Upcoming CLE
By Scott A. McKeown
| May 24, 2017
PTAB Webinar Tomorrow

Webinar to Cover Flurry of CAFC Developments & SAS Cert.


Tomorrow, May 25, 2017, I will present a webinar for Strafford Legal on: Evolving PTAB Trial Practice: Navigating Complex Procedural Rules (live webinar: 1:00PM-2:30PM EDT)
The program will cover a number of important topics, not the least of which is the expected impact of pending en banc decisions of the Federal Circuit as well as the potential impact of the SAS debate now at the Supreme Court.  

On June 15th, I, along with my partner Alex Hadjis will present: ITC as a PTAB Antidote : Navigating Competing Administrative Trial Strategies & Pitfalls (live webinar:1:00pm-2:30pm EDT)

I hope to hear from you at one of these upcoming events.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| May 5, 2017
May/June PTAB CLE

PTAB Related CLE

May 10th-11th: American Conference Institute presents its Third Annual Post-Grant PTO Proceedings in New York City (here). This two-day event will cover a variety of AIA Trial Proceeding topics. The second day will include a three-hour workshop entitled Parallel Proceedings: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. 

May 16, 2017: MIP PTAB Forum 2017 will be held in New York City. (here)  This is a full-day forum on PTAB trial practices.

May 25, 2017: Strafford Legal presents: Evolving PTAB Trial Practice: Navigating Complex Procedural Rules (live webinar: 1:00PM-2:30PM EDT)

June 15, 2017: Strafford Legal presents: ITC as a PTAB Antidote : Navigating Competing Administrative Trial Strategies & Pitfalls (1:00pm-2:30pm EDT).

I hope to hear from you at one of these upcoming events.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| April 20, 2017
Post-Grant Buzz Spring 2017

Upcoming CLE, Director Change & New Rules


The chatter around the USPTO's Alexandria campus is the ongoing efforts of the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to select a new USPTO Director. With interviews progressing, some of the bigger names have seemingly fallen out of the picture.  The focus appears to have shifted to attorneys in private practice. Current favorites include a patent litigation partner in DC, the other a patent prosecution focused partner from the West Coast.
Stay tuned.

As noted previously, the PTAB is soliciting comments from the public on possible AIA trial refinements. Comments are specifically welcomed addressing procedures relating to multiple petitions, motions to amend, claim construction, and decisions to institute. In concert, the agency is also seeking input on outdated rules it might eliminate to satisfy the 2-for-1 requirements of the Trump administration. It seems that once the AIA feedback is collected, and some rules are identified for cancellation, the PTAB will be in a position to move toward a rule package - or issue the long-awaited updating of the PTAB Trial Practice Guide.

For those seeking some PTAB related discussion/CLE in the months ahead, there are a few noteworthy programs.

May 10th-11th: American Conference Institute presents its Third Annual Post-Grant PTO Proceedings in New York City (here). This two-day event will cover a variety of AIA Trial Proceeding topics. The second day will include a three-hour workshop entitled Parallel Proceedings: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. 

May 16, 2017: MIP PTAB Forum 2017 will be held in New York City. (here)  This is a full-day forum on PTAB trial practices.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| March 8, 2017
Advanced Patent Law Institute at PTO Thursday-Friday

UTCLE Program Covers Patent Landscape


For those seeking some PTAB related discussion/CLE this week, there are a few exciting programs.

Tomorrow through Friday of this week, the USPTO (Alexandria) hosts UTCLE Advanced Patent Law Institute (here). This program will offer a broad range of patent related topics, including extensive discussions of PTAB trial practice and the impact of recent Federal Circuit Decisions this afternoon.

Friday March 10th: For those on the west coast, the Washington State Bar Association will hold its 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Institute in Seattle. (here)  This program will also offer a broad range of IP related topics, including a discussion of best practices for PTAB trials.

In the weeks ahead there are a number of other programs scheduled for both coasts.

March 21st: MIP U.S. Patent Forum 2017 will be held in Palo Alto (here). This program offers a full day program focusing on AIA trial practices.

May 10th-11th: American Conference Institute presents its Third Annual Post-Grant PTO Proceedings in New York City (here). This two-day event will cover a variety of AIA Trial Proceeding topics.

May 16, 2017: MIP PTAB Forum 2017 will be held in New York City. (here)  This is a full-day forum on PTAB trial practices.

I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| February 24, 2017
PTAB Bar Conference Next Week

Inaugural PTAB Bar Association Conference Coming to DC


Next week brings the now Sold Out, Inaugural PTAB Bar Conference. The PTAB Bar was founded to help establish best practices for this unique forum, foster communication among stakeholders and the PTAB, and aid practitioners in staying abreast of rule making, procedure and PTAB jurisprudential evolution. The Inaugural Conference of the PTAB Bar Association will be held March 1-3rd at the Ritz Carlton in Washington D.C. (here) The 3-day program offers a boot-camp for new practitioners on Wednesday March 1, followed by a full day program on Thursday, March 2nd, and a half day program on Friday, March 3rd.

Join the Organization to keep abreast of future event, meetings, practice updates and CLE. 

Also, next week, for practitioners handling ex parte appeals before the PTAB, AIA trials, or drafting claims to computer implemented inventions, the IPO Chat Channel will offer a timely review of emerging Board decisions on conditional claiming practices this Wednesday, March 1st, entitled: Ex Parte Schulhauser and Claim Drafting
for Computer-Implemented Inventions (register here)

For additional PTAB related events in March, see my earlier post on Spring CLE (here)

I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| February 8, 2017
Upcoming PTAB CLE Winter/Spring 2017

Inaugural PTAB Bar Association Conference & Much More


For those seeking some PTAB related discussion/CLE in the months ahead, there are a multitude of upcoming programs.

