Join the Discussion: Invitation to the 101 Eligibility Roundtables at the Midwest Regional USPTO Monday, Nov 14, and Monday, Dec 5


The USPTO is seeking is seeking input from the public on patent subject-matter eligibility through two public roundtables: the first on November 14 in Alexandria, Virginia, and the second on December 5 in Stanford, California. You are cordially invited to attend the webcast of the USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtables at the Midwest Regional Office in Detroit. 


Roundtable #1 will be broadcast from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (ET) on Monday, November 14. The first roundtable will focus on ways to improve the USPTO’s subject-matter eligibility guidance for patent examiners and how that guidance is being applied by examiners.

 Roundtable #2 will be broadcast from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (ET) on Monday, December 5. The second roundtable will focus on the legal contours of eligible subject matter in the U.S. patent system.


How to participate: 

· Register Today: Registration to attend the roundtables is free. To register, visit the Midwest Regional Office Events Webpage.

· Participate at the USPTO Regional Office: Registrants have the option of participating via webcast at the Midwest Regional Office in Detroit.

· Observe from your Desk: For those who register, the roundtables will be available for viewing live via webcast.

· Request to Speak at the December 5 Roundtable: Those wishing to speak at Roundtable #2 must register online by November 14, 2016, and indicate in the registration an interest in speaking at the event.

· Provide Written Comments: All comments for Roundtable #1 will be accepted on an ongoing basis and should be sent to [email protected]. All comments for Roundtable #2 should be sent to [email protected] and will be accepted until January 18, 2017.


For additional information about the 101 Eligibility Roundtable series, please visit the USPTO Events WebpageRegional offices and the USPTO Headquarters will also be hosting events.

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