May 10, 2007

On Tuesday, the USPTO issued a press release regarding Margaret J.A. Peterlin and a meeting announcement regarding the forthcoming Business Methods Partnership Meeting.

First, the USPTO announced that Margaret J.A. Peterlin was named Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. Peterlin was appointed by Carlos Gutierrez, the Secretary of Commerce, and was sworn in by Jon Dudas, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Peterlin, a law graduate of the University of Chicago, has held a number of positions within the U.S. Government and otherwise, including communications work with the U.S. Navy, clerking on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as General Counsel to Richard Armey (the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader), and as a Security Advisor to J. Dennis Hastert, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Second, the USPTO announced its 2007 Business Methods Partnership Meeting to be held on June 19th in the Madison Auditorium (South) at the USPTO. This meeting, which will be open to the public, will include discussions on patentable subject matter eligibility (under 35 U.S.C. § 101) and other topics relating to business methods. Specific requests to attend this meeting are encouraged and can be submitted by fax or e-mail to the number and e-mail address provided in the link below. A formal agenda has not yet been announced, but questions regarding the meeting can be forward to Jeff Smith at the e-mail address provided in the announcement.

USPTO Press Release – Peterlin: LINK
USPTO Meeting Announcement – Business Methods: LINK

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