Another Warning About Ex Parte Contacts

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co., CBMR2012-00010, Paper 14 (January 24, 2013) Per 37 CFR 42.5(d), The PTAB again reminded us that all substantive communications with the PTAB must include all parties to the proceeding. A communication that identifies evidence and explains its irrelevance is a substantive communication.

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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.