There have been a growing number of legislative proposals in the United States regarding standard-essential patents (SEPs), the patents that play a critical role when implementing and conforming to a given technical standard, such as for phones, computer networks, and other technologies that are vital to U.S. competitiveness.
The USPTO wants to hear stakeholders’ views on these specific proposals, including, but not limited to:
The event will consist of two sessions: one on legislative proposals, and the other on the intellectual property rights policies of prominent standards development bodies (SDOs).
Those interested in speaking at one of the sessions should indicate this during the registration process. Presentations may be made either in person or virtually. Speakers will be selected and notified on a rolling basis. (See details below, under “Additional information.”)
Space is limited for in-person attendance at this event, and early registration is encouraged. (The event will also be available for viewing online. Detailed instructions about accessing it will be sent upon confirmation of registration.)
If you are interested in speaking in person at this event, please register online by October 7. Presentations may be made either in person or virtually.
When making a request to speak, you will be asked at the registration page to indicate your name, firm/affiliation, and your preferred session (either Session 1, on legislative proposals, or Session 2, regarding feedback on the intellectual property rights policies of prominent SDOs, but not both). We will then individually select and notify speakers by October 11. We will allocate time restrictions based on the number of participants, though we anticipate that each speaker will be allotted about seven minutes.
We will continue to update this event page, where we will post further information, including an agenda, venue information, and a list of registered speakers. For any questions about the event please email SEP_Policy@uspto.gov.
To request an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Hollis Robinson.
This program is hosted by the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.