September 19, 2016

Jenner & Block Partner Sara Tonnies Horton will serve as interim director of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association, which officially launched on September 16, 2016.  The creation of the PTAB Bar Association involved collaboration among more than 45 law firms, including Jenner & Block, over the past several months. 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.

It has been more than 30 years since a national bar association of this scope has been formed. The PTAB Bar Association will provide a forum for communications between the legal community and PTAB officials and its Administrative Patent Judges (APJs), particularly to share best practices and stay abreast of the rule making, procedure, and jurisprudence emanating from the PTAB.

The Inaugural Annual Conference of the PTAB Bar Association will take place March 1 and 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Please click here to learn more about the Association.

Ms. Horton concentrates in complex civil litigation focusing on patent issues/technology.  Ms. Horton is a seasoned trial attorney 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.