The Knowledge Group Has Scheduled a Live Webcast on Demystifying Discretionary Denials by the PTAB: Hot Buttons Explored

Top Quote The Knowledge Group, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that it has scheduled a live webcast entitled: Demystifying Discretionary Denials by the PTAB: Hot Buttons Explored. This event is scheduled on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET). End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 22, 2021 - Event Synopsis:
    Over the past few years, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has applied precedential decisions, such as NHK Spring Co., Ltd. v. Intri-Plex Techs., Inc. and Apple Inc. v. Fintiv, Inc., to expand its use of discretion under 35 U.S.C. § 314(a) to deny Inter Partes Review (IPR) petitions. In late 2020, the Board published draft rules for comment on whether to use the NHK-Fintiv factors to assess patent owner requests for discretionary denial or implement a bright-line approach. The comments to the draft rules are being reviewed by the Board, but the absence of a newly confirmed Director in the wake of Director Iancu’s departure has left the issue of discretionary denials unsettled. The rapidly changing landscape, particularly given the pending Apple v. Hirschfeld case pending before Judge Davila in the Northern District of California and recent bipartisan request for a GAO investigation of the Director’s control over PTAB judges, makes this a very timely webinar for all stakeholders.

    In this LIVE Webcast, patent litigation attorneys Philip Hirschhorn (Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP) and Brian Murphy (Haug Partners) will provide a comprehensive discussion of these up-to-date developments at the PTAB. Speakers will also discuss recent PTAB decisions concerning discretionary denials and share key strategies for petitioners and patent owners to approach the issue.

    Key topics include:
    • Discretionary Denials: Overview
    • Status of PTAB Notice and Comment Rulemaking on Discretionary Denials
    • Recent PTAB Decisions on Discretionary Denials
    • Implications of Discretionary Denials on Litigation Strategies
    • Critical Issues and Challenges
    • What Lies Ahead

    Speakers/Faculty Panel

    Philip Hirschhorn, Partner
    Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

    Brian Murphy, Partner
    Haug Partners

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