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.


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

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

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 <<<
10:45-11:30Operations 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

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

>>> Working Lunch <<<

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

Arthur Warren, Senior Counsel for Ethics, Department of Commerce

1:05-1:25International 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
1:25-1:45IT UpdateJohn Owens, Chief Information Officer
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
1:45-2:05Finance/Budget UpdateFrank Murphy, Acting Chief Financial Officer
2:05 - 2:25Legislative UpdateDana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs
2:25-2:45PTAB Update
• PTAB Management
• PTAB Statistics
David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
2:45Meeting AdjournMarylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair
This event is part of a series: PPAC