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Alexandria, Virginia - Sofware Partnership Meeting

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Notification of Software Partnership Meeting being held on December 5, 2013

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce a Software Partnership Meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, VA from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  Members of the public are invited to attend. Partnership Meetings are an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and to provide a forum for an informal discussion of many topics specific to the software community.

The USPTO previously solicited ideas from the public regarding future topics of discussion for enhancing the quality of software-related patents at the February Software Partnership Roundtables in Silicon Valley and New York and in the Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable Events for Partnership for Enhancement of Quality of Software-Related Patents, 78 FR 292 (January 3, 2013).  The public expressed an interest in exploring ways to improve the USPTO’s prior art searching techniques and tools.  In response, the USPTO is holding the December 5 meeting to educate the public on the prior art resources utilized by its examiners.  In addition, there will be presentations from external speakers on additional prior art resources and search techniques followed by a questions and comments session with the public.  This meeting will be of particular interest to search professionals, practitioners interested in search resources and software industry experts.


The meeting will comprise USPTO presentations, presentations from external speakers, and an interactive discussion on the following topics:

  • Prior art search techniques:
    • Search strategies
    • Examiner search training and guidance
    • Enhanced search tools such as semantic query analysis and improved database indexing
  • Prior art databases and resources
  • Approach to the prior art search
    • With respect to searching software related applications what constitutes a complete search? Share your thoughts on approaching searches?
    • Recommendation of tools: What additional databases other than those covered during the presentation or other sources you recommend that examiners should consult when conducting a prior art search, particularly for software related inventions?
  • Suggestions on better search strategy/techniques/queries
  • Assistance from the science community in finding the best prior art for examination
    • Sharing the best practices
    • Any other recommendations

Additional external speakers are not being solicited at this time. Public attendees are invited to provide individual input on these topics and additional ideas during the interactive discussion portion of the meeting. After the meeting, the USPTO will announce a comment period for the solicitation of written comments from the public.


Event Attendance

DATE AND LOCATION:  The Partnership Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 1 pm – 4:30 pm at the USPTO Madison Auditorium North, Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The meeting will also be accessible via WebEx.  

WebEx Access:

Event number: 997 360 308
Event password: 123456
Event address for attendees:

Caption Link:

Teleconference information:

Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 997 360 308

Requests for Attendance at the Partnership Meeting:

You may still register for onsite attendance.  Requests for attendance to the Software Partnership Meeting should be submitted by electronic mail through the Internet to  Requests for attendance must include the attendee's name, affiliation, title, mailing address, and telephone number. An Internet e-mail address, if available, should also be provided.  

All individuals who submitted requests on or before the original November 27 deadline will be notified of accepted requests for attendance by the USPTO no later than one week prior to the date of the meeting.  Non-accepted requesters will also be notified by the USPTO.  Space is limited.  Accordingly, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests and only those with an accepted request will be permitted to attend.  However, the meeting will be accessible via WebEx. Access instructions have been posted above.

In order to ensure a broad cross-section of attendees, the USPTO reserves the right to limit the number of attendees from any single organization or law firm.  Therefore, organizations and law firms must designate their official representatives.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:  Seema S. Rao by telephone at (571) 272-0800 or via email to

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