USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees
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Press Release, 12-30
Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees
Nominations must be received by June
Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming
vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).
Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before June 11, 2012. Submission details can be
found in the
The committees were created in 1999 through Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act to advise the Secretary
of Commerce and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the
management of patent and trademark operations including goals, performance, budget, and user fees. Each committee
has nine voting members who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Secretary of Commerce. Each member
serves a three-year term.
“Our Public Advisory Committees help us work in concert with our stakeholder
community to launch transformative initiatives to improve the way Americans innovate,” said Under Secretary of
Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, David Kappos. “Committee input is critical to our
continuing efforts to support American innovation, create U.S. jobs and make U.S. businesses more competitive in
the global economy.”
For more information contact, John W. Cabeca, Senior Advisor, Office of the Under
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, by facsimile transmission marked to his
attention at (571) 273-0464.