USPTO and NIST To Host Multistakeholder Meeting on Cybersecurity and Patents in Silicon Valley on November 14

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
October 24, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will host the first multistakeholder Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on November 14 in Menlo Park, California. The public meeting will focus on the intersection of cybersecurity with intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. Requests to attend in person must be submitted by November 10. A live webcast will be available.

USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee will provide opening remarks. Last week, President Obama nominated her to become the permanent USPTO Director.

USPTO Technology Center Director Nestor Ramirez will provide an overview of cybersecurity patent initiatives, the internal workgroup that examines computer and network security patent applications, and computer security patent application statistics.

USPTO Legal Advisor Michael Cygan will team up with Symantec’s Senior Director for IP in the Legal Department, Angela Ziegenhorn, to provide an overview of what the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank means for the patent eligibility of software and other cybersecurity-related inventions and the updated examiner guidance on subject-matter eligibility.

NIST Computer Security Division Group Manager Kevin Stine will present on the voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework and outcomes from the 6th Cybersecurity Framework Workshop, October 29-30. The Cybersecurity Framework, initially released in February 2014, identifies methodologies, standards, guidelines, and industry best practices to address cyber risks.

The day will conclude with an hour-long open discussion with the speakers. Attendees will be able to ask questions and provide input. Attendees might want to consider sharing their thoughts on gaps that need addressing to promote network security and overall cybersecurity, ways to improve patent claim clarity, and topics for future Cybersecurity Partnership meetings.

The confirmed list of additional speakers includes:

  • Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President of San Jose State University and member of the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council
  • David Kinsinger, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at L-3
  • John Vandenberg, Partner at Klarquist Sparkman

Again, requests to attend in person must be submitted by November 10. For additional information and to access the live webcast on November 14, visit: Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting