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Intellectual Property Owners Association’s weekly one-hour webinar series on current
topics in IP is produced in cooperation with host Pamela Sherrid, former editor of
IP Law & Business magazine.  Listen to presentations by experts who will answer
your questions immediately!


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2015 Scheduled Webinars

USPTO and Plain Meaning of Terms
Thursday, May 21, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

At its two-day Patent Quality Summit at the end of March, the USPTO asked for public comment on a detailed set of proposals on how the agency could improve the quality of issued patents. That comment period was extended recently to May 20. IPO commented on May 6.

Practitioners may not be aware that the USPTO has already taken steps, through new examiner training guidelines, to make the record clearer during prosecution by explaining claim interpretation as necessary. Through the new clarifications, the guidelines explain, “the PTAB and courts will be informed as to what the examiner and the applicant understood the claims to mean”. Examiners received training on the new guidance this spring. The goal of the new initiative, according to the USPTO, is to provide “a clear file history [to] prevent or reduce unnecessary litigation, interferences, reissues, ex parte reexaminations, inter partes reviews, supplemental examinations, and post-grant proceedings.”

Our webinar features the head of IP at a technology company and a law firm patent litigator. They will explore the implications of the change for patent prosecution and litigation. Our third panelist is an attorney from the USPTO’s Office of Legal Administration, who will explain how the new guidelines will work in practice.


Brenton Babcock, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Gary Ganzi, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
Joseph Weiss, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Estoppel at the PTAB, with Judge Michael Tierney: Recent Decisions involving 325 (d) and 315 (e)1.
Thursday, May 28, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

“No more two bites at the apple” is this spring’s message from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Recent PTAB decisions have adopted a broad reading of the scope of the estoppel provisions of the AIA, blocking petitioners from repeated tries at invalidating the same patent claims in multiple inter partes reviews. In Conopco dba Unilever v. P&G, the Board ruled that if prior art could reasonably have been discovered by an experienced patent searcher, it could likely trigger estoppel – no matter if that reference was unknown to a particular patent challenger. Also, a petitioner’s interpretation (or reinterpretation) of what a prior art reference teaches, and how it stacks up against claim elements, likely cannot be used to avoid estoppel.

Our panel includes two litigators who represent patent owners and petitioners at the PTAB, and a lead PTAB administrative judge. They will discuss how the Board’s view of estoppel may change PTAB practice by, for instance, encouraging petitioners to include alternative claim interpretations in one petition, and by spurring new potential disputes about what constitutes a diligent search. They will also discuss the latest on real-party-in-interest/privity considerations that play an important role in estoppel.


Herbert Hart, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
Stephen Kunin, Oblon
Hon. Michael Tierney, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


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Pamela Sherrid Former editor of IP Law & Business magazine and a reporter and writer at FortuneForbes and U.S. News & World Report.

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