Friday, October 20, 2017


PTAB 2017 Speakers


Alison Baldwin

Alison BaldwinAlison J. Baldwin is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm's PTAB Trials Practice Group. Ms. Baldwin has almost two decades of experience in handling complex patent litigation matters. This litigation experience includes both jury and bench trials in federal district court, as well as advocacy in forums such as the Patent Trials and Appeals Board, the International Trade Commission and private arbitration proceedings. Ms. Baldwin’s litigation experience spans a diverse range of technologies, with a concentration in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology. She is particularly well versed in the specific needs of pharmaceutical innovator clients in paragraph IV litigations. Ms. Baldwin has been an active adjunct faculty of Chicago-Kent’s IP Intensive Trial Advocacy and IP Strategies courses for several years.  She is Chairperson of the Membership Committee of the PTAB Bar Association and has also served numerous leadership positions within her law firm, including two years as a member of the firm’s Management Board.

Greg Dolin

Greg DolinProfessor Dolin’s scholarship centers on Patent law with a specific focus on how the patent regime affects innovation especially in bio-pharmaceutical areas.  His work in these areas includes a number of scholarly articles, presentations, amicus briefs, and Congressional testimony.   Professor Dolin also serves as a co-director of the Center for Medicine and Law and an Associate Director of the Center for Law of Intellectual Property and Technology.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Prof. Dolin is engaged in pro bono work and on a regular basis represents indigent clients in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  In his spare time, Professor Dolin travels, enjoys museums, opera (to which he regularly auctions off tickets), translates Russian poetry into English, and consults for various Hollywood shows. He also has a real Russian bear in his office.

Christen Dubois

Christen DuboisChristen Dubois is Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, at Facebook Inc., where she is the head of Facebook’s intellectual property litigation in the United States and abroad. Christen joined Facebook in 2011 and over the course of the last 6+ years she has handled a wide range of complex litigation and counseling matters involving patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets for Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Prior to joining Facebook, Christen worked at Cooley LLP, where she was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark, Copyright and Advertising practice groups.

Kate Gaudry

Kate GaudryKate Gaudry, Ph.D., focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling, with an emphasis on software, computer systems, and quantitative biology. She also routinely performs statistical analysis of clients’ patent portfolios to identify effective prosecution strategies. Further, Kate regularly empirically evaluates programs and performance of the United States Patent and Trademark Office so as to provide her clients with prosecution recommendations and to advocate for compact and fair examination. She completed her Ph.D. at UCSD in computational neurobiology and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Joshua Goldberg

 Joshua GoldbergJoshua Goldberg is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, where he devotes the majority of his time to representing petitioners and patent owners in post-grant proceedings, including IPRs, CBMs, and PGRs, and ensuing appeals. As lead or backup counsel in more than 150 IPRs, CBMs, and PGRs, Mr. Goldberg has worked on proceedings involving patents directed to software, image processing, consumer electronics, mobile applications, manufacturing, semiconductor, electronic banking, Internet, cloud computing, automotive, medical device, and chemical technologies. He coauthored the ABA’s The Practitioner's Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and currently chairs the Communications Committee of the PTAB Bar Association.

John Golden

John GoldenJohn Golden is the Loomer Family Professor in Law at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught administrative law, contracts, patent law, and seminars relating to innovation and intellectual property.  Since 2011, he has served as faculty director of the Andrew Ben White Center in Law, Science and Social Policy.  John has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, and an A.B. in Physics and History from Harvard College.  After law school, John clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court.  John also worked as an associate in the intellectual property department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Sara Tonnies Horton

Sara Tonnies HortonSara Tonnies Horton is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Patent Litigation and Counseling group.  She has significant experience litigating patent and technology disputes.  She has tried over 10 cases to juries or judges, and has examined dozens of fact and expert witnesses.  Ms. Horton has represented clients in complex disputes involving technologies including pharmaceuticals, polymers, plastic packaging, computer networks, display systems, alloys and food technology.  She has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” and participates in the CRF's Lawyers in the Classroom program teaching constitutional law to students in Chicago Public Schools. In addition, she has co-taught a class on Intellectual Property Licensing at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Horton graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a B.S. in chemistry and earned athletic-academic honors. While at Notre Dame, she worked in the Radiation Laboratory (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy).  Ms. Horton attended the DePaul College of Law, is a member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court and a member of the PTAB Bar Association’s Board of Directors. 

Christopher Kaiser

Judge Christopher KaiserAdministrative Patent Judge Christopher Kaiser holds a J.D. with high honors from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. with high honors in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  Between engineering school and law school, Judge Kaiser was an engineer in the petroleum industry.  After law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Paul Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for Judge George Miller of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and he was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Judge Kaiser was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce as an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in 2014.

