Ex Parte Appeals: PTO Deputy Director Russ Slifer writes on the new expedited appeal program. Slifer writes that the “current average pendency of an ex parte appeal at the PTAB is approximately 30 months” while the goal for the expedited program is 6-months.
Enhanced Patent Quality: Valencia Martin Wallace is the PTO’s Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality and is spearheading the Office’s Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative. Wallace reports that the PTO received more than 1,100 comments and suggestions with regard to the initiative. More to come on that front.
Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC): The Department of Commerce and USPTO are seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the PTO’s official advisory board known as PPAC. (Fed. Reg. Notice). Nominations can be sent to PPACnominations@uspto.gov. For some reason, the USPTO continues to reject my nomination – Dennis.