USPTO to Host Next Software Partnership Meeting in Berkeley, California

Part of ongoing dialogue with the high-tech innovation community
Press Release

Contact: (Media Only) Patrick Ross
or Paul Fucito (571) 272-8400 or or


Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host its next Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. The public meeting will serve as an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and to provide a forum for an informal discussion on topics specific to the software community.

Senior USPTO officials will provide an overview of the executive actions related to patent assertion entities and U.S. innovation initiatives called for in President Obama's executive actions on June 4th. Other topics of discussion will include feedback from the previous Software Partnership roundtables held in Silicon Valley and New York; a summary of the written comments received in response to the January Federal Register notice announcing the Software Partnership; proposed next steps by the USPTO; and an interactive discussion session on strategies to improve claim clarity, such as the use of glossaries in patent applications.

What: Software Partnership Meeting

When: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT

Where: U.C. Berkeley School of Law
Booth Auditorium
Berkeley, CA 94720

Space is limited. Accordingly, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests and only those with an accepted request will be permitted to attend. RSVPs must be received by September 27, 2013. The event will also be viewable live online through the USPTO website. More information including directions, meeting agenda and RSVP details can be found on the Software Partnership page on the USPTO website:

For further information, please contact Seema Rao, Director, Technology Center 2100, or by telephone at 571-272-0800.

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