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AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Series - Enhancing Patent Quality
         and Conducting AIA Trials

​Registration ​Program   

8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Morning Moderator:  Janet Gongola, USPTO
9:00 am 
Opening Remarks   
Sharon Israel, Mayer Brown, Houston TX, AIPLA President
Janet Gongola, USPTO
Lisa A. Kloppenberg, Dean of the University of Santa Clara School of Law OR
Professor Brian Love, Co-Director of High-Tech Law Institute at University of Santa Clara School of Law (Santa Clara only)
Part I.  Patent Quality Initiative , Version 2.0:  What it Means to You 
9:10  am
The USPTO's Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative 
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, USPTO
9:45  am 
Achieving Clarity of Record; Best Practices for Drafting Quality Patent Applications
Panel Moderator:  Janet Gongola, USPTO
Cassandra (Sandy) Spyrou, USPTO
Bob Bahr, USPTO
Wayne P. Sobon, Inventergy, Inc., Campbell, CA (Santa Clara only)
Ken Nigon, RatnerPrestia, Berwyn, PA  (Dallas and Alexandria only)
Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrettt & Dunner, LLP, Washington DC
Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Washington DC
10:45 am     Break
11:00 am 
Improving Patent Quality Through Remote Examiner Interviews
Tim Callahan, USPTO
Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington DC
11:30 am 
The PTO's New Quality  Metrics 
Marty Rater, USPTO
12:00pm  Break
12:15 pm 
Lunch with Keynote Speaker:  Russell Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the USPTO
1:15 pm
Afternoon Moderator:  Marc Hubbard (Dallas);  Paul Kitch (Santa Clara and Alexandria)
1:30 pm 
State of the Board 
Scott Boalick, Acting Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board
1:50 pm       
Proposed Rule Changes at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Panel Moderator:  Sharon Israel, Mayer Brown, Houston TX
Overview of proposed rule changes
Lead Judge Susan Mitchell, USPTO 
The Bar's Response to Proposed Rule Changes; Audience questions and Feedback
Brad Pedersen, Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
Erika Harmon Arner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Reston, VA
Lead Judge Susan Mitchell, USPTO
Lead Judge Peter Chen, USPTO (Santa Clara only)

Lead Judge Miriam Quinn, USPTO (Dallas only)

Judge Linda Horner, USPTO (Alexandria only)
2:45 pm 
Hot Issues in PTAB Trials:  coordination of district court and PTAB; appeals to the federal circuit; any  changes imposed by patent reform; other issues
Moderator:  Sharon Israel, Mayer Brown, Houston TX
Judge Tina Hulse and Lead Judge Matt Clements, USPTO (Santa Clara only)
Judge Stacey White and Judge Georgianna Braden, USPTO (Dallas only)
Lead Judge Mike Tierney and Judge Sally Medley, USPTO (Alexandria only)
David McCombs, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Richardson TX
Dorothy P. Whelan, Fish & Richardson, Minneapolis MN (Santa Clara and Alexandria only)
William Noon, Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA (Dallas only)
Todd Baker, Oblon McClelland Maier and Neustadt, LLP, Alexandria VA
3:30 pm 
Break/Set up for Trial
3:50 pm
Introduction to LIVE Hearing
4:00 pm 
Santa Clara:  Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. v. Illumina Inc. (IPR 2014-01093)
Judges: Lora Green, Tina Hulse, Zhenyu Yang
Dallas: Inc. v. Cellular Communications Equipment LLC (IPR 2014-01134)
Judges: Jennifer Bisk, Gregg Anderson,  Robert Weinschenk
Alexandria:  JP Morgan Chase & Co. v. Intellectual Ventures LLC (CBM 2014-00157)
Judges:  Kristen Droesch, Barbara Parvis, Matt Clements
5:00 pm (5:30 pm for Santa Clara)
Closing Remarks
5:05 pm (5:35 pm for Santa Clara)