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Upcoming CLE Event – Role of the U.S. Patent Examiner; Patent Examiner Training Academy.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 6, 2009

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As some of our readers may know, I currently preside over the Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA).  TIPLA has organized a number of great CLE events this year (and shall remain my number one excuse for the sparse postings to AT! over the past several months).  To round off the 2008-2009 TIPLA event calendar, the association has organized the following event, which many of our readers in the Midwest may be interested in attending.  We are highly excited about this event, and hope that you can join us. 


The Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) is pleased to sponsor a program titled “Role of the U.S. Patent Examiner; Patent Examiner Training Academy” on Friday, May 15, 2009. The program will be held at the University of Toledo, College of Law. The program will include a presentation by Ms. Deborah J. Reynolds, Patent Training Program Administrator at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Topics such as an overview of the role played by the U.S. Patent Examiner, how to become a U.S. Patent Examiner, and rules and regulations taught at the Patent Examiner Training Academy will be discussed. Specific modules used to train new Patent Examiners will be reviewed during the presentation.

Continuing legal education (CLE) of 3.0 credit hours has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio for the event. Attorney admission is $40.00 for TIPLA members, and $60.00 for non-members. Admission to the program is free for law and science/engineering students and technical professionals interested in a career with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Any persons interested in attending the program are encouraged to complete and return the attached form as indicated, or e-mail the TIPLA officers at for more information.

BIOGRAPHY – Ms. Deborah J. Reynolds, Patent Training Program Administrator:

Ms. Reynolds holds the position Patent Training Program Administrator in the Office of Patent Training at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She oversees operations of the Patent Training Academy, which includes the new patent examiner training program; and has graduated over 2400 new patent examiners over the past 3 years. Previously Ms. Reynolds was a class manager in the Patent Training Academy where she oversaw 3 on-going classes, with over 300 employees under her responsibility. Prior to joining the Office of Patent Training, Ms. Reynolds was both a Quality Assurance Specialist and a Supervisory Patent Examiner for Technology Center 1600. Ms. Reynolds came to the USPTO in July 1996 and examined in the gene therapy and transgenic animal arts in Technology Center 1600. She progressed to Primary Examiner and was promoted to Supervisory Patent Examiner in November of 2000. Ms. Reynolds holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Pikeville College, in Kentucky. Before beginning her career at the USPTO, she worked in the Biochemistry Department at Uniformed Services University and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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  1. Patent Enforcement said, on May 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for this. Sounds like a good program to partake in.

    There are also other events in the field that you guys might be of interest in:—bio-international-convention-biotechnology-industry-organization—atlanta-gamay-20-2009—tafas-v-dol.html

    I personally would like to be in the
    June 19, 2009 – Patent Enforcement & Early Stage Litigation (Law Seminars International) – San Francisco, CA

    June 22-27, 2009 – Innovation Week 2009 (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) – Arlington, VA

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