Committee on Appeals from the PTAB

This committee is focused on appellate review of PTAB decisions by the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court, from IPR/CBM/PGR trials, ex parte appeals, reexaminations, derivations, and interferences. The committee reviews appellate opinions and statistics for cases originating from the PTAB and seeks to foster initiatives valuable to its membership relating to appellate advocacy. The committee aims to provide its members with opportunities to meet and share insights with others members who are interested in appellate advocacy. The specific initiatives seek to engage members and create collaboration, publication, and speaking opportunities. The committee also proposes initiatives to the Board of Directors and comments on amicus briefs.

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Jihong LouRachel ElsbyForrest McClellen
 Committee Chair Committee Vice-Chair Committee Vice-Chair

Year in Review Publication and Webinar

The committee prepares the PTAB Bar Association's Appellate Year in Review. This annual publication summarizes the most important appellate decisions of the year and puts them into the context of PTAB practice. This year, the Committee will also host the upcoming webinar “The 2020 Appellate Year-in-Review” on March 25, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET by Zoom.  In this upcoming webinar, our fantastic panelists, who have each contributed to this year’s Appellate Year-in-Review, will share their insights on these key decisions from 2020 and also preview important issues that are on the horizon for 2021 and beyond. 

The Appellate Year in Review publication and webinar are available to Members Only.  To access them, please click here.

Sincere thanks to all of our contributors and editors, who have each devoted significant time to the publication. Particular thanks to those who have authored articles across multiple years. Thank you for your efforts and for your thoughtful and well-written submissions.

Best Practice Guides

The committee seeks to draw upon the experience of its members to produce best practice guides. The process is overseen by an experienced appellate advocate in coordination with more junior members. The goal is to provide useful guidance and foster information exchange.


The committee produces webinars on appellate topics. The committee has previously produced webinars to discuss topics from the Appellate Year in Review as well as on particular subjects, such as “Appeals to the Federal Circuit from Biotech IPRs.” If you have a topic that you are interested in hearing about or presenting on, please contact one of our chairs.

Click here to access the September 9, 2021 Webinar, Current Issues and Best Practices for Appeals from the PTAB to the Federal Court. The PowerPoint from the Webinar can be found here