On May 16th the DaVinci Institute will play host to USPTO Commissioner John Doll at the Phipps Mansion, the site of the former G8 Summit.  Commissioner Doll’s talk will be on the "Future of the US Patent & Trademark Office".

"The Future of the USPTO"

One of the most distinctive institutions in the United States is the US Patent and Trademark Office.  Patents have a history stretching back 500 years in the United Kingdom, but the USPTO was launched when Thomas Jefferson influenced the development of the first national patent system in 1790.

American ingenuity today is at an all-time high. Each year we are setting new records in the number of patent filings.  To give you a sense of the volume, the patent office received 356,943 patent applications in fiscal 2004. During this same period of time it granted 181,302 patents. The backlog of patent applications is over 950,000 deep, and inventors who file a patent wait an average of 27 months for their application to be processed.

So where are we headed with the patent system?  Join us for some profound insight into the future of the USPTO from the person who is in charge of making it happen.

EVENT:  Movers and Shakers Breakfast Series
DATE:  May 16, 2006
TIMES:  8:00 – 9:30 am

LOCATION:  Phipps Mansion – Tennis Pavilion, 3400 Belcaro Drive, Denver, Colorado 80209
DIRECTIONS: Click here for map

WEBSITE:  http://www.davinciinstitute.com/page.php?ID=135
PRODUCED BY:  The DaVinci Institute and the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business

SPEAKER:  USPTO Commissioner John Doll       
COST:  $59 – ($10 discount for DaVinci Institute Members) – Register here. 
NOTE:  We will be limited to a seating capacity of 225 people.  Because this will fill up quickly, everyone must be registered to attend.

Every new patent filed adds another layer of complexity to the job of the patent examiner. Today, examiners have to work their way through 50% more patents than examiners from 25 years ago. Even though searching through existing patents has become more automated, the sheer volume of patent filings increases job pressures, increasing the probability of mistakes.

Time spent on each patent at the USPTO depends on the patent and the area of technology. While review time currently averages around 8 hour per patent, some of the more complicated biotech patents require over 30 hours of attention.

The US is still the world’s leader in intellectual property having granted a total of 1,725,546 patents since its inception compared to 1,376,170 granted by the entire rest of the world combined (2004 Statistics).  However, we are moving quickly into a global economy, and the rules that apply today may not apply tomorrow.

SPEAKER:  John J. Doll is the Commissioner for Patents, responsible for all aspects of the patent granting process for the United States, more than 5,000 employees, and an annual budget of more than $970 million.

Previously, Mr. Doll served as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Resources and Planning, and on a detail assignment as Special Assistant to Jon Dudas, Director of the USPTO. Before his detail, Mr. Doll was the Director of Groups 1610 and 1630 that examine organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

Mr. Doll joined the Patent and Trademark Office in 1974 as a Patent Examiner and was promoted to Primary Examiner in 1979, reviewing patent applications encompassing pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides, and dyestuffs. As a Supervisory Patent Examiner in Groups 1100 and 1800, he was responsible for applications drawn from a variety of arts, including inorganic chemistry, hydrometallurgy, zeolite catalysts, buckministerfullerenes, proteins, and peptides. In 1992, he was promoted to Deputy Director of Group 1100 and 2900, which examined chemical, chemical engineering, and design patent applications. In 1995, he became the Director of Group 1800, which examined biotechnology patent applications. He was then one of the Directors of the Chemical Matrix that transitioned into Technology Center 1600.

As a Director, Mr. Doll led the development and implementation of the 35 United States Code (USC) 112, paragraph 1, Enablement Examiner Training Materials. He was a key member of the team that developed and implemented the 35 USC 101, Utility Guidelines, and the 35 USC 112, paragraph 1, Written Description Guidelines, as well as the associated Examiner Training Materials. He was also part of the team that led the Patent Corps Business Process Image File Wrapper implementation of image-based electronic patent applications.

Mr. Doll has received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for examination and supervisory accomplishments; a Bronze Medal for his work on the implementation of Patent Application Location and Monitoring (PALM); a Silver Medal for his work on the development of automated examiner office action tools; the Vice Presidential Hammer Award for his work in establishing the Biotechnology Customer Partnership; and a Gold Medal for his work on the Image File Wrapper system.

Mr. Doll received a bachelor of science from Bowling Green State University in chemistry and physics, and a master of science from The Pennsylvania State University in physical chemistry.

Movers & Shakers Breakfast Series

Movers & Shakers is not for everyone.  Traditional assumptions will be challenged, problems will be solved at the same time that new problems are created, and ideas, big and small, brilliant and eccentric, will become the currency of trade.  And through this process we are dedicated to cultivating the potential of those who attend and increasing their competitiveness both here and throughout the world. 

The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business has teamed up with the DaVinci Institute to produce an event designed to put you in touch with the latest thinking in the business world.  The Movers & Shakers Breakfast Series will combine visionary speakers and timely topics in an engaging interactive format to introduce you to the ideas and people that will help create your future.