The SCU High Tech Law Institute and the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy invite you to attend a pair of jointly-hosted conferences on Patent Quality, to discuss and support engagement in the USPTO’s Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative and other levers for improving patent quality. These conferences will convene academics and stakeholders to reflect, as a community, on existing initiatives and future directions.  The first conference will be held on September 9, 2016 at Santa Clara University. A second conference, which will be co-hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be held on December 13, 2016 at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Register Online Now for Sept. 9th at SCU! 

Over the past 7 years, the PTO has made patent quality a major priority, launching initiatives and taking executive action to reduce application pendency, enhance prior art search capabilities, bolster examiner training, increase clarity of the record, enhance transparency, and calibrate examiner incentives, among other steps. As the PTO continues to implement a number of ongoing programs and roll out new ones, these conferences will convene policy-makers, academics, and stakeholders to reflect as a community on what has gone well, what has been learned, and what potential next steps, policies and procedures the PTO might consider for ensuring that U.S. patents are of the highest quality.

(Subject to change)

Time Topic
8:45am – 8:50am Welcome/Introduction
Colleen Chien, Santa Clara Law
Arti Rai, Duke Law School
8:50am – 9:05am

Claim Clarity Initiatives
Valencia Wallace-Martin, USPTO

9:10am – 10:10am

Claim Clarity, Consistency
Moderator: Ahsan Shaikh, McDermott, Will & Emery
Charles Duan, Public Knowledge
Xavier Jaravel, Stanford University
Jay Kesan, University of Illinois College of Law
Peter Menell, UC Berkeley School of Law
Valencia Wallace-Martin, USPTO

10:10am – 10:30am


10:30am – 10:45am

How Examiner Time is Allocated
Andy Faile, USPTO

10:50am – 11:05am

Searching and Time Allocations Survey
Robert Marek, GAO

11:10am – 12:05pm

Search and Time
Moderator: Karen Wong, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Colleen Chien, Santa Clara Law
Andy Faile, USPTO
Michael Frakes, Duke Law School
Melissa Wasserman, University of Texas School of Law

12:05pm – 1:05pm Lunch
1:05pm – 1:20pm EPO Quality Initiatives and Differences
Alfred Spigarelli, EPO
1:25pm – 1:35pm Data on USPTO v. EPO
Colleen Chien, Santa Clara Law
Jay Kesan, University of Illinois College of Law
1:40pm – 2:35pm Once and Done, Feedback Loops
Moderator: Arti Rai, Duke Law School
Alan Marco, USPTO
Laura Sheridan, Google
Sandy Swain, Microsoft Corporation
Stephen Yelderman, University of Notre Dame Law School
2:35pm – 2:50pm Break
2:50pm – 3:45pm Applicant Incentives and Choices (including fees), Differentiating Between Patents
Moderator: Melissa Wasserman, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law
Oskar Liivak, Cornell University Law School
Brian Love, Santa Clara Law
Josh Makower, New Enterprise Associates
Robert Marek, GAO
Arti Rai, Duke Law School
3:50pm – 4:05pm Where We’ve Been – Perspective
Dave Kappos, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
4:10pm – 5:15pm Reflections on Patent Quality – Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
Moderator: Colleen Chien, Santa Clara
Andy Faile, USPTO 
Alfred Spigarelli, EPO
Valencia Wallace-Martin, USPTO 

For more Information and to Register Online visit the event page.