Upcoming CLE
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)

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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By Scott A. McKeown
| July 26, 2016
Reminder: PatentsPostGrant July Webinar

July Webinar: Overlap Between Administrative Procedure Act (APA) & PTAB AIA Trial Practice


The July edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will be held tomorrow, Wednesday July 27th @12:30PM (est). The July webinar is entitled: The Tail That Wags the Dog: Leveraging the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) at the PTAB (speakers: Scott McKeown & Greg Gardella). This is the re-scheduling of the March webinar directed to the same APA issues. As the title suggests, the webinar will focus on the controlling APA procedure and standards as applied by the PTAB and CAFC. Register (HERE). (or copy the following link into your web browser: https://oblon.webex.com/oblon/onstage/g.php?MTID=efeaa9da53af3bddeb711a62ec6f25700

The formal portion of the 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
| July 19, 2016
New PTAB Chief on Next Week

Special Boardside Chat Next Tuesday, Followed by PTAB/APA Webinar on Wednesday


Note: The Special Boardside Chat has been cancelled due to illness

The PTAB will host a special Boardside Chat on Tuesday, July 26th from noon to 1 p.m. ET featuring a conversation with new Chief Judge David Ruschke. You can access the program through Livestream (here). Chief Judge Ruschke will talk about his background, as well as his vision and priorities for the PTAB. You also will have the opportunity to ask him questions through the comment section of the program. (The next regularly scheduled Boardside Chat will be held on Tuesday August 2nd, and is entitled: Presentation of Prior Art in an AIA Trial).

On Wednesday, July 27th, the July edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will present: The Tail That Wags the Dog: Leveraging the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) at the PTAB (speakers: Scott McKeown & Greg Gardella). This is the re-scheduling of the March webinar directed to the same APA issues. As the title suggests, the webinar will focus on the controlling APA procedure and standards as applied by the PTAB and CAFC. Register (HERE). (or copy the following link into your web browser: https://oblon.webex.com/oblon/onstage/g.php?MTID=efeaa9da53af3bddeb711a62ec6f25700

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By Scott A. McKeown
| July 12, 2016
PatentsPostGrant.com July Webinar

July Webinar: Overlap Between Administrative Procedure Act (APA) & PTAB AIA Trial Practice


The July edition of the PatentsPostGrant.com free webinar series will be held on Wednesday July 27th @12:30PM (est). The July webinar is entitled: The Tail That Wags the Dog: Leveraging the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) at the PTAB (speakers: Scott McKeown & Greg Gardella). This is the re-scheduling of the March webinar directed to the same APA issues. As the title suggests, the webinar will focus on the controlling APA procedure and standards as applied by the PTAB and CAFC. Register (HERE). (or copy the following link into your web browser: https://oblon.webex.com/oblon/onstage/g.php?MTID=efeaa9da53af3bddeb711a62ec6f25700

The formal portion of the 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
| July 1, 2016
IPO Cuozzo Debrief -- What

IPO Chat Channel Program to Explore Cuozzo Aftermath Next Week


For those seeking some PTAB related CLE credit this month, the IPO Chat Channel will host After Cuozzo: Litigation at the PTAB, U.S. District Court, and the Federal Circuit
Wednesday, July 6th, 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET.  The program will explore:
  • The avenues that remain open for challenging IPR institution decisions, and the pending cert petitions that challenge USPTO post-grant proceedings on constitutional grounds;
  • Whether a Federal Circuit decision on the reviewability of Covered Business Method reviews (CBMs) is inconsistent with Cuozzo;
  • The Federal Circuit decision SAS Institute v. ComplementSoft that gives guidance on procedural safeguards of the Administrative Procedure Act regarding post-grant proceedings;
  • Practical tips for litigators on how to deal with two different claim construction standards going forward and; 
  • What lessons should patent practitioners take from Cuozzo
I hope you are able to join me and my fellow speakers for this important discussion.

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