USPTO and AIPLA Co-Sponsoring Second Annual PTAB Bench & Bar Conference on June 15

The USPTO is pleased to co-sponsor with AIPLA the second annual PTAB Bench & Bar Conference on Wednesday, June 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. ET.  The Conference will be held in the Madison South Auditorium at the USPTO’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  It also will be webcast for remote viewing (webcast access information will be provided upon registration).

The Conference will offer something for everyone who practices before the PTAB:

  • Meet and dialogue with the new Chief Judge David Ruschke;  
  • Learn about AIA trial matters from the perspective of federal judges and hear about the latest AIA trial legal developments from experienced PTAB advocates;
  • Receive tips for strengthening a case in anticipation of an ex parte appeal from former PTAB judges now in private practice;
  • Watch a live ex parte appeal oral hearing; and
  • Mingle with PTAB judges and others at the post-conference reception.


Please register to attend at the link below.  Continuing Legal Education credit is available.  A detailed agenda is also below.




1 – 1:15 p.m. ET

Welcoming Remarks

Chief Judge David Ruschke, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. ET

State of the Board

Deputy Chief Judge Scott Boalick, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Conference Co-Chair)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Panel 1: Views from the PTAB, District Court, and Federal Circuit Benches Regarding AIA Trial Proceedings

James R. Myers, Ropes & Gray LLP, Conference Co-Chair and Moderator

Judge Jay Plager, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Judge Gregory Sleet, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
Immediately Past Acting Chief Judge Nathan Kelley, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET



2:45 – 3:45 p.m. ET

Panel 2: Perspectives on New Legal Developments for AIA Trials from PTAB Judges and Experienced PTAB Practitioners

Deputy Chief Judge Scott Boalick, Moderator

Lead Judge Jacqueline D. Wright Bonilla, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Judge Rama G. Elluru, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Denise W. DeFranco, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner (AIPLA President)
Kevin Laurence, Renaissance IP Law Group

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Panel 3:  Prosecution Tips to Strengthen a Case for Ex Parte Appeal from Former PTAB Judges Turned Private Practitioners

Todd R. Walters, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Moderator

William F. Smith, BakerHostetler
Joan Ellis, DickinsonWright
Gary V. Harkcom, Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C.

4:30 – 4:50 p.m. ET

Actual Ex Parte Appeal Oral Argument or PTAB End-to-End Filing System Demo (for web audience)

In re Yoshihito Ohki, et al., Appeal Number 2014-008268, Application No. 13/190,854

4:30 - 5:20 p.m. ETPTAB End-to-End Filing System Demo (for in-person audience)Heather Herndon, Acting Branch Chief, IT Systems and Services Branch, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

5:20 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Closing Remarks (for in-person audience)

James Myers,Ropes & Gray LLP


5:30 – 7 p.m. ET