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.The Committee received the Outstanding Contributions to the Federal Circuit Bar Association Award in 2017.

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Committee Leadership


Committee Chairs

Committee Vice Chairs

Committee Board Liaisons

Committee Secretary

Emily C. Johnson

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

Kristin Yohannan
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Christopher Suarez
Williams & Connolly LLP

Richard Neifeld
Neifeld IP Law PC

Phillip Hirschhorn
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Peter Cicala
Celgene Corporation
  Megan F. Raymond
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  John Vandenberg


PTAB/TTAB Professional Practice Guidelines 

The PTAB/TTAB Professional Practice subcommittee reviews and disseminates information relating to professional and ethical practice before the PTAB/TTAB.

John D. Vandenberg


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.

Joshua Kresh, Fried Frank

Christopher Suarez, Williams & Connolly LLP

Rachel Elsby, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Lauren Dreyer, Baker Botts LLP


PTAB/TTAB Case Review

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


Christopher Suarez, Williams & Connolly LLP

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

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

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, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Lauren Dreyer, Baker Botts 

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, Protorae Law PLLC

Russell E. Cass, Clark Hill PLC


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

Austin Intellectual Property Law Association 

Lauren Dreyer, Baker Botts

District of Columbia Bar | Intellectual Property Law Section

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

Houston IP Inn of Court

Lauren Dreyer, Baker Botts 

IEEE-USA | IP Committee

Rick Neifeld, Neifeld IP Law, PC

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)

Russell E. Cass, Sidley Austin LLP

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

Emily C. Johnson
Amgen Inc. 

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

Committee Chairs

Committee Board Liaison

Gregory A. Castanias
Jones Day


Jim Calkins
Qualcomm Incorporated


Seth Heller
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP


Sudarshan Ranganath
Covington & Burling LLP

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