PTAB Bar Association Committee Descriptions

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Committees define the PTAB Bar Association. Their leaders and members work to set and accomplish goals, sometimes spawning additional committees. All members are encouraged to participate in the committees.

For the current 2018 – 2019 membership year, we are calling for any members interested in joining a committee to indicate your intention to serve and your committee preferences during the Committee Membership Drive.

Please note that we have added new committees this year, including the creation of the “Women’s Committee” and spitting the “PTAB Appeals Committee” into the “Committee on Appeals to the PTAB” and the “Committee on Appeals from the PTAB.”

To volunteer to participate on a PTAB Bar Association Committee, please provide your information and preferences here by May 28, 2018. We have also included a field for you to indicate previous committee participation. The Association Officers will take all member preferences into account before assigning members to committees, based on demand and to ensure an appropriate distribution of participation across the committees.


PTAB Trials Committee

This committee relates to IPR/CBM/PGR trials, derivations, and interferences. It proposes to the Board of Directors responses to legislative proposals, modifications to trial rules and procedures before the PTAB, and comments on amicus briefs that implicate PTAB trials.  It also collects and organizes PTAB trial statistics and opinions in PTAB trials. This committee is also expected to coordinate with other committees to help with substantive communications, programs, and other needs that implicate PTAB trials.


Committee on Appeals to the PTAB

This committee relates to appeals to the PTAB, including ex parte appeals and reexamination appeals. It proposes to the Board of Directors responses to legislative proposals, modifications to appeal rules and procedures, and comments on amicus briefs that implicate PTAB appeals.  It also collects and organizes ex parte/reexamination appeal statistics and PTAB opinions. This committee is also expected to coordinate with other committees to help with substantive communications, programs, and other needs that implicate appeals to the PTAB.


Committee on Appeals from the PTAB

This committee relates to Federal Circuit and Supreme Court review of decisions by the PTAB, including appeals from ex parte appeals, reexaminations, IPR/CBM/PGR trials, derivations, and interferences. It collects and organizes appellate opinions and statistics for cases originating at the PTAB and proposes to the Board of Directors initiatives related to appellate review of PTAB decisions and comments on amicus briefs filed on behalf of the Association. This committee is also expected to coordinate with other committees to help with substantive communications, programs, and other needs that implicate appeals from the PTAB.


Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for the Association’s newsletter, the PTAB RoundUp, the Association’s law journal, and the Association’s social media accounts. It also coordinates with other committees to provide content for the website, prepare communications about Association activities, etc. This committee also ensures the Association uses our logos in a consistent way and that we maintain our brand.


Program Committee

This committee arranges logistics for regional meetings, CLEs, and webinars. It also arranges program speakers and topics, and it develops and coordinates sponsorship opportunities related to these programs. The Program Committee is aligned with the Annual Conference Committee, Industry Committee, PTAB Trials Committee, Committee on Appeals to the PTAB, and Committee on Appeals from the PTAB to coordinate substantive programming and topics, and is expected to coordinate with other committees to identify program speakers throughout the year.


Annual Conference Committee

This committee plans the Association’s annual conference and develops and coordinates sponsorship opportunities related to the annual conference. The annual conference committee is aligned with the program committee to coordinate substantive programming, topics, and speakers throughout the year.


Membership Committee

This committee leads membership recruitment and proposes membership dues, categories, and amounts. This committee is expected to coordinate with other committees, including the Women’s Committee, Diversity Committee, and the Young Lawyers/Agents Committee.


Diversity Committee

This committee encourages diversity of thought and perspective through recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers, agents, and law students, including diversity based on religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and age for active involvement in the overall mission and leadership of the Association. This committee is expected to coordinate with other committees, including the Membership Committee, Women’s Committee, and the Young Lawyers/Agents Committee.


Young Lawyers/Agents Committee

This committee develops programming of interest to young lawyers and patent agents, including networking and mentoring programs. This committee is expected to coordinate with other committees, including the Membership Committee, Diversity Committee, and the Women’s Committee.


Industry Committee

This committee is composed of in-house counsel. It meets to discuss and develop PTAB matters of interest to those in industry. It proposes topics and events for the Association’s annual conference and for the Association’s continuing legal education panels.


Women’s Committee

This committee develops initiatives to encourage more women to get involved in PTAB practice and in the Association, including in leadership positions. This committee also supports the USPTO’s women’s initiatives including its Network of Executive Women.  This committee is expected to coordinate with other committees, including the Membership Committee, Diversity Committee, and the Young Lawyers/Agents Committee.