By Scott A. McKeown
| July 27, 2012
New PTAB Rules Imminent
The August 16 deadline is fast approaching for the USPTO issuance of the final rules to implement the new patent validity trials of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB). The good news is that the USPTO is rumored to be ahead of schedule. In fact, the rule packages are expected to issue next week. As a result, next week's CLE programs may be the first to touch upon these final rules and their expected impact this September.
In addition to Thursday's webinar below, the program set for Friday at the ABA annual meeting in Chicago will include Judge Tierney, lead judge of the Trial Section of the new PTAB. Friday's scheduled round table discussion will discuss the proposed/final rules, assuming the planets align and the government printer stays on track.
1. USPTO Post Grant Proceedings --August 2nd 1PM (EST) (Webinar Stafford Legal)
2. Trial & Discovery Practice Before the New USPTO Patent & Appeal Board --August 3rd 4PM (CST) (ABA Annual Meeting Chicago)