USPTO PPACUS Inventor is seeking an inventor to nominate for upcoming vacancies on the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC). The PPAC was created in 1999 through the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act. The committee reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of patent operations and advises the Secretary of Commerce, as well as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on these matters.

The Public Advisory Committee is composed of nine voting members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for three-year terms. Members are eligible for reappointment for a second consecutive three-year term. The Public Advisory Committee members must be citizens of the United States and are chosen to represent the interests of diverse stakeholders of the USPTO with respect to patents.

Our nominee for the PPAC must commit to participating in once per quarter meetings at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA and must commit serving at least 10 hours per month in a leadership capacity undertaking the duties listed above. Members are compensated for time and travel expense.

Nominees should:
  1. Be a named inventor on one or more U.S. utility patent(s).
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  3. List of accomplishments and qualifications.
  4. Explain why they’d like to serve in the position.
Nominations should be submitted to ppac@usinventor.org no later than June 17, 2021. The selection of candidates will be at the absolute discretion of US Inventor. Online voting for selected candidates will be from July 1-5, 2021.
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