Patent Public Advisory Committee quarterly meeting

Attend the next quarterly meeting of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) for a review of policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. You can attend the public session at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus or watch the meeting online.  The PPAC advises the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO.


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9:00-9:05 a.m.Call to order -- introductionMarylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair
9:05-9:30 a.m.Opening remarksAndrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
9:30-10:30 a.m.Operations update
•Changes to examination time, the
   routing/docketing of applications,
   patent examiner performance measures,
   and how this may impact stakeholders

Remy Yucel, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
James Kramer, Director, Technology Center 2400
David Wiley, Director, Technology Center 2100

10:30-11:30 a.m.International update
Access to relevant prior art
•Overview of OPIA’s role and services for users
•Overview of Hague Agreement
•China IP roadshows

Maria Holtmann, Director of International Programs, Office of International Patent Cooperation
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

11:30-11:50 a.m.Progress and Potential:  A profile of women inventors on U.S. patentsAndrew Toole, Chief Economist, Office of Policy and International Affairs
<< Lunch >>
12:50-1:50 p.m.

PTAB update
•Chief Judge Boalick’s vision
•Recent PTAB activity
    -Precedential and informative decisions
    -Request for comments regarding
      motion to amend and responses
    -Pilot program concerning motion to
      amend practice and procedures
•PTAB oral hearings

Scott Boalick, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Jackie Bonilla, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

1:50-2:00 p.m.Parallel Proceedings:  AIA Trials, Reexaminations, and ReissuesJason Repko, Administrative Patent Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
John Cottingham, Director, Central Reexamination Unit
2:00-2:20 p.m.Customer ExperienceChelsea D’Angona, Customer Experience Administrator for Patents
2:20-2:35 p.m.Legislative update

Dana Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs
Branden Ritchie, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary and Director

2:35-2:50 p.m.Finance/Budget update
•FY 2019 status
•FY 2020 budget
•FY 2021 budget
•Fee rulemaking and biennial fee review
Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
2:50-3:20 p.m.IT update
•Major Patent IT activities – Internal and External
•Major Patent IT activities – Next steps
Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer
Thomas Beach, PE2E Portfolio Manager of PE2E
Greg Vidovich, Acting Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
3:20-3:25 p.m.

Closing remarks

Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair
Drew Hirshfeld
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director of the USPTO