Patent Community Symposium - Midwest

Join Us in an Open Discussion on Enhancing Patent Quality!  

We are hosting this Patent Community Symposium to update the public on the status of our quality enhancing programs, to introduce some developing programs and collect your feedback, and to continue the discussion from a stakeholder’s perspective on what patent applicants and their representatives can do to enhance quality. The programs of the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative, as well as other quality-focused programs in the patents area, will be highlighted.

If you are a patent applicant, practitioner, or litigator, please attend to:

  • Learn how we are improving our processes and work products to foster enhanced patent quality;
  • Experience how we review examiners' work product to assess quality;
  • Participate in a workshop to use and provide feedback on the office’s new Master Review Form; and
  • Gain strategies and contribute to a panel discussion on enhancing your application filings, responses, and examiner interactions during prosecution.

Register at midwestpatentcommunity.eventbrite.com

Questions about this event?  Please contact the Midwest Regional Office at midwestregion@uspto.gov

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Patent Community Symposium - Midwest Agenda

8:30 AM to 8:50 AM               Participants Arrive and Sign in | Networking

8:50 AM to 9:10 AM               Welcome

  • Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality [Live Stream]
  • Alford Kindred, Midwest Regional Manager
  • Andrea Wellington, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality

9:10 AM to 9:20 AM               Opening Remarks (Livestream)

                                               Before and After: How Is Enhanced Patent Quality Making a Difference

  • Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

9:20 AM to 10:00 AM             Search & Training Enhancements (Livestream)

                                               Highlights include: Global Dossier and Clarity of Record Training

  • Maria Holtmann, Director of International Programs
  • Don Hajec, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM           Prosecution Enhancements (Livestream)

                                                Highlights include: Clarity of the Record Pilot

  • Robin Evans, Director, Technology Center 2800

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM           Morning Break

10:45 AM to 11:05 AM           Post-examination Enhancements (Livestream)

                                                Highlights include: Post Grant Outcomes

  • Jack Harvey, Acting Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations

11:05 AM to 11:45 AM           Improving Evaluation of Examination (Livestream)

                                               Highlights include: Topic Submission for Case Studies and Big Data

  • Brian Hanlon, Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM            Lunch Break (on your own)

12:45 PM to 1:00 PM              Quality Metrics (Livestream)

                                                Improving Patent Quality Measurement

  • Marty Rater, Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM                Master Review Form (MRF) Hands-On Workshop

                                                Reviewing for Correctness, Clarity, and Consistency

  • Alford Kindred, Midwest Regional Manager
  • Andrea Wellington, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM                MRF Report Out (from the workshop)

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM                Afternoon Break

3:15 PM to 4:15 PM                Panel Discussion (Livestream)

                                                How Applicants Can File and Prosecute a Quality Application

  • Russ Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO
  • Bill Bunker, Knobbe Marten
  • Rick Nydegger, Workman Nydegger
  • Kevin Noonan, MBHB
  • Laura Sheridan, Google
  • Tim Wilson, SAS

4:15 PM to 4:50 PM                Q&A with Panel (Livestream)

  • Moderated by Russ Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the USPTO

4:50 PM to 5:00 PM                Closing Remarks (Livestream)

                                                USPTO’s Commitment to Quality

  • Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents