On April 15, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) hosted the first in a series of eight scheduled roundtable discussions intended to share information about the new America Invents Act (“AIA”) trials, including inter partes review (“IPR”), covered business method review (“CBM”) and post-grant review (“PGR”), and to solicit feedback about the trials from the public.
The PTAB held the first roundtable at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. It featured a panel of five administrative patent judges: Acting Vice Chief Judge of the Trial Section Scott Boalick, Lead Judge Grace Obermann, Lead Judge Michael Kim, Judge Justin Arbes and Chief Judge James Donald Smith. Janet Gongola moderated the panel. She is a senior advisor to the Deputy Director of the USPTO. The USPTO will hold the remaining roundtable discussions around the country through April and early May.
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