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March 10-12, 2020

2020 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

​Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Practice Co-Chairs Dorothy Whelan (TC) and Karl Renner (DC), and Fish’s Tom Rozylowicz (DC), Lauren Degnan (DC), and Kim Leung (Southern California) will speak on five different sessions at the 2020 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference, March 10-12, in Washington, DC.

Fish is proud to be a founding member of this organization, whose goal is to bring together the nation’s best firms and industry leaders to encourage and facilitate the free flow of ideas regarding the evolving PTAB trial practice. Panel details are below.

Pre-Conference Session: Half-Day PTAB Master Class
Tuesday, March 10
1:00 – 3:45PM

The PTAB Master Class is for highly experienced PTAB trial practitioners.  The session will include an interactive discussion of advanced topics that have developed over the past year.

Speaker: Dorothy Whelan, Principal, Fish & Richardson

General Session 2 – PTAB Judges’ Panel – An Inside Perspective on Disclaimers, Estoppel, and Discretionary Denials
Wednesday, March 11
10:15 – 11:15AM

This session will feature first-hand insights from Administrative Patent Judges with experience presiding over PTAB trials. There will be a special focus on cutting edge topics such as disclaimers, estoppel, and discretionary denials.

Speaker: Karl Renner, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Concurrent Session 2B – A Look Back – Analysis of Trends Over the Years
Wednesday, March 11
2:20 – 3:05PM

This session will provide a data-driven discussion of trends relating to PTAB practice, including changes in institution rates and final decision rulings; district court stays; and Federal Circuit affirmance/vacatur/reversal rates.  Insights into the reasons for certain trends, and related key takeaways, will be closely examined.

Speaker: Tom Rozylowicz, Principal, Fish & Richardson

General Session 4 – Hot Topics and Oral Argument Practicum
Wednesday, March 11
3:30 – 4:15PM

This high energy program will feature short mock arguments on current hot topics in PTAB practice. Senior practitioners and APJs will provide feedback to the next gen advocates, drawn from the Young Lawyers and Agents committee.

Speaker: Kim Leung, Associate, Fish & Richardson

General Session 6 – Appellate Issues
Thursday, March 12
9:00 – 10:00AM

This session will explore various PTAB-specific appellate issues, including critical points such as appellate standing and issue reviewability.

Speaker: Lauren Degnan, Principal, Fish & Richardson

To learn more, or to register, click here.

2020 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference
March 10-12, 2020
Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC

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