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The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences AIPLA S PRING M EETING 2012 James Donald Smith Chief Administrative Patent Judge Board of Patent Appeals.

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1 The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences AIPLA S PRING M EETING 2012 James Donald Smith Chief Administrative Patent Judge Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences United States Patent and Trademark Office 5/10/2012

2 Size of Backlog for the Past 10 Quarters

3 Pendency Time for the Past 10 Quarters

4 Reaching the Inflection Point

5 Per Curiam Decisions Allow the Board to issue decisions based on arguments presented by Examiners or Applicants –Shorter decisions; disposed sooner Arguments must sufficiently explain the decision Working with offices of the Under-Secretary and Solicitor to finalize rules

6 Per Curiam Decisions as of 5/8/2012

7 Patent Corps Collaboration Continuing to explore collaboration opportunities Additional Examiner interviews? Examiner review of after-final amendments before coming to the Board?

8 Hiring Selectees from: –USPTO Patent Corps, Office of the General Counsel, and the BPAI –International Trade Commission and Department of Justice –Private Practice –Industry

9 Members of the Board (as of 5/7/2012)

10 List of Judges Pre-Funding Post-Funding

11 USPTO Detroit Satellite Office Opens on July 13, IP-experienced professionals have been hired as patent examiners 8 of the 44 judges confirmed to date by the Secretary of Commerce will reside in Detroit

12 Rules Committee Four new proceedings under America Invents Act – September 2012 Final rules under development Rules committee comprised of Board Judges Work proceeding smoothly Already incorporating public comment, where appropriate


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