Day Long Webcast February 3, 2012

For those that missed Wednesday’s webcast, or that desire a bit more in depth discussion of the various post grant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), I am pleased to announce that I will once again be chairing PLI’s annual program on post issuance USPTO proceedings. In previous years this program was titled “Reissue & Reexamination Strategies and Tactics Concurrent with Litigation.” This year, while currently available post grant proceedings will certainly be covered, the program will focus on the many changes of the AIA, how they will impact litigation, and the progress of the USPTO rule making and implementation efforts. This year’s program is entitled “Post-Grant Proceedings 2012 – The New Patent Litigation.”

Scheduled Speakers this year include:

-Chief Judge James D. Smith of the Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences (soon to be Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB)). Judge Smith will provide an update on the implementation and rule making efforts necessary to transform the BPAI into the PTAB.

-Director of the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU), Ms. Irem Yucel will also participate in a panel discussion with Judge Smith to provide an update on the efforts of the CRU to adapt to the changes of the AIA and where this unit will fit into the USPTO equation going forward.

-Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA), Brian Hanlon will provide an update on reexamination practice and petition handling, and other aspects of OPLA efforts to implement the post grant aspects of the AIA.

For more information on this program, including how to attend in person (New York) or to register for the webcast, please visit the PLI information page (here)