Old Lawyers Complaining

Giddy to receive this from my old LS colleagues for my ongoing service telling stories about how things used to be! Sort of like yesterday’s EDTX bench/bar planning committee meeting for a great event October 14-16, 2020 in Plano.

This year’s conference will be at the same location at the Marriott Legacy, and will be live, but will feature online segments, and will be available for online attendance.

Undecided as of this writing is whether we’ll do it like the Hamilton CD and leave off a few pieces so the live attendees get something a little extra (in addition to the usual conference swag).

The meeting yesterday ran for 2 1/2 hours of discussion on ideas in addition to the several dozen that conference chair Clyde Siebman had circulated prior to the call. It’s going to be a great conference, and it will be good seeing everyone, even social distanced and masked. As always, if any readers can think of segments they’d really like to see, email me and I’ll pass them along.

PTAB Oral advocacy training available starting May 14

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) is having its first 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@uspto.gov. Webinar access information is available on the LEAP page of the USPTO website.

Tips for Using Zoom More Securely

Readers should be familiar with cybersecurity guru Shawn Tuma. Shawn has a new article out that gives a high-level version of what’s going on with Zoom to help answer the questions (1) what are the risks of using Zoom, and (2) is there a safer way to use Zoom? I highly recommend it if Zoom is part of your toolbox. In case the above link isn’t visible, it can be found at https://www.spencerfane.com/publication/understanding-the-cyber-and-privacy-risks-of-zoom-and-tips-for-using-it-more-safely/