Three weeks remain in the nomination period for both the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the nomination period to fill upcoming vacancies in a Federal Register Notice on May 24, 2021, and provided additional PPAC and TPAC nomination information and application procedures on the USPTO website. Submissions are due on or before July 9, 2021. Additional details are available in the Federal Register Notice.
The Public Advisory Committees were created in 1999 through the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of patent and trademark operations, including matters related to goals, performance, budgets, and user fees. Each committee consists of nine voting members appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of, the Secretary of Commerce. Each member serves a three-year term.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, at 571-272-8600.