David L. McCombs, Haynes and Boone, LLP; Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; Douglas A. Cawley, McKool Smith PC
The program focuses on the role of post-grant USPTO proceedings as component of a litigation strategy, including pretrial and post-trial options. Although the course will focus on strategic considerations, common procedural traps for the unwary will also be identified. The relative advantages and disadvantages of the various proceedings are explained both from the perspective of the patentee and third party. Perspectives of the judiciary are presented, including case studies of well-known disputes. Insight to the organization, operation and procedures of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Central Reexamination Unit, and Office of Patent Legal Administration are discussed.