Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Alexandria, Virginia

Madison Auditorium
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA


The most recent quarterly meeting for the Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership was held on June 1, 2010 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership is designed and developed to be a forum to share ideas, experiences, and insights between individual users and the USPTO. The USPTO does not intend to use these customer partnership groups to arrive at any consensus. Invitations to participate will indicate that individual opinions are sought, rather than a group consensus and that the meetings are intended to be informal in nature and have varying participants. These customer partnership groups are formed with full recognition of the USPTO's responsibility under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and that these customer partnership groups are not established as FACA compliant committees.


We value our customers in obtaining feedback from individual participants is important in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of our products and services. Your willing participation is helpful in providing us with insights and experiences in this informal process to assist us.


The next meeting of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 10:00 am to 4:30 PM at Auditorium in Madison North, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia.


For information of future meetings and presentations, please go to


Please contact Cecilia Tsang at 571-272-0562, or by fax at 571-273-0562, or email to decline or confirm your attendance by September 2, 2010.


Agenda & Schedule

Morning Session

10:00 - 10:15Greetings and OverviewJackie Stone, George Elliott and Remy Yucel, Directors, Technology Center 1600
10:15 - 11:45Patent Reengineering TeamChristian Chase SPE, Art Unit 2189 & Marti Hearst, External Affairs
11:45 - 12:00Break 
12:00 - 12:45Best Practice for PTEMary Till, Office of Patent Legal Adminstration

12:45 - 2:00

Afternoon Session

2:00 - 3:00Section 101, Utility and Patentable Subject matter in the Discovery ArtsBenjamin Borson, Borson Law Group LLP
3:00 - 3:15Break 
3:15 - 4:00Broadening ReissuesBennett Celsa, QAS TC1600
4:00 - 4:15Closing RemarksJackie Stone, George Elliott and Remy Yucel, Directors, Technology Center 1600


Accessing the event online

1. Double click on the link below (or copy it into your internet browser):

2. Select "Enter as a Guest" option.
3. External guests - please login using your email address
(USPTO Employees - please login using your last name, first name)
4. Click on the "Enter Room" button
5. You will be admitted to the meeting


If you need assistance with login, please contact Darcy Bates at (571) 272-2499 or Carrie Scott at (571) 272-2992