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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2010 --- Raymond Chen is the United State’s Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

He will be at Santa Clara University on Tuesday, Feb. 9 to discuss Developments and Initiatives at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

He will talk about he USPTO's new initiatives for decreasing the backlog of patent applications, and the potential use of "test cases" to advance and bring clarity to the law. He'll also discuss a number of milestone patent and trademark cases:

 In re Bilski, related to whether certain business processes such as tax preparation or investment techniques can be patented;

In re Ariad, related to what information a patent seeker must disclose in their application in order to be entitled to a patent; and

In re Wyeth, related to the length of time for which a patent is valid.

In his role at USPTO, Chen defends the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO and the agency in federal courts on issues relating to intellectual property.

The event, open to the public free of charge, will be held Tuesday,  February 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm in the Williman Room of Benson Memorial Center.

Registration is required and can be accessed at: .

A short reception will follow.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,846 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus masters and law degrees, and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. masters universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | 408-554-5121 |

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