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 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

 

9:15-9:45

Quality Update
• Review of Examiner Work
  Product
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

 

9:45-10:35


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

 

10:35-11:00

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

 

11:10-11:50

PTAB Update
• Appeal Inventory and
  Pendency
• Trends in AIA Trial
  Proceedings

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

12:50-1:20
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

 

 

1:20-2:05

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

 

2:05-2:50

Finance/Budget Update
• Enterprise Services
• Status update for FY 2017
• Budget update for FY 2018,
  2019
• 2017 Biennial Fee Review
• Patent Fee Rule

 

Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer

 

2:50-3:20

Legislative Update
• STRONGER Patents Act of
  2017
• 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 

Speakers:

Joe Matal portrait
Joseph Matal
Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office