The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a two one-hour webinars on "The New Inter Partes Proceedings at the USPTO" on Wednesday, February 21, 2012 and Thursday, February 22, 2012, with each session beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). On February 21, a panel consisting of the Hon. Michael Tierney of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; Jack Barufka of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP; and W. Karl Renner of Fish & Richardson, PC will give a presentation on "The Preliminary Phase: Filing a Petition, the Preliminary Response, and Institution of Review," and on February 22, a panel consisting of the Hon. Michael Tierney; Scott Daniels of Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP, and Anthony Gutowski of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP will give a presentation on "The Trial Phase: Discovery, Testimony, Challenging Testimony, Use of Experts, Estoppel."
The two webinars will focus on the two new proceedings that are expected to be the most widely used: Post-Grant Review and Inter Partes Review. The first webinar will deal with the preliminary phase of the proceedings that ends when the USPTO either grants or denies review. The second webinar will examine the rules for trial at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), a hybrid of district court and USPTO practice.
The registration fee for each webinar is $120 (government and academic rates are available upon request). Those interested in registering for the webinar can do so here.