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Public User's Meeting

Public Records Division (PRD)/Public Search Services Division (PSSD)
Quarterly Public User’s Meeting
December 19, 2013


A Public User’s Meeting was held at 1:00 p.m. in the Global IP Academy, Madison East, 2nd floor, at 600 Dulany Street on the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia.  Martha Sneed, PSSD Director, chaired the meeting.  There were 7 members of the public in attendance. 

CIO John Owens was present for a Q&A session.  Also attending the meeting was Derris Banks, Group Director of TC2600 who provided an update to the agency’s cutover to the Cooperative Patent Classification system. 

It was announced that one of the quarterly meetings had not been held and a fresh commitment was made to hold regularly quarterly meetings. 


New UPWS Equipment Coming Soon 

Workstations in the Public Search Facility are scheduled to be replaced beginning January 6, 2014. The new workstations will be Windows7 compliant and will require new printers to interface with them.   So both the desktop and the printer will be replaced. The project will be completed by the end of January. 

Question: Will there be more saved space allotted to users? No. The amount of saved space remains the same.


Cooperative Patent Classification Updates 

Two “External User Days” information sessions have been held thus far.  The next one is scheduled for the spring/summer in 2014.  It has also been decided that contrary to an earlier announcement, FST’s will not be available to the public, only to examiners.  Patent End to End which was stopped because of sequestration is now looking at a release around the end of CY 2015. 

Question: Any updates for the EPO abstract database? Updates are coming in January 2014.

Question:  Will there be range searching using CPC in EAST and WEST?  This was checked after the meeting, and it will be available in late February 2014.

Question: Will there be a back fix to the IPC? No.

Question: Will CPC be applied to back files of KIPO and CIPO? They will be available in 2015.

Question: Are CPC codes available on pre-1920 data? All U.S. Patents including pre-1920 have been classified in CPC.  


Public Search Facility Status 

Terry Howard assumed the position of Acting Manager of the PSF as Douglas Salser’s detail ended.  

Terry Howard reminded the public that the time to renew badges/access cards is approaching; mid-January to February 2014.


Public Records Division Status 

Question: Will Assignment information be available online? It has been discussed. Patent Legal is looking into it. If Congress agrees to it, it will be implemented. 


The Public Users’ Meeting was adjourned at 1:20pm.


Next meeting date: TBD

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