Webinar to Discuss Remote Hearings

This coming Friday, May 1st, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will conduct a ‘Boardside Chat” webinar from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

The webinar will address logistics for virtual proceedings, public remote viewing of hearings, timing considerations for filings, and the CARES Act relief. Chief Judge Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla, Vice Chief Judge Mike Tierney, and Acting Vice Chief Judge Michael Kim will present. (link here)

Given the current Cares Act accommodations expire at the end of the month, there should be an update from the agency some time before Friday on whether or not the current options will be extended through May.

The webinar is free and open to all. There will be a Q&A session at the end. Questions may be sent in advance or during the webinar to PTABBoardsideChat@uspto.gov.