Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TTAB and PTAB Come to Boston: Friday, October 3, Northeastern Univ. School of Law

On Friday, October 3rd, the USPTO's Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) and Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) will hold hearings in the Moot Court Room on the campus of Northeastern University School of Law. This monumental event is jointly sponsored by the Boston Patent Law Association and Northeastern University School of Law. Details and registration here.

The morning program will focus on trademarks at the TTAB, Chief Judge Rogers will explain "Why the TTAB is not like the PTAB or District Court," followed by John L. Welch, TTABlog and Lando & Anastasi, sharing his views on "The Top 8 or 9 Losing TTAB Arguments." A three judge panel of the TTAB will hear the final argument in an inter partes proceeding, and Susan Montgomery and John Welch will then lead a question-and-answer period among the attendees. The luncheon keynote speaker is Kevin Johnson, Associate General Counsel, The Gillette Company, who will discuss "Brand Intellectual Property." The afternoon session will turn to patents, led off by Claire Laporte of Foley Hoag, speaking on "Emerging Issue in AIA PTAB Proceeding: Obviousness." A hearing before a three judge panel of the PTAB will be followed by a reception.

Read comments and post your comment here.

TTABlog comoment:  In my memory, I think this is possibly the most significant double-header since Wilbur Wood started both ends of a twin-bill for the Chicago White Sox against the Yankees in 1973 (he lost both games).

Text Copyright John L. Welch 2014.


At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it lawful to charge admission to a TTAB hearing? I ask this question every year about this time.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger John L. Welch said...

The fee pays for the lunch and refreshments. Don't forget the four non-governmental speakers/panelists. The program is not just two Board hearings.

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the reason for the fee. It's not an answer to the question.

At 12:26 AM, Blogger Griff Thomas said...

John, looks to be a great event. Good job. Griff


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