern electronic filing tool that will provide a safe, easy way for applicants to file the text version of their electronic patent applications online. We would like to invite you to participate in this focus session as part of your visit to the USPTO campus for the Business Methods partnership meeting.
The focus session will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012, from 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. at the USPTO MADISON AUDITORIUM (South), Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22313.
For registration in this focus session, please send your registration requests and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 19, 2012 with the attendee names, affiliations (company/firm), titles, mailing address, and telephone number. Space is limited. If necessary, the USPTO reserves the right to limit the number of attendees from any one organization or firm.
The Partnership Meeting agenda has been updated to include a briefing on the eFiling Modernization effort and to provide an opportunity for attendees who are unable to attend the morning focus session to interact with representatives from OPIM.