This week marked one month since the launch of the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association, which has now surpassed 500 individual members. The PTAB Bar Association is a forum for legal, government and industry professionals who appear before the PTAB to help understand, communicate, educate and drive policy.
“One of our launch goals was to sign up at least 500 members through the end of 2016, and I’m proud to say that we reached that goal more than two months ahead of schedule. Our members recognize that they have common goals and interests: to have a voice and to make proposals and suggestions toward improving the PTAB’s proceedings,” said Bob Steinberg, Interim President of the Association.
This swift and positive response to the formation of the PTAB Bar Association further confirms the legal community’s recognition of the PTAB’s importance as a venue for patent validity disputes, after only four years of the new trial proceedings created by the America Invents Act (AIA). The PTAB Bar Association’s diverse membership includes private practice attorneys, judges, patent agents, in house counsel, and law students affiliated with more than 160 law firms, businesses and universities from across the country.
“Our members are rolling up their sleeves and aiming to make meaningful impact,” said Karl Renner, Interim Board Member. “Whether you work with an entity that is more petitioner or patent owner oriented, or are representative of both sides, our members see real value in taking an active role in fostering constructive dialog between fellow bar members, the PTAB itself, and corporate and government stakeholders.”
PTAB Bar Association members are taking on a variety of activities including developing workshop and round table discussions to shape policy, proposing lists for PTAB precedential and informative decisions, proposing rulemaking and conduct related workshops, creating new methods to provide suggested improvements to the PTAB process and many others. Members are engaging with the Association and each other for several reasons: to be able to meet the entire community of practitioners and stakeholders; to share ideas and voice their opinion to make a difference; to assist the community and the PTAB in addressing difficult issues it may have now and will confront in the future; and to access emerging thought leadership in this rapidly evolving practice area through events, publications and webinars hosted by the Association.
“We have an energized membership that represents many perspectives involved with the PTAB,” Steinberg concluded. “All member voices will be heard.”
About the PTAB Bar Association
The PTAB Bar Association helps establish best practices for the unique practice and skills required before the PTAB and to foster communication among its various stakeholders including the PTAB, industry and practitioners. The Association was formed by leading legal advocates with the mission to promote the highest professional and ethical standards among all stakeholders who appear before the PTAB and to do so in a setting that is cooperative and collegial.
In addition to providing a forum for communications between the PTAB and practitioners, the Association coordinates many other important functions, such as PTAB-centric continuing legal education, pro bono opportunities, career enhancement and scholarship activities.
The Inaugural Annual Conference of the PTAB Bar Association will take place March 1 & 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. To become a member of the PTAB Bar Association, and for more details on its events and functions, please visit www.PTABBar.org.