3510-16

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

Request for Comments on Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications Under the 35 U.S.C. 112 ¶1 "Written Description" Requirement; Notice of Change in Public Hearings, Extension of Comment Period.

AGENCY: Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of cancellation of public hearing in San Diego, California; change of location of November 4, 1998, public hearing; and extension of request period to present oral testimony.

SUMMARY: Due to insufficient interest, the public hearing to be held in San Diego, California, on November 6, 1998, is canceled. For the same reason, the public hearing to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 4, 1998, will be held in Arlington, Virginia. The period to request an opportunity to present oral testimony at the Arlington location has been extended to November 3, 1998.

ADDRESSES: The November 4, 1998, hearing will be held in the Commissioner's Conference Room located in Crystal Park Two, Room 912, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia. Those interested in testifying should send their request to the attention of Mary Critharis addressed to Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, Box 4, Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC 20231. Requests may also be submitted by facsimile transmission to Mary Critharis at (703) 305-8885.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Critharis by telephone at (703) 305-9300, by facsimile at (703) 305-8885, by electronic mail at mary.critharis@uspto.gov, or by mail addressed to Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, Box 4, Washington, DC 20231.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 23, 1998, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced its intention to hold public hearings relating to the "written description" requirement under section 112 of title 35 of the United States Code. 63 Fed. Reg. 50,887 (1998). Interested members of the public were invited to testify on this subject at public hearings to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 4, 1998 and San Diego, California, on November 6, 1998. The period to request an opportunity to present oral testimony at these hearings was set to end on October 30, 1998.

Due to insufficient interest, the public hearing in San Diego is canceled. For the same reason, the public hearing initially scheduled for Boston will instead be held in Arlington, Virginia, on November 4, 1998, starting at 9 a.m. and ending no later than 5 p.m. Those wishing to present oral testimony at the hearing must request an opportunity to do so no later than November 3, 1998.

Bruce A. Lehman Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks