Patent Quality Conference

 

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community

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Tuesday December 13, 2016
Hosted at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA

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We hosted this full-day Patent Quality Conference, in partnership with Duke and Santa Clara Law Schools, that featured an opening address by USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee on Advancing Quality in the IP Community; presentations by USPTO senior executives on the results of many of the programs of the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative to date; four panel discussions, including a panel discussion with current and former federal judges on patent quality and its impact on the U.S. courts as well as an international panel discussing international quality efforts; and ethics training on professional responsibility and practice before the USPTO.

For inquiries about the event, please email PatentQuality@uspto.gov

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Welcome

Advancing Quality in the IP Community


Clarity of the Record Pilot Results


Improving Clarity and Reasoning in Office Actions

Mater Review Form and Quality Metrics Result

Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality

Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual
Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Robin Evans, Director, Technology Center 2800, USPTO

Greg Vidovich, Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO


Martin Rater, Acting Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance,
USPTO

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EPQI Programs:

  • Topic Submission for Case Studies Results Presentation
     
  • Patent Quality in the USPTO – Our Next Steps! Panel Session



Brian Hanlon, Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration, USPTO


Jack Harvey, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, USPTO
Panelists:
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO
Andrew Faile, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, USPTO
Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, USPTO
Kevin Rhodes, President and Chief IP Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company
Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

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Lunch Ethics Presentation:

  • Professional Responsibility and Practice Before the USPTO


William Covey, Deputy General Counsel, Office of Enrollment and Discipline,
USPTO
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Post Grant Activity:

  • Patent Quality and Post Grant Activities Presentation
     
  • Effect of Patent Quality in U.S. Courts Presentation
     
  • Patent Quality and its Impact in the U.S. Courts Panel Discussion



Russell Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Hon. Raymond Chen, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Charles Molster, The Law Offices of Charles B. Molster, PLLC
Panelists:
Hon. Raymond Chen, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. S. Jay Plager, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. Paul Michel (ret.), Chief Judge, United Sates Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit
Paul Grewal, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Worldwide Litigation,
Facebook; Magistrate Judge (ret.), United States District Court for
the Northern District of California

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International and Stakeholder Cooperation Panel Discussions:

  • International Quality Efforts






     
  • What can Applicants do to Enhance Patent Quality








Closing Remarks

  • Next Steps of Enhancing Patent Quality/Closing Remarks



Professor Colleen Chien, Santa Clara Law
Panelists:
Dr. Stuart Graham, Associate Professor, Scheller College of Business,
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation, USPTO
Roger Gobrogge, IP Counsel, ITIP ProFiciency, LLC
Alfred Spigarelli, Principal Director of Quality


Professor Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke Law School
Panelists:
Russell Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Mark Vallone, Lead IP Counsel, IBM
Robert Armitage, Consultant, IP Strategy & Policy
Vera Ranieri, Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Associate Professor of Law and Engineering,
Texas A&M University



Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO


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