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US Patent & Trademark Workshop

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Customer Outreach 2001
Educational Workshops Focusing on:
Electronic Filing with the USPTO and
The American Inventors Protection Act of 1999

With the enactment of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA), there have been substantial changes in patent practice. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be conducting seminars nationwide to explain these significant developments. Rutgers University Library of Science and Medicine, designated as a Patent and Trademark Depository Library in 1989, is one of the select few chosen to host this essential seminar.

On April 16 & 17 presenters from the USPTO Search and Information Resources Administration (SIRA) and Patent Examination Policy Division will present both overview and in-depth workshops on the new systems for filing, tracking and conducting patent business transactions online (Electronic Business Center and Electronic Filing System). Conference participants will receive the customer numbers and digital certificates required for using EBC and EFS. Additional presentations will include patent term adjustment, pre-grant publications, request for continued exam and expanded re-exam – all of which are changes in patent practice brought about by passage of the AIPA.

The seminar program, which will be conducted over the course of two days, has been designed to present both an overview and detailed training level to meet the needs of the patent practitioner, support staff, as well as independent inventors preparing their own patent applications. Registration is free, but you must pre-register.

To register for the seminar, contact the Library of Science and Medicine reference desk. Phone 732/445-2895, or send an email to Ms. Uma Swamy, reference office assistant, at You may register for either day, or both.

The seminars will be held at the Scholarly Communication Center of the Alexander Library, Rutgers College Avenue campus in New Brunswick. Registration and coffee starts at 8:30 am. Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m., with a break for lunch from noon til 1:00 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday. Monday's workshops are designed for the patent practitioner with support staff. Tuesday's workshops are designed for support staff of patent practitioners. Hands-on patent practitioners and independent inventors are advised to attend the workshops on both days.

Additional information about the workshops can be found at the USPTO web site.

Posted March 26, 2001