John Bird, Partner, Sughrue Mion PLLC to Speak at TKG's PTAB Patent Proceedings: Best Practices and Strategies LIVE Webcast

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  • Jersey City, NJ (1888PressRelease) October 07, 2016 - The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series has announced today that John Bird, Partner, Sughrue Mion PLLC will speak at the Knowledge Group's webcast entitled: PTAB Patent Proceedings: Best Practices and Strategies LIVE Webcast. This event is scheduled Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET).

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    About John Bird

    John M. Bird is a partner in the Washington, DC Office of Sughrue Mion PLLC. His focus is on the ‎protection and enforcement of designs and a wide range of electrical and mechanical technologies, ‎including analytical/measurement systems, medical ‎devices, HVAC systems, printers/copiers, ‎telecommunications systems, ‎data recording mediums, semiconductor fabrication, bearings, ‎welding ‎processes, sports equipment, footwear, and various automobile ‎components, such as tires, ‎transmissions, engines, fuel-injection systems, ‎motors, lamps, steering systems, connectors/wiring, ‎valves, and ‎control/monitoring systems.

    He has industry experience as a mechanical engineer and is a former patent examiner. His legal ‎experience includes patent application preparation and prosecution; reexamination and reissue ‎applications; inter partes review; patentability, validity, and infringement opinions; patent appeals to ‎the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; and patent litigation. ‎

    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.

    Event Synopsis:
    Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released its long-awaited package of rules to govern and to make targeted modifications for America Invents Act (AIA) trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The new rules will allow patent owners to submit an expert declaration with the preliminary response and also allow petitioners to seek leave to file a reply to the preliminary response. The rules also allow a party to request district court-type claim constructions for a patent if the party certifies that it will expire within 18 months of the Notice of Filing Date Accorded. The final rules took effect last May 2, 2016 and will apply to all future and ongoing PTAB proceedings.

    While it will take time to see the impact of these rules on PTAB practices, patent owners are expected to immediately start submitting expert rebuttal declarations with their preliminary responses. In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer a discussion for patent prosecuting and litigating attorneys and patent agents on the best practices and strategies for patent application preparation and prosecution, as well as a review of recent developments in the PTAB Patent Proceedings. The panel will also discuss issues involving patent owner preliminary response, amendments, depositions, objections to evidence, and will provide a roadmap in handling multiple proceedings at the PTAB and district court and when to take certain actions.

    Key topics will include:
    Inter Partes Review
    Post-Grant Review
    Best practices for patentees
    Best practices for third parties
    Post-Grant Practice Since PTAB
    Best Practices in Adapting to PTAB Challenges
    Up-to-the-Minute Regulatory Updates

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