On November 17, 2016, the Oregon Patent Law Organization (OPLA) will hold its Annual Meeting. In addition to conducting OPLA business (voting on officers for 2017), OPLA will also welcome two PTAB judges, Frances Ippolito and Terrence McMillin. Judge Ippolito and McMillin will give a presentation titled:
Do's and Don'ts at the PTAB
Frances Ippolito, Esquire was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge on September 23, 2013, to decide appeals arising from adverse decisions of Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and to preside over trials to determine patentability of claims in patents subsequent to issuance. The aforementioned Judge Ippolito earned her law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law; she also earned a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Judge Ippolito practiced with the law firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP and, most recently, the law firm Shay Glenn LLP.
Terrence W. McMillin, Esquire was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge on June 16, 2014, to decide appeals arising from adverse decisions of Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and to preside over trials to determine patentability of claims in patents subsequent to issuance. The aforementioned Judge Terrence McMillin earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois.
Judge McMillin practiced law at the firms Bell, Boyd & Lloyd; Gerstman, Ellis & McMillin, LLP; and Marshall, O’Toole, Gerstein, Murray & Borun. He also served as the Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Department at International Game Technology. He most recently practiced with the law firm Klarquist Sparkman LLP
The OPLA Board will also conduct its year-end officer and Board elections. Usman Mughal will become president in 2017, and the Board plans to make the following nominations for 2017:
• President-Elect – Michelle Craig
• Secretary – Scott Gilbert
• Treasurer / First Board Member – Todd Siegel
• Second Board Member – Tom Vesbit
• Third Board Member – Wes Nicholson
• Immediate Past-President – Charlie Moore