LEAP: Additional PTAB Argument Time Offered For Junior Attorneys
Less experienced patent practitioners may be granted additional oral argument time in front of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) with the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP). LEAP helps foster development of next generation patent practitioners by granting up to an additional 15 minutes for PTAB oral arguments for participants who agree to allow junior attorneys to present at least a portion of the argument. The additional time enables the junior practitioner to develop and perfect oral advocacy skills for his/her client in real time. The PTAB is also conducting free webinars to raise awareness about LEAP and offer oral advocacy training. In its most recent webinar held on June 25, 2020, the PTAB gave an overview of LEAP and provided some helpful oral advocacy tips.