Patent office announces public roundtable for new review proceedings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct a public roundtable at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills Campus, on Thursday, April 24, 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, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2630 Featherstone Road in Auburn Hills.

Following the program, the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will host a reception at the Cooley campus from 5 to 7 p.m.