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.


Time Topic Principal(s)
9:00-9:05 Call To Order Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson
9:05-9:15 Opening Remarks Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO



Quality Update
• Review of Examiner Work
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Sandie Spyrou, Supervisory Review Quality Assurance Specialist, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
Christyann Pulliam, Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 2100



Operations Update
High-level Statistics Update
Examination Time Analysis Outreach Update
Interview Practice

Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Robert Oberleitner, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Remy Yucel, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Jay Kramer, Director, Technology Center 2400
Timothy Callahan, Director, Technology Center 3700
Tariq Hafiz, Director, Technology Center 3600



Policy Update
Subject Matter Eligibility
ePetition, eTerminal Disclaimer, and Web- based ADS

Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
Charles Kim, Director, Office of Petitions
11:00-11:10 USPTO Working Group on Regulatory Reform Nick Oettinger, Senior Counsel for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, OGC



PTAB Update
• Appeal Inventory and
• Trends in AIA Trial

David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
<< Lunch >>
Luncheon Speaker: Thomas Krause, Office of the Solicitor

International Update
Status Collaborative Search Programs
China Roadshows

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




IT Update
• DAV, OC, EST and Patent
  Center Status
• Legacy System Status and
  Modification Schedule
• RBAC Status (with NIST
  related information)
• 2018 Budget and Process


John Owens, Chief Information Officer
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management



Finance/Budget Update
• Enterprise Services
• Status update for FY 2017
• Budget update for FY 2018,
• 2017 Biennial Fee Review
• Patent Fee Rule


Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer



Legislative Update
• STRONGER Patents Act of
• HJC Hearing activity
• July 13th Patents Hearing


Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs

3:20 Meeting Adjourn Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson

Next Meeting: November 9, 2017