Dmitry Karshtedt

Dmitry KarshtedtDmitry Karshtedt's legal scholarship has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Boston College Law Review and was cited in three of the leading patent law casebooks. Professor Karshtedt's academic work has won several awards, including the scholarship grant for judicial clerks sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law, the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize, and the Intellectual Property Writing Competition at Stanford Law School.

Before going into law, Professor Karshtedt completed a Ph.D. in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and worked as a staff scientist for a semiconductor materials startup. Professor Karshtedt received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as the Senior Symposium Editor for the Stanford Law Review. Professor Karshtedt practiced in the Patent Counseling and Innovation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and clerked for the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Immediately prior to starting his position at GW, Professor Karshtedt was a Fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.

David Killough

David KilloughDavid Killough is an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation, Competition and Compliance Group of Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department.  Killough’s principal responsibility is management of Microsoft patent litigation matters in the U.S. and internationally.

Before joining Microsoft in 2008, Killough was a partner of the firm Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Austin, Texas, where he co-headed the Intellectual Property & Technical Litigation Section, and before that was a partner of the firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP in California. He received his B.A. degree from North Texas State University in 1977 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983.

While in law firm practice, Killough was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Texas Super Lawyers.

Jay Knobloch

JJay Knoblochay is currently responsible for IP licensing, litigation and settlements at TT. He has worked in this capacity since early 2011. Prior to this role, Jay was responsible for the innovation department at TT and facilitated the growth of the invention disclosure pipeline over 100% in his first year in that capacity. In January 2017, Jay oversaw the argument at the Federal Circuit that lead to a finding that TT’s claimed GUI was patent eligible under §101. Jay has been actively involved in over 20 CBM Review procedures at the PTAB. Jay also has significant experience in the area of patent policy. He represented TT in Washington, D.C. during the passage of the America Invents Act (AIA). He moderated a round table discussion including key representatives from the financial service industry, Director Kappos, Former Chief Judge Michel, and others from the PTO. Jay has been active in filing amicus briefs on behalf of both TT and other patent owners. Most recently, Jay filed a brief on behalf of Affected Patent Owners in Oil States. Prior to joining TT, Jay worked as both a patent agent and attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, where he concentrated on patent prosecution. Jay was responsible for prosecuting patent portfolios belonging to large, multi-national companies as well as small, startup companies. Jay graduated from the Arizona State University with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in mathematics. He received his J.D. from DePaul University while working at Brinks Hofer as a patent agent.

Dean Harold Krent

Dean Harold KrentDean Krent graduated from Princeton University before receiving his J.D. from New York University School of Law.  After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable William H. Timbers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Dean Krent then worked in the Department of Justice for the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division, writing briefs and arguing cases in various courts of appeals across the nation.  He has been teaching full-time since 1987 and has focused his scholarship on legal aspects of individuals’ interaction with the government.  Dean Krent joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1994.  He was appointed associate dean in 1997 and interim dean in 2002 before assuming the deanship on January 1, 2003.

Megan M. La Belle

Megan M. La BelleMegan M. La Belle is Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property, civil procedure, and administrative law.  Professor La Belle’s scholarship has been published in the Boston University Law Review, George Mason Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others.  Before academia, Professor La Belle spent several years as a commercial litigator with Munger, Tolles & Olson, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Professor La Belle earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Scott A. McKeown

Scott A. MckeownScott A. McKeown is a partner with Ropes & Gray and chairs the firm’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) Practice. Mr. McKeown is the most active PTAB trial attorney in the U.S. He handles all aspects of post-issuance proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and related appeals to the Court Of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).Mr. McKeown is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School and the editor of the legal treatise Post-Grant Patent Proceedings Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board.

Timothy Moore

Timothy MooreTim Moore is based in Cleveland, OH and leads Lex Machina's sales efforts in the Midwest.  Tim believes his success only follows that of his clients and works diligently to help them win.  Prior to joining Lex Machina Tim worked in the legal industry at LexisNexis as a Corporate Legal Client Manager and as an Account Executive at StateNet in Washington, DC. Tim grew up in Cleveland, OH and is a graduate of the University of Dayton. Prior to working in the legal industry, Tim explored careers in advertising, politics, and professional golf.  

Andrew Moshirina

Andrew MoshirinaAndrew Moshirnia is an Empirical IP Fellow at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Moshirnia is magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he, as a staff writer for the Berkman Center's Digital Media Law Project, analyzed copyright infringement actions and takedown notices under the DMCA. He clerked in Chicago for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and taught telecommunications law at DePaul University College of Law as an adjunct professor. Moshirnia has a Ph.D. in educational technology, with a concentration in statistics, from the University of Kansas. He worked for several years at firms in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. He has published several articles in law reviews and education technology journals, including a co-authored behavioral economics study of whether legal argument matters in decision making.

