Office of Patent Examination Policy

  • Commissioner for Patents
    Local: 571-272-8800
    Fax: 571-273-0125

The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy establishes patent examination and documentation policy standards for the Commissioner for Patents. The Office also develops new rules, practices, and procedures; reviews and revises the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure; and trains examiners on legal issues. The Office has been delegated authority by the Under Secretary and Director to decide patent related petitions.

The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is Robert Bahr (Acting). The Associate Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is Janet Gongola (on Detail).

The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is made up of three divisions:

Office of Petitions

The Office of Petitions reviews and decides petitions, requests, and related inquiries, regarding the filing of patent applications, revival of abandoned applications,...

Office of Patent Legal Administration

The Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) drafts regulations and develops practices for the examination of patent applications, as well as assists in the implementation of these new regulations and practices.