Discussion with Senior PTAB Judges on PTAB Operations in Light of COVID-19

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This timely—and free for IPO members—webinar will feature a panel discussion with three senior PTAB judges. Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla, Vice Chief Judge Michael Tierney, and Acting Vice Chief Judge Michael Kim will talk with Todd Walters (Buchanan Ingersoll), Co-Vice Chair of IPO’s U.S. Post-Grant Practice Office Practice Committee. They will discuss PTAB operations and recent trends and developments in practice before the PTAB in light of COVID-19. Topics to be addressed include maintaining schedules, handling requests for extensions of time, complying with statutory mandates, depositions, oral hearings, and unique issues that have arisen in light of current events.

Todd Walters

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Todd Walters is the Chair of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation practice and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property section. He is a current Vice-Chair of the Post-Grant Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners, a past Chair of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and a past Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee of the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) section. He has previously served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and Executive Management team and Co-leader of the IP Section. He has also served as Vice-chair of the Interference Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) association for approximately 10 years.

Hon. Jacqueline Wright Bonilla

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Honorable Jacqueline Wright Bonilla serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Since her appointment as an Administrative Patent Judge in January 2012, she has conducted numerous post-grant patent trials under the America Invents Act (AIA), heard appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and rendered decisions in interferences. In her current role, she helps lead the PTAB as it handles cases and renders decisions in all areas of its jurisdiction. Previously, she worked for twelve years in private practice, including as a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the now-retired Chief Judge Randall Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Hon. Michael Tierney

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Honorable Michael P. Tierney serves as Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Vice Chief Judge Tierney was appointed to the PTAB on July 31, 2000 as an administrative patent judge in the Chemical Section, where he handled ex parte appeals of chemical cases. Judge Tierney joined the USPTO as a patent examiner, where he primarily examined applications for chemical compositions. Since being appointed as an administrative patent judge, Judge Tierney worked as a member of the Interference Trial Section, where he worked on interferences, reexaminations, and supervised two patent attorneys working on ex parte appeals. As part of the USPTO implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), Judge Tierney led the PTAB’s comprehensive effort on trial rulemaking.

Hon. Michael W. Kim

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Honorable Michael W. Kim serves as the Acting Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge for Operations at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as of November 2, 2019. He was appointed to the PTAB on April 24, 2011. He was then appointed to Lead Judge in 2013. In addition to his management responsibilities, which includes coordinating the PTAB policy on subject matter eligibility and running the Judicial Law Clerk program, Judge Kim has conducted hundreds of inter partes reviews and post-grant reviews under the America Invents Act (AIA), and also has reviewed over a thousand adverse decisions of examiners upon applications for patents. He works primarily in the business methods, mechanical, and electrical technology areas. Prior to his appointment, Judge Kim was a patent attorney for PTAB. 

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Discussion with Senior PTAB Judges on PTAB Operations in Light of COVID-19
06/09/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/09/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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