PTAB Inventor Hour

Inventor Hour webinars are for independent inventors and those new to Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practice. The sessions cover PTAB proceeding basics, i.e., ex parte appeals and America Invents Act (AIA) trials, as well as other useful information for practicing before the Board such as oral hearing protocols, statistics, and more.

For notification of upcoming Inventor Hour webinars, please visit the USPTO Subscription Center, and be sure to select the “Patent Trial and Appeal Board” box when subscribing.

Past events

Feb 22, 2024 - Virtual

Are you an inventor, entrepreneur, new practitioner, or just someone who wants to learn more about the USPTO and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)?

This episode will feature an interview with the Office of Innovation Outreach's NaThanya Ferguson, about the USPTO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) initiative's mission to encourage and empower women founders across America.

This episode will feature "A Day in the Life: Patent Examiners” segment, and details about the First-Time Filer Pilot Program.

Learn more about PTAB's sibling tribunal, the Trademarks Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), from TTAB judge Melanye Johnson.

In this episode, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Chief Judge Boalick will help us celebrate Inventor Hour’s second anniversary and discuss some PTAB-focused inventor resources.

This program will walk through the free legal help available through the PTAB Pro Bono Program along with the eligibility requirements.

This episode will feature special guests Deborah Stephens, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Mariessa Terrell, Attorney Advisor for Trademarks Customer Outreach.

May 25, 2023 - Virtual

Special guests Phillip Kauffman, Lead Administrative Judge, for our “Meet a Judge” segment, and Mariessa Terrell, Attorney Advisor for Trademarks Customer Outreach, who will cover Trademark Fundamentals.

Apr 27, 2023 - Virtual

An interview with Elizabeth Dougherty, the USPTO Eastern Regional Outreach Director. She will share information about services available to inventors.

Mar 23, 2023 - Virtual

An interview with Jolyn Eley from OPSE and an introduction to the newly launched IP Identifier tool by Supervisory Patent Examiner Ram Shukla and Senior Trademark Policy Advisor Hellen Bryan-Johnson.

PTAB Inventor Hour Episode 15 will include an interview with special guests Robert Berry and Sara Butts, from the Patent & Trademark Resource Center.

Jan 26, 2023 - Virtual

Information for inventors.

Oct 27, 2022 - Virtual

Join the USPTO on Thursday, October 27 at noon ET, for Episode 13 of the PTAB Inventor Hour webinar series to learn more about ex parte appeals, America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings, and PTAB operations.

Sep 22, 2022 - Virtual

PTAB Inventor Hour - Episode 12 (September 22, 2022)

Inventor Hour, Episode 11 – Live from Invention-Con 2022

Learn about ex parte appeals, America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings, and hearings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Inventor hour episode 9 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

PTAB Inventor Hour webinar – Episode 8

Apr 28, 2022 - Virtual

PTAB Inventor Hour - Episode 7 - April 28

PTAB Inventor Hour webinar - Episode 6

Episode 5 will include a conversation with an Administrative Patent Judge about their role at PTAB and how PTAB fits within the hierarchy of the patent adjudication forums.

Episode 4 will cover these topics: Meet a Supervisory Patent Attorney; Hearing Byte; Trial Byte; How PTAB Fits In; Inventor Case Study

Meet a judge and more at this webinar for independent inventors and those new to Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice.

Meet a member of the Board Operations Division and more at this webinar for independent inventors and those new to Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice.

Aug 26, 2021 - Virtual

The first webinar in this series for independent inventors and those new to Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice.