United States Patent & Trademark Office(USPTO) -Updates From Executives On America Invents Act And Other Programs

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Here about the micro entity discounts available for filing your patent, learn about the Pro Bono program, get help and support with your patent protection with new initiatives shared on our show and find out about upcoming innovation and inventor workshops to attend and more on this show with your host Brian Fried and guest from the USPTO, John Calvert, Acting Associate Commissioner for the Office of Innovation Development, Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education Outreach and Recognition and Janet Gongola, Associate Commissioner of Patent Examination Policy.

John Calvert is responsibility as the Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development includes developing ways to increase the USPTO presence in the independent inventor, small business, and entrepreneurial communities; increasing opportunities for new patent holders to access assistance beyond the patent system; and direct responsibility for pro bono and independent inventor initiatives and the small business Ombudsman program prescribed in the America Invents Act.

Elizabeth Dougherty is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition in the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she develops, implements, and supervises programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. She also coordinates the agency’s ombudsman program for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as mandated by the America Invents Act of 2011. Elizabeth has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States. She oversees a portfolio of ongoing and future initiatives designed to assist independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and underserved communities.

Janet Gongola is the Patent Reform Coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she manages
all aspects of the agency’s implementation of the America Invents Act. Ms. Gongola has been an Associate Solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor at the
USPTO where she provided legal advice to agency officials and defended decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark
Trial and Appeal Board before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as district courts across the country.