Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
9:00am to 5:00 PM

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 6, 2012 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, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 PM at Auditorium in Madison East, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia.


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Please contact Cecilia Tsang at 571-272-0562, or by fax at 571-273-0562, or email to decline or confirm your attendance by August 31, 2012.


Agenda and Schedule for the Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership Meeting

Morning Session

9:00 - 9:15

Opening Remarks

George Elliott, Wanda Walker and Peter Paras (Acting), Directors, TC1600

9:15 - 10:15

Recent Examiner Training and Developments Under 35 USC 101

Andrew Hirshfeld, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

10:15 - 10:30



10:30 - 11:15

Professional Responsibilities for IP Practitioners

William Covey, Office of Enrollment and

11:15 - 12:00

New Board Proceedings Mandated by the AIA

Sally Lane, APJ PTAB (BPAI)

12:00 - 12:45

AIA Oath/Declaration Changes

Hiram Bernstein, OPLA

12:45 - 1:45 Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:45 - 2:30

First Inventor to File

Mary Till, OPLA

2:30 - 3:15

Quality Composite

Martin Rater, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

3:15 - 4:00



4:00 - 4:45

Civility in Communication between the Applicant and the Examiner

Esther Kipllinger, Chief Patent Counselor, Wilson Sosini Goodrich & Rossi

4:45 - 5:00

Closing remarks and Discussion

George Elliott, Wanda Walker and Peter Paras (Acting), Directors, TC1600


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