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AIPLA/USPTO Roadshow Series: Enhancing Patent Quality and Conducting AIA Trials

August 24, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

United States Patent and Trademark Office

High Tech Law Institute American Intellectual Property Association


Tentative Schedule

Santa Clara Law welcomes representatives of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including members of the Office of Patent Quality and administrative patent judges from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, to a full day conference on recent initiatives to enhance patent quality and PTAB proceedings.

The conference will conclude with a live PTAB hearing in Ariosa v. Illumina (IPR 2014-01093) (pending approval).

Learn about:

  • The Enhanced Quality Initiative, featuring a USPTO Discussion of the stakeholder feedback and how the initiatives may impact practice before the USPTO.
  • Drafting Applications to Survive and Thrive During Examination and Trial in light of recent case law
  • The State of the Board
  • Hot issues in PTAB trails, including coordination of district court cases and PTAB proceedings, appeals to the federal circuit, and any changes imposed by patent.
  • And more!

CLE will be available.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM (Schedule subject to change)

8:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00am Opening Remarks
Part I.  Patent Quality Initiative, Version 2.0: What it Means to You
9:10am Overview of the USPTO’s Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative
9:45am Achieving Clarity of the Record; Best Practices for Drafting Quality Patent Application
10:45am Break
11:00am Improving Patent Quality Through Remote Examiner Interviews
11:30am The PTO’s New Patent Quality Metrics
12:00pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker, USPTO Deputy Director Russ Slifer
Part II.  Trials at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board:  New Rules, Hot Issues and a Live Hearing
1:30pm State of the Board
1:50pm Overview of Proposed Changes to AIA Trial Rules at the PTAB
2:20pm The View of the Bar on Proposed Rule Changes:  Audience Questions and Feedback
2:45pm Hot Issues in PTAB Trials
3:30pm Break
3:50pm Live PTAB Hearing
5:00pm Closing Remarks


Pre-registration is required and available until COB Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

Refund will be made only if cancellation is received by AIPLA no later than August 14, 2015 and are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

Cancellations must be in writing and faxed to 703-415-0786. No refunds or credit will be issues for cancellations received after August 14, 2015.


AIPLA Member $225
Non-Member $545
Government $95 – NO FEE for USPTO personnel to attend

Current SCU Students  should contact htli@scu.edu

For more complete information and updates, please refer to the AIPLA webpage.


August 24, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Locatelli Center
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 United States
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    AIPLA/USPTO Roadshow Series: Enhancing Patent Quality and Conducting AIA Trials

  • August 24, 2015
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Locatelli Center