Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting - August 2015

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

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Time Topic Principal(s)
8:30 - 8:35 Call To Order Session Opening
•PPAC Remarks
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
8:35 - 8:45 Opening Remarks Michelle 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 - 10:15 Patent 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 - 11:00 Operations 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 - 1:10 PTAB Update     Nathan Kelley, Acting Chief Judge, PTAB    
1:10 - 1:30 OCIO/Patent-End-to-End Update John Owens, Chief Information Officer
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
1:30 - 1:40 USPTO-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 - 2:05 Pro Bono Update Jennifer McDowell, Pro Bono Program Coordinator
2:05 - 2:25 Finance/Budget Update Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
2:25 - 2:35 Closing Remarks Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
2:35 - 2:45 Discussion/Wrap-Up Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee
Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)