At Friday's Town Hall Meeting on Patent Reform in Chicago, Jon Dudas, the Director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is expected to announce a number of new initiatives to improve patent quality, decrease pendency time, and decrease patent prosecution costs. According to Bridgid Quinn, the PTO's Public Affairs Chief, "one program will save patent applicants $30 million annually."
I am planning to be at the town meeting, but as luck would have it, I forgot to pre-register. Hopefully I can simply flash my Patently-O badge and get free entry. If you are attending, come say hello. (Here is my picture, but I won't be wearing a suit.).
- Friday March 4, 2005 (All Day)
- Hyatt Regency Hotel at McCormick Place