PTAB/TTAB Stadium Tour - Dedman School of Law

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What:

  • Live Patent Trial and Appeal Board America Invents Act (PTAB AIA) trial proceedings and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) appeal and opposition proceedings.
  • Educational sessions: Board judges will share tips for successful advocacy and experienced Board practitioners will discuss strategies for winning before the TTAB and PTAB.

Why:

  • See judges and counsel in action during an actual Board proceeding.
  • Gain familiarity with the structure and format of PTAB AIA trial and TTAB appeal and opposition proceedings.
  • Strengthen your advocacy skills when appearing before the USPTO's administrative tribunals.

Details:

  • Who should attend: Patent and trademark attorneys who appear in front of the PTAB and/or TTAB as well as those who want to learn about practice before these administrative tribunals.
  • To register for this event, please RSVP
  • Free and open to the public. 
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be offered.

Materials:

Agenda:

Time

Topic

Speakers

1:00 to 1:15 pm       

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Professor W. Keith Robinson, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law

Hope Shimabuku, Texas Regional Office Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Judge Stacey White, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

1:15 to 1:20 pm

Introduction of PTAB AIA Trial Proceeding

Professor W. Keith Robinson

1:20 to 2:50 pm

PTAB AIA Trial Proceeding:  Apple & Google v. Contentguard

Judge Georgianna Braden, Judge Ben Wood, Judge Michael Zecher

2:50 to 3:00 pm

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3:00 to 3:30 pm

PTAB and TTAB Judge Panel:

Tips for Successful Written Briefing and Oral Arguments

TTAB: Judge Lorelei Ritchie, Judge Francie Gorowitz, Judge Susan Hightower

PTAB: Judge Georgianna Braden, Judge Ben Wood, Judge Dan Galligan

Moderator:  Professor W. Keith Robinson

3:30 to 4:00 pm

Practitioner Panel:

Strategies for Appealing Cases to the PTAB and TTAB

Mackenzie Martin, Baker McKenzie, Dallas

David McCombs, Hayes Boone, Dallas

Peter Thurlow, Polsinelli, New York City

Moderator:  Professor David O. Taylor, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law

4:00 to 4:15 pm

BREAK

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4:15 to 4:20 pm

Introduction of TTAB Trademark Trial Proceedings

Professor W. Keith Robinson

4:20 to 5:20 pm

TTAB Trademark Trial Proceedings: In Re Loggerhead Tools

Judge Lorelei Ritchie, Judge Francie Gorowitz, Judge Susan Hightower

5:20 to 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Professor W. Keith Robinson and Judge Stacey White