Attend the 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.

Please submit questions to ppac@uspto.gov.

Agenda:

Time
Topic
Principal(s)
9-9:05 a.m. Call to order - introduction PPAC Chair Marylee Jenkins
9:05-9:35 a.m. Opening remarks Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu
9:35-10:25 a.m. Quality update
• Highlights of annual report: Patent quality section
OPQA search feedback pilot
Review of FY19 quality metrics data

Chair, PPAC Patent Quality Subcommittee Jennifer Camacho
 Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality Valencia Martin Wallace
 Senior Advisor to Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality Patricia Bianco
Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance Martin Rater

10:25-11:15 a.m. Operations update
• Highlights of annual report:  Patent operations section
Peer search collaboration

Chair, PPAC AFP/Pendency Subcommittee Steven Caltrider
Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Andrew Faile
Director Technology Center 2800 Matthew Such

11:15-11:40 a.m. International update
• Highlights of annual report: International section
2019 WIPO Assemblies
 
Chair, PPAC International Subcommittee Jeff Sears
Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Shira Perlmutter
Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation Mark Powell
Lunch
12:25-1:30 p.m.

PTAB update
• Highlights of annual report:  PTAB section
• PTAB accomplishments in FY19
• PTAB FY19 Close-out on appeal and trial
   filings, pendency, and inventory
• Recent PTAB developments

Chair, PPAC Patent Trial and Appeal Board Subcommittee Julie Mar-Spinola
Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board Scott Boalick
Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola
Vice Chief Judge Michelle Ankenbrand

1:30-1:55 p.m.

Finance/Budget update
• Highlights of annual report: Finance section
• FY 2019 summary
• FY 2020 status
• FY 2021 budget
• Fee setting

Chair, PPAC Finance Subcommittee Dan Lang
Acting Chief Financial Officer Sean Mildrew
Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer Michelle Picard

1:55-2:35 p.m. IT update
• Highlights of annual report: IT section
• DOCX submissions and Patent Center Beta
• Stabilization
 

Chair, PPAC IT Subcommittee Mark Goodson
Chief Information Officer Jamie Holcombe
Deputy Chief Infomration Officer Debbie Stephens
Portfolio Manager, PE2E Raman Sarna
Patent Senior Information Technology Expert William Stryjewski

2:35-3:05 p.m. Special Projects and Legislative update
• Highlights of annual report: Special Projects section
• Highlights of annual report: Legislation section
Legislative update
 
Chair, PPAC Special Projects Subcommittee Bernie Knight
PPAC Member Bernard Cassidy
Director, Office of Governmental Affairs and Oversight Branden Ritchie
Deputy Director, Office of Governmental Affairs and Oversight Kimberley Alton
3:05-3:15 p.m.

Closing remarks adjourn

PPAC Chair Marylee Jenkins
Speakers
Andrei Iancu
Andrei Iancu
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office