June/July PTAB CLE

The USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) will host its third  “Boardside Chat” lunch webinar on Tuesday June 2nd from noon to 1PM. This month’s chat will focus on “Discovery in AIA Trials.”  I will be speaking on the practitioner panel.  Registration information for this program is available at the above link.

The PTAB’s bi-monthly chat program updates the public oncurrent Board activities and initiatives. The full schedule is listed at the end of this post, including links to past chats.
An interesting option for those tracking legislative efforts will be
offered on Wednesday June 3rd (9AM-Noon) by the Duke Law School Center of Innovation Policy,entitled “The US Patent Office’s Post-Grant Review Proceedings: A Review of the EvidenceA Review of the Evidence” . U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, PTAB Chief Judge James Smith and Deputy Chief Judge Scott Boalick will offer their perspectives on the PTAB.  PTO Chief Economist Alan Marco and prominent academic researchers will present fresh, policy-relevant empirical research.  I will join a panel of commentators including, former Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Robert Armitage, former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Eli Lilly, Google Senior Patent Counsel Suzanne Michel, and Comcast Senior Vice President,  Deputy General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel David Marcus. (Duke in Washington,  201 New York Ave., NW, 11th floor, webinar also available)
For those seeking CLE this last week of May, on Thursday 5/28 @ 2-3PM, my colleague Steve Kunin will be speaking on the IPO Chat Channel program entitled “Estoppel at the PTAB, with Judge Michael Tierney: Recent Decisions involving 325 (d) and 315 (e)1

Finally, for a broader update and discussion on PTAB practice, I, along with my partner Greg Gardella, will host the Strafford Legal webinar entitled: Leveraging Post-Grant Patent Proceedings Before the PTAB on July 9th (register here). 

I hope to speak with you at one of these upcoming programs.

(Board Side Chat Schedule for 2015)





Tuesday, February 3

Noon to 1 pm Eastern Time

PTAB Statistics and Key Decisions

Chief Judge James Donald Smith

Tuesday, April 7

Do’s and Don’ts for Ex Parte Appeals

Panel of Administrative Patent Judges

Tuesday, June 2

Discovery in AIA Trials

Panel of Practitioners and Administrative Patent Judges

Tuesday, August 4

AIA Rulemaking and Guidance Changes

Lead Judge Susan Mitchell

Tuesday, October 6

Best Practices before the PTAB

Panel of Administrative Patent Judges