The creation of the PTAB Bar Association involved collaboration
among more than 45 law firms, including WilmerHale, over the past
several months. The association's mission is to promote the
highest professional and ethical standards among lawyers and
stakeholders who appear before the PTAB, to help establish best
practices for the practice and skills required before the PTAB, and
to foster communication among its various stakeholders.
"The growing community of PTAB lawyers will benefit from an
organization that can help stay abreast of rulemaking and share
lessons learned," says Grewal, a member of WilmerHale's
Post-Grant Patent Proceedings Practice. "I look forward to
continuing and expanding the collaboration that has made the
founding of this association possible."
Since the America Invents Act established broader
responsibilities for the PTAB in 2012, the board has become an
increasingly common venue for resolving patent validity challenges.
WilmerHale emerged as an industry leader in post-grant patent
proceedings early on, becoming one of the first firms to file 100
inter partes review petitions before the PTAB in 2014. The
firm has gone on to prevail in all of its cases that have come to a
final decision before the board.
In addition to providing a forum for communications between the
PTAB and practitioners, the PTAB Bar Association will coordinate
continuing legal education, pro bono opportunities, career
enhancement and scholarship activities. The association's
inaugural conference will take place March 1–2, 2017 in
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