Cooley to Host Public Roundtable on Patent Review Proceedings
April 1, 2014 - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a public roundtable at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus, on April 24, 2014, to discuss the new post-grant patent review procedures under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).
Cooley Professor David C. Berry, director of the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law, notes the roundtable, one of eight held across the country, is particularly important to the public. “The AIA’s new post-grant review proceedings permit members of the public to challenge the validity of issued patents through an inter partes administrative process, avoiding much of the cost and delay of federal court litigation,” said Berry. He notes the roundtable program will feature USPTO administrators, several Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges and practitioners currently involved in Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings. The PTAB is seeking feedback about trial procedures and will provide an opportunity at the session for public input.
The USPTO has scheduled this roundtable, which is free and open to the public, for Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 2630 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, Mich. Following the program, the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host a reception at the Cooley from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 18,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Florida.