Speakers Announced for the Appeals to the PTAB and Program Committees Webinar


PTAB Bar Association

 Speakers Announced for the Appeals to the PTAB and Program Committees Webinar

Revised PTAB Standard Operating Procedures:  Practical Implications and Analysis

Monday, October 22, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00PM ET


On September 21st, the PTAB released substantially revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) relating to procedures for panel assignment, the precedential/informative designation process, and a new Precedential Opinion Panel that may be convened to rehear matters of exceptional importance. The PTAB Bar Association is proud to present a webinar addressing the revised SOPs and their impact on PTAB practice. The panelists will provide a high-level analysis of the revisions, review prior PTAB practice on these topics, and discuss practical implications of the resulting changes to PTAB practice. Please register here.



Scott C. Weidenfeller, Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board ,USPTO

William Tim Fink, Vice Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

William Smith, Of Counsel, Baker Hostetler

Lora Green, Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini

Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Partner, Foley & Lardner


Panelist Bios

Scott C. Weidenfeller is the Vice Chief Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Vice Chief Judge Scott Weidenfeller manages operational and administrative aspects of the Board, including providing guidance on legal issues and the impact of changes to internal Board procedures. He joined the Board from the Office of the Solicitor, where he served as Associate Solicitor, Senior Counsel for Patent Law and Litigation, and Acting Deputy Solicitor. His primary responsibilities included managing litigation against the USPTO involving the AIA, including challenges to PTAB post-issuance proceedings. Before joining the USPTO, he worked in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk at the United States Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, and he received degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from Rice University.

William Tim Fink is Vice Chief Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where he sits on trials and manages operational aspects of the Board. Judge Fink was appointed to the PTAB in 2014. Prior to his appointment to the PTAB, he was an intellectual property litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focused primarily on ITC and district court trials involving electrical technologies. Judge Fink graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to attending law school, he was a Technical Manager and Member of the Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Laboratories and a Senior Manager in Lucent’s Intellectual Property Business Unit. Judge Fink holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.

William F. (Bill) Smith is of counsel with Baker Hostetler LLP. Prior to entering private practice, Bill served over thirty years at the USPTO, the last nineteen of which were as an Administrative Patent Judge at the now Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). While serving as an Administrative Patent Judge, Bill was responsible for reaching final agency decisions in interferences and on ex parte appeals involving original and reissue applications and reexamination proceedings. The cases assigned to Bill involved diverse technologies including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices. While at the USPTO, Bill taught at the Patent Academy, developed and presented seminars on appeal practice, appeal conferences, and claim construction to patent managers and examiners. In his practice, Bill assists clients with prosecution matters and consults in patent litigations on patentability, PTO practice and procedure, claim construction and inequitable conduct issues as well as in AIA post-grant trials. Bill has also served as a Special Master for a District Court for claim construction purposes and as a third party neutral in an interference proceeding. Bill frequently addresses bar and professional associations on appeals before the PTAB and other topics. Bill received a BChE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a J.D from the University of Baltimore.

Lora Green is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the post-grant review practice. From 2001 to 2018, Lora was an administrative patent judge at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which included serving as a lead administrative patent judge from 2011 to 2017. While at the USPTO, she managed post-grant review proceedings, such as inter partes and covered business method reviews. She also mentored judges who were new to post grant-review proceedings and reviewed opinions of other authoring judges. In addition, she decided ex parte appeals from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical examining groups. Specifically, she reviewed the appellant’s brief, the examiner’s answer, the application, the relevant prior art, and any additional evidence to determine the proper disposition of the appeal, and she wrote the opinions as the authoring judge. As a lead administrative patent judge, she supervised administrative patent judges who decided ex parte appeals and managed post grant-review proceedings and interlocutory calls and oral hearings. Among other duties, she was also responsible for writing and performing employee performance reviews, including 120-day reviews of new judges and mid-year and end-of-year reviews. Earlier in her career, Lora was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she prosecuted applications in the biotechnology field before the USPTO and international applications submitted under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was a patent examiner at the USPTO. Before entering the legal industry, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, working in a laboratory and using NMR-based methods to determine the three-dimensional structures of mature GAG protein isolated from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is chair of the firm’s IP Law and Practice committee, immediate past vice chair of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice, and editor of Foley’s PharmaPatentsBlog.. Ms. Brinckerhoff’s practice focuses on client counseling in all aspects of obtaining, licensing and enforcing patents and conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence investigations, primarily in the life sciences space. Ms. Brinckerhoff works with clients in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals (chemical and biotechnological), human and animal food products, nutraceuticals, and medical devices. Ms. Brinckerhoff joined Foley as an associate in the fall of 2001, after clerking for the Honorable Judge Schall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, she worked at Foley as a patent agent and law clerk. Ms. Brinckerhoff graduated from George Mason University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1999) as valedictorian of her class, and she served as a member of the George Mason University Law Review. Ms. Brinckerhoff graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in chemistry, with distinction, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In her senior year, Ms. Brinckerhoff received an award for outstanding achievement in chemistry from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.



About the PTAB Bar Association: The PTAB Bar Association helps establish best practices and cooperation among various stakeholders from law firms, industry, and the PTAB itself. It was formed in 2016 by leading legal advocates, with the mission of promoting the highest professional and ethical standards among all stakeholders who appear before the PTAB. To join, or for more details on PTAB Bar Association events and functions, please visit www.PTABBar.org.


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