The Future of the USPTO: Progress, Policy, and Patent Reform
The discussion introduced students to USPTO basics and the increasing importance of IP in the global marketplace. The talk also focused on the challenges facing the USPTO and the IP system as well as the myriad programs and projects that the USPTO is implementing to address those challenges. Finally, an update was given on the critical portions of the America Invents Act.
Speaker Azam Khan is Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Khan advises the Director of the USPTO on matters related to strategic planning, policy and political issues, and operations. Mr. Khan was a primary drafter of the Agency's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. He has also served as head speechwriter for the Director and as project lead for the Nationwide Workforce Satellite Office project among others.