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On June 13th, Dominic DeMarco of DeMarcoIP will discuss examiner patent searching. Every single day, nearly 10,000 USPTO examiners do it. Some have the Midas touch and find novelty-destroying prior art on a regular basis. Others struggle to find art enabling them to pursue five-way obviousness rejections. Clients are paying for these searches – both upfront for the act of searching by the USPTO, and down the road when the quality of the examiner search influences the future value of client assets. Attorneys very closely monitor every office action during prosecution; but what about the examiner search effort? Does anyone know how to review this? What can this often-ignored section of the file history teach us? This presentation will be an educational foray into “Examiner Search Strategy.” Dominic will discuss examiner search methodology, internal USPTO databases, and the “why” of examiner citations.
NOTE – this event will take place at Hampton Inn & Suites on Vine Street in Cincinnati (rather than at The Cincinnatian Hotel).