In this practical webinar, you will learn about recent developments in determining real-party-in-interest (RPI) during post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). You will learn from a panel of experts as they engage you in an in-depth discussion of the Federal Circuit decision in AIT v. RPX. You will also explore the guidance provided by the PTAB in approaching the analysis.

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances in which RPI issues are presented where additional discovery should be requested
  • Analyze the relationship between entities to determine whether RPI has been properly identified by a petitioner
  • Develop strategies for effectively challenging an incorrectly identified RPI in proceedings before the PTAB
  • Identify avenues for appealing an improper PTAB determination with respect to RPI to the Federal Circuit
Faculty Member
Katie Becker
Banner Witcoff

Katie currently concentrates her practice on patent litigation, prosecution and counseling in chemical matters, in addition to litigation and counseling in trademark and trade dress matters. She has wide range of litigation experience, representing smaller companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in patent, trademark and trade dress disputes relating to a variety of technologies and products. Katie also represents clients in inter partes review and other post –issuance proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Katie was awarded her J.D. degree and a certificate in intellectual property law from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food Science and a certificate in business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Faculty Member
Paul Rivard
Banner Witcoff

Paul focuses on identifying and strategically procuring intellectual property protection for new technologies, counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, licensing, and contested matters. He works closely with clients in portfolio management with a view toward developing appropriate strategies to achieve business objectives. Paul has extensive experience in all phases of patent practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including ex parte prosecution, appeals, reexamination proceedings, and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Paul earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Faculty Member
Saurabh Vishnubhakat

Professor Vishnubhakat writes and teaches on intellectual property, administrative law, and civil procedure, especially from an empirical perspective. His scholarship has been cited by the Federal Circuit, the U.S. district courts, the Federal Trade Commission, and parties and amici in over twenty Supreme Court briefs. Until 2015, Professor Vishnubhakat served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office as the principal legal advisor to that agency’s first two chief economists. He was also a faculty fellow at the Duke Law School and a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Center for Public Genomics. He holds a J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He also holds a B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Faculty Member
Brad Van Pelt
Banner Witcoff

Brad concentrates his practice on prosecution, counseling, and litigation in all areas of intellectual property. Brad has wide-ranging experience in prosecution and counseling. He has years of patent drafting experience in the mechanical, software, and business method arts. He frequently prepares freedom-to-practice opinions, and has served on successful IPR and patent litigation teams in obtaining favorable rulings for clients. Prior to his role at Banner & Witcoff, Brad was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the early 2000s. While at the Patent and Trademark Office, Brad examined patent applications directed to the mechanical arts, especially in the automotive, transportation, and power generation arts. Brad was awarded his J.D. degree from Georgetown University in 2007 and his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.

CLE Credits (Law)

NALA--Credit not available
NFPA--Credit not available
AL1.3 General
AK1.25 General
ARNot Available General
AZ1.25 General
CA1.25 General
CO1.5 General
CT1.25 General
DE1.3 General
FL1.5 General
GA1.3 General
HI1.25 General
IA1.25 General
ID1.25 General
IL1.25 General
IN1.3 General
KSNot Available General
KY1.25 General
LA1.3 General
ME1.25 General
MN1.25 General
MO1.5 General
MSNot Available General
MT1.25 General
NC1.25 General
ND1.25 General
NE1.25 General
NH1.25 General
NJ1.5 General
NM1.2 General
NV1 General
NY1.5 Areas of Professional Practice (NY)
OH1.25 General
OK1.5 General
OR1.25 General
PA1 General
RI1.5 General
SCNot Available General
TN1.25 General
TX1.25 General
UT1 General
VANot Available General
VT1.25 General
WA1.25 Law and Legal Procedure
WI1.5 General
WV1.5 General
WY1.25 General

In some CLE states, the course will be submitted to the bar after you register. If for any reason the course is not approved, we will fully refund your registration fee. If a state is listed on this course, then we are confident the course fits that state's standards and already is or will be approved for credit.

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