05/11: Interplay District Court and PTAB

May 11, 2021 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM


Virtual - all times are eastern daylight time


90 Minutes

The Interplay Between District Court and PTAB Litigation

Moderator: Sharon Israel, Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Houston, TX

Honorable Alan Albright,
US District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco, TX
Honorable Scott Boalick,
Chief Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Alexandria, VA (invited)
William Barrow,
Mayer Brown, Washington, DC

Hosted by the PTAB Trial and Patent Litigation Committees


  • Boalick, Scott200 Boalick, Scott

    USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board | Chief Administrative Patent Judge

    Scott R. Boalick is the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In this role, he leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings.
  • albright, alan200 Albright, Alan
    Judge Alan Albright is the federal district judge for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. Judge Albright was nominated by President Trump on January 24, 2018 and confirmed on September 6, 2018. He was sworn in on September 18, 2018. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Albright was a partner in the Austin office of Bracewell LLP. He practiced IP litigation and handled trials in both federal court and the ITC. Before practicing law in Austin, he earned a BA in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review. Following law school, Judge Albright clerked for The Honorable James R. Nowlin in Austin, Texas. Judge Albright later served as a United States Magistrate Judge from 1992–99. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law. Judge Albright was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has two sons and he is an avid runner and cyclist.
  • Barrow, William200 Barrow, William

    Mayer Brown LLP | Partner

    William J. Barrow is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Bill protects and defends clients’ intellectual property rights in district courts throughout the country, and before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Having begun his career prosecuting electrical and computer software patents, Bill is often sought out for his understanding of the interplay between litigation and USPTO procedure. His experience in this regard leads to the early identification of favorable case strategies and mechanisms for implementing those strategies in concert with his clients’ business goals.
  • israel_s 200 Israel, Sharon

    Shook Hardy and Bacon | Partner

    Sharon Israel is a partner in the Houston office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., specializing in intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent litigation. Sharon has acted as counsel in cases before district and appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Sharon is a frequent speaker on patent-related topics, and has served in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including serving as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.