2016 Patent Quality Chats


Patent Quality Webinar Series

Patent Quality Chat
Lunchtime Webinar Series

Second Tuesday of Every Month, 12–1 pm ET
►Special Engagement:
    Patent Quality Conference
December 13, 2016, 8:30 am - 5 p ET
    Registration Required
Live Broadcast: USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality hosts a series of events collectively entitled Patent Quality Chat, a lunchtime patent quality webinar series held monthly.  These events began in 2015 (see 2015 Chat archive page) and will continue through 2016.  The Patent Quality Chat series is designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather your input.

Each Patent Quality Chat webinar will include a speaker(s) presentation (approximately 20 minutes) reserving the remainder of the time for questions and comments from our virtual audience (sent in via email). All Patent Quality Chats are free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. No CLE credit will be available through the USPTO. Video recordings and any presentation materials from the Patent Quality Chats will be posted on this website after the event has concluded.

Webinar access information is available below.  Webinar participants are encouraged to join the discussion during the event by emailing comments and questions via PatentQualityEventParticipationBox@uspto.gov.  Remember: always on the second Tuesday of each month; set a recurring meeting on your calendar to join us!

Patent Quality Chat 2016

Monthly on the second Tuesday of the month

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET





Topic Submission for Case Studies / Post Grant Outcomes

  • Anthony Caputa
    Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance
  • Brian Hanlon
    Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration
  • Jack Harvey
    Director of Technology Center 3700
  • Stephen Koziol
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, Art Unit 2665

First Inventor to File (FITF) Patent Prosecution

  • Kathleen Kahler Fonda
    Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration
  • Tom Hughes
    Supervisor, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) System Update

Glossary Pilot Report Out

  • Derris Banks
    Director of Technology Center 2600
  • Emily Le
    Supervisory Patent Examiner, Technology Center 1700
  • Seema Rao
    Director of Technology Center 2100
  • Paul L. Rodriguez
    Supervisor, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

Excellence in Customer Service:  Meet the Regional Offices

  • Christal Sheppard (Biography)
    Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office (Detroit)
  • Molly Kocialski (Biography)
    Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Office (Denver)
  • John Cabeca (Biography)
    Director of the Silicon Valley West Coast Regional Office (San Jose)
  • Hope Shimabuku (Biography)
    Director of the Texas Regional Office (Dallas)
MAY 10

Enhancing Examination Evaluation Using the Master Review Form (MRF)

  • Sandie Spyrou (Biography)
    Supervisor, Office of Patent Quality Assurance
  • Marty Rater (Biography)
    Chief Statistician, Office of Patent Quality Assurance

eCommerce Modernization (eMod):  Improving the Electronic Patent Application Process

  • Lisa Tran
    Communications Manager for eCommerce
  • Richard Fernandez, eMod Project Manager


SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT  Evaluating Subject Matter Eligibility

  • Robert Bahr (Biography)
    Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

Opportunities for Examiner Interviews: First Action Interview Pilot and General Practice

  • Wendy Garber (Biography)
    Director of Technology Center 3700
  • Timothy Callahan (Biography)
    Director of Technology Center 2400
The Post-Prosecution Pilot: A New After Final Collaboration Program
  • Tariq Hafiz (Biography)
    Director of Technology Center 2600
  • Jerry Lorengo (Biography)
    Director of Technology Center 1600
Future Information Disclosure Practice in a Global Dossier Environment
  • Mark Powell (Biography) 
    Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
  • Robert Bahr (Biography) 
    Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
Assistance in Patenting: Patents Ombudsman and Pro Se Assistance Programs 
  • Anthony Knight (Biography)
    Director of Stakeholder outreach and Patents Ombudsman Program
  • Mindy Bickel (Biography)
    Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development
TUESDAY, November 8 Clarity of the Record Pilot: A Discussion of Findings
  • Robin Evans (Biography)
    Director of Technology Center 2800
  • Marty Rater (Biography)
    Acting Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance
TUESDAY, December 13

Patent Quality Conference (archive)

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community.  Insights into the Future of Patent Quality.

  • Michelle K. LeeUnder Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will serve as Keynote Speaker

Future webinars will be held on the second Tuesday of each month on topics such as:  Quality Metrics.

Webcast Instructions

To send in questions and/or comments during the events, please use the WebEx chat function or send an email to PatentQualityEventParticipationBox@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail)
Event address for attendees: ► December 13 , 2016:  See Event for Virtual Registration
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For technical assistance during the webcast, please email PatentQualityEventTechnicalSupport@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail)

To suggest topics for an upcoming Patent Quality Chat and/or general inquiries, please email WorldClassPatentQuality@uspto.gov with “Patent Quality Chat” in the subject line.