In less than two weeks from the launch of the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (“PTAB”) Bar Association, over 300 individuals have signed up as members to the Association. “One of our launch goals was to sign up at least 300 members during the Association’s first month, and I’m proud to say that we reached that goal ahead of schedule,” said Bob Steinberg, Interim President of the Association. The number of members joining the 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).
About the PTAB Bar Association:
To help establish best practices for the unique practice and skills required before the PTAB and to foster communication among its various stakeholders, the PTAB Bar Association was formed by leading legal advocates with the mission to promote the highest professional and ethical standards among lawyers and stakeholders who appear before the PTAB.
In addition to providing a forum for communications between the PTAB and practitioners, the Association also will coordinate 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.