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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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Meet the Patent Experts and Meet the Trademark Experts--Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Meet the Trademark Experts and Meet the Patent Experts series will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at the USPTO-Texas Regional Office. This is a special edition of our programming, where both events are held the same day in conjunction with Techweek Dallas. Meet the Trademark Experts will be from 1:00-2:00 PM and Meet the Patent Experts following at 2:30-3:30 PM.
This Techweek edition of our Experts series is a continued part of our ongoing outreach to independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. During these two seminars, you will have the opportunity to learn about the basics of intellectual property, how to file a trademark application and use USPTO resources for patent applications. The Meet the Patent Experts session is the first class out of a four-class series, and is a great starting point for new attendees.
Registration: 
Meet the Trademark Experts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-trademark-experts-tickets-38515047544
Meet the Patent Experts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-patent-experts-class-1-tickets-38600783984
These events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended since space will be limited.
If you are unable to come to the Texas Regional Office in Dallas, TX, both of these will be webcasted to Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.  Please click HERE to find the PTRC nearest to you.  Please call ahead to ensure the seminar is being shown at your particular PTRC. (Note: Houston PTRC will not be able to host this webcast, please check other PTRCs.)
For inquiries about the event: please email TXROevents@uspto.gov, visit us at the https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/uspto-locations/dallas-texas, or call us at 469-295-9000.
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