Patent Quality Community Symposium: Rocky Mountain Region

 

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Empowering innovation through enhanced quality

 

 

Join us in Denver for an open discussion on enhancing patent quality! 

Building off the successful launch of the USPTO’s Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative last year, the USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, CO is hosting a Patent Community Symposium(link is external) and Workshop for the local IP community on April 27, 2016.  The Symposium will share updates about our progress on the many patent quality initiatives underway and we will seek the perspectives of the stakeholder community through hands-on interactive sessions.

The program in our Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver will mirror the program taking place on the same day in Alexandria, Virginia and will include live workshops conducted by our local senior USPTO staff.  Through the workshops, you will:

  • Learn how we are improving our processes and work products to foster enhanced patent quality;
  • Gain insight into how the USPTO reviews patent application work products for correctness and, through an examination of a mock patent application, we’ll seek your views on ways we can enhance the quality review process through the use of the new Master Review Form. 
  • Contribute to a panel discussion on enhancing your application filings, responses, and examiner interactions during prosecution.

IP prosecutors, litigators, corporate counsel, jurists, academics, economists, business leaders, innovators, IP owners, students and others familiar with the patent prosecution process are all welcome to participate in this interactive program.  The event is free, but we request that you REGISTER HERE(link is external) 

Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Agenda:

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Participants Arrive and Sign in | Networking  
8:30 AM to 8:35 AM Welcome
  • Unsu Jung, Acting Rocky Mountain Regional Manager
  • Dan Ryman, Senior Advisor, Office of Patent Quality
  • Mark Radtke, Supervisory Patent Examiner
8:35 AM to 8:45 AM Opening Remarks: Before and After (Livestream)
How is Enhanced Patent Quality Making a Difference 

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

8:45 AM to 9:05 AM

Post-examination Enhancements (Livestream)
Highlights include: Post Grant Outcomes

Jack Harvey, Acting Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations

9:05 AM to 9:45 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 Administratio
9:45 AM to 10:00 AM Morning Break  
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM Search & Training Enhancements (Recorded Livestream)
Highlights include: Global Dossier and Clarity of the Record Training
 
  • Maria Holtman, Director of International Programs
  • Don Hajec, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM Quality Metrics (Livestream)
Improving Patent Quality Measurement
 

Marty Rater, Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Master Review Form (MRF) Hands-On Workshop
Reviewing for Correctness, Clarity, and Consistency
  • Dan Ryman, Senior Advisor, Office of Patent Quality
  • Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Management Team
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM MRF Report Out (from the workshop)
  • Dan Ryman, Senior Advisor, Office of Patent Quality
  • Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Management Team
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM Lunch Break  
1:15 PM to 2:15 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
2:15 PM to 2:50 PM Q&A with Panel (Livestream)

Moderated by Russ Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

2:50 to 3:05 PM Afternoon Break  
3:05 PM to 3:35 PM Prosecution Enhancements (Recorded Livestream) Robin Evans, Director, Technology Center 2800
3:35 PM to 3:45 PM Closing Remarks (Livestream)

Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM Networking and Q&A
  • Dan Ryman, Senior Advisor, Office of Patent Quality
  • Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Management Team

For further information about speakers, topics, additional resources and webcast information, please visit the Patent Community Symposium webpage for the USPTO Headquarters event in Alexandria, Virginia.