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 and watch the public session virtually at the following WebEx link. The PPAC advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

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11-11:05 a.m.Call to order - introduction
  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
11:05-11:35 a.m.Opening remarks
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu
11:35 a.m. to
12 p.m.
Update on Patents business units
  • Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld
12-12:30 p.m.

• FY 2020 status
• FY 2021 status
• FY 2022 budget
• Fee rulemaking

  • PPAC Finance Subcommittee Chair Dan Lang
  • Chief Financial Officer Jay Hoffman
12:45-1:05 p.m.IT update
• Stabilization update
• Status of Public PAIR/Private PAIR
  • PPAC IT Subcommittee Chair Mark Goodson
  • Chief Information Officer Jamie Holcombe
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens
  • Patent Senior Information Technology Expert William Stryjewski
  • Portfolio Manager, PE2E Raman Sarna
1:05-1:25 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI for enhanced search
• CPC auto-classification
Requests for comments/AI landing page

  • PPAC AI Subcommittee Co-Chairs Bernard Cassidy | Jeremiah Chan
  • Director, TC 2800 Matt Such
  • Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary and Director Coke Stewart
1:25-1:45 p.m.

International update
OPIA – Developments in Mexico
• OIPC – FY 2020 priorities

  • PPAC International Subcommittee Co-Chairs Tracy Durkin | Jeff Sears
  • Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Shira Perlmutter
  • Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation Valencia Martin Wallace
1:45-2:15 p.m.Pendency and Quality
Filing and pendency data (Q1 metrics)
Design patent image quality
USPTO Quality Survey Winter 2020 results
  • PPAC Quality and Pendency Subcommittee Chair Steve Caltrider
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Andrew Faile
  • Director, TC 2900 Karen Young
  • TCOM, TC 2900 Brandon Rosati
  • Acting Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality Dan Ryman
  • Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance Martin Rater
2:15-2:45 p.m.PTAB update
• AIA trials statistics
• POP and precedential decisions
• LEAP program
  • PPAC PTAB Subcommittee Chair Jeff Sears
  • Chief Judge, Patent and Trial Appeal Board Scott Boalick
  • Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board Jackie Bonilla
  • Vice Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board Janet Gongola
2:45 p.m.

Meeting adjourn

  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
Drew Hirshfeld
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director of the USPTO
This event is part of a series: PPAC