The Power of PTAB: The New Authority in Patent Law

This one-day conference examines the rise of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which is on pace in 2017 to set a record of deciding over 2,000 inter partes reviews (IPRs) initiated by parties challenging the validity of existing patents.

The public conference will convene leading patent academics, patent attorneys from law firms and corporations, and PTAB judges to examine many facets of the PTAB's expanded powers under the America Invents Act, including those related to PTAB procedures, claim construction and decisions. This conference is ideal for all patent attorneys.

The conference will also cover in depth the pending Supreme Court case Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group and the constitutional challenge to IPRs.

The Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property will be formally announced during the conference as the official publication for the PTAB Bar Association.


Friday, October 20, 2017


Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661

CLE Credit

Illinois:  6.75 hours
Pennsylvania:  6.5 hours

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8:00–8:30 am

Check-In and Continental Breakfast — sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

8:30–8:35 am

Welcome and Introduction, Professor Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Part I: Navigating the PTAB

8:35–9:35 am

Reasonable Error Correction or Death Squads — Is the PTAB’s Invalidation Rate Too High or Just Right?

Moderator: Paul Henkelmann (Fitch Even)

Speakers: Alison Baldwin (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP), David Killough (Microsoft); Jay Knobloch (Trading Technologies); Daniel Ravicher (Miami); David Schwartz (Northwestern)

9:35–10:35 am

PTAB Repetition — Multiple, Duplicative, and Sequential PTAB Challenges

Moderator: Erick Palmer (Mayer Brown)

Speakers: Christen Dubois (Facebook); Joshua Goldberg (Finnegan); Judge William Saindon (PTAB); Mark Stewart (Eli Lilly); Jonathan Stroud (Unified Patents)

10:35–10:50 am

Coffee break

10:50–11:05 am

Interlude: Presentation by the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub

11:05 am–12:05 pm

Convincing the PTAB — Developing and Presenting Evidence in PTAB Proceedings

Moderator: Steven Jedlinski (Holland & Knight)

Speakers: Judge Chris Kaiser (PTAB); Scott McKeown (Ropes & Gray); Judge William Saindon (PTAB); Melissa Wasserman (Texas)

12:05–12:10 pm

Announcement of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property as the official publication of the PTAB Bar Association.

12:10–1:00 pm

Lunch — sponsored by Mayer Brown 

1:00–1:45 pm

A View from the Bench with PTAB Judges Chris Kaiser and William Saindon

Part II: The PTAB’s Role in the Patent System

1:45–2:45 pm

Stopping at the PTAB — The Estoppel Effect of PTAB Decisions

Moderator: Edward Lee (Chicago-Kent)

Speakers: Megan La Belle (Catholic); Sara Tonnies Horton (Jenner & Block); Andrew Moshirnia (Chicago-Kent); Karen Sandrik (Willamette)

2:45–3:00 pm

Interlude: Presentation by Tim Moore, Lex Machina

3:00–4:00 pm

The PTAB’s Effect on Patent Law — The Example of Section 101

Moderator: Greg Reilly (Chicago-Kent)

Speakers: Kate Gaudry (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton); Kristen Osenga (Richmond); Jason Rantanen (Iowa); Eric Sutton (Oracle)

4:00–5:00 pm

The PTAB at the Supreme Court — Oil States and SAS Institute

Moderator: Stephanie Nelson (Perkins Coie)

Speakers: Greg Dolin (Baltimore); Dmitry Karshtedt (George Washington); John Golden (Texas); Dean Harold Krent (Chicago-Kent); Greg Reilly (Chicago-Kent)

5:00–6:00 pm

Reception — sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law

General Sponsors: Finnegan; Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP; Lex Machina; Holland & Knight

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Alison Baldwin, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
  • Professor Greg Dolin, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Christen Dubois, Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, Facebook
  • Kate Gaudry, Senior Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joshua Goldberg, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Professor John Golden, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Sara Tonnies Horton, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Steven Jedlinski, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Christopher Kaiser '05, Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO
  • Professor Dmitry Karshtedt, George Washington University Law School
  • David Killough, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Jay Knobloch, Trading Technologies
  • Professor Megan La Belle, The Catholic University of America
  • Scott McKeown, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Professor Andrew Moshirnia, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Professor Kristen Osenga, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Professor Jason Rantanen, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Professor Daniel Ravicher, University of Miami School of Law
  • Professor Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • William Saindon, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO
  • Professor Karen Sandrik, Willamette University College of Law
  • Professor David Schwartz, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Mark Stewart, Senior Director - Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly
  • Jonathan Stroud, Chief Patent Counsel, Unified Patents
  • Eric Sutton, Senior Patent Counsel, Oracle
  • Professor Melissa Wasserman, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

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The Power of the PTAB conference is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:


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