Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership

Tuesday, March 2, 2009
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 December 9, 2009 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 Tuesday, March 2, 2009 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Auditorium in Madison East, 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 February 24, 2009.




Agenda & Schedule

Morning Session

10:00-10:15Greetings and OverviewGeorge Elliott and Remy Yucel, Directors, Technology Center 1600
10:15-11:00Best Practice in Reissue - Part II

Jean Vollano, QAS, TC1600


11:00-11:30Green TechnologyBlaine Copenheaver, SPE, Technology Center 1700
11:45-12:45Patent Term AdjustmentKery Fries, Office of Patent Legal Administration





Afternoon Session

2:00-2:45Patents and Synthetic BiologyKathleen Bragdon, QAS, TC1600
3:00-3:45Accelerated ExaminationBennett Celsa, QAS, TC1600
3:45-4:00Closing Remarks/Discussion

George Elliott and Remy Yucel, Directors,
Technology Center 1600



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