Interview Practice provides you with free access to video conferencing with USPTO examiners. To join, you need a computer and high speed Internet connection. If you cannot join from home or your office, USPTO offers dedicated meeting rooms at each of its major campuses(Alexandria, VA.; Detroit, MI.; and Denver, CO).
How-to and FAQ
Public Interview Room [PDF] – Information on interview practice to clarify the policies, procedures, and tools available to enable better communication with examiners.
Relevant Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) sections:
Interview Practice Guidelines for Applicants [PDF] – Information on interview practice to clarify the policies, procedures, and tools available to enable better communicate with examiners.
Effective Interview Practice (2012) [PDF] - Effective Interview Practice discusses the use of an agenda, preparing for the interview, properly recording the interview to clarify the record, and steps that can be taken to properly follow through after the interview.
Interview Best Practices (2011) [PDF]- The collaborative effort between AIPLA and the USPTO identifies interview best practices that can be followed by examiners and practitioners. Interview Best Practices identifies accessibility, preparation, substance, and recordation as useful tools and techniques for effective interview practice.
Interview Practice Training Summary (2009) [PDF] - Effective Interview Practice addresses why interviews are an important examination tool, identifies a number of key components needed to conduct an effective interview and discusses some frequently asked questions.