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.


9:00-9:05 a.m.Call To Order -- Session OpeningMarylee Jenkins, PPAC Chairperson
9:05-9:15 a.m.Opening RemarksAndrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
9:15-9:40 a.m.Legislative Update
•Highlights of Annual Report: Legislation Section

Mike Walker, PPAC Vice Chair

Dana Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs

9:40-10:05 a.m.Finance/Budget Update
•Highlights of Annual Report: Finance Section
•FY 2018 Summary
•FY 2019 Status
•FY 2020 Status
•Strategic Planning
•Fee Rulemaking/ Fee Setting Authority

Dan Lang, Finance Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

Sean Mildrew, Acting Chief Financial Officer

10:05-10:40IT Update
•Highlights of Annual Report: IT Section
•Milestone Updates on PE2E: DAV, OC, EST and CMS
•Patent Center Update & Communication Plan on Authentication Migration

Mark Goodson, IT Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

David Chiles, Acting Chief Information Officer
Debbie Stephens, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer
Thomas Beach, PE2E Portfolio Manager, PE2E & PTAB

10:40-11:45 a.m.PTAB Update
•Highlights of Annual Report:  PTAB Section
•PTAB Statistics
•PTAB Updates – SOPs, AIA Trial Practice Guide, Claim Construction Final Rule, Motion to Amend Practice
•PTAB 2019 Outlook

Julie Mar-Spinola, PTAB Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

Scott Boalick, Acting Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Jackie Bonilla, Acting Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

<< Lunch >>
12:30-1:35 p.m.International Update
•Highlights of Annual Report: International Section
NAFTA/USMCA Patents and Data Exclusivity Provisions
International Subject Matters Eligibility Dialogue
•Information Communication Technology Roadmap Meeting
•Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative Phase 1 Release
•PCT Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot Update

Peter Thurlow, International Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
Michael Neas, Deputy Director, International Patent Legal Administration

1:35-3:00 p.m.Operations/Quality Update
•Highlights of Annual Report:  Select Issues Facing Practitioners and the Patent Right Section
•Highlights of Annual Report:  Patent Pendency Section
FY 2018 Statistics
Prior Art Archive Demonstration
•Highlights of Annual Report: Patent Quality Section
FY 2018 Quality Metrics and Compliance Data

Bernie Knight, Special Projects Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

Jeff Sears, AFP/Pendency Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

Jerry Lorengo, Director, Technology Center 3700
Philip Chea, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Technology Center 2400

Jennifer Camacho, Patent Quality Subcommittee Chair, PPAC

Greg Vidovich, Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality
Martin Rater, Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

3:00-3:10 p.m.Closing Remarks/Public Meeting AdjournMarylee Jenkins, PPAC Chair
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