PTAB Launches Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for Next Generation of Patent Practitioners
April 29, 2020
The USPTO announced Tuesday that it was launching the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP). LEAP is designed to foster development of the next generation of patent practitioners by creating opportunities to gain the proper skills and experience in oral arguments before the Board. The USPTO understands that “stand up” speaking opportunities before tribunals are limited and that gaining courtroom experience is advantageous for practitioners in their career development. Additionally, having a patent bar with strong oral advocacy skills benefits clients, the USPTO, the courts, and the whole IP system.
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