Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership- March 16, 2017

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


Thursday, March 16, 2017

10:00am to 5:00pm (EDT)


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 March 16, 2017 in the USPTO Headquarters (Alexandria, VA) 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:  The Partnership Meeting will be held on March 16th (Thursday) from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Alexandria, VA.

Headquarters Location:
USPTO Headquarters
Madison Auditorium
400 Dulany Street 
Alexandria, VA 22314




10:00 – 10:10am (EDT)Welcoming and Opening Remarks

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

10:10 – 11:10am (EDT)Rationale Statements in 35 U.S.C. 103Cassandra Spyrou, Supervisory Review Quality Assurance Specialist, OPQA, USPTO
11:10am – 12:00pm (EDT)The Role of Inherency in Making an Obviousness DeterminationWilliam Smith, Of Counsel, BakerHostetler
12:00 – 1:00pm (EDT)LUNCH/BREAK 
1:00 – 2:00pm (EDT)Range AnalysisJean Witz, SPE, CRU,

2:00 – 2:40pm (EDT)

37 CFR §1.132 Practice, Unexpected ResultsUSPTOScarlett Goon, QAS, TC1600, USPTO

2:40 – 2:50pm (EDT)

2:50 – 3:50pm (EDT)Interview Practice (From the Startup Perspective)

Charles Andres, Associate, Patent and Innovation, WSGR

3:50 – 4:30pm (EDT)

Interview Training (USPTO)

Frederick Krass, SPE, TC1600, USPTO

4:30 – 4:40pm (EDT)

Closing RemarksDirectors, TC1600, USPTO


Registration Information


Please email USPTOBCP1600@USPTO.GOV to RSVP by March, 13th. Please include “BCP RSVP” in the email subject line.  In the email body, please include the following information:


This event is part of a series: Patents Customer Partnership