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 a.m. Call To Order -- Session Opening Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson
9:05-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
9:15-10:30 a.m. Operations/Quality Update
Operations Update
Reissues, Re-Exams, Supplemental Exams
Quality Update
Patents Ombudsman Program

Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
John Cottingham, Director, Central Re-Exam Unit
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Greg Vidovich, Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality
Martin Rater, Statistician, Office of Quality Management
Mindy Bickel, Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development

10:30-11:30 a.m.

PTAB Update
•New Statistics
•NPRM Comments Received
•Judicial Conference Road Shows
•Debrief of the July 13th District of Delaware Judges meeting

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

11:30-11:50 a.m. Finance/Budget Update
•FY 2018 Status
•FY 2019 Budget
•FY 2020 Budget
•Strategic Plan
•Fee Setting Authority
Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
<< Lunch >>
1:00-1:40 p.m. International Update
WIPO Standing Committee on Patents
•China and other Updates
•Access to Relevant Prior Art
PCT Collaborative Search and Examination
•IP5
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
1:40-2:00 p.m. Economist Update
•Brief Overview of the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE)
•Contributions to USPTO priorities
•Research work and findings on IP
•Stakeholder support and engagement
Andy Toole, Acting Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Economist
2:00-2:15 p.m. Artificial Intelligence-office updates
International Conference on AI
•Pre-classification/Search
Andy Toole, Acting Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Economist
Thomas Beach, PE2E Portfolio Manager, PE2E & PTAB
2:15-2:45 p.m. IT Update
•Update on Milestones for PE2E - DAV, OC, EST and CMS
•Patent Center Updates & Communications Plan -- Legacy Systems
David Chiles, Acting Chief Information Officer
Thomas Beach, PE2E Portfolio Manager, PE2E & PTAB
Debbie Stephens, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer
2:45-3:05 p.m.

Legislative Update
•Recently introduced bills: H.R.6264, Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018 (Rep. Tom Massie, R-KY); H.R. 6370, Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act” (Reps. Burgess, R-TX/Kaptur, D-OH)
•Fee Setting Authority and TEAPP extension

Dana Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs

3:05 p.m. Public Meeting Adjourn Marylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair

 Next Meeting: November 8, 2018

Speakers:

Andrei Iancu
Andrei Iancu
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office