Committees > PTAB and TTAB



The Association’s PTAB and TTAB Committee addresses the impact of PTO PTAB and TTAB proceedings, decisions, and practice in the Federal Circuit community and implications for court management and best practices in view of AIA post-grant, inter partes review and covered business method proceedings. It will also provide information to the FCBA community regarding issues affecting PTO PTAB and TTAB appeals at the Federal Circuit. The portfolio is one of the most active in the Association.

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Committee Leadership

Committee Chairs

Committee Vice Chairs

Committee Board

Committee Secretary

Emily Johnson

Rick Neifeld
Neifeld IP Law PC





Erika Arner
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow,
Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Phil Hirschhorn
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Megan F. Raymond
Ropes & Gray LLP

Peter Cicala
Celgene Corporation

Emily Tait
Honingman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Kristen Yohannan
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP


Christopher Suarez
Williams & Connolly LLP




The PTAB/TTAB CAFC Appeals subcommittee reviews and disseminates information on practice and procedure for appeals from the PTAB/TTAB to the Federal Circuit, and issues resolved by the Federal Circuit, and drafts case summaries for monthly FCBA publications.


Jason L. Romrell, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Jonathan Stroud, Unified Patents Inc.

Esther H. Lim, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Joshua Kresh, Fried Frank

Christopher Suarez, Williams & Connolly LLP

Rachel Elsby, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


PTAB/TTAB Case Review

The PTAB/TTAB Case Review subcommittee prepares case summaries for submission to FCBA publications.


Pauline Pelletier, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC - Subcommittee Leader

Christopher Suarez, Williams & Connolly LLP

Kenneth S. McLaughlin, Jr., Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, PC

Howard J. Klein, Klein, O'Neill & Singh, LLP

Robert Mihail, Neifeld IP Law, PC

Hunter Yancey, Qualcomm Incorporated


TTAB Practice

The TTAB Practice subcommittee reviews and disseminates information on TTAB statute/rule, practice, procedure, decisions, and Federal Circuit issues relating to TTAB.


Kenneth S. McLaughlin, Jr., Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, PC



The PTAB/TTAB CBM subcommittee reviews and disseminates information on PTAB and Federal Circuit CBM specific case law, practice, procedure, and sunset provisions.


Paul Margulies, Kaye Scholer LLP


PTAB/TTAB and Parallel Proceedings

The PTAB/TTAB and Parallel Proceedings subcommittee reviews and disseminates information on relationship between PTAB and parallel proceedings and actions.


Rick Neifeld, Neifeld IP Law, PC

Christopher Geyer, Williams & Connolly LLP

Michael H. Smith, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Antigone Peyton, Cloudigy Law PLLC


ANDA and BPCIA Proceedings

The ANDA and BPCIA Proceedings subcommittee reviews and disseminates information on relationship between PTAB and ANDA/BCPIA activities and actions.


David P. Frazier, Latham & Watkins

Seth I. Heller, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Doreen Y. Trujillo, Saul Ewing, LLP

Liaisons with External Organizations

Liaisons identify and disseminate information regarding programming between organizations.


American Chemical Society | Intellectual Property Committee

Justin Krieger, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

American Bar Association | IPL Section

Christopher Suarez, Williams & Connolly LLP

Association of the Bar of the City of New York | Patents Committee

Philip L. Hirschhorn, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

District of Columbia Bar | Intellectual Property Law Section

Kenie Ho, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

IEEE-USA | IP Committee

Rick Neifeld, Neifeld IP Law, PC

Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association

Howard J. Klein, Klein, O'Neill & Singh, LLP

Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association

Doreen Y. Trujillo, Saul Ewing, LLP

PTAB Bar Association

Jim Brookshire, Federal Circuit Bar Association

The Virginia Bar Association | Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law Section

Joerg-Uwe Szipl, Griffin and Szipl, PC

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