McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP a Proud Sponsor of PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to be an official sponsor of the PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference set for March 1-3, 2017 in Washington, DC. MBHB attorneys Alison Baldwin, Michael Gannon, Aaron Gin, Ph.D., Jennifer Kurcz, Kevin Noonan, Ph.D., Leif Sigmond, Jr. and Andrew Williams, Ph.D. are set to attend on behalf of the firm. This exciting nationwide conference will bring together members of the bench and of the PTAB Bar Association for discussions of PTAB best practices, recent developments and trends, policy considerations, view from life science and tech industries, and strategic considerations involved in PTAB proceedings and parallel litigation. 

MBHB partner Dr. Kevin Noonan is set to be a featured panelist during a conference presentation entitled, “General Session 8 – The Next Step: Appeal to and Remand from the Federal Circuit,” set for 10-10:45 a.m. on March 3.

About the PTAB Bar Association

The formation of the PTAB Bar Association traces its roots to the passage of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). The AIA went into effect in 2012 and fundamentally changed patent litigation by providing a new forum, new administrative judges, and new rules to resolve issues of patent validity. From 2012 to 2015, the number of new PTAB cases increased from just 111 new cases in 2012 to nearly 1800 new cases in 2015. In early 2016, numerous PTAB practitioners, from the nation’s best known firms and industry leaders, joined together to create an organization that would encourage and facilitate the free flow of ideas regarding the evolving PTAB trial practice. On June 17, 2016, the PTAB Bar Association was formally incorporated into a non-profit entity. The PTAB Bar Association seeks to preserve and promote the highest professional and ethical standards among lawyers and stakeholders who appear before the PTAB. The Association is dedicated to helping secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of every PTAB proceeding, and to maintaining or improving the reputation and stature of the legal profession and community associated with the PTAB. The Association will be economically self-sustaining and work to fulfill its vision through education, outreach, collaboration, and advocacy. The Association will serve as an avenue for constructive dialogue between the bar community, the PTAB, and other stakeholders.

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