Public Hearings

This is an archived page. For information on any of the below hearings, please contact: OPIAfeedback@uspto.gov.

Public Hearings on 20-Year Patent Term and Provisional Applications

On Thursday, February 16, 1995, the Patent and Trademark Office held a hearing on issues associated with conversion to a 20-year patent term measured from the date of filing an application in the U.S., and the introduction of provisional applications. the full details are available in the Federal Register Notice. The Federal Register Notice invited written comments, with a deadline of February 17. You may browse through the entire hearing transcript.

 

Public Hearings on 18-Month Publication of Patent Applications

 In February 1995, the PTO held public hearings on issues associated with the 18-month publication of patent applications; the full details are available in the Federal Register Notice. The Federal Register Notice invited comments both in electronic and paper form, with a deadline of February 17. The comments from the February 15, 1995 hearing are now available for browsing either by question or by individual. The entire hearing transcript has been made available for viewing.

 

Public Hearings on Commercial Security on the National Information Infrastructure

In 1994, the PTO held public hearings on the Commercial Security of the National Information Infrastructure; we have made the transcripts of the hearings available.

 

Public Hearings on Biotechnology

In 1994, the PTO held public hearings on the patenting of biotechnological inventions; we have made the transcripts of those hearings available. You can read comments of the Biotech Industry Organization; this report is a compilation of the presentations on behalf of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents over 540 biotechnology companies, biotechnology research centers and others involved with the biotech industry. This report outlines the intellectual property agenda of the biotechnology industry for the USPTO.

 

Public Hearings on Software Patents

 In 1994, The PTO held two public hearings on software patent protection; full details are available in the Federal Register Notice. Hearing transcripts from the Arlington and the San Jose location are available for viewing.

 

Public Hearing on Official Insignia of Native American Tribes

 

Issues Related to the Identification of Prior Art During the Examination of a Patent Application