Office of Patent Examination Policy

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

The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy provides staff assistance in establishing patent examination and documentation policy standards for the Commissioner for Patents and is the authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice and procedure. This office also provides direction on establishment of new rules, practices and procedures; reviews and revises the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. The Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is the deciding official for petitions on patent matters delegated by the Under Secretary and Director, for ordering Under Secretary and Director ordered re-examinations, for Patent Quality Review appeals to the Commissioner for Patents, for requests for reconsideration of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences decisions. This office is also responsible for the review of actions by the Patent Quality Review and also provides support, representation, advice and direction on technical matters relating to the International Patent Classification (IPC) System, and other international documentation-related standards.

The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is Drew Hirshfeld. The Associate Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is Janet Gongola.

Organization Chart

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The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy is made up of five 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.

Office of Patent Quality Assurance

The Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA) is responsible for the overall assessment and measurement of patent examination quality at the USPTO. In addition to...

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.

Office of Patent Quality Assurance

The Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA) is responsible for the overall assessment and measurement of patent examination quality at the USPTO. In addition to...