2023 Conference Agenda


TimeSession DescriptionTentative Speakers
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmAPJ Day: Bootcamp
This session, co-sponsored by the Young Lawyer and Agents Committee of the PTAB Bar Association, offers a nuts and bolts overview of post-grant proceedings, focusing on IPR practice.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pmBreak 
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmAPJ Day: Mock Oral Arguments with the APJ’s

Join us for a mock oral argument featuring an excerpt from an IPR oral hearing before APJs.  Witness the types of questions the APJs ask the parties and gain valuable insights from the APJs.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pmBreak 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pmAPJ Day: LEAP v. LEAPT (A Game Show)
This game show format provides tips for PTAB practice and tests participants knowledge about various aspects of PTAB practice including appeals, trials, hearings, precedent, and motions. 
4:30 pm – 5:45 pmAPJ Day Welcome Mixer  and Committee Meet & Greet 
7:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast 
7:00 am – 8:30amCommittee Breakfast Meetings 
8:30 am - 8:45 amTransition Time 
8:45 am – 9:00 am
Welcome by David Higer, President, PTAB Bar Association
9:00 am - 10:00 am
General Session 1 – Hot Topics Before the PTAB
This session will offer a panel discussion focusing on strategies to address estoppel, discretionary denial, claim construction, litigation funding, and other impressions from the Director's first year.

10:00 am -10:15 amBreak 
10:15 pm -11:15 amGeneral Session 2 – Effective Use of an Expert in a PTAB Trial
Learn from a panel discussing dos and don'ts for using an expert and providing expert testimony during a PTAB trial.
11:15 am – 11:30 amBreak 
11:30 am – 12:30 pmGeneral Session 3 - APJ Insights on Procedural and Substantive Issues Before the Board
Join the APJs for a discussion and practice tips on hot topics, including preinstitution replies, surreply evidence, and other tough procedural and substantive fact patterns.
12:30 pm- 1:00 pmKeynote Remarks by Chief Judge Scott Boalick
1:00 pm – 2:30 pmNetworking Lunch & Association Business Meeting 
2:30 pm – 3:30 pmConcurrent Session A -Petition Pitfalls and Persuasive POPRs
Come join a panel discussion of the good, the bad, and the costly in IPR petitions and POPRs, driven by data from institution denials and practice tips on how to write persuasive papers.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Concurrent Session B -Post-Grant Pathways: Strategic Considerations 
This session, co-sponsored with the Appeals to the PTAB and Industry Committees, will offer a survey of different approaches available at the PTAB, including the interplay between IPR, reexamination, reissue, and supplemental examination proceedings, and the strategic considerations for each option.  Join practitioners and in-house panelists to discuss the how, why, why not, pitfalls and advantages of each approach.
3:30 pm – 3:45 pmBreak 
3:45 pm - 4:45 pmGeneral Session 4 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion, Taking Action: Preventing Lost Marie Curies and Patricia Baths 
Studies show that diverse teams increase innovation.  This session, co-sponsored with the Women’s and the Diversity Committees, will discuss why diversity is important to innovation and the practical steps we can each take to promote diversity in the field. 
4:45 pm - 5:00 pmBreak 
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm“Fireside” Chat with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Kathi Vidal
5:30 pm - 7:00pm Networking Social Event 
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023
7:30 am - 8:30 amPTAB Bar Board Meeting 
7:00 am –1:00 pmRegistration 
7:00 am - 7:45 am Walk for STEM, Hosted by the Women's Committee  
8:00 am – 9:00 amNetworking Breakfast 
8:00 am – 8:45 amDiversity and Women’s Breakfast 
8:45 am – 9:45 amGeneral Session 5 - What is the State of Section 112 Law and Where Is It Headed?
Join us for a Debate. Our speakers will discuss the contours of written description and enablement law as it currently stands and thoughts as to where it is headed.

9:45 am – 10:00 amBreak 
10:00 am – 10:45 amGeneral Session 6 - The Judges Panel
Join us for a conversation with Circuit Judge Pauline Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke, United States District Court for the District of Delaware, and Chief Administrative Law Judge Clark Cheney, United States International Trade Commission. 
10:45 am - 11:00 amBreak 
11:00 am – 12:00 pmGeneral Session 7 - Ethics Before the PTAB
This panel will explore emerging ethical issues before the PTAB, including OpenSky/VLSI trials.
 12:00 pm -12:10 pmClosing Remarks 

2023 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference
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