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Patent Quality Chat

The Patent Quality Chat series is designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather your input on a regular basis via an easy, webinar format. Each Patent Quality Chat webinar includes a speaker(s) presentation for approximately 20 minutes with the remaining time for questions and comments. All Patent Quality Chats are free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

We also look forward to your suggestions for Patent Quality Chat topics.

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Join the Webinar

No registration is necessary to attend; simply click the Event Address link below to view via WebEx.  To participate during the webinar, email your questions and/or comments to

Event Address
Event Number 991 153 435
Event Password 123456
Caption Link 11/14

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2017 Chat Series

Date Topic Speaker

November 14

Noon - 1 p.m. ET

How is an Examiner’s Work Product Reviewed?

October 12

11 a.m.-noon ET

Examiners Provide Their View on Prepared Applications.
  • Jim Dwyer
    Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
  • Martin Rater
    Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance 
Tuesday, September 12

Noon-1 p.m. ET

How Can the Patents Ombudsman and Pro Se Assistance Programs Work For You?

  • Mindy Bickel
    Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development
  • Cassandra Downs
    Management/Program Analyst, Patents Ombudsman Program
Tuesday, August 8

Noon-1 p.m. ET

Using Petitions Effectively in Patent Prosecution

Tuesday, July 11

Noon-1 p.m. ET
Latest Updates in USPTO's Work Sharing Efforts
  • Mark Powell
    Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
  • Daniel Hunter

    Director for International Work Sharing, Planning and Implementation,Office of International Patent Cooperation

Tuesday, June 13

Noon-1 p.m. ET
Patent Quality Metrics
  • Greg Vidovich
    Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality

  • Jim Dwyer
    Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

Tuesday, May 9

Noon-1 p.m. ET

eCommerce Modernization (eMod) Update

Tuesday, April 11

Noon-1 p.m. ET
Examination Time Analysis

Thursday, March 16

1 - 2 p.m. ET

Training for the Examination of High Quality Patents
  • Gary Welch
    Academy Class Manager, Office of Patent Training
  • Bao-Thuy Nguyen
    Patent Training Advisory, Office of Patent Training

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Noon-1 p.m. ET

Understanding the ADS: Little Things Make a Big Difference
  • Janice Tippett
    Management and Program Analyst, Office of Patent Application Processing

Thursday, Jan. 19

Noon-1 p.m. ET

Rationale Statements in 35 U.S.C. 103 Rejections

Future webinars will be held on topics such as:  searching enhancements and Patents Ombudsman.

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Previous Events

The Patent Quality Chat series began in 2015. Video recordings and any presentation materials from the Patent Quality Chats are posted.

2016 Patent Quality Chat Series

2015 Patent Quality Chat Series

PRESENTATIONS from other Patent Quality events.

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General Information

To suggest topics for an upcoming Patent Quality Chat and/or general inquiries, please email

No CLE credit will be available through the USPTO.

Learn about USPTO efforts to continuously increase patent quality.

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