PTAB Holds First Pretrial Conference

On January 22, 2012, the PTAB held the very first Pretrial Conference in an IPR in Microsoft Corp. v. Proxyconn, Inc., IPR2012-00026.  The next day, the PTAB issued an order Microsoft Corp. v. Proxyconn, Inc., IPR2012-00026, Paper 22 (January 23, 2013), summarizing the matters discussed, which included:

  1. The Petitioner’s submission of evidence in response to objection by the patent owner (which was premature and will be expunged).
  2. The Scheduling, which may be changed if the proceedign in joined with a subsequently filed Petition
  3. The Protective Order
  4. Additional Discovery
  5. Motions
  6. Petitioner’s request for reconsideration
  7. Settlement
  8. Other Matters, including co-pending litigation, oral arguments, and the availability of Petitioner’s Expert.


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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.