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United States Patent and Trademark Office Notification of 2007 Business Methods Partnership Meeting

As part of the March 2000 business method action plan, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the 2007 Business Methods Partnership Meeting to be hosted by the director and managers of the Business Methods workgroup. Members of the public are invited to attend the Partnership Meeting. The Partnership Meeting is an opportunity for an informal discussion on topics such as current interpretations of subject matter eligibility under 35 USC 101, issues surrounding tax strategy patents, classification and application assignment including the class 705 reclassification project, and other topics specific to business methods. While public attendees will have the opportunity to provide their individual input, group consensus advice will not be sought.

DATES AND LOCATION: The Partnership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, from 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at the USPTO MADISON AUDITORIUM (SOUTH), Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22313.

Requests for Attendance at the Partnership Meeting: Requests for attendance will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis according to the time and date of receipt of each request. 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. Individuals 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. No one will be permitted to attend without an accepted request.

Requests for attendance at the Partnership Meeting should be submitted to the attention of Jeff Smith via facsimile at (571) 273-6763, or by electronic mail through the Internet to Requests for attendance must include the attendee's name, affiliation, title, mailing address, and telephone number. Facsimile number and Internet mail address, if available, should also be provided. Requests must be received by June 5, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Jeff Smith by telephone at (571) 272-6763 (in addition to the facsimile number and e-mail address given above).

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