Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

Quarterly, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), meets at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  You can attend the public session of the meeting at the Alexandria campus, or watch on-line. 

The PPAC reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of patent operations and advises the director on these matters.

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Time Topic Principal(s)
9:00 - 9:05 Call To Order
Session Opening

• Introductions, PPAC Remarks
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
9:05 - 9:15 Opening Remarks Michelle Lee, Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO
9:15 - 10:35 Quality Initiative Update
Post Prosecution Pilot (P3)
Post Grant Outcomes

Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Jerry Lorengo, Director, Technology Center 1600
Jack Harvey, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Debbie Reynolds, Deputy Director, Office of Patent Training

10:35 - 10:55 >>> Break <<<
10:55 - 11:15

Patent Examination Policy Update
Subject Matter Eligibility

Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
11:15 - 11:55 Operations Update
Patent Statistics
Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Jack Harvey, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
11:15 - 12:25 International Update
OIPC Updates:
•Relevant Prior Art Project
•Global Dossier
OPIA Updates:
•Effects of Brexit on Patent and Industrial Design Protection/Enforcement
•Update on China
•Other recent policy and international developments


Charles Pearson, Director, International Patent Legal Administration
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


12:25 - 1:05 >>> Lunch <<<
1:05 - 1:35 Luncheon Speakers
IP Attaché Program

Conrad Wong, former U.S. Regional IP Attaché for China - Guangzhou
Peter Fowler, former U.S. Regional IP Attaché for Southeast Asia

1:35- 1:55 >>> Break <<<
1:55 - 2:15 Regional Offices Update

Mollybeth Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office

2:15 - 2:45 PTAB Update
•PTAB Management
•PTAB Statistics
•PTAB Amendment Practice
David Ruschke, Chief Judge, PTAB
2:45 - 3:05

OCIO/ Patent-End-to-End Update

Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
3:05 - 3:25 Finance/Budget Update Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
3:25 - 3:30 Closing Remarks Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
This event is part of a series: PPAC