March 1st-3rd: The Inaugural Conference of the PTAB Bar Association will be held in Washington D.C. (here) This program will offer a boot-camp for new practitioners on Wednesday March 1, followed by a full day program on Thursday, March 2nd, and a half day program on Friday, March 3rd. Don't miss the uniquely focused discussion of PTAB ethics and potential inequitable conduct risks on Friday.

March 7th: - Best Practices for Proving a Document is a Printed Publication in an Appeal or AIA Trial (PTAB -Boardside Chat) (to be rescheduled)

March 9th-10th: The UTCLE Advanced Patent Law Institute will be held at the USPTO's Alexandria campus. (here) This program will offer a broad range of patent related topics, including extensive discussions of PTAB trial practice and the impact of recent Federal Circuit Decisions.

March 10th: For those on the west coast, the Washington State Bar Association will hold its 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Institute in Seattle. (here)  This program will also offer a broad range of IP related topics, including a discussion of best practices for PTAB trials.

March 21st: MIP U.S. Patent Forum 2017 will be held in Palo Alto (here). This program offers a full day program focusing on AIA trial practices.

May 10th-11th: American Conference Institute presents its Third Annual Post-Grant PTO Proceedings in New York City (here). This two-day event will cover a variety of AIA Trial Proceeding topics.

May 16, 2017: MIP PTAB Forum 2017 will be held in New York City. (here)  This is a full-day forum on PTAB trial practices.

I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| November 21, 2016
Tuesday Webinar to Update P3 & After-Final Practice

After Final Practice (P3) - November 2016


Some patent prosecution CLE is available this week.

This Tuesday (1-3PM EST), Strafford Publications presents a special encore presentation of: After-Final Practice: Navigating Expanding PTO Options to Compact Patent Prosecution.  The webinar program will cover efficient patent prosecution practices in view of the expanding after-final landscape at the USPTO. Topics include Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3), After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0, Pre-Appeal Conference Requests & Appeal. The webinar will provide updates on P3, closed art units, and perceived efficacy to date. Strategies and tips for applying each program, as well as examiner motivations for accepting one as compared to another will be discusses. A Q&A session will follow the program.

 

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By Scott A. McKeown
| September 30, 2016
Upcoming PTAB CLE

PTAB Boot Camp & More


For those seeking some PTAB related discussion/CLE in the weeks ahead, there are a number of upcoming programs.

First up, next Friday October 7th, the George Washington University Law School will host an IPR-CBM Roundtable Discussion (here) from 12-6PM in the Faculty Conference Center; Fifth Floor, Burns Building Washington, DC 20052. (CLE is not offered for this program)

On October 18-20th the PTAB Bench & Bar Conference will be held at the Center for American & International Law in Plano Texas.  This program offers an afternoon "Bootcamp" with PTAB judges and practitioners on the 18th.  On the 19th the program focuses on “Advanced Practice before the PTAB.”  This second full day offering provides deep dive sessions for those who manage PTAB proceedings, practice before the PTAB, and are looking for a unique program and learning experience that focuses on current issues and best practices. On the afternoon of the 19th through to the 20th the program brings in the perspectives of several Texas and Delaware District Court Judges, as well as Judge Chen of the Federal Circuit and USPTO Director Michelle Lee.

I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.

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By Scott A. McKeown
| September 20, 2016
Reminder: PatentsPostGrant.Com Free Webinar Tomorrow

Leveraging PTAB Trial Records in the District Court


Tomorrow, is the September edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series (September 21st@12:30PM (est)). The webinar is entitled: Leveraging PTAB Trial Records in Concurrent Litigation (speakers: Scott McKeown & Greg Gardella).  As the title suggests, the webinar will focus on utilizing PTAB fact finding and decisions in case dispositive pleadings, Markman and more. Register (HERE). (or copy the following link into your web browser: to https://oblon.webex.com/oblon/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0f385735ab0c84ab7bd0b15e722d42a3

The formal portion of the PatentsPostGrant.com webinar will begin at 12:30 Eastern and will last for approximately 50-60 minutes. After the presentation there will be a Q&A period. To attend the webinar please sign up via the link above. You will receive a registration confirmation email immediately. One hour prior to the webinar you'll receive another email with a link and instructions for joining the presentation. VA CLE credit will be provided.

 

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By Scott A. McKeown
| September 6, 2016
Fall PTAB CLE & More

After Final Practice & Leveraging PTAB Records in Court - September 2016


For those seeking some CLE this September there are a number of upcoming patent programs.  First up, a prosecution topic, this Thursday September 8th (1PM-230 EST), Strafford Publications presents: After-Final Practice: Navigating Expanding PTO Options to Compact Patent Prosecution.  The program will cover efficient prosecution practices in view of the expanding after-final landscape at the USPTO. Topics include Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3), After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0, Pre-Appeal Conference Requests & Appeal. The program will also offer strategies and tips for applying each, as well as examiner motivations for accepting one as compared to another.

Later this month, the September edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will be held on Wednesday September 21st@12:30PM (est). The September webinar is entitled: Leveraging PTAB Trial Records in Concurrent Litigation (speakers: Scott McKeown & Greg Gardella).  As the title suggests, the webinar will focus on utilizing PTAB fact finding and decisions in case dispositive pleadings, Markman and more. Register (HERE). (or copy the following link into your web browser: to https://oblon.webex.com/oblon/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0f385735ab0c84ab7bd0b15e722d42a3

The formal portion of the PatentsPostGrant.com webinar will begin at 12:30 Eastern and will last for approximately 50-60 minutes. After the presentation there will be a Q&A period. To attend the webinar please sign up via the link above. You will receive a registration confirmation email immediately. One hour prior to the webinar you'll receive another email with a link and instructions for joining the presentation. VA CLE credit will be provided.

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