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USPTO Taps Ex-Oracle Patent Counsel To Head Denver Office

By Matthew Bultman
Law360, New York (January 14, 2016, 6:58 PM ET) —
Molly Kocialski

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Thursday it has hired a former senior patent counsel at Oracle to lead its satellite office in Denver, giving the agency a director in each of its four regional locations.

USPTO Director Michelle Lee announced the hiring of Molly Kocialski in a blog post, touting her as an “established IP leader” with more than two decades of experience in the intellectual property arena, both as a corporate officer and private practitioner.

Most recently, Kocialski worked for Oracle America Inc. in Denver, where she managed patent investigations and the patent prosecution docket for the computer tech company and its subsidiaries, among other things. In her new role, Kocialski will be responsible for overseeing the local team of patent examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges.

“Her extensive experience and familiarity with the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders will be an asset to the USPTO,” Lee wrote.

With the addition of Kocialski, the USPTO now has a permanent director in each of its four regional outposts for the first time. Earlier this month, Hope Shimabuku, a former top in-house attorney for Xerox Corp., was sworn in as director of the recently opened Dallas office.

The USPTO’s satellite offices, which are also in Detroit and Silicon Valley, California, were part of an expansion of the agency’s operations authorized by Congress in 2011 that envisioned an agency location in each of the four time zones.

“I am proud of the historic progress we have made over the last four years in establishing and growing these offices, and as we continue to bring resources to the doorsteps of innovators and serve entrepreneurs from coast to coast,” Lee wrote in the blog post.

Officials have been searching for a permanent director of the 45,000-square-foot Denver office since Russell Slifer was named the USPTO’s deputy director in March. Slifer had led the outpost since it opened in June 2014.

A 1997 graduate of State University of New York, Buffalo, Law School, Kocialski’s legal career started in private practice in New York and Colorado. After stints at Grynberg Petroleum Co. and First Data Corp., she joinedQwest Communications as a senior patent attorney.

Kocialski, who also has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, began working as patent counsel at Oracle in 2011. She has also served as chairwoman of the intellectual property section of the Colorado Bar Associationand currently sits on the association’s board of governors.

–Editing by Christine Chun.

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Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal Publishes its First Themed Publication

Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal Publishes its First Themed Publication

The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal (BIPLJ),which was established in 2001 is one of six student-run law journals at SUNY Buffalo Law School.  The BIPLJ is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XI, the Journal’s first themed publication, which focuses on AIA Post-Grant Review and PTAB proceedings. These critical proceedings create a new method for review of patent validity after issuance. This publication is BIPLJ’s largest publication to date and is also the Journal’s first volume entirely dedicated to patents in over ten years.  The articles in this publication examine best practices for current PTAB standards and investigate up-and-coming issues that IP attorneys will face within these proceedings.  To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first multi-article law school publication dealing exclusively with these new proceedings.

Volume XI features one student note and seven articles.  The student note, titled “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Post-Grant Review and PTAB Interpretation of § 101 Subject Matter After Myriad” was written by recent graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School, Conor T. Flynn, (Class of 2015) and examines the power of the USPTO in PTAB proceedings and what role the Court of Appeals should take in reviewing PTAB decisions.

The seven articles were written by attorneys practicing before the PTAB, as well as those closely tracking the statistics of PTAB decisions.  Several authors are from the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner, LLP, located in Washington D.C. and nationally recognized as one of the top intellectual property firms in the country.  Also represented are the law firms of McNeill Baur PLLC, Paul Hastings LLP, and Unified Patents, Inc.

The BIPLJ Executive Board would like to thank all of the authors for their work and especially Tom Irving and Stacy Lewis for their hard work in helping the Journal coordinate with all of the authors.  With the success of the Journal’s first themed publication, the BIPLJ is already planning its next themed publication for next year.

For a preview of our articles please visit Issues Online. To access complete versions order online at Print Subscriptions or visit Westlaw or Lexis Nexis.

2016 Executive Board Announcement

2016 Buffalo Intellectual Property Executive Board


The Journal is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2016 Executive Board of the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal:

Editor-in-Chief: Ashley Czechowski

Executive Articles Editor: John DiMaio, Ph.D.

Executive Articles Editor: Matthew Paris

Executive Articles Editor: Andrew Remley

Executive Submissions Editor: Danielle Kelly

Executive Business Editor: Phillip Barth

Executive Technology Editor: Larry Waters

The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal Executive Board Application


The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal Executive Board Position Openings


The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal (BIPLJ) is currently accepting applications from BIPLJ members for the following Executive Board positions:

1) Executive Managing Editor

2) Executive Articles Editor

3) Executive Submissions Editor

4) Executive Publications Editor

5) Executive Business Editor

6) Executive Technology Editor

If you are interested in any of the positions, you need to submit an updated resume, a list of your top two or three desired positions (since we cannot guarantee to place everyone selected in their preferred position), a cover letter/letter of interest indicating why you desire to be a member of the E-Board and specifically the positions you are applying for.  There are 6 open positions, and descriptions of them can be found in the attachment. Please note that the Editor-in-Chief position is not available for next year.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. For more information about the position and how to apply, please contact the Executive Board by e-mail (

