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September 20, 2016
Shareholders Todd Dickinson and Jay Guiliano to serve newly-launched group

Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm, announced that Shareholder and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Q. Todd Dickinson will serve on the Board of Directors of the newly-formed Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association.   In addition, Polsinelli Shareholder Jay Guiliano will serve as vice chair of the Association’s Website Committee.

The creation of the PTAB Bar Association has involved collegial collaboration among more than 45 law firms, including Polsinelli, over the past several months. The Association’s mission is to promote the highest professional and ethical standards among lawyers and stakeholders who appear before the PTAB; to help establish best practices for the unique practice and skills required before the PTAB; and, to foster communication among its various stakeholders. 

It has been more than 30 years since a national bar association of this scope has been formed. The PTAB Bar Association will provide a forum for communications between the legal community and PTAB officials and its Administrative Patent Judges (APJs), particularly to share best practices and stay abreast of the rule making, procedure, and jurisprudence emanating from the PTAB.

“Polsinelli has a strong and growing Intellectual Property Practice Group, with a special focus on USPTO post-grant proceedings, and Jay and I are honored to help the PTAB Bar Association further its mission,” Dickinson said. “This is the only bar association solely dedicated to practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and it recognizes the unique practices and skills required.”

Dickinson and Guiliano both joined Polsinelli earlier this year.  Polsinelli is one of the fastest growing law firms in the nation, and its Intellectual Property Practice Group is one of the largest in the nation, with more than 120 attorneys, patent agents and scientists.

The formation of the PTAB Bar Association traces its roots to the passage of the America Invests Act (AIA). The AIA went into effect in 2012 and fundamentally changed patent litigation by providing a new forum, new administrative judges and new rules to resolve issues of patent validity. From 2012 to 2015, the number of new PTAB cases increased from 111 to nearly 1,800.

The Inaugural Annual Conference of the PTAB Bar Association will take place March 1 – 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. To become a member of the PTAB Bar Association, and for more details on its events and functions, please visit www.PTABBar.org.

For more information, contact Carrie Trent at ctrent@polsinelli.com.