PTAB/TTAB Stadium Tour - University of Missouri 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, please RSVP
  • Free and open to the public. 
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be offered.

Materials:

Agenda:

Time

Topic

Speakers

9:00 to 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Professor Dennis Crouch, Co-Director of the Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor Law, University of Missouri School of Law

Janet Gongola, Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark office

9:15 to 9:20 am

Introduction of TTAB Trademark Proceeding

Professor Dennis Crouch

9:20 to 10:20 am

TTAB Trademark Proceeding:  In re Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Chief Judge Gerry Rogers, Judge Linda Kuczma, Judge Susan Hightower

 

10:20 to 11:05 am

PTAB and TTAB Judge Panel:

Tips for Successful Written Briefing and Oral Arguments

TTAB: Chief Judge Gerry Rogers, Judge Linda Kuczma, Judge Susan Hightower

PTAB: Judge Kristina Kalan, Judge Carl DeFranco, Judge  Jo-Anne Kokoski, Acting Deputy Chief Judge Scott Boalick

Moderator:  Janet Gongola

11:05 to 11:35 am

LUNCH

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11:35 to 1:00 pm

Practitioner Panel:

Strategies for Appealing Cases to the PTAB and TTAB

Matthew Culter, Harness Dickey, St. Louis

Ashley C. Keller, Gerchen Keller Capital, Chicago

Jason R Mudd, Erise IP, Kansas City

Erich Spangenberg, nXn Partners, Dallas

Moderator:  Professor Dennis Crouch

1:00 to 1:50 pm

Q&A with PTAB and TTAB Judges: Focus on Student Interest and Careers

(For students but open to all)

TTAB: Chief Judge Gerry Rogers, Judge Linda Kuczma, Judge Susan Hightower

PTAB:  Judge Kristina Kalan, Judge Carl DeFranco, Judge  Jo-Anne Kokoski, Acting Deputy Chief Judge Scott Boalick

Moderator: Professor Dennis Crouch

1:50 to 1:55 pm

Introduction of PTAB AIA Trial Proceedings

Professor Dennis Crouch

1:55 to 2:55 pm

PTAB AIA Trial Proceeding

Judge Kristina Kalan, Judge Carl DeFranco, Judge  Jo-Anne Kokoski

2:55 to 3:55 PM

USPTO's Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative: Update on Progress and New Programs

Robert Bahr, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

3:55 to 4:00 PM Closing Remarks Professor Dennis Crouch and Janet Gongola