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Archive for April 10th, 2014

PTAB Roadshow Effort Kicks Off in Alexandria on 4/15

Posted On: Apr. 10, 2014   By: Scott A. McKeown

PTAB roundtableRoundtable Discussions to Spur Dialogue on Possible Rule Changes

Roughly eighteen months have passed since the USPTO’s implementation of the new post grant patent challenges of the America Invents Act (AIA). Since the rules for implementing these post grant patent proceedings were developed under an aggressive time schedule, as promised, the USPTO is now revisiting those rules. In the months ahead, the USPTO will be considering whether revisions/refinements to the Patent Trial & Appeal Board’s (PTAB) rules are in order. To kickoff the effort, the PTAB will be conducting informational/roundtable discussions around the country. Once the roadshows are concluded, the USPTO is planning a Federal Register Notice this summer to collect additional stakeholder comments.

The roadshow agenda includes a discussion of AIA trial statistics, lessons learned, and techniques for successful motions practice.  The roundtables are free and open to all with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stops include, Alexandria (webcast available), New York, Chicago, Detroit, Santa Clara, Seattle, Dallas, and Denver.

Schedule and agenda are posted below. Read the rest of this entry »