Accept No Substitutes – Lead Counsel Must Attend Final Hearing

In Toyota Motor Corporation v. Hagenbuch, IPR2013-00483, Paper 35 (August 25, 2014), the Board rejected the patent owner’s request that lead counsel did not have to attend the hearing.  The Board was not persuaded that the cost was a sufficient reason to allow lead counsel to skip the hearing, particularly where back-up counsel was not a licensed practitioner.

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About Bryan Wheelock

Education J.D., Washington University in St. Louis B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University Bryan Wheelock's practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and drafting of intellectual property agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has brought and defended lawsuits in federal and state courts relating to intellectual property and has participated in seizures of counterfeit and infringing goods. Bryan prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for medical devices, mechanical and electromechanical devices, manufacturing machinery and processes, metal alloys and other materials. He also does a substantial amount of patentability searching, trademark availability searching and patent and trademark infringement studies. In addition to his practice at Harness Dickey, Bryan is an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law and Washington University School of Engineering.