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