Wednesday, March 26, 2014

USPTO - PTAB Patent Trial Roundtables in April - May 2014

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is hosting roundtables regarding America Invents Act patent trials at eight locations in April - May 2014. America Invents Act (AIA) patent trials (inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method review) can significantly reduce the cost of challenging patent validity. The Silicon Valley roundtable will be hosted at Santa Clara University. See links below for details. The USPTO is hosting the roundtables and webcasts for free.

As stated in the notice the PTAB roundtables will "share information about the new AIA trials (i.e., inter partes reviews, post grant reviews, covered business method reviews, and derivations) including statistics, lessons learned, and techniques for successful motions practice.  The Board is interested in receiving feedback about the trials and will feature a panel discussion to elicit public input.  At each roundtable, at least five administrative patent judges will participate and be available for questions and conversation."