March 01, 2017

Jenner & Block Partner Sara Tonnies Horton participated in the inaugural conference of the PTAB Bar Association, a nationwide group that launched last September.  Jenner & Block was among more than 45 law firms that helped create the Association, and Ms. Horton served as an interim director.  At the conference, held on March 1-3 in Washington, DC, Ms. Horton was elected to a director role.  She also moderated a session called “PTAB Bootcamp:  Nuts and Bolts of Appeals to the PTAB.” 

The Association has more than 800 members to date, and the conference was sold out.  The Association’s mission is to promote the highest professional and ethical standards among lawyers and stakeholders who appear before the PTAB; to help establish best practices for the unique practice and skills required before the PTAB; and to foster communication among its various stakeholders.

Law360 reported on the conference, covering a panel discussion with Federal Circuit judges, a panel with PTAB judges, and a presentation by the PTAB chief judge.

Ms. Horton concentrates in complex civil litigation focusing on patent issues/technology.   Ms. Horton is a seasoned trial lawyer and has represented clients in complex patent disputes involving a variety of technologies including pharmaceuticals, polymers, plastic packaging, computer networks, display systems, alloys and baking technology.