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



11-11:30 a.m.

Call to order - introduction
  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
  • PPAC Vice Chair Steven Caltrider 
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
  • PPAC Pendency and Quality Subcommittee Chair Jeff Sears
  • Acting Commissioner for Patents Andrew Faile
  • Deputy Commissioner Robin Evans
  • Deputy Commissioner Robert Bahr
  • Patent Training Advisor Jorge Ortiz-Criado
  • Patent Training Advisor Nicholas Jensen
  • Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance Stefanos Karmis
  • Chief Patent Statistician Martin Rater
12:30-1 p.m.Innovation expansion
  • PPAC Innovation Expansion Subcommittee Chair Jennifer Camacho
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Valencia Martin Wallace
1:10-1:55 p.m.Artificial intelligence (AI)/Information technology (IT)
  • PPAC AI Subcommittee Chair Jeremiah Chan
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Rick Seidel
  • Director, TC 2800 Matt Such
  • Product Owner for Patent Center DoCX Kimberly Williams
  • Management Program Analyst Lisa Tran
1:55-2:25 p.m.Outreach International
  • Special 301 report
  • Patent filings in China
  • Patents for Humanity
  • PPAC Outreach Subcommittee Chair Tracy Durkin
  • Deputy Commissioner Valencia Martin Wallace
  • Principal Counsel and Director for Patent Policy, Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) David Gerk
2:25-2:45 p.m.PTAB Update 
  • Fast track pilot program for  appeals related to COVID-19 status update
  • Outreach programs, including LEAP
  • The one-year study for ex parte appeal
  • PPAC PTAB Subcommittee Chair Steven 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
  • Judge Eric Jeschke
  • Judge Michael Cygan
2:45-3 p.m.Legislative Update
  • PPAC Legislative Subcommittee Co-Chairs Susan Braden and Dan Brown
  • Acting Director, Office of Governmental Affairs and Oversight Kimberley Alton
3-3:20 p.m.Finance and Budget Update
  • FY 2021: financial position and status of the business
  • Next steps for the budget
  • PPAC Finance Subcommittee Chair Bernard Cassidy
  • Chief Financial Officer Jay Hoffman
  • Director, Office of Planning and Budget Brendan Hourigan
3:20-3:50 p.m.
  • Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Bismarck Myrick
3:50 p.m.

Meeting adjourn

  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
PPAC quarterly meeting -- May 6, 11:30 am - 3:50 pm ET


This event is part of a series: PPAC