By Scott A. McKeown
| April 2, 2013
postgrantCLEFor those seeking CLE this Spring, there are numerous upcoming options. The Spring Meeting of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL) will convene this week on April 3-5th in Arlington Virginia. On Thursday April 4th, the meeting will kick off with the program "Patentability Trials of the AIA: The First 120 Days." I will participate in a plenary session with the Chief Judge of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), the Hon. James Smith and Trial Section Lead, the Hon. Michael Tierney.

Also this week, Patent Resources Group offers a three-day course on post-issuance administrative proceedings titled Post-Grant Patent Practice:  Review, Reexamination, Reissue and Supplemental Examination. The topics covered in the course are also comprehensively addressed in a two-volume treatise, which is provided in conjunction with the course.  My partner, Kevin Laurence, has been one of the course instructors since 2009.  The course is scheduled for April 7-9 in Orlando, Florida.

Next week, for those having a particular interest in business method and software patents, I will be speaking at the American University Washington College of Law program entitled: iWars: Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Challenges to the Validity of Computer-Implemented Business Method Patents in the Wake of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 on April 12th.

On April 11th and 12th my partner Todd Baker will be speaking in Dallas Texas on Nuances and strategies for successfully prosecuting and defending IPRs, PGRs, CBMRs before the Board at the AIPLA's Advanced Practice Under the America Invents Act.

The Practicing Law Institute’s USPTO Post Grant Trials- 2013 (now in its 4th year) will also be making 2 more stops across the country. This year’s program, which I am pleased to chair, coincides with the release of the new treatise entitled Post Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, the remaining stops include:

Hope to see you see you at an upcoming event.