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PPAC 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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9:00 - 9:05Call To Order
Session Opening

• Introductions, PPAC Remarks
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair


9:05 - 10:05

Quality Initiative Update
Patent Quality Forum Series
Quality Metrics
Clarity of the Record Pilot
Post Prosecution Pilot

Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Greg Vidovich, Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality
Robin Evans, Technology Center 2800 Group Director
Jerry Lorengo, Technology Center 1600 Group Director

10:05 - 10:25Regional Office UpdateHope Shimabuku, Director, Texas Regional Office
10:25 - 10:45>>> Break <<<
10:45 - 11:05PTAB Update
•PTAB Management
•PTAB Statistics
•PTAB End-to-End

David Ruschke, Chief Judge, PTAB
Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, PTAB

11:05 - 11:45Operations Update
Examination Time Analysis
Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Don Hajec, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
David Wiley, Technology Center 2100 Group Director



11:45 -12:15

International Update
OPIA Updates: Latin America
•Legal Developments
•Recent USPTO Initiatives and Outreach
•Upcoming Events and Strategic Plan
OIPC Updates:
•International Efforts and their Quality Impacts: The year in review and a look forward


Karin Ferriter, Acting Deputy Chief Policy Officer
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation

12:15 - 1:00>>> Lunch <<<
1:00 - 1:30Luncheon Speaker
•USPTO Office of General Counsel Update

Sarah Harris, General Counsel

1:30- 1:50>>> Break <<<
1:50 - 2:10Patent Examination Policy UpdateRobert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
2:10 - 2:30OCIO Update
Patent End-to-End
John Owens, Chief Information Officer
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
2:30 - 2:50Finance/Budget UpdateFrank Murphy, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
2:50 - 3:10Legislative UpdateDana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs
3:10 - 3:25Closing RemarksRussell Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the USPTO
3:25 - 3:30Meeting AdjournEsther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair

 Featured Attendee:


Andrew Hirshfeld portrait


            Drew Hirshfeld
     Commissioner for Patents

This event is part of a series: PPAC