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Streamlined Patent Reexamination Proceedings Roundtable

On June 1, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a public roundtable to solicit public opinions on a number of changes being considered by the USPTO to streamline the procedures governing ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings. The changes are intended to achieve faster, more efficient resolution of the substantial new question of patentability (SNQ) for which reexamination is ordered. The changes being considered may be divided into three categories: changes to both ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, changes specific to ex parte reexamination, and changes specific to inter partes reexamination. After considering public opinion on the matter, the USPTO may seek to adopt one or more of the proposed changes or a modified version thereof, or other changes suggested by the public, through a rule making or through internal operational changes as appropriate.

Federal Register Notice

Streamlined Patent Reexamination Proceedings; Notice of Public Meeting, 76 Fed. Reg. 22854 (April 18, 2011)

Comments from the Public

Public comments on Streamlined Patent Reexamination Proceedings; Notice of Public Meeting, 76 Fed. Reg. 22854 (April 18, 2011), are available here.

Roundtable Webcast

June 1, 2011, Public Roundtable Webcast:  Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea acted as moderators for the roundtable on Wednesday, June 1stThe public is encouraged to submit written comments on any issue raised.  The event was held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT at the USPTO in the Madison Auditorium on the concourse level of the Madison Building, which is located at 500 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia.  A webcast of the event can be viewed at (the webcasts may contain minor transcription errors):

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