Marshall Gerstein Co-Sponsors PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference

Marshall Gerstein is pleased to co-sponsor the PTAB Bar Association Inaugural Conference:

Wednesday, March 1Friday, March 3, 2017
Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
1150 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C

This exciting national 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.

Partners and founding members of the PTAB Bar Association include Katherine L. Neville, Ph.D., and Sandip H. Patel.

Sandip H. Patel will participate as a panelist:

Thursday, March 2, 2017
“Patent Owners and Petitioners Weigh In”
11:00 – 11:45 am EST

This panel will discuss whether the PTAB should view its role as truth-finding or assessing whether burdens have been met. In addition, panelists will discuss the PTAB’s guidance on follow-on petitions and possible liberalization of the interpretation of the institution standard, and comment on possible solutions for claim amendments.

Topics include:

  • Institution Rates
  • Thresholds, Burdens, and Standards
  • PTAB’s Role: Truth Finder or Burden Assessor
  • Page Limits
  • Redundancy
  • Estoppel
  • Trial Timeline
  • Fees
  • Follow-on Petitions
  • Claim Amendments

Kevin Laurence, Partner, Laurence & Phillips IP Law LLP


  • Sandip H. Patel, Partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Henry Hadad, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Julie Han, Senior Counsel, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 
  • Dinesh Melwani, Partner, Bookoff McAndrews PLLC

Marshall Gerstein attorneys attending the conference include, Sandip H. Patel, Thomas L. Duston, Michael R. Weiner, Eric M. Brusca, Ph.D., Ryan N. Phelan, and Ryan Schermerhorn.

For more information, click here.

The PTAB Bar Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting the highest professional and ethical standards among lawyers and stakeholders who appear before the PTAB of the USPTO. The Association fosters constructive dialog between fellow bar members, the PTAB itself, and corporate and government stakeholders. To learn more about the Association, click here.

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