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PPAC Quarterly Meeting – August 18

August 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Quarterly, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), meets at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  You can attend the public session of the meeting at the Alexandria campus, or watch on-line.

The PPAC reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of patent operations and advises the director on these matters.


Time Topic Principal(s)
9:00 – 9:05 Call To Order
Session Opening

• Introductions, PPAC Remarks
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
9:05 – 9:15 Opening Remarks Michelle Lee, Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO
9:15 – 10:35 Quality Initiative Update
•Post Prosecution Pilot (P3)
•Post Grant Outcomes
Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality
10:35 – 10:55 >>> Break <<<
10:55 – 11:15 Patent Examination Policy Update
•Subject Matter Eligibility
Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
11:15 – 11:55 Operations Update
•Patent Statistics
Jack Harvey, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
11:15 – 12:25 International Update
OIPC Updates:
•Relevant Prior Art Project
•Global Dossier
OPIA Updates:
•Effects of Brexit on Patent and Industrial Design Protection/Enforcement
•Update on China
•Other recent policy and international developments

Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


12:25 – 1:05 >>> Lunch <<<
1:05 – 1:35 Luncheon Speaker
•IP Attaché Program
Peter Fowler, former U.S. Regional IP Attaché for Southeast Asia
Conrad Wong, former U.S. Regional IP Attaché for China – Guangzhou
1:35- 1:55 >>> Break <<<
1:55 – 2:15 Regional Offices Update Mollybeth Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office
2:15 – 2:45 PTAB Update
•PTAB Management
•PTAB Statistics
•PTAB Amendment Practice
David Ruschke, Chief Judge, PTAB
2:45 – 3:05 OCIO/ Patent-End-to-End Update Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
3:05 – 3:25 Finance/Budget Update Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
3:25 – 3:30 Discussion/Wrap-Up Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair


August 15, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm