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Mechanical Engineering Practice Subcommittee

This subcommittee has begun the process of establishing an ongoing partnership with the mechanical technology centers at the USPTO. The purpose of the partnership is to exchange information and ideas, to provide feedback, and to address concerns of practitioners and examiners relating to examination of patent applications in the mechanical arts. Like similar “partners in patenting” programs run by the Electronic and Computer Law Committee and the Biotech and Chemical Practice Committees, our goal is to improve the examination process, and to use the information that we learn to inform our educational and advocacy efforts. The subcommittee plans to hold regular conference calls and meetings with representatives of the mechanical technology centers, and then brief the Patent Law Committee on what it learns.


Contact Lisa or Mitch if you are interested in joining and contributing to this subcommittee.​​​​


The next TC3600/TC3700 Customer Partnership Meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Madison Auditorium.
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22313
While a formal agenda is forthcoming, focus for the Customer Partnership meeting will include:
Prosecuting Patents to Withstand Validity Challenges
  • Current Climate Driving Patent Prosecution Practices
  • How are patents invalidated?
  • Strategies in Identifying Prior Art with both USPTO and EPO Perspectives
  • Claim Interpretation
  • Anticipation/Obviousness
  • AIA Problems and Improvements
  You are cordially invited to register for this year's event by clicking the link below
The registration period for this event closes on April 20, 2018.