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.

Please submit questions to ppac@uspto.gov.

Public Comments

Agenda:

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

• Introductions, PPAC Remarks
Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair
9:05-9:10 Opening Remarks Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
9:10-9:25 PPAC Annual Report Recommendations Rick Seidel, Deputy Commissioner or Patent Administration
9:25-10:30

Quality Update

Quality Metrics

Topic Submissions for Case Studies


Search Enhancement Pilot

Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Marty Rater, Acting Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
Brian Hanlon, Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration
Sandie Spyrou, Quality Lead, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
Greg Vidovich, Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality
  >>> Break <<<
10:45-11:30 Operations Update
Examination Time Analysis
Pro Se Art Unit

Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
David Wiley, Group Director, Technology Center 2100
Kathy Matecki, Group Director, Technology Center 3600

11:30-11:50 Patent Eligibility Update Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
Mary Critharis, Senior Patent Counsel, Office of Policy and International Affairs
 

>>> Working Lunch <<<

12:05-1:05 Executive Session: Ethics Briefing

Arthur Warren, Senior Counsel for Ethics, Department of Commerce

1:05-1:25 International Update
OPIA Updates
OIPC Updates - Access to Relevant Prior Art
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
1:25-1:45 IT Update John Owens, Chief Information Officer
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
1:45-2:05 Finance/Budget Update Frank Murphy, Acting Chief Financial Officer
2:05 - 2:25 Legislative Update Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs
2:25-2:45 PTAB Update
• PTAB Management
• PTAB Statistics
David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
2:45 Meeting Adjourn Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair