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.

Agenda:

Time Topic Principal(s)
9:00-9:05 Call To Order Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair
9:05-9:15 Opening Remarks Michelle Lee, Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO
9:15-10:15 Quality Update
Quality Metrics
•Master Review Form (MRF)
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Marty Rater, Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
James Dwyer, Acting Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
10:15-11:15 Operations Update
Patent Term Adjustments
 related to 14/4/4/4/36
Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Daniel Sullivan, Director Technology Center 1600
11:15-11:30 USPTO Working Group on Regulatory Reform Nick Oettinger, Senior Counsel for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, OGC
11:30-12:00 Finance/Budget Update Frank Murphy, Active Chief Financial Officer
 

>>> Lunch <<<

1:00-1:30 IT Update John Owens, Chief Information Officer
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
1:30-2:00 PTAB Update
•Appeal Inventory and Pendency
•Trends in AIA Trial Proceedings
•PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative
•Judge Training

 

David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

2:00-2:30 Legislative Update Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs
2:30-3:00 International Update
•Special 301 Report
IP Attaché Program
Karin Ferriter, Deputy Chief Policy Officer, Office of Policy and International Affairs 
Dominic Keating, Director, IP Attaché Program, Office of Policy and International Affairs
3:00 Meeting Adjourn Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair