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.


9-9:10 a.m.Call To Order -- Session Opening
•Introductions, PPAC Remarks
Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson
9:10-9:30 a.m.Opening RemarksJoseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
9:30-9:50 a.m.Finance/Budget Update
•FY 2018 Status
•FY 2019 Budget
•Fee Rulemaking/ Fee Setting Authority



Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer

9:50-11:00 a.m.

Operations/Quality Update
After Final Practice
FY18 Training Plan

Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Dan Sullivan, Director, Technology Center 1600
Jerry Lorengo, Director, Technology Center 3700
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Gary Jones, Director, Office of Patent Training
Don Hajec, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations

11-11:50 a.m.International Update
China Topics, including Section 301 Investigation
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
Karen Young, Director, Technology Center 2900
<< Lunch >>
12:30-1:30 p.m.IT Update
•OCIO Executive Staffing Update
•PE2E - DAV, OC, EST and CMS
•Patent Center Updates & Statistics
•Global Dossier and CPC PALM-CHRP Update

David Chiles, Acting Chief Information Officer
Thomas Beach, PE2E & PTAB Portfolio Manager
David Landrith, Portfolio Manager: Big Data, Dissemination, Capital Hardware, Infrastructure, Enterprise Systems
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management

1:30-2:15 p.m.

PTAB Update
•Expanded Panels
•Sovereign Immunity
•Recently issued new informative AIA decisions on 35 USC 315(b)
•Appeals Statistics


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

2:15-2:30 p.m.Legislative UpdateDana Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs
2:30-2:45 p.m.Diversion at the USPTO Office of Enrollment and DisciplineWilliam Covey, Deputy General Counsel & Director of OED
Dahlia George, Staff Attorney, Office of Enrollment and Discipline
Melanie Canter, Staff Attorney, Office of Enrollment and Discipline
2:45 p.m.

Meeting Adjourn

Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson

This event is part of a series: PPAC