Kristen Jakobsen Osenga

Professor Kristen Jakobsen OsengaProfessor Kristen Jakobsen Osenga teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, law and language, and legislation and regulation.  Some of her recent scholarship focuses on patent licensing firms, standard setting organizations, patent eligible subject matter, patent law reform, and claim construction.  She has written numerous law review articles on these and other topics, as well as book chapters and op eds on various aspects of patent law.  Additionally, she has spoken on patent-related issues at many academic conferences and bar events.  Professor Osenga is an active member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. 

Professor Osenga received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.  After law school, she practiced at the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP, where she did patent prosecution and litigation.  She then clerked for the Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  After clerking, she entered academia, teaching first at Chicago-Kent College of Law and then at the University of Richmond, where she has been since 2006.  She has also been a Visiting Professor at Emory University School of Law and at William & Mary School of Law.

Jason Rantanen

Jason RantanenJason Rantanen is a Professor and the Ferguson-Carlson Fellow in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, and the Director of the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Program. He writes in the areas of patents, federal courts, and empirical legal studies. Professor Rantanen has authored numerous articles and book chapters that address the law from both practical and theoretical perspectives, and his scholarship has appeared in an array of journals. He is also a co-author of the widely-read PatentlyO law blog.

Daniel Ravicher

Daniel RavicherDaniel Ravicher represented the successful plaintiffs in the Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics Supreme Court case that ruled human genes cannot be patented. He also successfully challenged patents on human stem cells, AIDS drugs, Internet standards, open source software, and other technologies, both in Federal Court and through proceedings at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Daniel represented the plaintiffs in the Organic Seed v Monsanto case challenging patents on genetically modified seed, defended clients from various patent trolls, pursued pharmaceutical and consumer products companies for violating consumer protection statutes, and authored several briefs to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and various other courts on issues of patent and technology law. Daniel was named one of 'The 50 Most Influential People in IP' by Managing Intellectual Property and Appellate Lawyer of the Week by the National Law Journal. He appeared as a guest on the PBS NewsHour and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and countless other publications. He has presented at dozens of conferences and public events on issues relating to intellectual property and technology law, including being an invited witness by Congress twice on the topic of patent reform and consulting with the United Nations on patent issues impacting access to essential medicines.

William Saindon

Lead Administrative Patent Judge William SaindonLead Administrative Patent Judge William Saindon holds a J.D. with honors from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, and a B.S.E. with high honors in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. After law school, Judge Saindon joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner in the Business Methods arts. He was hired as a Patent Attorney to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in 2009, and was selected by the Secretary of Commerce to be an Administrative Patent Judge in 2011. Judge Saindon has been working on post-grant trials since 2013.

Karen Sandrik

Karen SandrikKaren Sandrik is an associate professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. She teaches a variety of intellectual property and commercial law courses, including patent law, patent licensing, and contracts. Her research focuses on the intersection of patent law and commercial law, with recent published articles on the topics of patent licensing, patent remedies, and innovative contracting practices.

David Schwartz

David SchwartzDavid Schwartz a Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law as a Professor in June of 2015. His teaching and research focus on intellectual property and patent law, with a particular emphasis on empirical studies of patent litigation. Professor Schwartz previously was a professor and co-director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property Law at IIT / Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to entering academics in 2006, Professor Schwartz practiced intellectual property law, focusing on patents and patent litigation, for over a decade. From 2000 to 2006, he was a partner at two intellectual property boutique firms in Chicago, where his practice included patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and intellectual property-related transactions. He began his career in 1995 as an associate at Jenner & Block.

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart Mark Stewart has for the last 20 years worked as in-house patent counsel for Eli Lilly and Company.  He is currently a Senior Director and Assistant General Patent Counsel in the patent litigation department.  Mark manages a group of attorneys that work primarily on US and European patent litigation.  Mark also currently manages several ongoing U.S. litigation efforts that include IPRs as well as district court litigation.  Mark received a B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Colorado State University, and a J.D. from Indiana University.

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan StroudAs Chief Patent Counsel for Unified Patents, Jonathan manages litigation, appeals, PTAB proceedings, licensing, settlement negotiations, legal strategy, prior art analysis, and preparation, filing, and drafting of proceedings for Unified. Previously, he litigated at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, before the PTAB, in district court litigation, and on appeal, and prior to that he examined implantable medical device patents at the USPTO for five years. He interned at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for Judge Robert K. Rogers. He earned his J.D. with honors from American University Washington College of Law; his M.A. in print journalism from the University of Southern California; and his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. He regularly speaks, writes, and lectures on patent law, has published with the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, the Baylor Law Review, and the American University Law Review, among others, and is an adjunct professor of law at American, teaching PTAB practice. He was recently named a Corporate IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.

