Public Meeting to be Held at USPTO June 1st

As discussed back in April, the USPTO has proposed a collection of working concepts and initiatives in the Federal Register for the purpose of stramlining patent reexaminaton. Based upon public commentary, the USPTO will consider implementing/modifying the various proposals via a formal rule-making process, or through internal policy changes. (a copy of the Federal Register Notice is found here)

The proposals are directed to both ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination (see above link for more detail). Written comments are due to be submitted June 29, 2011, however, the public meeting to discuss these proposals is scheduled for next week. In order to attend the meeting, the USPTO is requiring registration by May 25, 2011.

I will be delivering comments on the proposals along with other scheduled speakers. For those  unable to attend, I will publish my slides and any other available materials here, next week.