Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership

The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical (BCP)
Partnership Meeting

September 24, 2018

We are pleased to announce the USPTO’s next Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership (BCP) Meeting. This BCP meeting continuous to establish our long-standing partnership in these industry sectors to customers across the country. The next BCP Meeting will be held on September 24, 2018 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:  The Partnership Meeting will be held on September 24, 2018 from 10 – 4 p.m. ET in Alexandria, Virginia.

USPTO Headquarters
Madison Auditorium
600 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. 



BCP Agenda


10-10:10 a.m.  ET

Welcoming and Opening Remarks

Gary Jones,
Director TC1600, USPTO, 

Daniel Sullivan
Director, TC1600, USPTO, 

Andrew Wang
Director, TC1600, USPTO

10:10- 11 a.m. ET

Obviousness of Biologics: Identifying the Biggest Challenges

Carla Mouta-Bellum, Partner, Arrigo, Lee, Guttman & Mouta-Bellum LLP

11-11:50 a.m. ET

Exemplary Obviousness Rationales Suggested in KSR

Lora Driscoll

11:50-12:50 p.m. ET



12:50-1:40 p.m. ET

112(f)-New Form Paragraphs

Marjorie Moran, QAS

1:40- 2:40 p.m. ET

Requirements for Information Under 37 CFR 1.105 and Responses to Said Requirements

Amjad Abraham, SPE
Shubo (Joe) Zhou, SPE

2:40-3 p.m. ET



3-3:50 p.m. ET

Accidental Infringement: the need for additional limitations in plant utility claims directed to chemical profiles or cultivars

Reggie Gaudino,
Chief Science Officer, Steep Hill Labs, Inc.

3:50- 4 p.m. ET

Closing Remarks

Directors, TC1600, USPTO


Registration Information


Please email USPTOBCP1600@USPTO.GOV to RSVP by September 18, 2018. 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).

    Directions and Parking information

  • Headquarters Location: USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia   

  • Directions to USPTO

  • USPTO Campus map

  • Parking options


    For information on past and future meetings and presentations, please go to the USPTO BCP page



This event is part of a series: Patents Customer Partnership