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Notice of USPTO Round Table Meeting
Achieving Additional Harmonization of Patent Laws
Arlington, Virginia
December 19, 2002

Pursuant to the Federal Register notice published on October 28, 2002 (67 FR 65786), and based on responses by interested parties, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a round table meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on December 19, 2002, to discuss additional harmonization of patent laws. Round table meetings tentatively scheduled on earlier dates in the greater Los Angeles and Chicago areas will be consolidated into this round table.

Participants in the December 19, 2002, round table will discuss patent harmonization issues of concern to small business and other patent owners including costs and fees, procedural and administrative matters, substantive patent law and enforcement. The purpose of the meeting is not to reach consensus on any particular issue, but for participants to air their thoughts on achieving additional harmonization of patent laws.

Due to space limitations, the observing audience for the round table meeting and discussion will be restricted, if necessary, to 60 persons. Requests to observe will be accepted on a first-in-time basis and should be made via telephone to Ms. Velica Steadman at 703-305-9300 or electronic mail to

The round table meeting will be held on December 19, 2002, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., in the USPTO conference room on the second floor of Crystal Park 2, 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

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