2019 Road Show: U.S. Patent Office Practice and Proceedings - Houston, TX

April 25, 2019 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Central Daylight Time)

Location

Rice University, Fondren Library, 3rd Floor
6100 Main Street

Houston, TX

Contact

Malene Ward

Credits

350

Registration

Fee: Member Rate- $195.00 | Government/Corporate Member- $95.00 | IP Bar Association- $195.00 | Government/Corporate Non Member- $195.00 | Non Member- $395.00

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Improve Your Patent Practice

AIPLA Roadshows make modern patent practice workable. Find practical and comprehensive solutions that you’ll use everyday.

Patent practitioners should sign up for the AIPLA 2019 US Patent Office Practice and Proceeding Roadshow in Houston, TX on April 25, 2019.  

Join us in Houston to get the most up-to-date information on US Patent Office Practice, including implementation of the USPTO’s Section 101 and 112 Guidelines and patent quality improvements, and trial practice before the PTAB, including interactive sessions with administrative patent judges and expert practitioners

This program will also feature sessions on: 

  • ensuring quality patents, 
  • an update on Section 101 and 112 guidelines and how they impact our practice,
  • an overview and update on trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, 
  • effective advocacy before the PTAB; and 
  • an interview with the Chief Judge of the PTAB. 
Whether you are a patent prosecutor or patent litigator, this program will include useful tricks of the trade to help you in your practice before the USPTO. Sign up today.

This program has 350 minutes of CLE credit available

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Program Agenda & Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Morning Session – U.S. Patent Office Practice

9:00 am - Opening remarksSharon Israel, Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP and Carlyn Burton, Osha Liang

9:10 am - Assuring Quality Patents Moderator: Mark Guetlich, Viziv Technologies, LLC

9:10 am - USPTO PerspectiveDaniel Ryman, Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance, USPTO
   
                 –    Description of a quality patent
                    –    Importance of filing a quality patent
                    –    Interview Practice
                    –    Customer Experience

9:30 am - Practitioner Perspective Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
                    –    Description of a quality patent
                    –    Interview Practice
                    –    Customer Experience

9:50 am - Panel discussion on quality, including clarity of the record, common features and differences
              
   Daniel Ryman, Director of the Office of Patent Quality Assurance, US Patent & Trademark Office
                 Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
                 Matt Prater, SABIC
                 Robin Nava, Schlumberger

10:20 am - Update on USPTO Section 101 and 112 Guidelines  –  Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, US Patent & Trademark Office

10:50 am - Break

11:05 am - How New Guidance Will Affect Practice: A Discussion
                Moderator: Rachel Smith, Brooks Kushman
                Speakers:
                 Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, US Patent & Trademark Office
                 Michael Kim, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, US Patent & Trademark Office
                 Marc Hubbard, Hubbard Johnston, PLLC
                 Irene Kosturakis, BMC Software, Inc.

11:45 am - USPTO Search InitiativesStefano Karmis, Senior Advisor for the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, US Patent & Trademark Office

12:00 pm - Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Patent Quality Stephanie Curcio, Legalicity

12:20 pm - Closing Remarks Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, US Patent & Trademark Office

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Session – Trial Proceedings Before the PTAB

2:00 pm - Welcome Back Sharon Israel, Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP

2:05 pm - Overview and Updates on AIA Trials and Trial Procedure Kit Crumbley, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, US Patent & Trademark Office

2:25 pm - Proving your case from both sides of the “v” (evidentiary and discovery issues at the Board) 
                Moderator: Peter Ayers, Law Office of Peter J. Ayers
                Speakers:
                 Kit Crumbley, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, US Patent & Trademark Office
                 Bill Barrow, Mayer Brown, LLP
                 Tammy Dunn, Osha Liang

3:35 pm - Break

3:50 pm - Claim Construction Standard and Motion to Amend Procedures Jessica Kaiser, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, US Patent & Trademark Office

4:00 pm - Panel Discussion
                Moderator: Sharon Israel, Shook Hardy & Bacon, PLLC
                Speakers:
                  Jessica Kaiser, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, US Patent & Trademark Office
                  David McComb, Haynes and Boone
                  Todd Baker, Oblon

4:45 pm - Interview with Chief Administrative Patent Judge Scott Boalick Sharon Israel, Shook Hardy & Bacon

5:15 pm Closing Remarks

Reception immediately following, sponsored by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.
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The following hotels are nearby Rice University.  Current rates for April 24 range from $150 - $250/night: 

Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center/Museum District
Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
Wyndham Houston Medical Center Hotel and Suites

Please contact us at meetings@aipla.org with any questions.

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