2021 Conference Agenda


1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Pre-Conference Session: PTAB Bootcamp 
This session is geared toward lawyers who are interested in an overview of the who, what, and when of IPRs, PGRs,  CBM reviews, and appeals.  The “who” will address the general questions that need to be addressed to see if your client is eligible to file one of these proceedings. The “what” will address the general questions about what patents are eligible for each type of review and what may be raised in each of these proceedings. And the “when” will address the timing limitations for each of these proceedings. This interactive workshop will guide attendees through an IPR fact pattern from institution to final written decision, discussing best practices for petition drafting, briefing before the Board, discovery parameters boundaries, and tips for a successful oral argument.

Ren Harn (Willke)
Todd Baker (Kirkland)
Eldora Ellison (Sterne Kessler)
Chetan Bansal (Paul Hastings)
LAPJ Michael Zecher
LAPJ  James Worth
LAPJ  Susan Mitchell
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Pre-Conference Session: PTAB Master Class 

The PTAB Master Class is for highly experienced PTAB trial practitioners.  The session will include an interactive discussion of advanced topics that have developed over the past year. The Master Class will consist of two hour-long panels, with the first focusing on issues arising during an IPR/PGR trial and the second focusing on issues arising after the final written decision, including Director review.
Co-Moderator: David McCombs (Haynes Boone)
Co-Moderator:  Scott McKeown (Ropes)
Lori Gordon (Perkins)
Joe Palys (Paul Hastings)
Lisa Mandrusiak (Roku)
Monica Grewal (WilmerHale)
Dan Girdwood (Samsung)
Lauren Dengan (Fish)
APJ Tom Giannetti
LAPJ  Michelle Ankenbrand 
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmCommittee Meetings 
7:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast 
7:30 am Diversity Breakfast 
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Keynote from PTAB Chief Judge Boalick

Welcome by:  Karl Renner, Fish Richardson
9:00 am - 10:00 am
General Session 1 - Patent Office Policy Post-Iancu: Where does the office go from here?
This session will look at the past four years and the policy decisions made under Director Iancu's leadership.  It will explore the use of precedential decisions to set forth policy and how the new administration may treat rules that were not adopted as regulations, and also how the new Director may utilize the new Director review process under Arthrex.  The session will provide a discussion of the administrative procedures and rulemaking that the next Director could use to confirm or change the policy positions.
Moderator: Dave Cavanaugh (WilmerHale)
Erika Arner (Finnegan)
Tim Fink (O'Melveny)
Arti Rai (Duke / DOC - GC office)
Joe Matal (Haynes Boone)
10:00 am - 10:15 amBreak 
10:15 pm - 11:15 am
General Session 2 - PTAB Judges' Panel - An Inside Perspective
This session will feature first-hand insights from Administrative Patent Judges with experience presiding over PTAB trials. 
Moderator: Terry Rea (Crowell)
SLAPJ Melissa Haapala
VCJ Mike Tierney
DCJ Jackie Bonilla
APJ Eric Jeschke
11:15 am – 12:15pm
General Session 3 - Evolving strategies in view of Discretionary Denial
Now that discretionary denials are here to stay, how are petitioners avoiding them and patent owners encouraging them? Have those strategies evolved? Is ex parte reexam a viable option and does section 325(d) apply to reexam? How has the joinder calculus changed? 
Moderator: Andrew (AJ) Sutton (Bookoff)
Buddy Toliver (Cisco)
Debs Sterling (Sterne Kessler)
Marissa Ducca (Quinn)
APJ Linda Horner
12:15 pm – 1:30pmNetworking Lunch  
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Discussion with Acting Director

This session will feature a live discussion with either the "Acting" director or the new director.

Moderator: Karl Renner
2:00 pm – 2:10 pmBreak 
2:10 pm - 2:55 pm
Concurrent Session A - Decisions on Appeal and Future Patent Challenges 
This session will discuss factors to consider when evaluating the impact of a decision in an appeal to the PTAB on later challenges to the patent, including post-grant proceedings.  The panel will explore topics such as deference, the differences in claim construction standards, differences in the law, and practical considerations. 
Moderator: Jen O'Connell (Davidson, Davidson & Kappel)
Tom Scott (Personalized Media Comms)
Lora Green (Wilson)
Lissi Mojica (Answers IP)
VCJ Mike Kim
Concurrent Session B - Appeals from the PTAB
This session will explore various PTAB-specific appellate issues
Moderator: Daniel Zeilberger (Paul Hastings)
Karen Robinson (Adobe)
Nate Kelley (Perkins)
Will Milliken (Sterne Kessler)
Heidi Keefe (Cooley)
2:55 pm – 3:05 pmBreak 
3:05 pm - 4:05 pm
General Session 4 - LEAP Program Discussion and Oral Argument 
This session has two parts: 

(i) An APJ-guided discussion on the developments and accomplishments of the LEAP program; and 

(ii) short mock arguments on current hot topics in PTAB practice. Senior practitioners and APJs will provide feedback to the next gen advocates, drawn from the Young Lawyers and Agents committee.
Co-Moderator: Deborah Yellin (Crowell)
Co-Moderator: Mike Babbitt (Willke)
Gracie Mills (Finnegan) – Mock
Renia Zervos (Sterne) – Mock
VCJ Janet Gongola
SLJ Kalyan Deshpande
APJ Amanda Wieker
4:05 pm Reception 
9:00 am - 10:00 am
General Session 6 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Panel 
This session will focus on diversity and inclusion issues in the PTAB practice, for example: 

(i) an in-house perspective on D&I issues
(ii) a discussion of the Women's Committee Report
(iii)  implicit/unconscious bias and/or how we can encourage diversity in the legal profession, etc.

Michelle Galloway (Cooley)
Evangelina Almirantearena (Intel)
Demarron Berkley (Google)
Shayne O’Reilly (Facebook)
Special Guest from the PTAB Bar Association Women’s Committee
10:00 am - 10:45 am
General Session 7 - View from the Federal Circuit
A perennial favorite, this session will invite a panel of Federal Circuit judges to share their view of the PTAB practice and tips for how patent owners and petitioners can improve their odds for success on appeal.
Moderator: David Higer (Faegre Drinker)
Judge Pauline Newman
Judge Kathleen O'Malley
Judge Raymond Chen
10:45 am - 11:00 amBreak 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
General Session 8 - Ethics Before the PTAB
This interactive session will explore emerging ethical issues.
Emil J. Ali (McCabe & Ali)
OED Deputy Director William J. Griffin
SLAPJ Kalyan Deshpande