Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting - August 2015

Public Session: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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8:30 - 8:35Call To Order Session Opening
•PPAC Remarks
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
8:35 - 8:45Opening RemarksMichelle Lee, Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO
Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents  
8:45 - 9:45     Quality Initiative Update
 •Outcome of the roundtables
  Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
Tom Hughes, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Tech Center 3700   
9:45 - 10:15Patent Examination Policy Update
•Petitions Dashboard Demonstration
Brian Hanlon, Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration
John Cottingham, Director, Office of Petitions 
10:15 - 10:30>>> Break <<<
10:30 - 11:00Operations Update
• Patent Statistics
Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
11:00 - 11:30

WebEx Interview Program Demonstration

Tim Callahan, Director, Technology Center 2400
11:30 - 11:50  

International Update
OPIA Update
IPLA Update 

Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Charlie Pearson, Director, Office of International Patent Legal Administration
11:50 - 12:50>>> Lunch <<<
12:50 - 1:10PTAB Update    Nathan Kelley, Acting Chief Judge, PTAB    
1:10 - 1:30OCIO/Patent-End-to-End UpdateJohn Owens, Chief Information Officer
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
1:30 - 1:40USPTO-Smithsonian Collaboration Update
Inventing in America Press Release
Innovation Festival Press Release  
Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition for the Office of Innovation Development
1:40 - 1:55>>> Break <<<
1:55 - 2:05Pro Bono UpdateJennifer McDowell, Pro Bono Program Coordinator
2:05 - 2:25Finance/Budget UpdateTony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
2:25 - 2:35Closing RemarksDrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
2:35 - 2:45Discussion/Wrap-UpEsther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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