U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
WEST COAST ROAD SHOW
HOT TOPICS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, COMPUTER PATENTS
AND PATENT LEGISLATION: A SYMPOSIUM
September 18, 2000
1325 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98111
Noon to 5:00 PM
Contact: Pam Love (WBBA)
Contact: Rex Stratton (WSPLA)
September 20, 2000
401 East Millbrae Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Contact: Ben Borson (NCPDG)
September 21, 2000
La Jolla Marriott
4240 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92121
Noon to 5:00 PM
Contact: Steve Korniczky (SDIPLA)
States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officials will share their
insights about how the USPTO can promote invention by helping inventors
to obtain biotechnology and computer related patents. The symposium will
inform you about current examination issues in biotechnology and computer
patents. In an era of increased global harmonization, an overview of USPTO
policies and new legislation, including the American Inventor Protection
Act, and the roles of new genetic and information technologies will provide
a context for discussion.
Topics of interest
to be covered:
of the American Inventor Protection Act (AIPA), including Patent Term
Adjustment and Requests for Continuing Examination
- USPTO customer
outreach and patentability in biotechnology patent examination
- Discovery genetics,
including patenting of genes, gene therapy, transgenic animals, expressed
sequence tags, antisense oligonucleotides and single nucleotide polymorphisms.
link genetic information, protein structure and development of new therapeutic
- Patentability and
scope of protection of protein, vaccine and immunology patents.
- Application of
recent changes in written description and utility guidelines
- Patentability issues
pertaining to computer related inventions
members of USPTO Technology Centers 1600 and 2700. Technology Center
(TC) 1600 is responsible for examining biotechnology patent applications.
Technology Center 2700 is responsible for examination of patent applications
in computers, electronics and computer software technologies.
Director of USPTO TC 1600 has been with the USPTO as a Patent Examiner
and Supervisory Patent Examiner and is currently Director of Technology
is the Director of the USPTO Office of Patent Legal Administration,
and has been directly involved in the implementation of the American
Inventors Protection Act.
has been with the USPTO for 18 years as an Examiner, Supervisor, Biotechnology
Practice Specialist and is currently Support Systems Administrator for
TC 1600, focusing on issues related to automated search and analysis
of biological sequences.
has been an Examiner, Supervisor, and is now a Practice Specialist in
TC 1600, and assists customers in all areas of biotechnology patent
examination and allowance.
is a Supervisory Patent Examiner in TC 1600 and supervises the examination
of transgenic animals and gene therapy.
is a Supervisory Patent Examiner and oversees patent examination relating
to proteins, immunology and vaccines.
is a Supervising Patent Examiner in TC 2700 and specializes in computer
and computer software patents.
Education Credit may be available in some locations.