Issue 101 | August 29, 2003
USPTO Schedules first "Nanotechnology Customer Partnership Meeting"
 On August 7, 2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will hold a meeting on September 11, 2003, to address issues relating to nanotechnology patent applications. Previous customer partnership meetings have been held for areas such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and semiconductors. However, this is the first time such a meeting has been planned specifically for a nanotechnology customer partnership group by the USPTO.

Details about the meeting are set forth below (from http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/nanotech/meet091103.htm):

Nanotechnology Customer Partnership Meeting
September 11, 2003, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Arlington, VA 22202, Patent Theater, Crystal Park 2, 2nd Floor

This Nanotechnology Customer Partnership initiative 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. This initiative 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.

Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 2003 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Patent Theater, Crystal Park 2, 2nd Floor, located on 2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

Due to space limitations, please RSVP to Jill Warden at (703) 308-4037 or e-mail Jill.Warden@uspto.gov to confirm your attendance. If it becomes necessary to restrict the number of attendees, we will do so on a first come-first served basis.

Tentative Agenda

Morning Session
9:00-9:30AMGreeting and Opening RemarksNicholas Godici Commissioner for Patents
9:30-10:00AMGeneral Patent Process OverviewUSPTO Presentation
10:00-10:30AM"Size" Considerations in Patent Presentation Examination, Inherent Properties of MaterialsUSPTO Presentation TC1700
10:30-10:45 AMBreak 
10:45-11:15AMยง112-1 Enablement Issues in Emerging, High-techUSPTO Presentation TC1600
11:15-11:45AMNanotechnology Examination > Issues in Semiconductor TechnologiesUSPTO Presentation TC2800
11:45-12:15Nanotechnology Issue in Patent ClassificationUSPTO Presentation Classification Operations
12:15 - 1:45PMLunch 
Afternoon Session
1:45-3:15PMTown Hall MeetingEsther Kepplinger Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations

Steve Kunin Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
3:30-4:00PMWrap Up 

For more information relating to nanotechnology patent applications, please feel free to contact Gregory Mayer [gmayer@marshallip.com] or Anthony Sitko [asitko@marshallip.com] at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago, Illinois USA.

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