Patent Public Advisory Committee fee setting hearing

The Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) will hold a hybrid public hearing on the USPTO’s proposed setting or adjusting of patent fees pursuant to the USPTO’s fee setting authority under section 10 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).

The public was invited to provide oral testimony regarding the proposed patent fees at the hearing by submitting a written request by May 11.  Written comments regarding the proposed patent fees are being accepted until May 25.

For more information, see the Federal Register notice about the hearing.

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PPAC public meeting video



Welcoming remarks

  • Suzanne Harrison, PPAC Chair
  • Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO 
  • Vaishali Udupa, Commissioner for Patents

Overview of fee adjustment proposals

1:15-1:50 p.m.
  • Jay Hoffman, USPTO Chief Financial Officer 
1:50-2:45 p.m.

Scheduled testimony (in-person)

  • James Packard Love, Knowledge Ecology International 
  • Patricia Kelmar, U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) 
  • Laura Sheridan, Google LLC 
  • Josh Malone, inventor 
  • Courtenay Brinckerhoff (Foley & Lardner LPP), speaking on behalf of Intellectual Property Owners Association 
  • Ashraf Fawzy, Unified Patents, LLC 
  • Ann M. Mueting, The American Intellectual Property Law Association 
  • Robert Katz, The US National Section of FICPI 
  • Dirk Tomsin and Molly Metz, JumpNrope 
2:45-3:30 p.m.

Scheduled testimony (remotely)

  • Brian Kearns, Ericsson
  • Andrew J. Sherman, Powdermet Inc, and subsidiary Terves LLC. 
  • Shaina Kasper, T1International, USA 
  • Anna Ball, Generation Patient 
  • David E. Boundy, US Inventor, Inc. 
  • Matt Moyers, founder of Peak Value IP 
  • Dennis Crouch, law professor
  • Ramzi Khalil Maalouf
3:30 p.m.Closing remarksSuzanne Harrison, PPAC Chair 

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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