Comparison of EPO Oppositions and USPTO PTAB Proceedings 2021


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Comparison of EPO Oppositions and USPTO PTAB Proceedings 2021
Start date Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:30 PM
End date Thursday, January 28, 2021 01:30 PM
CPD Points 1.0
Price Non Member £73.20 (Includes £12.20 VAT)
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Proceedings before the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) are often likened to oppositions before the EPO.  However, there are many differences between the two types of proceedings and practitioners must adopt different strategies in order to succeed.  Maeve O’Flynn and Josh Goldberg, partners from Finnegan’s London and Washington DC offices, will compare the proceedings, and will address potential synergies and conflicts when proceedings are pending or anticipated in both jurisdictions.

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Maeve O’Flynn
Finnegan Europe LLP

Maeve O’Flynn is a partner in Finnegan Europe’s London office. She is a European and UK patent attorney with more than a decade of in-house experience, having worked at some of the world’s largest multinational corporations in the oil and chemical industries. Maeve has worked for a range of clients, from startups to multinationals, covering diverse technologies such as cosmetics, sustainable chemistry, and catalysis. She has helped clients develop commercially relevant intellectual property strategies. This includes developing and managing global patent portfolios, provisioning advice regarding trade secrets and defensive publications, and negotiating collaboration and licensing agreements. 




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Joshua L. Goldberg
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Joshua Goldberg is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, DC office. Joshua, leader of Finnegan’s PTAB trials section, focuses on inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and on ensuing appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As lead or backup counsel in more than 250 IPRs, CBMs, and PGRs, Joshua represents petitioners and patent owners in proceedings involving patents directed to industrial manufacturing, automotive, chemical, software, image processing, consumer electronics, mobile applications, semiconductor, electronic banking, Internet, cloud computing, and medical device technologies.