Under Secretary of Commerce To Open Berkeley Town Meeting on Patent Claims and Continuation Practice

Posted by J Matthew Buchanan at February 23, 2006 10:21 AM

Under Secretary of Commerce To Open Berkeley Town Meeting on Patent Claims and Continuation Practice -- Register Now
Berkeley, California - February 28

This town hall meeting on the proposed rule changes for claims and continuations will be held February 28 in Berkeley, California. The USPTO and Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) will co-sponsor the event at International House (across from BCLT, Boalt Hall in Berkeley) The meeting will be held from 1pm – 3pm. In addition the USPTO will have a demonstration from 3pm – 4pm at the same location of its new Web-based patent electronic filing system (EFS Web).

Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Jay Lucas, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy and James Toupin, the agency’s General Counsel, will provide an overview of the challenges the USPTO faces, the reasons why the proposed new rules are necessary, and information on the proposed rule changes. A question and answer session will follow immediately after their presentation.

Registration is free and CLE credit may be available.

These town hall meetings are for patent attorneys, patent agents, independent inventors and members of the small business community, or anyone else interested in patent examination.

>> For more information, including registration, please go to

The first town hall meeting was in Chicago on February 1, 2006. Details regarding future town hall meetings in Texas and Washington, DC, will be posted at a later date.

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