2022 Conference Agenda

TimeSession DescriptionTentative Speakers
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
APJ Day: Ex Parte Appeal Mock Argument - Oral Advocacy Before the PTAB
Learn the latest about ex parte appeals and how to effectively use them to secure a patent following a final rejection.  Also, gain oral advocacy tips by watching a mock appeal oral argument before a panel of PTAB judges and receive pointers from the judges to advocate your cases more persuasively and avoid common mistakes. 
Moderator: Derrick Toddy
LAPJ Georgianna Braden
LAPJ  Phillip Kauffman
VCJ Michael Kim
APJ Kara Sponsowski
APJ Michael Cygan

2:00 pm – 2:15 pmBreak 
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

APJ Day: Strategic Considerations for Advancing Your AIA Trial Position through Conference Calls with the PTAB

Not sure how to handle unexpected events in your AIA trial proceeding for claim construction and discovery?  Practitioners discuss considerations in developing their strategies and how to persuade the PTAB to grant their requests.  Hear directly from PTAB judges on what they look for in granting conference calls, and further what PTAB judges consider when deciding to authorize filing motions.
Moderator: Herb Hart
APJ Kevin Cherry
APJ Kristi Sawert
LAPJ Miriam Quinn
SLJ Kalyan Deshpande
APJ Eric Jeschke

3:15 pm – 3:30 pmBreak 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
APJ Day: Love trivia?  Love PTAB?  Come play PTAB JeoparTy!

Participate in an interactive learning experience covering multiple aspects of PTAB practice including ex parte appeals, AIA trial proceedings, motions practice, and PTAB precedent.  Play the PTAB JeoparTy game and see how much you know about the nuances of PTAB practice.
VCJ Janet Gongola
LAPJ Amanda Wieker
LAPJ James Worth

4:30 pm – 6:00 pmWelcome Mixer 
7:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast 
7:00 am – 8:30amCommittee Breakfast Meetings 
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 – Policy and Legislative Challenges Facing the PTAB in 2022
This session will explore topics related to policy and legislative issues that are at the forefront of PTAB practice, such as changes that may be on the horizon, congressional pressure to maintain current policies, proposed legislation and potential impacts to practice before the PTAB.
Moderator: Teresa Rea (Crowell)
Molly Silfen (Counsel Detailee at US Senate)
John Lee (Counsel for US House of Repres.)
Ben Haber (OMM)
Farheena Rasheed (D. Solicitor USTPO)
10:00 am -10:15 amBreak 
10:15 pm -11:15 am
General Session 2 – APJ Panel: Tips to Win
Panel discussion with judges on strategies/arguments that they have
seen succeed. 
Moderator: John Hobgood (WilmerHale)
SLJ Michelle Ankenbrand
VCJ Melissa Haapala
LAPJ Scott Moore
LAPJ Jennifer Chagnon
11:15 am – 11:25 amBreak 
11:25 am – 12:25pmGeneral Session 3 - From Bench to Bar: Strategies for Appellate Review of PTAB Rulings Shared by Former Federal Circuit Clerks
Panel of former federal circuit clerks share their insights on best positioning an IPR for appellate review and explore the impact of recent decisions. 

Moderator: Debbie McComas (Haynes Boone)
Andrew Dufresne (Perkins)
Michelle Armond (Armond Wilson)
Jessica Hudak (Edwards Life Sciences)
Phil Warrick (Irell)
12:25 pm – 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch & Association Business Meeting 
1:30 pm – 2:15 pmA look back at the first decade of the AIA, featuring Senator Leahy

Panel discussion exploring the passage and first ten years of the American Invents Act, with opening remarks by Senator Leahy
Moderator: Karl Renner (Fish)
VCJ Michael Tierney
David Kappos (Cravath)
Robert Armitage
2:15 pm – 2:30 pmBreak 
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Concurrent Session A - A view from In-House in 2022
Come join a panel of in-house counsel from various sectors across the IP space as they share their perspectives on a range of topics.  This session will explore views and best practices on challenging patents even if no parallel action, IPR joinder, JDGs, disclaiming strategies, claim amendments, considerations for hiring law firms, costs, etc.
Brad Waugh (Intel)
Jiang Lin (Sanofi)
Alyssa Holtslander (Unified Patents)
Phillip Lee (Samsung)
Larry Coury (Regeneron)

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Concurrent Session B - Patent Eligibility at the PTAB: Practical Considerations for Practitioners in 2022
The panel will consider the manner in which Section 101 appears in appeals to the PTAB, the role of Section 101 in reexams, and the practical impact of the differences between the PTO’s Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance as compared to the Article III Courts’ application of the Alice two-step analysis.
Moderator: Phillip Citroen
LAPJ Charles Boudreau
Brad Watts (Minority Chief Counsel for Sen. Tillis)
Anna Phillips (Sterne)
Brendan McCommas (Dinsmore)
3:30 pm – 3:45 pmBreak 
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
General Session 4 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion
This panel will focus on the importance of diversity when developing technology.  We will analyze case studies where the lack of diversity has led to the loss of opportunity (such as the cancelled NASA space walk), issues with products (such as voice recognition products that failed to recognize female voices or automatic soap dispensers that could not work with darker skin tones), or even complete product failures (failure of air bags to be tested for women or children). 

This session will also include a presentation from the Women's Committee on the  highlights of their recently released report "Women at the PTAB: Post-Grant Proceedings."
Lisa Nguyen (AllenOvery)
Danielle Coleman (VMWare)
Janice Jabido (Peloton)
Brian Cabrera (Quantum Corp.)
4:45 pm - 5:00 pmBreak 
5:00 pm- 5:15 pm Pro Bono Announcement 
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm

“Fireside” Chat with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
Moderator: Mita Chatterjee (Hologic)
5:45 pm Networking Social Event 
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022
7:30 am - 8:30 amPTAB Bar Board Meeting 
7:00 am –1:00 pmRegistration 
8:00 am – 9:00 amNetworking Breakfast 
8:00 am -- 9:00 amDiversity and Women’s Breakfast 
9:00 am - 10:00 amGeneral Session 5 - The Interplay between Ex Parte Reexamination and Inter Partes Review
This session will explore the interplay between reexamination and inter partes review, including: reexam strategies after In re Vivint, 325(d) applied to reexam, and serial reexams. This session will also include a discussion of reexamination statistics and the interplay between reexamination and reissue.
Moderator: Jim Carmichael
Deputy Chief Judge Jacqueline Bonilla
David Ruschke (Dir. Central Reexamination Unit)
Ken Weatherwax (Lowenstein & Weatherwax)
Rick Torczon (Wilson Sonsini)
Sangeeta Shah (Brooks Kushman)

10:00 am – 10:15 amBreak 
10:15 am – 11:00 am

General Session 6 - 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 (Wick Phillips)
Judge Richard Taranto
Judge Timothy Dyk 
11:00 am - 11:15 amBreak 
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

General Session 7 - Ethics Before the PTAB
This panel explores ethical considerations before PTAB and focuses on the standard and duty of candor for practitioners; as well as history and disqualification motions before the PTAB. Through whiteboard storytelling, our panelists from the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of USPTO, industry PTAB practitioners and an academic, along with our moderator will lead our audience into some real-life applications and ethical considerations through a series of fun animations.
Moderator: Fahd Patel (MoFo)
Dahlia George (OED)
Jessica Marks (Unified Patents)
Timothy Hsieh (Oklahoma City University)
12:15pm --12:30pmClosing RemarksKarl Renner (Fish Richardson) 
David Higer (Wick Phillips)

2022 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference Schedule At A Glance
With Session and Room Designation Information