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Patent Quality Chat

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues Nov. 14 from noon – 1 p.m. ET with “How Is An Examiner’s Work Product Reviewed?”  Experts from our Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA) and Patent Operations will be on hand to discuss how quality fits in to a patent examiner’s performance appraisal plan and how the OPQA reviews and provides feedback to examiners.We look forward to hearing your feedback about how a USPTO patent examiner’s work product is reviewed. Please send your input and questions to patentquality@uspto.gov before and during the event.The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is presented as a part of USPTO’s continuous efforts to improve patent quality.  No registration is necessary; the link to join is available on the series web page.
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January STEPP Training in Dallas for Agents & Attorneys

Registration is now open to attend the Jan. 9-11 USPTO Attorney and Agent Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) at the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Dallas. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Texas for this three-day course. This training, which will make use of statutes, rules, and guidelines relevant to practicing before the USPTO, is limited to those who have passed the patent bar, and priority will be given to those who have recently passed the patent bar. The course is led by USPTO trainers and is based on material developed for training patent examiners and other employees. STEPP courses are planned throughout the year for attorneys and agents, and also for inventors. Courses are held in person across the country, and some are held virtually. For more information, and to see the schedule of upcoming courses, visit the STEPP page of the USPTO website.
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