USPTO to Host Patent Quality Community Symposium

Agency to provide updates on various efforts to enhance patent quality
Press Release

CONTACT: (Media Only) 
Paul Fucito or Sarah Maxwell
(571) 272-8400  or or


Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and across the agency’s regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Silicon Valley. The event will feature interactive segments and implementation updates on the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI).

WHAT: Patent Quality Community Symposium

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET 

WHERE: Madison Auditorium (Alexandria location)
                USPTO Campus
                600 Dulany Street
                Alexandria, VA 22314

The Patent Quality Community Symposium will update the public on various efforts that the USPTO is undertaking to enhance patent quality. In particular, the agency is pursuing eleven programs to improve clarity of the prosecution record, enhance examiner training, improve applicant-examiner interactions, and re-define ways to capture and measure data about quality. The symposium will feature lectures on these topics, an interactive workshop demonstration on how the Master Review Form will be applied, and a panel discussion with experienced patent practitioners about ways applicants can contribute to our efforts.

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