PTAB Bar Association Regional Event - USPTO Patent Commissioner and PTAB Speak

The Silicon Valley USPTO is pleased to collaborate with the Silicon Valley PTAB Bar Association for their regional event at our West Coast regional office. This CLE program is designed for all practitioners, students, and others interested in patent prosecution and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. Hear from USPTO Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld on Subject Matter Eligibility, Functional Language, and USPTO priorities, and from PTAB Vice Chief Judge Scott Weidenfeller on the new updates to the Trial Practice Guide, SOP 1 and 2, Final Rule on Claim Construction, and other current developments before the board.


10:00 - 10:30 a.m.                     Registration

10:30 - 10:35 a.m.                     Welcome by Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca

10:35 - 11:30 a.m.                     Keynote: Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld on Subject Matter
                                                 Eligibility, Functional Language, and USPTO Priorities

As Commissioner for Patents, Mr. Hirshfeld manages and leads the patent organization as its chief operating officer. He is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of this organization which affect administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration.  Read More

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.             Networking Lunch with USPTO Executives and PTAB Administrative Patent

      Lunch provided by PTAB Bar Association

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.                      PTAB Panel Discussions on Recent Developments, including new Trial
                                                Practice Guide, SOP 1 and 2, and Final Rule on Claim Construction

Moderator:           Frank Bernstein, PTAB Bar Association
                              (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP)

Panelists:               PTAB Vice Chief Judge Scott Weidenfeller
                               PTAB Lead Judge Matt Clements
                               PTAB Judge Tina Hulse
                               PTAB Judge Christa Zado

As a 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.

  Three (3) hours of California MCLE credit is offered for this event. Please register by October 15, 2018.

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Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a Federal facility. Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to security screening.

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, including captioning, sign language interpreting, or other, please email SiliconValley@USPTO.GOV or call 408-918-9900.