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PTAB Decisions can Now Be Nominated Anonymously

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) now allows “individuals to anonymously nominate any routine decision of the Board for designation as precedential or informative.” (Click here for PTAB Decision Nomination form.)

The ability to make an anonymous submission may lead to an increase in precedential and informative designations as individuals that represent both patent owners and petitioners will be able to nominate decisions on an anonymous basis. An increase in precedential and informative designations should lead to better consistency, uniformity, and predictability in how the PTAB decides issues that may arise in PTAB proceedings (e.g., inter partes review and post-grant review).

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Jason A. Engel, Registered Patent Attorney, KL Gates, Law Firm
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Jason A. Engel is a registered patent attorney with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. He concentrates his practice on the litigation of intellectual property matters with a focus on patent litigation and patent office litigation. He has substantial experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in federal district courts across the country, and with Section 337 investigations in the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Mr. Engel is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, claim...

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Erik J. Halverson, PTO Registered Patent Attorney, KL Gates, Law Firm
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Erik Halverson is an associate in the Chicago office, a PTO-registered patent attorney, and a member of the IP Procurement and Portfolio Management practice group.

Mr. Halverson focuses on patent related matters such as drafting, prosecuting, and analyzing U.S. and international patent applications involving a variety of technologies. He also provides strategic counseling, due diligence research and analysis for portfolio acquisitions, and opinion work such as patentability, validity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions.

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Katherine L. Allor Intellectual Property Attorney K&L Gates Chicago, IL
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Katherine Allor is an intellectual property lawyer focusing on patent litigation and patent office litigation. She has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

As a PTO-registered lawyer, Ms. Allor has experience in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. She has experience with preparing petitions for inter partes review, working with experts to prepare supporting declarations, defending and taking expert depositions, drafting Petitioner replies, and preparing and...

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