The morning program will focus on trademarks at the TTAB, Chief Judge Rogers will explain "Why the TTAB is not like the PTAB or District Court", followed by John L. Welch, TTABlog and Lando & Anastasi, sharing his views on “The Top 8 or 9 Losing TTAB Arguments.” A three judge panel of the TTAB will hear the final argument in an inter partes proceeding, and Susan Montgomery and John Welch will then lead a question-and-answer period among the attendees. The luncheon keynote speaker is Kevin Johnson, Associate General Counsel, The Gillette Company, who will discuss “Brand Intellectual Property.” The afternoon session will turn to patents, led off by Claire Laporte of Foley Hoag, speaking on "Emerging Issue in AIA PTAB Proceeding: Obviousness.” A hearing before a three judge panel of the PTAB will be followed by a reception. 

Registration

Please note that the space is limited and pre-registration is required.  

Lawyers and patent agents etc:

  • Option #1 - Morning Trademark program, including TTAB hearing, plus lunch with keynote speaker and afternoon reception: BPLA members: $125 Non-members: $150
  • Option #2 - Afternoon Patent program, including PTAB hearing, plus lunch with keynote speaker and afternoon reception: BPLA members: $125 Non-members: $150

*Students (Law students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school):  

  • Option #1 - Morning Trademark program, including TTAB hearing, plus afternoon reception and lunch: free
  • Option #2 - Afternoon Patent program, including PTAB hearing, plus afternoon reception and lunch: free

*Students must use their law school email address for registration.

Register Now

Please note that registration will close on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Location: 

Northeastern University School of Law
                 65 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115

Schedule of Events 

Friday, October 3, 2014

8:30 to 9:15 AM

Registration and Coffee
Dockser Lobby

9:15 to 9:30 AM 

Welcome and Introductions
Moot Court Room

Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Northeastern University
Dean Jeremy Paul, Northeastern University School of Law

9:30 to 10:00 AM

“Why the TTAB is not like the PTAB or District Court”
Moot Court Room

Chief Justice Rogers, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

10:00 to 10:30 AM

"The Top 8 or 9 Losing TTAB Arguments"
Moot Court Room

John L. Welch, TTABlog & Lando & Anastasi

10:30 to 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 to 11:45 AM

Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB)
Moot Court Room

Hearing: Diamond Power International v. Clyde Bergemann, Inc. - Opposition No. 91201996
Presiding Judges: Judge Gerard F. Rogers, Judge Linda A. Kuczma and Judge Susan J. Hightower
Counsel:
Plaintiff: Michael J. Mehrman, Cantor Colburn
Defendant: Michael N. Spink, Brinks Gilson & Lione

11:45 AM to 12:00 PM

Audience Q/A
Moot Court Room

Moderators: John Welch and Susan Montgomery 

12:00 to 1:45 PM 

Luncheon, Welcome and Keynote
Dockser Commons

Donna Meuth, BPLA President and Associate General Counsel for IP, Eisai Inc.

“Brand Intellectual Property”

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Johnson, Associate General Counsel, The Gillette Company

1:45 to 2:00 PM  

Break

2:00 to 2:30 PM

"Emerging Issue in AIA PTAB Proceeding: Obviousness"
Moot Court Room

Claire Laporte, Foley Hoag LLP

2:30 to 3:45 PM

Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
Moot Court Room

Hearing:
Positec USA, Inc. and RW Direct, Inc., Inc. v. Black & Decker, Inc. IPR2013-00502; U.S. Patent No. 5,544,417 titled “Multi-Purpose Motor Mounting System for a String Trimmer”
Presiding Judges: Judge Brian J. McNamara, Judge Richard E. Rice and Judge Carl M. DeFranco
Counsel:
For Petitioners Positec USA, Inc. and RW Direct, Inc.: Robert H. Eichenberger and Robert J. Theuerkauf, Middleton Reutlinger
For Patent Owner Black and Decker, Inc.: Christopher M. Brock, Michael E. Hilton and Allen E. Pittoors, Harness Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C. and Jonathon J. Yun, Black and Decker Corporation

3:45 to 5:00 PM

Networking and Refreshments with Participants
Dockser Lobby

 
Colonnade Hotel

 Co-Sponsored by Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) & Northeastern University School of Law