Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

AIPLA CLE Webinar: Patent Infringement & The PTAB: The Emergence of a Bifurcated System?

April 18, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)


1.5 CLE Credits


Fee: $95.00 and Up

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AIA Trial Proceedings were designed by Congress to provide an alternative route to challenging patent validity.  Now, with the alignment of the courts and Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) on critical matters of claim construction, and with the Board's expedited schedule outpacing all but the most aggressive of district court dockets, the PTAB is providing a new alternative — a potential path away from Markman determinations.  Given the additional potential for simplification of district court issues, the PTAB is positioned to become the first phase of a new bifurcated system of sorts.  That is, the first-in-time claim construction may begin to drive the critical issue of claim construction in patent litigation.

  • Given these new dynamics, the webinar will explore the overlap of issues and the resulting change to the patent litigation landscape:
  • The potential for increased stays give the Phillips switch and post-SAS Institute
  • The applicability of collateral estoppel across for a on matters of claim construction
  • Impact of PTAB claim constructions on parallel Markman determinations, and the use of Markman Orders at the PTAB
  • Strategies for approaching PTAB petition practice under Phillips
  • Patent Owner strategies for managing the alignment of standards across fora
  • Use of PTAB fact-finding in summary determinations
Presented by: Scott McKeown of Ropes & Gray LLP and Bridget Smith of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP


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 Disclaimer:  AIPLA is a nonprofit national bar association.  The sole purpose of this CLE program is to provide educational and informational content.  AIPLA does not provide legal services or advice.  The opinions, views and other statements expressed by contributors to this CLE program are solely those of the contributors.  These opinions, views and statements of the contributors do not necessarily represent those of AIPLA and should not be construed as such.


  • McKeown_Scott-2 Scott A. McKeown

    Ropes & Gray LLP | Partner

    Scott McKeown is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation practice and chair of the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) group. He focuses his practice on post-grant patent counseling and litigation matters at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and related appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Scott handles all aspects of post-issuance patent proceedings, specializing in administrative trials before the PTAB, such as inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR). He also provides advice on USPTO post-grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court litigations.
  • Smith-Bridget-01-WEB 2015-08-01 Bridget A. Smith

    Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP | Partner

    Bridget Smith is a registered patent attorney and partner in the firm's Irvine office. Bridget's practice focuses on patent protection and dispute resolution in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Having spent years working as a software engineer and data scientist, she now represents clients in a wide variety of technology areas, including semiconductors, computer hardware and software, business methods, and electronics, and advises clients on intellectual property issues in emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies.
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