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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PPAC quarterly meeting video



11-11:40 a.m.

Call to order - introduction
  • Look back FY20 (annual report)
  • Outlook FY21 (AR recommendations)
  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
Opening remarks
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu
11:40-12:20 p.m.Patent Quality and Pendency
  • PPAC Quality and Pendency Subcommittee Chair Steve Caltrider
  • Deputy Commissioner Andrew Faile
  • Assistant Commissioner for Patents Remy Yucel
  • Deputy Commissioner Robin Evans
  • Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance Martin Rater
  • Deputy Commissioner Robert Bahr
12:20-12:50 p.m.Innovation Expansion
  • PPAC Innovation Expansion Subcommittee Chair Jennifer Camacho
  • Deputy Commissioner Valencia Martin Wallace
1:05-1:35 p.m.Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • PPAC AI Subcommittee Co-Chairs Jeremiah Chan | Bernard Cassidy
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter
  • Emerging Technology Senior Leader Jerry Ma
  • Director, Office of Petitions Charles Kim
  • Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and International Affairs Christian Hannon
  • Director, TC 2800 Matt Such
1:35-2:05 p.m.IT Update
  • Highlights of annual report
  • Beta testing of Patent Center
  • Status of SEARCH
  • Comments on Resiliency
  • PPAC IT Subcommittee Chair Mark Goodson
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens
  • Portfolio Manager, PE2E Raman Sarna
  • Patent Senior Information Technology Expert William Stryjewski
2:05-2:35 p.m.International Update
  • Highlights of annual report
  • OPIA update: work-sharing, international meetings, and ID5
  • Outlook FY21
  • PPAC International Subcommittee Co-Chairs Tracy Durkin | Jeff Sears
  • Acting Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Mary Critharis
  • Assistant Commissioner Dan Ryman
2:35-3:10 p.m.PTAB Update 
  • Highlights of annual report
  • Advanced Bionics 
  • Multiple Petitions
  • Overview of Covered Business Method (CBM) - Statistics and observations on end of CBM
  • PPAC PTAB Subcommittee Chair Jeff Sears
  • Deputy Chief Judge Patent and Trial Appeal Board Jackie Bonilla
  • Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola
  • Vice Chief Judge Michael Kim
  • Lead Judge Kalyan Deshpande
  • Lead Judge William Saindon
3:10-3:30 p.m.Legislative Update
  • Highlights of annual report
  • Outlook FY21
  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
  • Deputy Director, Office of Governmental Affairs and Oversight Kimberley Alton
3:30-4:10 p.m.Finance/Budget Update
  • Highlights of annual report
  • FY 2020 summary
  • FY 2021 status
  • FY 2022 budget
  • PPAC Finance Subcommittee Chair Dan Lang
  • Chief Financial Officer Jay Hoffman
  • Director, Office of Planning and Budget Brendan Hourigan
4:10 p.m.

Meeting adjourn

  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
This event is part of a series: PPAC