Patent Quality Chat – Assistance in Patenting: Patents Ombudsman and Pro Se Assistance

A monthly, patent quality webinar series

Speakers for October:
Anthony Knight, Director of Stakeholder Outreach and Patents Ombudsman
Mindy Bickel, Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development

The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality is pleased to announce the eleventh Patent Quality Chat in the 2016 webinar series on Tuesday, October 11th from noon to 1 pm ET on Assistance in Patenting:  Patents Ombudsman and Pro Se Assistance.  When normal patent application processing goes awry, the Patents Ombudsman Program can help.  When pro se inventors or small business owners have patent questions, the Pro Se Assistance Program is available for answers.  In this Chat, we will detail these programs and the services they provide.  Moreover, through a discussion of the frequent issues facing patent prosecutors today, we will help circumvent some more common problems and get your feedback on other assistance we might be able to provide. Improving interactions with our patent customers is an important step towards enhancing our Excellence in Customer Service as a part of the  Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI). We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an engaging and exciting discussion. 

Patent Quality Chat is a monthly, lunchtime webinar series designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather your input. Webinar participants are encouraged to join the discussion during the event by emailing Always on the second Tuesday of each month, set a recurring meeting on your calendar to join us!

Each Patent Quality Chat webinar includes a speaker(s) presentation (approximately 20-30 minutes) and time for questions and comments from the virtual audience. All Patent Quality Chats are free and open to all; no registration is required, No CLE credit will be available through the USPTO. Video recordings and any presentation materials from the Patent Quality Chats are posted on our Patent Quality Chat website after an event has concluded. An archive of events from 2015 can be found here.

Webinar access information for the event is available in the Event Summary section of this page.

This is the eleventh event in the 2016 series – see our Patent Quality Chat website for inquiries, for the complete 2016 schedule, and to suggest future topics.