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 (1 of 2)

PPAC quarterly meeting video (2 of 2)



11-11:30 a.m.

Call to order - introduction
  • Introduce new members and subcommittee
  • Look back FY2020
  • Outlook FY2021
  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
Opening remarks
  • Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Drew Hirshfeld
11:30-12:30 p.m.Patent Pendency and Quality
  • Outlook FY2021: FY2020 goal "Bridging the Gap" to FY2021 goal "Closing the Gap"
  • PPAC Pendency and Quality Subcommittee Chair Jeff Sears
  • Acting Commissioner for Patents Andrew Faile
  • Deputy Commissioner Robin Evans
  • Deputy Commissioner Robert Bahr
12:30-1 p.m.Innovation Expansion
  • Update from NCEAI
  • Outlook and objectives for FY2021
  • PPAC Innovation Expansion Subcommittee Chair Jennifer Camacho
  • Deputy Commissioner Valencia Martin Wallace
1:10-1:55 p.m.Artificial Intelligence and IT Update
  • PPAC AI Subcommittee Chair Jeremiah Chan
  • Chief Information Officer Jamie Holcombe
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens
  • Deputy Commissioner Rick Seidel
  • Director, TC 2800 Matt Such
  • Performing the Functions and Duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Coke Stewart
1:55-2:50 p.m.International
  • Global trends on SEPs/FRAND rates
  • IP filing trends in China
  • Worksharing update: Parallel Patent Grant with Mexico and validation agreements
  • Outreach distribution dashboard
  • PPAC Outreach Subcommittee Chair Tracy Durkin
  • Deputy Commissioner Valencia Martin Wallace
  • Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Mary Critharis
  • Regional Director, USPTO Silicon Valley Regional Office Wayne Stacy
2:50-3:30 p.m.PTAB Update 
  • Update on LEAP
  • Update on Fast Track Appeal Pilot
  • Update on motion to amend pilot
  • New final rules
  • Indefiniteness memo
  • Latest info on PTAB filings and outcomes including ex parte pendency and new AIA roundup statistics for FY2019 and FY2020
  • PPAC PTAB Subcommittee Chair Steve Caltrider
  • Chief Judge, Patent and Trial Appeal Board Scott Boalick
  • Deputy Chief Judge Patent and Trial Appeal Board Jackie Bonilla
  • Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola
  • Vice Chief Judge Michael Kim
  • Vice Chief Judge Michael Tierney
3:30-3:45 p.m.Legislative Update
  • Outlook FY2021
  • PPAC Legislative Subcommittee Co-Chairs Susan Braden | Dan Brown
  • Acting Director, Office of Governmental Affairs and Oversight Kimberley Alton
3:45-4:30 p.m.Finance and Budget Update
  • FY 2021 status
  • FY 2022 budget
  • Fee rulemaking and biennial fee review
  • PPAC Finance Subcommittee Chair Bernard Cassidy
  • Chief Financial Officer Jay Hoffman
4:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourn

  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
February 11, 2021 PPAC quarterly meeting speakers: Drew Hirshfeld, Andy Faile, and Julie Mar-Spinola


This event is part of a series: PPAC