Keeping informed of the nuances, the impact of decisions and new rules, and the new shades of interpretation of the rules for PTAB trials can consume a great deal of both your time and effort. In PTAB Trial Insights, Foley attorneys, with experience in various proceedings across Tech Centers, will analyze and assess the particulars of the latest developments, providing you with the most current evaluation of each situation and how it may affect your patent protection and enforcement strategies.

Our Editor

Stephen B. Maebius
Stephen (Steve) B. Maebius is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP with deep experience with USPTO post-grant proceedings, including IPRs and reexaminations. His practice encompasses a variety of other IP fields, including IP due diligence, infringement and validity opinions, international portfolio management, licensing, , and pharmaceutical patent term extensions. He is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee and former chair of the Intellectual Property Department.

Mr. Maebius received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Our Contributors

George C. Beck
As a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley, George C. Beck’s practice extends to all aspects of intellectual property law, with a focus on post-grant proceedings before the USPTO, patent counseling, and procurement. Mr. Beck has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technical areas, including consumer electronics, liquid crystal display technology, telecommunications, semiconductor devices and manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing test equipment, and business methods. He is a member of the firm’s Electronics Practice and Patent Office Trials Practice.

Mr. Beck received both his law degree and bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where he served as the notes and comments editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. 

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley, whose practice focuses on client counseling in all aspects of obtaining, licensing, and enforcing patents, and conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence investigations. She has represented clients before the USPTO, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is chair of the firm’s IP Law and Practice committee, immediate past vice chair of the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice, and a member of the Patent Office Trials Practice, Appellate Practice, and Life Sciences Industry Team.

A graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, summa cum laude, Ms. Brinckerhoff received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with distinction, from the University of Virginia.

Michael R. Houston
As a partner and intellectual property attorney with Foley, Michael R. Houston’s practice focuses on patent challenges before the USPTO, and patent litigation at the trial and appeal levels across a wide array of technology areas. Dr. Houston has been heavily involved in inter partes review proceedings at the USPTO, and is a member of the firm’s Patent Office Trials Practice. He is also a member of Foley’s IP Litigation and Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practices, and the Life Sciences Industry Team.

Dr. Houston is a graduate from the Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude), the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S., summa cum laude.)

George E. Quillin
George E. Quillin is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley, litigating patent interferences and patent appeals, and counseling clients in patent prosecution. He is a chair of the firm’s Patent Office Trials practice, and a member of the firm’s IP Litigation, Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies, and Appellate Practices.

Mr. Quillin received his law degree from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, where he served with the Army in the 82nd Airborne Division.