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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Alexandria, Virginia
Madison Auditorium
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

The most recent quarterly meeting for the Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership was held on September 9, 2008 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership is designed and developed to be a forum to share ideas, experiences, and insights between individual users and the USPTO. The USPTO does not intend to use these customer partnership groups to arrive at any consensus. Invitations to participate will indicate that individual opinions are sought, rather than a group consensus and that the meetings are intended to be informal in nature and have varying participants. These customer partnership groups are formed with full recognition of the USPTO's responsibility under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and that these customer partnership groups are not established as FACA compliant committees.

We value our customers in obtaining feedback from individual participants is important in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of our products and services. Your willing participation is helpful in providing us with insights and experiences in this informal process to assist us.

The next meeting of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Biotechnology and Chemical Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Madison Auditorium, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia.

For information of future meetings and presentations, please go to

Please contact Cecilia Tsang at 571-272-0562, or by fax at 571-273-0562, or email to decline or confirm your attendance by November 25, 2008.

To attend the meeting online click on this link:

Webcast Link

Time Morning Session Presenter


Greetings and Overview

John LeGuyader, George Elliott,
Remy Yucel, Directors,
Technology Center 1600


TC1600 Chemical Non-Statutory
Double Patenting Examples

Daniel Sullivan SPE, Art Unit 1621


Personalized Medicine

Kathleen Bragdon QAS, TC1600





Restriction Burden and Petition Data

Julie Burke QAS, TC1600




Afternoon Session

Overview of New Rules before the Board of
Patent Appeals and Interferences
Michael Fleming Chief Administrative Patent Judge, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences
Searching in Applications
Containing Bio-Sequences
Ram Shukla SPE Art Unit 1634





TC Training - How to Read Case Law

Janet Gongola,
Associate Solicitor
Office of the Solicitor

Closing Remarks/Discussion
John LeGuyader, George Elliott,
Remy Yucel, Directors,
Technology Center 1600
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