Upcoming CLE
By Scott A. McKeown
| August 10, 2017
Upcoming PTAB & Patent Policy CLE (Fall

Post-Grant Patent Trials 2017 & More


For those seeking PTAB related CLE/education the fall, there are a number of great programs on the immediate horizon.

This September, the most widely attended PTAB CLE program returns, the Practicing Law Institute's USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2017. (register here)

Sept. 25, 2017, New York, NY (webcast available)
Oct. 25th 2017, San Francisco, CA (webcast available)
I am pleased to return as chair of this program along with Rob Greene Sterne of Stern Kessler Goldstein & Fox. This day-long CLE event will be offered in both New York and San Francisco (also webcast). New for this year, the New York program will include a segment entitled Northeast Corridor: Bio/Pharma at the PTAB. Also new this year, San Francisco will include a special 2-hour segment entitled: Patent Monetization in Silicon Valley: Licensing Blues & Navigating PTAB Roadblocks. These programs are always the highlight of the CLE year.  


Some additional events this fall with offer more academic/policy based insight to the PTAB and beyond.


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By Scott A. McKeown
| June 14, 2017
PTAB Conference 6/29 @ USPTO

USPTO Headquarters to Host Half-Day PTAB Conference


As the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) has previously announced, it will host a half-day Judicial Conference on June 29, 2017 from 1-5PM.  The conference will be held in the Madison Auditorium.  The program will be directed toward both AIA trial proceedings and ex parte appeal practices. The detailed agenda and webcast link are found below:
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By Scott A. McKeown
| June 5, 2017
PatentsPostGrant June Webinar

Overlap in Administrative Trials: ITC v. PTAB


(THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED)

Next week, the June edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will be held on Thursday June 15th @12:30PM (est). The June webinar is entitled: ITC as a PTAB Antidote: Navigating Competing Administrative Trial Strategies & Pitfalls. (speakers: Scott McKeown & Alex Hadjis).  As the title suggests, the webinar will focus on the growing interplay between ITC and PTAB proceedings, with a particular focus on leveraging PTAB records at the ITC. Register (HERE). (or copy the following link into your web browser: to https://oblon.webex.com/oblon/onstage/g.php?MTID=e280fdde74642a509e6d02fd1f0bb94ce
 
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
| May 31, 2017
PTAB Trial Conference 6/29 @ USPTO

USPTO HeadQuarters to Host Half-Day PTAB Trial Conference


As the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) has previously announced, it will host a half-day Judicial Conference on June 29, 2017 from 1-5PM.  The conference will be held in the Madison Auditorium.  While an agenda is yet to be released, the agency describes the planned conference as:
[A]n excellent opportunity to learn about PTAB, including practice tips from multiple judges and practitioners, as well as practical insights on the latest PTAB developments. The conference is free of charge and you may attend in-person or by webinar. No registration is required. For those who attend in-person, an informal reception will be held after the conference, offering an opportunity to chat and mingle with PTAB judges and other attendees.
Hope to see you there.
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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 the free PatentsPostGrant.com webinar entitled: ITC as a PTAB Antidote : Navigating Competing Administrative Trial Strategies & Pitfalls (live webinar:1:00pm-2:30pm EDT) (register here)

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.

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

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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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