2018 Patent Trial and Appeal Board Annual Judicial Conferences

  

Regional Series Takes Place June 28 – July 31

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will host Judicial Conferences at the main USPTO headquarters in Virginia and near all the Regional Offices in coming weeks. Board members of the PTAB Bar Association have been invited to speak at each event. Please see the schedule below for the exact dates and locations for each conference.

The program will be the same at all locations and is intended to educate the public about aspects of Board practice as well as providing a forum to enhance the dialogue between the public and the Board. In particular, during the morning sessions, the PTAB will focus on best practices for written and oral advocacy with a judge panel discussion followed by practicum exercises for attendees.  During the afternoon sessions, the PTAB will address hot topics, such as patent subject matter eligibility and motion to amend practices, through small group discussions.  The conference will conclude with an interview with Chief Judge David Ruschke led by members of the local IP community to explore other recent PTAB developments and potential future changes.

Come learn how to strengthen your PTAB practice, hear directly from the PTAB judges, and meet many of them as well.  There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

USPTO Headquarters:  The Judicial Conference in Alexandria, VA will be on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO campus.  Directions to Madison Building. PTAB Bar Association to be represented by Erika Arner, President.

Midwest Regional Office:  The Judicial Conference in Detroit, MI will be on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET in the FDA Training Room, Suite 5900, 300 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI. PTAB Bar Association to be represented by Marc Richards, Founding Board Member.

Rocky Mountain Regional Office:  The Judicial Conference in Denver, CO will be on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT on the 14th floor of 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO.  PTAB Bar Association to be represented by Eleanor Yost, Founding Board Member.

Silicon Valley Regional Office:  The Judicial Conference in San Jose, CA will be on Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT on the 1st floor of 26 S. Fourth Street, San Jose, CA. PTAB Bar Association to be represented by Bob Steinberg, Immediate Past President

Texas Regional Office:  The Judicial Conference in Dallas, TX will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT in the Oak Corner Suite at the Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX.  PTAB Bar Association to be represented by Dinesh Melwani, Former Board Member

For more information, visit the Judicial Conferences Website:  https://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/patent-trial-and-appeal-board/2018-patent-trial-and-appeal-board.