Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality across the IP Community

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
USPTO Headquarters, Madison Auditorium
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia

View the livestream of the conference at: https://livestream.com/uspto/PatentQualityConference16

Presentations, Panel Discussions, and Insights into the Future of Patent Quality

Keynote Speaker

MICHELLE K. LEE

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property &
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Additional Speakers Include:

  • Key USPTO and EPO Executives
  • Court of Appeals Federal Circuit Judge
  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Patent Practitioners

Topics:

Results on many Enhanced Patent Quality Initiatives and the next steps the USPTO is taking to advance patent quality, Patent quality and its impact in the U.S. Courts, professional responsibility and practice before the USPTO, quality efforts at the EPO, and various panel discussions with our stakeholders.

Sponsored by: US Patent and Trademark Office, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, and the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute

Questions regarding the USPTO sponsored CLE credits should be sent to innovationpolicy@law.duke.edu.

SCHEDULE — December 13, 2016 — U.S.P.T.O. Headquarters, Alexandria

Time Topic
8:30–8:55am

Opening Remarks:

Welcome
Valencia Martin Wallace
Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO

Advancing Quality in the IP Community
Michelle K. Lee

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Part 1. ENHANCED PATENT QUALITY PROGRAM RESULTS
8:55–10:50am

Presentations:

I. Clarity of the Record Pilot Results
Robin Evans
Director, Technology Center 2800, USPTO

II. Improving Clarity and Reasoning in Office Actions (ICR) Training/
STEPP/Automated Pre-examination Search

Greg Vidovich

Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO

III. Master Review Form and Quality Metrics Results
Marty Rater

Acting Director, Office of Patent Quality Assurance, USPTO

IV. Topic Submission for Case Studies Results
Brian Hanlon

Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration, USPTO

10:50–11:50am

Panel Discussion:

Patent Quality in the USPTO – Our Next Steps!

Moderator: Jack Harvey
                Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, USPTO

Bob Bahr
Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, USPTO
Andy Faile
Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, USPTO
Kevin Rhodes
President and Chief IP Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company
Hans Sauer
Deputy General Counsel for IP, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Valencia Martin Wallace
Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO

12:15–1:15pm

Ethics Presentation:

Professional Responsibility and Practice Before the USPTO
Will Covey
Deputy General Counsel, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO

Part 2. POST GRANT ACTIVITY
1:15–1:50pm

Presentations:

I. Patent Quality and Post Grant Activities
Russ Slifer
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

II. Effect of Patent Quality in U.S. Courts
Hon. Raymond Chen

Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

1:50–2:45pm

Panel Discussion:

Patent Quality and Its Impact in the U.S. Courts

Moderator: Charles Molster
                The Law Offices of Charles B. Molster, PLLC

Hon. Raymond Chen
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Paul Grewal
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Worldwide Litigation, Facebook
     and former Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern
     District of California

Hon. Paul Michel
(ret.)
Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. S. Jay Plager
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Part 3. INTERNATIONAL AND STAKEHOLDER COOPERATION
2:50–4:45pm

Panel Discussions:

I. International Quality Efforts

Moderator: Colleen Chien
                Associate Professor, Santa Clara Law School

Roger Gobrogge
IP Counsel, ITIP ProFiciency, LLC
Dr. Stuart Graham
Associate Professor, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark Powell
Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation, USPTO
Alfred Spigarelli — SLIDES
Principal Director of Quality Management, European Patent Office

 

II. What Can Applicants Do To Enhance Patent Quality?

Moderator: Arti Rai
                Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Bob Armitage — SLIDES
Consultant, IP Strategy & Policy (former General Counsel, Eli Lilly)
Vera Ranieri
Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Russ Slifer
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mark Vallone — SLIDES
IP Counsel, IBM
Saurabh Vishnubhakat
Associate Professor of Law and Engineering, Texas A&M University

4:45–5:00pm

Closing Remarks:

Next Steps of Enhancing Patent Quality
Andrew Hirshfeld
Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

 

The conferences are generously supported by: