Sunday, August 26, 2007

New and Proposed United States Patent and Trademark Office Rule Changes Seminar to be Held September 6

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch (BSKB), a leading international intellectual property law firm, will be hosting an interactive seminar on September 6 for in-house patent practitioners involved with biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical patent applications.

This exclusive two-hour seminar, one morning and one evening session, will be held in the firm’s West Coast Office located in San Diego (CA). There is no charge to attend either session.

Prominent featured speaker will be Nicholas Godici, the former Commissioner of Patents at The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and executive advisor to BSKB. Godici will present an insider’s look into how these new rules will impact patent applications and the effect on the scope of claim protection with new and existing patent applications.

The seminar will focus on the USPTO final rules on continuation applications and claim examination, and the proposed new rules on Markush claims traditionally utilized in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to obtain broad, generic coverage.

In addition to explaining the new rules, Godici will provide strategic advice for applicants to consider for possible actions prior to the November 1 implementation date, as well as counsel on strategies for filing and prosecuting patent applications following the implementation of the new rules.

To register for the 7:30 a.m. or the 5:30 p.m. seminar session, contact Will Gorman at (858) 792-8855 or e-mail Space is limited. Registration deadline is August 31.

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