On January 3, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice in the Federal Register that it "seeks to form a partnership with the software community to enhance the quality of software-related patents ..." and bring the stakeholders together through a series of roundtable discussions. The first roundtable will cover three topics:
Topic 1: Establishing Clear Boundaries for Claims That Use Functional Language
Topic 2: Future Discussion Topics for the Software Partnership
Topic 3: Oral Presentations on Preparation of Patent Applications
The roundtable discussion will be at Stanford University 9 am - noon PST, February 12, 2013, and at NYU 9 am - noon EST, February 27, 2013. See Federal Register Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable Events for Partnership for Enhancement of Quality of Software-Related Patents for details and requirements to register and submit comments.
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