[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 122 (Monday, June 25, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 37879]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15447]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-P-2012-0026]


Cooperative Patent Classification External User Day

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is 
hosting a Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) External User Day 
event at its Alexandria Campus. CPC is a partnership between the USPTO 
and the European Patent Office (EPO) in which the Offices have agreed 
to develop a joint patent classification system that will incorporate 
the best classification practices of the two Offices. This CPC event is 
the next step, in a series of steps, to be undertaken by the USPTO in 
educating and informing external stakeholders about the current 
development and future implementation plans of the CPC.

DATES: The event will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, beginning at 
8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), and ending at 12:00 p.m. EST.

ADDRESSES: The event will be held at the USPTO in the Madison 
Auditorium on the concourse level of the Madison Building located at 
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
    For Event Registration: There is no fee to register for the event 
and registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early 
registration is recommended because seating is limited. Registration on 
the day of the event (July 10, 2012) will be permitted on a space-
available basis beginning at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.
    To register, please provide your name and phone number to CPC_Users_Day@uspto.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Derris Banks, Supervisory Patent 
Examiner, TC 3700, by telephone at (571) 272-4419, or by electronic 
mail message at derris.banks@uspto.gov, or Linda Dvorak, Supervisory 
Patent Examiner, TC 3700, by telephone at (571) 272-4764, or by 
electronic mail message at linda.dvorak@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Key USPTO executive staff and project 
managers will brief attendees on a general introduction and overview of 
the CPC, as well as introduce information concerning external user 
interaction, accessibility, training and outreach related to the CPC.
    The CPC will be a detailed classification system that is 
International Patent Classification (IPC)-based and will enable patent 
examiners to efficiently conduct thorough patent searches. CPC will 
incorporate the best classification practices of both the U.S. and 
European systems. The USPTO and the EPO also believe that the CPC will 
enhance efficiency and support work sharing initiatives with a view to 
reducing unnecessary duplication of work.
    For further information about the CPC, please visit 
www.cpcinfo.org.

    Dated: June 19, 2012.
 David J. Kappos,
 Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-15447 Filed 6-22-12; 8:45 am]
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