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What: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB”) inaugural lunchtime webinar series, to discuss issues including ‘Do’s & Don’ts For Ex Parte Appeals”, “Best Practices Before the PTAB” and more.

When: Every other month, starting on February 3, 2015 until October 6, 2015. 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST (U.S.)

Where: Via Webinar or Call-In.  See webcast/call-in instructions and links below.

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Seagulls ‘don’t give a dam’ about patents (we didn’t have a photo of a Honey Badger… (For a re-visit of that hilarious video, see this link)). But if you ‘give a dam’ about patents, check out the USPTO’s new PTAB webinar series.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office begins its first-ever PTAB “Boardside Chat” series on February 3, 2015 at noon to 1:00 p.m. EST. The talks will cover different topics relating to patent practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) and under the America Invents Act (“AIA”).

The first talk, “PTAB Statistics and Key Decisions”, will be hosted by Chief Judge James Donald Smith. Even if you think you won’t ever be before the PTAB, this talk will cover key Board decisions and should be full of useful information.

See below for a list of additional topics to be covered in the series. Note that all of the talks will take place at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S.). To convert the time to your own time zone, you can go here, or another time-zone converter.

Webcast Instructions for Tuesday, February 3:

Event address for attendees: https://uspto-events2.webex.com/uspto-events2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e26061533ffc851f338af0ad718660c3f
Event number: 313 818 218
Event password: 123456
Dial In: 1-571-270-7000
Captions Link: http://www.captionedtext.com/client/embed.aspx?EventID=2532507

We’ll provide updates for future talks in the series as the USPTO issues the information. Here’s a list of the planned talks:

Date

Time

Topic

Speakers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Noon to 1 pm Eastern Time

PTAB Statistics and Key Decisions Chief Judge James Donald Smith
Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Do’s and Don’ts for Ex Parte Appeals Panel of Administrative Patent Judges
Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Discovery in AIA Trials Panel of Practitioners and Administrative Patent Judges
Tuesday, August 4, 2015. AIA Rulemaking and Guidance Changes Lead Judge Susan Mitchell
Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Best Practices before the PTAB Panel of Administrative Patent Judge
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