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 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.

Questions or comments related to the agenda below can be submitted in advance to ppac@uspto.gov.

Agenda (all times are ET):

Time
Topic
Principal(s)

11-11:30 a.m.

Call to order – introduction
  • Highlights of annual report
  • FY 2022 outlook
  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
  • PPAC Vice Chair Steve Caltrider
Opening remarks
  • Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Drew Hirshfeld
11:30-11:50 a.m.Innovation Expansion
  • PPAC Innovation Expansion Subcommittee Chair Jennifer Camacho
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Valencia Martin Wallace
  • Acting Chief Communication Officer Cara Duckworth
11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Artificial intelligence (AI)/ information technology (IT)

  • Highlights of annual report
  • Resiliency and Cloud - major milestones
  • Cybersecurity update
  • DOCX – benefits and updates
  • AI Search - major milestones 
  • Auto-classification
  • Policy updates:
    • AI inventorship 
    • National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee 
  • PPAC AI and IT Subcommittee Chair Jeremiah Chan
  • Chief Information Officer Jamie Holcombe
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Richard Seidel
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer Debbie Stephens
  • Director of Infrastructure Engineering and Operations Bob Simms
  • Chief Information Security Officer Don Watson
  • Director, Technology Center 2800 Matt Such
  • Senior Advisor International Patent Business Solutions Nelson Yang
  • Director, Office of Petitions Charles Kim
12:30-1 p.m.Legislative update
  • Highlights of annual report
  • Legislative update
  • PPAC Legislative Subcommittee Co-chairs Susan Braden and Dan Brown
  • Acting Director, Office of Governmental Affairs Kimberley Alton
  • Attorney Advisor, Office of Governmental Affairs Tamara Foley
Break
1:10-1:30 p.m.Finance/budget update
  • Highlights of annual report
  • FY 2021: recap
  • FY 2022: financial position & status of the business
  • FY 2023: next steps for the budget
  • PPAC Finance Subcommittee Chair Barney Cassidy
  • Chief Financial Officer Jay Hoffman
1:30-2 p.m.Outreach - international 
  • Highlights of annual report
  • Update on World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly meeting and new leadership
  • Industrial Design Forum (ID5) annual meeting update
  • International legislative updates
  • Update on legalizations of documents to support foreign patent filing
  • PPAC Outreach Subcommittee Chair Tracy Durkin
  • Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs Mary Critharis
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Valencia Martin Wallace
2-2:40 p.m.Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) 
  • Highlights of annual report
  • Update on interim Director review
  • PTAB's pro bono program
  • Update on small inventor outreach/inventor hour web programming
  • Update on what's new at the PTAB
  • PPAC PTAB Subcommittee Chair Steve Caltrider
  • PTAB Chief Judge Scott Boalick
  • PTAB Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla
  • PTAB Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola
  • Lead Judge Stacey White
2:40-3:25 p.m.Patent quality and pendency
  • PPAC Quality and Pendency Subcommittee Chair Jeff Sears
  • Acting Commissioner for Patents Andrew Faile
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Robin Evans
  • Deputy Commissioner for Patents Robert Bahr
  • Assistant Commissioner for Patents Remy Yucel
  • Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance Stefanos Karmis
  • CRU Director David Ruschke
3:25-3:30 p.m.

Closing remarks Meeting adjourns

  • PPAC Chair Julie Mar-Spinola
  • PPAC Vice Chair Steve Caltrider

 

This event is part of a series: PPAC