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Inventor Info Chat

The OID Inventor Info Chat series is designed to provide inventors with relevant information on topics that assist with applying for a patent. Each Inventor Info Chat webinar includes speaker(s) presenting for approximately 30 minutes with the remaining time for questions and comments.

Inventor Info Chats occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month, are free and open to all. 

 

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Joining the Webinar

To participate during the webinar, email your questions and/or comments to inventorinfochat@uspto.gov.

 

Event Address
 

For more information on OID’s chats please send an email to oidevents@uspto.gov.

 

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2018 Chat Series

Date Topic Speaker(s)

Upcoming programs 
Thursday,
Oct. 18

11 a.m - Noon ET

Responding to Pre-Examination Notices (Respondiendo a los avisos previos al examen) - In Spanish (En Español)

  • Presentation Slides (Coming Soon)

  • Video (Coming Soon)
Thursday,
Sept. 20

11 a.m - Noon ET

Responding to Pre-Examination Notices

  • Janice Tippett, Management Program Analyst, Office of Patent Application Processing
  • Zandra Smith, Moderator
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800

 

2018 Previous programs

 

Thursday,
Aug. 16

11 a.m - Noon ET

Global Dossier

  • Jessica Patterson, Director, International Outreach & Administration, Office of International Patent Classification
  • Nelson Yang, Acting Director of International Patent Business Solutions in the Office of International Patent Cooperation
  • Len Tran, Moderator, Supervisory Patent Examiner
Thursday,
July 19

11 a.m - Noon ET

Strategies for Filing Internationally: Including the PCT and the Hague System for Industrial Designs 

  • Layla Lauchman, Special Programs Examiner, Office of International Patent Legal Administration
  • Melissa Koval, Moderator, Supervisory Patent Examiner of Art Unit 2866
Thursday,
June 21

11 a.m - Noon ET

Understanding the Application Data Sheet (ADS)

  • Terry J. Dey, Legal Administrative Specialist, Office of Patent Legal Administration
  • Janice Tippett, Management Program Analyst, Office of Patent Application Processing
  • Zandra Smith, Moderator
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800
Thursday,
May 17

11 a.m - Noon ET

Prior Art and Its use in Determining Patentability

Thursday,
April 19

11 a.m - Noon ET

Understanding the ADS

  • Janice Tippett
    Management Program Analyst, Office of Patent Application Processing
  • Len Tran, Moderator, Supervisory Patent Examiner
Thursday,
Mar. 15

11 a.m - Noon ET

Common Mistakes and Support After Filing

  • Andrew Chriss
     Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2400
  • Cassandra Downs
     Management/Program Analyst, Office of Stakeholder Outreach and Patents Ombudsman
  • Zandra Smith, Moderator
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800
Thursday,
Feb. 15

11 a.m - Noon ET

Claim Drafting

  • Jean Witz
     Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 1600
  • Zandra Smith, Moderator
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800
Thursday,
Jan. 18

11 a.m - Noon ET
Overview of the Patent Examination Process
  • Daniel Kolker
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 1600
  • Robert Hodge, Moderator
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3600

2017 Previous programs
 
Thursday,
Feb. 16

11 a.m - Noon ET
The Different Types of Patent Applications
 
  • Robert Hodge
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3600
     
  • Alford Kindred
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2100
Thursday,
March 16


11 a.m - Noon ET
How to Search and why you want to?
 
  • Robert Hodge
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3600
     
  • Zandra Smith, Moderator,
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800
Thursday,
April 20


11 a.m - Noon ET
How to File a Patent Application
 
  • Zandra Smith
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800
     
  • Sean Wilkerson, Moderator
    Innovation Development Outreach & Program Specialist,
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
Thursday,
May 18


11 a.m - Noon ET
How to use EFS-Web to file a Patent Application
 
  • Robert Hodge, Moderator,
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3600

Thursday,
June 15

11 a.m - Noon ET

Trademark Basics
 
  • Scott Baldwin
    Trademark Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
     
  • Zandra Smith, Moderator,
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2800

Thursday,
July 20

11 a.m - Noon ET

Office of Petitions - Overview and Helpful Tips
 
  • Charles Kim
    Director of the Office of Petitions, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
  • Ramesh Krishnamurthy
    Petitions Examiner in the Office of Petitions, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
  • Namrata (Pinky) Boveja
    Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Petitions & Supervisory Patent Examiner for Art Unit 3682, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
  • Robert Hodge, Moderator,
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3600

Thursday,
August 17

11 a.m - Noon ET

Copyright Basics
 
  • Steve Ruwe
    Attorney Advisor, Copyright Law and Policy, USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs
  • Robert Hodge, Moderator,
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3600
Thursday,
Sept. 21

11 a.m - Noon ET

Design Patent Application Drawing Requirements

Thursday,
Oct. 19

11 a.m - Noon ET

Patents Overview (Resumen de patentes) - In Spanish (En Español)

  • Diego Gutierrez
    Director of Technology Center 2600, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
    (Director del centro tecnológico 2600, oficina de patentes y marcas de los Estados Unidos (USPTO))
  • Marivelisse Santiago-Cordero, Moderator,
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2600
    (Moderador,
    Supervisor de patentes, TC 2600)
Thursday,
Nov. 16

11 a.m - Noon ET
Free Legal Services for Inventors
  • John Kirkpatrick
    Staff Attorney and Patent Pro Bono Program Administrator, Office of Enrollment & Discipline at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • James Silbermann
    Staff Attorney - Office of Enrollment & Discipline at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Daniel Kolker, Moderator
    OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 1600

 

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General Information

To suggest topics for an upcoming Inventor Info Chat, request information on other events and/or general inquiries, please email oidevents@uspto.gov

 

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