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AIPLA/USPTO Road Show – Alexandria, VA

August 28, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:05 pm EDT

AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Series

Enhancing Patent Quality and Conducting AIA Trials

Announcing three in-depth seminars in locations across the country this August, to provide you with updates and insight you need to practice in an ever-evolving environment!

  • Santa Clara, CA – Santa Clara University
  • Dallas, TX  – The Belo Mansion
  • Alexandria, VA – USPTO

Hear from high level USPTO representatives from the Office of Patent Quality and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, who will walk attendees through changes in the rules, as well as experienced practitioners who have examined how these changes will impact patent practice going forward, and provide useful tips on how to adapt.

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 trials, including coordination of district court cases and PTAB proceedings, appeals to the federal circuit, and any changes imposed by patent
  • And More!



Russell Slifer

CEO of Black Hills IP; Principal at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woesner; Former Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director United States Patent and Trademark Office

Brad D. Pedersen

Partner - Patent Attorney

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

Partner - Intellectual Property Attorney

Judge Michael Tierney

Lead Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Valencia Martin-Wallace

Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality

Sharon Israel

Sharon Israel

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon


August 28, 2015
8:00 am - 5:05 pm
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USPTO – Madison Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
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(571) 272-8400