As an avid tennis player, love means nothing to me. However, this Valentine’s Day appears to be the perfect opportunity to profile the USPTO’s newly appointed Chief of Patent Examination Policy, Deputy Commissioner John J. Love. Commissioner Love has always been quite responsive to requests for information and explanation. Unfortunately, this reporter failed to contact Love for this report. . .
Rumors are that the Deputy Commissioner is difficult to sway, but that you will at least know where you stand. Previously, as the head of the business method technology center, Love was a leader who helped institute the ‘second pair of eyes’ review and other quality initiatives. As we have seen, those quality initiatives are thought to have increased patent quality while decreasing the allowance rate.
As the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Love is part of the high-level PTO management that includes PTO Director Jon Dudas, Deputy Director Pinkos, Commissioner John Doll, and Deputy Commissioner for Operations Peggy Focarino [LINK].