Isn’t it Too Obvious? Challenging Obviousness in PTAB Trials for Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patents
Due to emerging technology, court decisions and the evolving legal landscape of patent, strategies behind patent procurement constantly change. In particular, challenging obviousness for chemical, pharma and biotech patents has become a more confusing and difficult task.
This two-hour LIVE Webcast, presented by a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group, will discuss the obviousness standard and the recent changes impacting it. The speakers will look into recent case law and will provide the audience with practical guidance on challenging obviousness in PTAB trials for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech patents on this evolving obviousness standard.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- The Obviousness Standard - A Background
- Trends in PTAB Obviousness Holdings
- Challenging Obviousness using IPR
- Practice Tips and Best Strategies
Sarah E. Spires, Partner
Skiermont Derby LLP
Jacqueline Harlow, Administrative Patent Judge
- Motivation to combine, including:
- Effectively addressing motivation to combine
- Addressing unpredictability in the art
- Effective use of experts, including:
- Tips for winning the battle of the experts
- Submitting testing data
- Applying the proper standards
- Tips for addressing secondary considerations
Who Should Attend:
- Patent Attorneys
- Patent Litigators
- Intellectual Property Attorneys
- In-House Counsel for Chemical, Pharma and Biotech Companies
- Patent Owners
Sarah E. Spires is a partner at the boutique firm of Skiermont Derby LLP where she focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation and inter partes reviews, particularly in the life science and biotechnology areas.
Prior to joining Skiermont Derby, Sarah practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Morrison & Foerster. Sarah studied at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sarah’s technical background includes conducting cell cycle research at MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Sarah E. Spires is a partner at the boutique firm of Skiermont Derby LLP where she focuses her practice on …
Jacqueline T. Harlow is an Administrative Patent Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where she conducts post-grant patent trials under the America Invents Act, and decides appeals arising from adverse decisions of examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Prior to joining the Board, Judge Harlow served as litigation counsel at Apple Inc. She has also practiced with the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and Faegre & Benson, LLP. Judge Harlow studied at Harvard Law School and The Johns Hopkins University, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Jacqueline T. Harlow is an Administrative Patent Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where she conducts post-grant patent …
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About Skiermont Derby LLP
Skiermont Derby LLP represents clients in complex IP and commercial litigation in Texas, California, and throughout the nation. The firm's experience includes matters involving patents, trademarks, unfair competition, antitrust, breach of contract, and business torts – as well as entertainment, employment, and securities litigation.