2016 E-Board Positions Description



NYPILA Conference: What Entrepreneurs, Investors, Inventors, Lawyers and Judges Need To Know – Troy, NY

Attention Journal Members:

If you are interested in attending a Conference with NYIPLA registration for the conference is due by April 13th. The link is provided here: Registration for Conference

 NYIPLA Conferene

What Entrepreneurs, Investors, Inventors, Lawyers and Judges Need To Know


First Segment*

8:30 AM – 8:55 AM Registration and beverage refreshment will be served 

8:55 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks


9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Panel Discussion


Mark Bloomberg, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP

Michael Johnson, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Peter Thurlow, Jones Day

Matt Kinnier, Hoffman Warnick LLC

Moderator:  Colman Ragan, Actavis, Inc.


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Presentation

Mastering Patent Claim Construction From The Perspective Of A Patent Special Master

Speaker: Robert Rando, The Rando Law Firm P.C.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch

Second Segment

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  Panel Presentation


Michael Hickey, Executive in Residence and Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Siena College

James Spencer, Jr., Executive Director, Rensselaer Technology Park; Acting Director, Office of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and New Ventures

Esther Vargas, Director, Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE)

Martin Ricciardi, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Dr. Daniele Gallardo, Cofounder and VP, Business Development, Actasys, Inc.

Moderators: Neil Zipkin and Benjamin Charkow, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP


2:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Keynote Speaker

Honorable Arthur Gajarsa, (ret.) Circuit Judge of the United District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Refreshment Break


Third Segment*


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Panel 1

Update On Key Supreme Court And Federal Circuit Decisions


Anthony Lo Cicero, NYIPLA President, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

Annemarie Hassett, Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, NYU Law School

Nicholas Mesiti, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.

Moderator: Charles Hoffmann, NYIPLA Immediate Past President


3:45 PM – 4:50 PM Panel 2

Discussion On Local Patent Rules, Discrete AIA Litigation Issues, Interplay Of Different Fora In Which To Litigate Patent Disputes


Robert Maier, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Alan Sack, SACK IP Law p.c.

Heather Schneider, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Moderator: Robert Rando, The Rando Law Firm P.C.


4:50 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Networking & Cocktail Reception



*First And Third Segments Qualify For A Total Of 5.5 NY/NJ CLE Credits
Registration includes program materials, refreshment breaks, lunch and cocktail reception



Hilton Garden Inn
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY 12180


Hosted by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA),

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and
Intellectual Property and Innovation American Inn of Court (IP Inn of Court)





BIPLJ Lunch and Learn: Thank You!

BIPLJ Lunch and Learn: Thank You!

The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal would like to thank everyone who came to the Journal’s first Lunch and Learn with Mr. Tom Irving of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner on Patent Challenges before the PTO: Lessons Learned Since Inception Under AIA. We hope that you enjoyed the event, food, and speaker Mr. Irving.

In addition to the Journal’s Executive Board, and members, there are special thanks to be given to the following individuals that made this event possible:

  • Tom Irving, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • Stacy Lewis, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • Amy Atkinson, SUNY Buffalo Law School Director of Special Events
  • Mark Bartholomew, SUNY Buffalo Law School Professor & Event Sponsor

Please look out for our upcoming publication for 2015 and the Journal’s first themed publication on the AIA Post Grant Proceedings that will be completed at the end of this year! In addition, stay tuned for a potential symposium next year following the Journal’s first themed publication.

Lunch-n-Learn picture

Left to Right: Amanda Cannavo ’15; Conor Flynn ’15; Tom Irving of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret, & Dunner, LLP;  John Fraczek ’16; Erik Burrows ’16.

BIPLJ Lunch-n-Learn Monday, March 23rd


The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal would again like to thank you for your interest and RSVP to our lunch and learn event with Tom Irving. Unfortunately, Tom has been forced to postpone. Therefore we WILL NOT be holding the event on March 10th as anticipated. The event will now be held on March 23, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Therefore, you are again cordially invited to the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal’s Lunch and Learn event on March 23, 2015 from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m in the Cellino and Barnes Conference Center on the Fifth Floor of John Lord O’Brian Hall. The speaker will present on Patent Challenges Before the USPTO: Lessons Learned Since Their Inception. The presentation will qualify for 1.0 CLE Credit for professional practice through SUNY Buffalo Law School.

If you are still able to attend, we need you to RSVP again for the new date to this email address (

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you there! Please don’t forget to RSVP, as there will be food from Jasmine Thai Restaurant!

Thank you,

Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal
State University of New York Buffalo Law School
John Lord O’Brian Hall
North Campus, Box 60110
Buffalo, New York 14260-1100

2015 Executive Board Announcement


2015 Buffalo Intellectual Property Executive Board

2015 E-board Meeting Picture