The USPTO is hosting a roundtable on international harmonization of substantive patent law on November 19, 2014:
"The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking input on certain matters relating to the international harmonization of substantive patent law. In view of the importance of harmonization of substantive patent law to the successful reutilization of the examination work of one intellectual property office by another, or work sharing, the USPTO is particularly interested in stakeholder comments on the following key patent examination-related issues the definition and scope of prior art; the grace period; and standards for assessing novelty and obviousness/inventive step. To assist in gathering this information, the USPTO is holding a public roundtable which interested members of the public are invited to attend."
When: Registration at 8:00 am and roundtable at 8:30 am
Where: USPTO, 600 Dulany Street, Madison Auditorium, Concourse Level, Alexandria, VA 22314.
It seems the international harmonization discussion should include 35 USC 101 patent eligibility.
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