Eric Sutton

Eric SuttonEric Sutton is a Senior Patent Counsel at Oracle, where he manages a patent portfolio of primarily software-related patent assets for a variety of business units. Eric also coordinates the summer intern program for Oracle Legal, serves as advisory patent counsel for Design Tech High School, and conducts ongoing patent quality studies that result in various publications, talks, and citations, particularly regarding 35 U.S.C. 101. Eric has also been teaching here at Chicago-Kent College of Law as an adjunct professor for 5 years, and his Software Patents textbook is available on Amazon and in the school bookstore.

Melissa Wasserman

Melissa WassermanMelissa Wasserman joined the University of Texas law faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on the institutional design of innovation policy, with a particular emphasis on patent law and administrative law. Her articles have been published or are forthcoming in both student edited law reviews and peer review journals including Stanford Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Texas Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Prior to joining the Texas faculty, she served as Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Her work has been selected for presentation in the 2015 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and in 2012 she was awarded the University of Illinois College of Law’s Carroll P. Hurd Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, which is given to the most outstanding piece of faculty scholarship published in the previous year.



Moderators and Other Participants


Paul Henkelmann

Moderating the Invalidation Rate Panel

Paul HenkelmannPaul B. Henkelmann is a partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin, & Flannery, where focuses his practice on patent post-issuance proceedings, patent procurement, patent litigation, and intellectual property counseling. He has an active practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and has represented clients in dozens of IPR proceedings. He also has substantial experience litigating patent and trademark infringement claims in the federal courts, as well as procuring and managing domestic and international IP portfolios. Paul is a delegate to the US Bar – EPO Liaison Council and is co-chair of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Field Day Committee. He is also a musician, outdoor enthusiast, avid traveler, and is fluent in German.

Steven Jedlinski

Moderating the Convincing the PTAB Panel

Steven JedlinskiSteven E. Jedlinski is a trial lawyer who has a national practice litigating intellectual property (IP) cases and other complex IP-related disputes in federal courts as well as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is experienced in all facets of litigation and has managed teams and developed strategies in cases before federal courts across the country, including the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Texas, the Central District of California, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey. He also has experience in appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Edward Lee

Moderating the Stopping at the PTAB Panel

Professor Edward LeeProfessor Lee teaches international intellectual property law, copyright law, and trademark law. He joined IIT Chicago-Kent's faculty in 2010 as a professor of law and director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law. He was a visiting faculty member at Chicago-Kent during the fall 2009 term from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a professor of law. Professor Lee's research focuses on the ways in which the Internet, technological development, and globalization challenge existing legal paradigms. He also writes extensively about the Framers' understanding of the Free Press Clause as a limit on using the Copyright Clause to restrict technologies. In addition to numerous articles, he co-authored a leading casebook with Daniel Chow titled International Intellectual Property: Problems, Cases, and Materials (West Group 2006).

Stephanie Nelson

Moderating the PTAB at the Supreme Court Panel

Stephanie NelsonStephanie is a patent litigation associate at Perkins Coie with a focus in biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. She has drafted Markman briefs, dispositive motions and invalidity and non-infringement contentions, and has performed all aspects of discovery. She also has experience in post-grant proceedings, including drafting IPR petitions, replies and expert reports. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Boston University and her J.D from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Erick Palmer

Moderating the PTAB Repetition Panel

Erick PalmerErick Palmer is a partner in Mayer Brown's Chicago office, where his practice focuses on complex patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Erick has provided litigation representation for industry-leading clients in various fields, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics, nutraceuticals, and food science. Erick has substantial experience in all aspects of patent cases, from fact discovery, motion practice, and claim construction to expert discovery, dispositive motions, trial, and appeal. Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2008, Erick received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Greg Reilly

Moderating the PTAB’s Effect on Patent Law Panel

Greg ReillyGreg Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of intellectual property and federal courts/procedure, with a particular focus on how institutions and decision makers resolve patent disputes. His projects have focused on the constitutionality of administrative cancellation of issued patents; the fit between patent doctrines and the relevant decision makers; patent claim construction; patent litigation reform; and the efforts of the Eastern District of Texas to attract patent cases. Professor Reilly's work is published in the Boston University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review, among other places. Professor Reilly previously held a tenure-track appointment at California Western School of Law, was a Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, practiced patent and appellate litigation at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Georgetown University.