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.

Video Recordings: 

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3


9-9:05 a.m.Call To Order -- Session OpeningMarylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson
9:05-9:20 a.m.Opening RemarksAndrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
9:20-9:55 a.m.Manual of Patent Examining Procedure Revisions Update

Patent Eligibility Update

Robert Clarke, Director, MPEP

Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

9:55-10:35 a.m.

Operations Update
Partnership Meetings
Day in the Life of an Examiner: Searching

Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Jack Harvey, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
Tammy Goddard, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Tech Center 2600
Jessica Manno, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Tech Center 2800
Kevin Parendo, Patent Examiner, Tech Center 2800

10:35-11:15 a.m.International Update
• IP-related trade matters
• The Benefits of Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) to External Stakeholders
• PCT Collaborative Search and Examination
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
Chris Kim, Director of Classification Quality and International Coordination
Charles Pearson, Director of International Patent Legal Administration
11:15-11:30 a.m.Plant Patent UpdatesChristian Hannon, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and International Affairs
11:30-12:15 p.m.PTAB Update
• Data Transparency and New Statistics for AIA Trials
• Studies --Orange Book; Announcement of other studies in progress
• Hiring Efforts, including our Judicial Law Clerk Program
•Judicial Conference Preview
•SAS update
David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
<< Lunch >>
1-1:10 p.m.Communications OutreachChris Shipp, Chief Communications Officer, OCCO
1:10-1:30 p.m.Finance/Budget Update
• FY 2018 Status 
• FY 2019 Budget
• FY 2020 Budget
• Fee Setting Authority
Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
1:30-2 p.m.IT Update
• PE2E - DAV, OC, EST and CMS
• Patent Center Updates & Statistics
• Global Dossier and CPC
• Legacy Systems
David Chiles, Acting Chief Information Officer
Thomas Beach, PE2E Portfolio Manager, PE2E & PTAB
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
2-2:20 p.m.Legislative UpdateDana Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs

Meeting Adjourn

Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson

Drew Hirshfeld
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director of the USPTO
This event is part of a series: PPAC