Senate Hearing To Spawn Even More Competing Bills?

Next Wednesday, March 18 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled The Impact of Abusive Patent Litigation Practices on the American Economy. An agenda is not yet available, however, I would expect that this discussion will be in stark contrast to many of the concepts proposed in last week’s STRONG Act.

Upcoming CLE

As to other upcoming events of note, tomorrow kick’s off the The 10th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s main campus in Alexandria Virginia (March 12-13th). This program provides a comprehensive view of USPTO practice, including application prosecution issues. Multiple segments are specifically directed to PTAB practice, including Lessons learned:Tips and Strategies for Practicing Before the PTAB. Other segments include the participation of several current PTAB judges.
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The most widely attended post-grant program of the year returns March 26th, Practicing Law Institute’s USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2015. I am happy to return as chair of this program along with Rob Greene Sterne of Stern Kessler Goldstein & Fox. These full-day post-grant CLE programs are always the highlights of the CLE year.  (Register here)
Mar. 26, 2015 New York, NY
Apr. 17, 2015 San Francisco, CA (webcast available)

Hope to see you at one of these March programs.