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Robert J. Spar

Robert J. Spar

Director (Ret.) Office of Patent Legal Administration, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Patent Prosecution and Practice Specialist, Director (Ret.) OPLA, USPTO
Silver Spring, MD, USA


Since January 3, 2007 when he retired from the USPTO, Robert (Bob) Spar has been actively providing advice, consultation and training services to the patent bar about patent practices and Office procedures, including, in particular, about recent examination related notices/initiatives, and proposed/final rule changes by the USPTO. He has provided such specialized consultant services via presentations and training workshops, with follow-up e-mails, to patent intellectual property organizations, individual attorneys, patent departments of major corporations and leading patent law firms; and to the patent community in general via presentations at Annual Patent Law conferences and telephonic.

Hot Topic Briefing webinars for the PLI. He has taught for the PLI in its bar review course, its program on Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation, and in its annual PLI programs on prior art/35 USC 102/103.  He also served as an expert witness in patent litigation matters, and provided legal and technical consultation services on reissues, reexamination requests, and patent procedures, practices and issues.

Prior to his retirement on January 3, 2007, Bob had nearly 40 years of service at the USPTO. For the last 11 years, Bob was the Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA, formerly SPLO), under the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Bob, with OPLA, played a significant and leading role in developing and implementing many major Office rule makings and policy initiatives involving the patent process, and greatly affecting the patent corps and all patent practitioners.

During his tenure in the Office, Bob served in a number of capacities in Patents, holding the titles of Primary Examiner, Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE), and Special Programs Examiner (SPRE); serving on details to the Solicitor’s Office, the Board of Appeals and Interferences; and in 1978, he was selected for a 1 year Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship to the White House.

He taught extensively at the Patent Academy (including numerous patent examiner initial training (PEIT) sessions, and on 35 U.S.C. 103 – Obviousness); he made many training and informational presentations to examiners, technical support staff, and top patents management; and he made a large number of presentations on proposed, existing and revised PTO practices and policies to state and city patent bar organizations, at conferences of intellectual property organizations, and for the PLI. He helped to create the Form Paragraph manual of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), and served as its editor for many years. 

He received a BME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1962, a LLB from University of Baltimore in 1969, is a member of the Maryland Bar, AIPLA, registered to practice before the USPTO, and is admitted to the CAFC.

Robert J. Spar is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules I: Rulemaking and Quality Initiatives - 11th Annual Patent Law Institute, Friday, April 28, 2017
Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules II: Prosecution Related Actions - 11th Annual Patent Law Institute, Friday, April 28, 2017
The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): - Patent Eligibility, Prior Art and Obviousness 2017: Current Trends in Sections 101, 102, and 103, Monday, June 19, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules I: Rulemaking and Quality Initiatives - Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules I: Rulemaking and Quality Initiatives , Friday, April 28, 2017
Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules II: Prosecution Related Actions - Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules II: Prosecution Related Actions, Friday, April 28, 2017
The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): - The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): , Monday, June 19, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules II: Prosecution Related Actions - Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules II: Prosecution Related Actions, Friday, April 28, 2017
Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules I: Rulemaking and Quality Initiatives - Breakout: Prosecution - USPTO Rules I: Rulemaking and Quality Initiatives , Friday, April 28, 2017
The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): - The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): , Monday, June 19, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Request for Comments Regarding the Continuation of the Accelerated Examination Program, Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 8 (Tuesday, January 12, 2017) - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
37 CFR Parts 1, 41, and 42, Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017, Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 191 (Monday, October 3, 2016) - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
37 CFR Part 1, Revision of the Duty to Disclose Information in Patent Applications and Reexamination Proceedings, Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 209 (Friday, October 28, 2016) - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
EFS-Web Quick Start Guide: Application Data Sheet to Update and/or Correct Information (April 12, 2016) - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
Evolving Programs of the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative, United States Patent and Trademark Office - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable Event on Leveraging Electronic Resources to Retrieve Information from Applicant’s Other Applications and Streamline Patent Issuance, Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 167 (Monday, August 29, 2016) - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
USPTO Patent Application Initiatives Timeline - Patent Law Institute (11th Annual), Monday, May 01, 2017
Former 35 USC § 102(e) Recast as New (AIA) 35 USC § 102(a)(2)—as Implemented by New (AIA) 35 USC § 102(d); Impacts on Applications and Prior Art of Priority/Benefit Claims under 35 USC §§ 119, 120, 121 and 365 - Patent Eligibility, Prior Art and Obviousness 2017: Current Trends in Sections 101, 102, and 103, Thursday, June 15, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 11th Annual Patent Law Institute, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Patent Eligibility, Prior Art and Obviousness 2017: Current Trends in Sections 101, 102, and 103, Monday, June 26, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Transcripts  Transcripts The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): - The Concept of Old 102(e) Recast as New 102(a)(2) as Implemented by New 102(d): , Monday, June 19, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Law Institute 2018: Critical Issues & Best Practices, Thursday, April 26, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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