PTAB launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the next generation of patent practitioners

by John Roberts on April 28, 2020

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PTAB launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the next generation of patent practitioners
Blog by Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Scott Boalick, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO

A female legal practitioner stands at a podium and makes an argument before the PTAB.(Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO)

Today, the USPTO officially launches the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP). LEAP is designed to foster development of the next generation of patent practitioners by creating opportunities to gain the proper skills and experience in oral arguments before the Board. The USPTO understands that “stand up” speaking opportunities before tribunals are limited and that gaining courtroom experience is advantageous for practitioners in their career development. Additionally, having a patent bar with strong oral advocacy skills benefits clients, the USPTO, the courts, and the whole IP system.

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