Webinar: An Overview of the Patent Pro Bono Program and of Professional Responsibility and Practice Before the USPTO

March 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Participatory MCLE Credit; 1 Legal Ethics

Presented by the Patent Interest Group.

The Office of Enrollment and Discipline (“OED”) will discuss the Patent Pro Bono Program as well as professional responsibility and practice before the USPTO. The Patent Pro Bono Program endeavors to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses by matching them with volunteer practitioners to prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications. With respect to professional responsibility and practice before the USPTO, topics will include a summary of the types of disciplinary matters before OED and a review of decisions pertaining to professional responsibility.

Speaker: Paul Nguyen-Ba
Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma

Member Price – $55.00
Non-Member Price – $75.00

Paul Nguyen-Ba is a Staff Attorney for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) at the USPTO. His duties include investigating allegations of practitioner misconduct, developing the registration examination for practice before the USPTO, providing under-resourced inventors access to pro bono assistance, and facilitating outreach to USPTO stakeholders. Prior to joining OED, Paul worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO and as a patent attorney in the private sector. Paul received his J.D. and B.S. in computer science from George Mason University.

Sanjesh Sharma is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, where she supports all aspects of intellectual property matters for the business’s laser refractive and cataract surgery product lines. She manages global patent portfolios, due diligence for acquisitions and transactions, freedom to operate clearances for product development, as well as any litigation and related inter partes proceedings in the U.S. and opposition/nullity actions in Europe. Sanjesh is the current Chair of the IP Law Section and the Patent Interest Group.