Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting - May 2016

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 - 9:10 Opening Remarks Michelle Lee, Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO
9:10 - 9:30 Patent Examination Policy Update
• Subject Matter Eligibility
• Written Description for Design Applications

Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

9:30 - 10:25 Quality Initiative Update
• Patent Community Symposium
• Quality Metrics
• Re-evaluate AFCP 2.0 and Pre-Appeal
• Topic Submission for Case Studies
• External Survey Results

Richard Seidel, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration
Remy Yucel, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Tony Caputa, Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
Martin Rater, Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

10:25 - 10:40 >>> Break <<<
10:40 - 11:30

Operations Update
PAI and Data Visualization Center Demo
• Filing Rates and Statistics
• CRU Update

Remy Yucel, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
John Cottingham, Director, Central Reexamination Unit
11:30 - 12:00 International Update
OPIA Updates:
 • WIPO Happenings
 • Trade Agreement Developments
 • Update on China Issues
OIPC Updates:
 • Deputy Heads/Heads Meeting
 • Global Dossier Updates
 • Outreach Efforts
 • Access to Relevant Prior Art



Karin Ferriter, Acting Deputy Chief Policy Officer, Office of Policy and International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation

12:00 - 12:30 >>> Lunch <<<
12:30 - 1:15 Luncheon Speaker
IP Developments from a University's Perspective

Jeff Sears, Chief IP Counsel, Columbia University
Orin Herskowitz, VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University, and Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV)

1:15- 1:30 >>> Break <<<
1:30 - 2:00 PTAB Update
• PTAB Statistics
• Rules Update
• PTAB Initiatives

Nathan Kelley, Acting Chief Judge, PTAB

2:00 - 2:20 OCIO/ Patent-End-to-End Update
• Outlook for Future Fixes
John Owens, Chief Information Officer
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
2:20 - 2:40 Finance/Budget Update Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
2:40 - 3:00 Legislative Update Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs
3:00 - 3:15 Closing Remarks Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
3:15 - 3:30 Discussion/Wrap-Up Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)