Insights: Events Ex Parte Patent Appeals: Determining Whether to Appeal, Trends and Lessons From Recent Cases

Strafford Webinar

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Webinar

This CLE webinar will guide patent counsel on ex parte appeals. The panel will discuss the strategy of choosing ex parte appeals and key considerations. The panel will also offer best practices for ex parte appeals.

Description:

A decision to pursue an ex parte appeal at the USPTO provides an opportunity for patent counsel to aggressively argue the patentability case before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and change audience making decisions. Patent counsel should weigh factors, including time, cost, and statistics on appeal, when determining whether to pursue an ex parte appeal.

Multiple types of statistics can inform an appeal decision. It can be advantageous to examine statistics pertaining to the PTAB, the examiner, and the art unit. Statistics can even be broken down by rejection time to better relate to an applicant's specific circumstance.

Understanding patent term adjustment ramifications of a Board decision and various strategies that may be used during the appeal process (e.g., Pre-Appeal Brief Conference, Oral Hearing, expediting an appeal) is also important.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys examines ex parte patent appeals. The panel will discuss the strategy of choosing ex parte appeals. The panel will examine recent cases and the lessons learned from those decisions. The panel will also offer best practices for ex parte appeals.

Outline:
  • Considerations when deciding to pursue an ex parte appeal
  • Overview of examiner level data relevant to ex parte appeals and issue-level trends in decisions by the Board
  • Patent term adjustment implications of Board decisions
  • Best practices
Benefits (the panel will review these and other important issues):
  • What are the key considerations to factor in when determining whether to pursue an ex parte appeal?
  • What guidance can practitioners glean from recent issue-level data and examiner-level data in ex parte appeals?
  • What best practices should patent counsel employ when conducting an ex parte appeal to negotiate with an examiner?

Event Details

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Webinar

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

CLE Credit

This 90-minute webinar is eligible in most states for 1.5 CLE credits.

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