Schedule and Education


Wednesday, September 26

7:00–8 p.m.   Informal Meet and Greet


Thursday, September 27

7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.   Registration

8–8:45 a.m.   Breakfast

8:45–9 a.m.   Welcome and Conference Kick-Off — Susan Sutton, Planning Committee Chair

9–10:15 a.m.   Future of IP Prosecution — Brian Aitchison, Aurora North

10:15–10:45 a.m.   Networking Break with Business Partners

10:45–Noon   Final Transition Steps to Paperless/Fileless IP Office — Panel Discussion

Noon–1:15 p.m.   Business Partner Recognition Lunch

1:15–2:30 p.m.   Best Practices for PCT Filings (Part I) — Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm, LLC and Michael Neas, USPTO

2:30–3 p.m.   Break with Business Partners

3–4 p.m.   Best Practices for PCT Filings (Part II) — Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm, LLC and Michael Neas, USPTO

4–5:15 p.m.   NEW: Break-Out Sessions (select two of four options)

5:15–6:30 p.m.   Networking Reception


Friday, September 28

7:30 a.m.–TBD   Registration

8–9 a.m.   Breakfast

9–10:15 a.m.   IP Support Staffing Trends, Hiring and Retention Strategies — Rosaleen Walsh, CFP, Foley Hoag, LLP

10:15–10:45 a.m.   Networking Break with Business Partners

10:45–Noon   Legal Considerations Applicable to Non-Exempt Staff Working Remotely — Randall Schauer, JD, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Noon–1:15 p.m.   Lunch and ALA Update

1:15–2:45 p.m.   Office of Patents Ombudsman and USPTO Director's Message/Vision for the USPTO, guests from the USPTO 

2:45–4 p.m.   Idea Exchange: Open Forum 

4–4:15 p.m.   Closing Remarks — Susan Sutton, Planning Committee Chair

Tentative Schedule