Oral advocacy training available for newer practitioners under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program

by John Roberts on May 6, 2020

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Oral advocacy training available for newer practitioners under the Legal Experience and Advancement Program

Planning to participate in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP)? Come to the first LEAP webinar training on oral advocacy before the Board on Thursday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

LEAP is designed to encourage the professional development of patent attorneys and agents appearing before the PTAB through increased opportunities for oral advocacy. Accordingly, the PTAB will grant up to 15 minutes additional argument time to parties that choose to participate in LEAP, depending on the length of the proceeding and the PTAB’s hearing schedule.

LEAP becomes effective on May 15, 2020. LEAP practitioners may begin to file requests to present arguments to the PTAB under this program starting on that day.

To help prepare newer practitioners to argue before the Board, the PTAB will offer training on oral advocacy, covering topics such as the use of demonstratives, effective use of hearing time, decorum, and logistics of an oral hearing. Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla, Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola, Lead Judge Stacey White, and Judges Amanda Wieker and Christa Zado will present.

The webinar is free and open to all. There will be a Q&A session at the end.

Please send questions in advance or during the webinar to LEAP. Webinar access information is available on the LEAP page of the USPTO website.

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