PTAB Patent Proceedings: Best Practices and Strategies

Broadcast Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)
intellectual property protection law
John Bird
Christopher Scharff
Neil Smith


About Sughrue Mion PLLC

Sughrue Mion, based in Washington D.C., is a leading global intellectual property firm, counseling clients as they navigate the complexities of patent and trademark law. Sughrue’s practice is focused solely on intellectual property law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, litigation, portfolio management and enforcement. Sughrue brings unmatched experience in patent interference proceedings and Post Grant Review, including ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings. In addition to their legal expertise, Sughrue’s attorneys have technical and scientific backgrounds ranging from electrical and computer technology to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, allowing for a true understanding of their clients’ business challenges and goals.  


About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

McAndrews is an intellectual property law firm located in Chicago, Illinois.  McAndrews, offers a deep bench of experts in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition, with all of its attorneys having a degree in science or engineering. While best known for its record of litigation success, McAndrews is also recognized as a leading firm in IP procurement, post-grant proceedings, IP opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, IP development and licensing, M&A support, and design rights.  McAndrews’ clients include multinational corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups, and world-renowned universities. It is continually recognized and honored by respected legal and business media and IP organizations for its achievements in intellectual property law.


About Schwegman Lundberg and Woessner LLP

Schwegman has a highly focused intellectual property practice with a national and international client base of discerning and patent-savvy clients.  The Schwegman firm has grown in 25 years from a small start-up IP firm to a national recognized power house for IP work.  The Schwegman firm currently numbers over 140 attorneys and agents, located throughout the country, with advanced technical and life science degrees.  Schwegman represents multinational corporations, middle-market businesses, universities, startups, and individuals. The firm is skilled in the post grant review proceedings of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO, and brings together its strong technology and patent application experience with the PTAB experience and knowledge of Neil Smith, who was appointed as the first Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, for the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Silicon Valley Satellite Office. The PTAB handles appeals within the Patent Office, and a host of post-grant patent proceedings, which are becoming increasingly important in patent law.