Accessing Relevant Prior Art and Global Dossier Information Session

The USPTO is hosting focus sessions to obtain public input on two work sharing initiatives. The Prior Art Access initiative will explore how to provide examiners with early access to information (e.g., prior art, search reports, etc.) from applicant’s other application(s) (e.g., domestic parent and foreign counterpart applications) having the same or substantially the same disclosure.  The main goal of the focus sessions is to obtain public input on how the Office can better leverage applicant’s other applications to provide examiners with relevant information as soon as possible. The focus sessions will also provide an overview of Global Dossier, a demo of the tool, and discussion on upcoming features and enhancements. Please read more about the focus sessions

This session is intended for IP practitioners and entrepreneurs with intermediate to advanced IP knowledge.

The sessions will be conducted on the following dates and times:

Rocky Mountain Regional Office
Byron G. Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO, 80294
Monday, June 6, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm (MDT)

Texas Regional Office
207 South Houston St., Suite 159, Dallas, TX 75202
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm (CST)

Midwest Regional Office
300 River Place South, Suite 2900, Detroit, MI 48207
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
9:00 – 11:00 am (EST)

Silicon Valley Regional Office
26 S. Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:00 – 11:00 am (PST)

Focus session participation is limited and requires advance registration. To register, please send an e-mail to with the date and location you would like to participate. You will receive a registration acknowledgment and additional information.

The event is free and open to the public with limited space.

Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility.  Attendees are required to present a valid form of government issued ID, and may be subject to screening.