Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership - October 19, 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical (BCP) Partnership Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

10a.m. to 5p.m.

We are pleased to announce the USPTO’s next Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership (BCP) Meeting. This BCP meeting expands our long-standing partnership in these industry sectors to customers across the country. The next BCP Meeting will be held on Oct. 19, 2016 in the USPTO Headquarters (Alexandria, Virginia) as well as available for online participation. This partnership meeting is designed to provide an informal conduit for all stakeholders to share insights and experiences to improve patent prosecution in biotechnology areas. We highly value our customers’ feedback and input, and the individual participation is important in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of our products and services.

Please see below for registration information on how you can participate.

Date and location:
Oct. 19 (Wednesday) 10a.m. – 5p.m.
USPTO Headquarters
Madison Auditorium
400 Dulany Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

The Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership was developed to create a collaborative forum for USPTO customers in these industry sectors to share ideas, experience, and insights with USPTO staff.  The BCP is intended to be informal in nature and will include participants from across the industry. 


10 – 10:10a.m. ETWelcoming and Opening Remarks

Jerry Lorengo
Director, TC1600, USPTO
Daniel Sullivan
Director, TC1600, USPTO
Wanda Walker
Director, TC1600, USPTO

10:10 – 11:00a.m.Writing a 35 USC 112(a)-Enablement Rejection for Methods of Treatment with Organic Compounds

Bennett Celsa, QAS, TC1600, USPTO
Sreeni Padmanabhan, SPE, TC1600, USPTO

11 – 11:45a.m.Claim InterpretationJeffrey Lundgren, SPE, TC1600, USPTO
11:45a.m. – 12:55p.m.Lunch 
12:55 – 1:45p.m.Functional Claiming in the Life SciencesJoe Mallon, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
1:45 – 2:30p.m.Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI)Andrea Wellington, Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO
2:30 – 2:40p.m.Break 
2:40 – 3:25p.m.Rule 130 Declarations for First-Inventor-to-File ApplicationsKathleen Fonda, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA), USPTO
3:25 – 4:00p.m.Special Programs for Patent ProsecutionFereydoun Sajjadi, SPE, TC1600, USPTO
4 – 4:10p.m.Closing RemarksDirectors, TC1600, USPTO

Registration information

Please email USPTOBCP1600@USPTO.GOV to RSVP by Oct. 14. Please include “BCP RSVP” in the email subject line. In the email body, please include the following information:

  • Your name, title and organization

  • Contact information (e-mail, phone, etc.)

  • Your attending location (In Person, or online).

The USPTO looks forward to hearing the individual views from its customers and does not intend to use this forum to seek or arrive at any consensus. This customer partnership is formed with full recognition of the USPTO's responsibility under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and accordingly, is not established as FACA compliant committee.

Directions and parking information
Headquarters Location: USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia

To join the online event


Topic: TC1600 Biotech/chemical/pharma Customer Partnership (BCP) Meeting
Host: USPTO WebEx
Date and time:
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 9:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 995 571 838
Event password: 12345

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This event is part of a series: Patents Customer Partnership