Program Committee Webinar: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking-Discretionary Denials
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern
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PTAB Bar Association
Program Committee Webinar

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Discretionary Denials, Rule 325(d), Parallel/Serial Petitions, Filing of Settlement Agreements

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 1:00pmET, 10:00amPT
This spring, the USPTO has issued a wide range of Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), touching virtually every aspect of practice before the USPTO. The panel for this webinar will discuss the NPRM relating to:
  • separate briefing on discretionary denials;
  • parallel and serial petitions and 35 USC 325(d) considerations;
  • enforced filing of settlement agreements pre-institution.
The panel will describe the proposed changes and explore their implications. Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Speakers include Jennifer Bush, Kristi Sawert, and Rick Torczon; moderated by Frank Bernstein.


Jennifer R. Bush hails from Fenwick & West LLP, where her practice focuses on PTAB trials and patent litigation. Her experience has led to her being named among the Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials, and she is the most experienced PGR lawyer in the country. Prior to focusing on PTAB trials, Jennifer spent over a decade in patent prosecution across a wide range of technical fields. She also has been a Lecturer-in-Law at UC Davis King Hall School of Law, and for many years was faculty and co-chair of PLI’s patent prosecution bootcamp.
Kristi Sawert is a Principal at Fish and Richardson P.C. focusing on post-grant trials and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining Fish this year, Kristi served at the USPTO for fifteen years, as both an Administrative Patent Judge (APJ) and an Associate Solicitor.  As an APJ, Kristi presided over 250 trials at the PTAB and served as lead judge on more than 110. These cases included post-grant reviews and inter partes reviews across a range of technologies. In the USPTO’s Solicitor’s Office, Kristi defended the Board’s decisions in more than 40 ex parte and inter partes appeals to the Federal Circuit.

Rick Torczon is senior counsel at Wilson Sonsini with a focus on PTAB trials and Federal Circuit appeals. He was an administrative patent judge for two decades and a USPTO assistant solicitor before that.

Frank Bernstein is a partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. His high technology expertise includes computer hardware and software, electronics, fintech, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. Frank has a broad range of practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (both pre-grant and post-grant patent matters), as well as in US district courts in all phases of patent infringement actions (pre-filing investigations to claim construction, Markman hearings to trials and appeals). 
Complimentary CLE Credit
CLE for this program is sponsored and administered by Squire Patton Boggs, LLP. Please provide complete bar information during registration to seek credit. CLE information will be provided during the presentation. All attendees requesting CLE credit must submit the provided CLE Code included as a PPT slide to qualify for CLE credit.
This webinar is pending 1.0 general hour of CLE in AZ, CA, NJ, NY, and TX. Attendees may request CLE credit in additional jurisdictions.
CLE is generously provided by Squire Patton Boggs.  

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