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IPW Webinar: A Conversation with the Commissioner of the USPTO: A Look Inside Patent Processes at the USPTO (Free CLE Webinar)

July 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Join us for a free CLE webinar where we will discuss the processes and policies driving the USPTO. Topics during this casual conversation with the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners for Patents will include hot issues affecting the Office, how they ensure quality, patent examination policy, how they are using AI, and much more.

We have assembled a stellar panel of presenters from the USPTO, including:

  • Drew Hirshfeld – Commissioner for Patents
  • Robin Evans – Deputy Commissioner for Patents
  • Robert Bahr – Deputy Commissioner for Patents

Additional panelists for this webinar include:

  • Megan McLoughlin – Director of Prosecution Products, LexisNexis IP
  • Gene Quinn – Founder and CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc.

During the webinar, we will discuss:

Hot Issues on the Commissioner’s Desk:

  • New rules to streamline the OED patent bar examination process
  • Inquiries from Senators
  • Making sense of the Alice-Mayo line of cases from the Federal Circuit
  • This year Commissioner Hirshfeld is sitting in the place of the Director as we await nomination and confirmation of a new Director from President Biden

IT at the USPTO:

  • How is the Office using AI
  • What are the plans for future use of AI
  • Plus a deeper dive into .docx

Quality Assurance:

  • The latest information on rejection statistics
  • Discussion of 112 best practices from the Office’s perspective

Patent Examination Policy:

  • It is critical for patent practitioners to know and understand the direction being given to patent examiners

This webinar is sponsored by:



July 15, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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