IPWatchdog CON2020 - March 15-18, 2020 - Dallas, TX
IPWatchdog
CON2020
March 15-18, 2020
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Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
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Great content means an A-list of speakers. We will also be inviting dignitaries and industry leaders as our guests. You won't want to miss this opportunity to mix and mingle.
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Thought provoking content and analysis

Whether you agree or disagree, be prepared for thought provoking content with top leaders from across all sectors of our industry. Fair, balanced, opinionated, probing and sometimes confrontational. Pulling no punches in search of the highest quality content.

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We realize networking opportunity is a key reason to attend any conference. With that in mind, we will have three 3-hour cocktail receptions in addition to networking breaks throughout the conference. We will also facilitate one-on-one meetings between attendees, and have plenty of places to sit and chat with new and old contacts.

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Speakers by invitation only

Are you tired of stale panels where participants won’t say anything interesting or thought provoking, or where they buy their way onto stage with hefty fees? So are we! This conference is curated to provide top content from key influencers willing to engage on important topics and discuss tough issues.

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Program

IPWatchdog CON2020 will run from March 15-17, 2020.
An optional Ethics CLE is available on Wednesday, March 18.
All registrants will receive breakfast, lunch, all day coffee/beverages
as well as a ticket to three networking cocktail receptions.
Day 1
15 Mar 2020
Day 2
16 Mar 2020
Day 3
17 Mar 2020
Day 4
18 Mar 2020

The Future of Monetization

The patent policy landscape in the US has caused an uptick in interest in Europe and China in recent years. With the marketplace in flux many continue to take a...
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Erich Spangenberg
Erich Spangenberg
Gene Quinn
Gene Quinn
Daniel Papst
Daniel Papst
Matt Larson
Matt Larson
Adam Gill
Shawn Ambwani
Shawn Abwani
7:00 pm

Opening Cocktail Reception

7:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

TBA

TBA

Global IP Landscape 2020

U.S. Chamber International IP Index creates a roadmap for countries that aspire to foster economic growth and global competitiveness through stronger IP. The 2020 edition of the report, which will...
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Ray Millien
Raymond Millien
Patrick Kilbride
Patrick Kilbride
Kirk Goodwin
Kirk Goodwin
10:00 am

NETWORKING BREAK

IP Transactions & Portfolio Management: Finding What You Need & Backfilling a Portfolio

Today, many high-flying Silicon Valley success stories have raced out with little or no organic patent protection in an attempt to be first to market, and to dominate by growing...
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Kent Richardson
Kent Richardson
Dan McCurdy
Dan McCurdy
Gregory Kisor
Gregory Kisor
Louis Carbonneau
Louis Carbonneau
Kurt Brasch
Kurt Brasch
Russ Binns
Russel Binns

Establishing a Patent Strategy for the Innovation Lifecycle

A sound strategy continues to be to organically grow a strong patent portfolio; maintain a true understanding of your portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses; and make sure that portfolio strength and...
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Stephen Shaw
Stephen Shaw
Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
Kirupa Pushparaj
Kirupa Pushparaj
Carlo Cotrone
Carlo Cotrone

Patents at the PTAB: How the Times Have Changed (or Not)

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been described as the most influential patent tribunal in the world. This session will explore best practices for handling a variety of complex...
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Kenneth Weatherwax
Kenneth Weatherwax
Margaux Savee
Margaux Savee
Scott McKeown
Scott McKeown
Jim Carmichael
James Carmichael
11:20 am

PANEL SWITCHOVER

Everyone Wants to Be a Unicorn – But What About Patents?

A study of the IP positions of Unicorns (i.e., startups with valuations of over $1 Billion) conducted in 2015 revealed that 30% of US Unicorns have no US patent assets at...
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Mark Roche
Mark Roche
Efrat Kasnik
Efrat Kasznik
Kurt Brasch
Kurt Brasch
Carole Boelitz
Carole Boelitz

Enforcing & Licensing 5G SEPs: An Innovator’s Perspective

Without substantial investment by those who play the difficult role of innovator, there would be no standards, and 5G technology is no different. Of course, without technology implementers who roll...
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Lloyd Sadler
Lloyd Sadler
Kurt Kjelland
Kurt Kjelland
Robert Earle
Robert Earle
Jim Carmichael
James Carmichael

Litigation Finance: Funding Patent Infringement Litigation

Law firms and businesses increasingly rely on alternative financial solutions for complex legal matters. Litigation funders engage in a rigorous analysis of the law and evidence and invest in claims...
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Matthew Powers
Matthew Powers
Chris Lee
Christopher Lee
Phil Hartstein
Phil Hartstein
Adam Gill
12:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote

The Role of Chief IP Officer in the 21st Century Industrial Economy

How does one create a culture of creativity to spur innovation? While deciding what innovations need protecting and how to combat the ever-growing threat of counterfeits, the Chief IP Counsel...
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Arvin Patel
Ray Millien
Raymond Millien
Todd Dickinson
Q. Todd Dickinson
Carole Boelitz
Carole Boelitz
3:30 pm

NETWORKING BREAK

A Bridge of Tears for Life Sciences

We are starting at a future where more groundbreaking and breathtaking medical innovations cannot be predictably and reliably protected. Not surprisingly, this uncertainty leads to disincentives to the development of...
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Donald Zuhn
Donald Zuhn
Hans Sauer
Hans Sauer
Kevin Noonan
Kevin Noonan
Sherry Knowles
Sherry Knowles

Trademark Strategy: Fighting Knock-offs, Counterfeits & Brand Abuse

Companies like Nike and Adidas, as well as professional sports leagues like the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association are constantly fighting what...
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Monica Riva Talley
Monica Riva Talley
Peter Sloane
Peter Sloane
Megan Carpenter

Litigating Patents in Texas: Trends, Best Practices and Differences Between Districts

Many believed that litigation of patent matters in the Eastern District of Texas was going to come to an end when the Supreme Court decided TC Heartland. Some patent litigation that...
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Jamie McDole
Jamie McDole
John Jackson
John Jackson
Sharon Israel
Sharon Israel
David Henry
David Henry
4:50 pm

PANEL SWITCHOVER

High-Tech Patent Litigation Trends: 101 and the Return of Competitor Lawsuits

In 2017, there was an increase in cloud patent lawsuits filed by NPEs, and a trend of high-volume plaintiffs filing multiple lawsuits against cloud customers. Today, we see an increase...
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W. Edward Ramage
Bill Munck
William Munck
Anthony Meola
Anthony Meola
Bart Eppenauer
Bart Eppenauer

IP as an Asset Class: Valuing Assets in Support of Monetization Strategy

Intellectual property and technology asset classes are highly valuable, but they often are illiquid and difficult to value. Although patents and other forms of intellectual property are often critical to...
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Ian MacLean
Ian MacLean
Ron Epstein
Ron Epstein
Brad Close
Brad Close
Elvir Causevic

Preparing and Prosecuting Patents that Hold up to Challenge

Obtaining a patent that will hold up to challenge when the patent owner seeks to use that patent, whether through litigation enforcement or a licensing program, requires thoughtful consideration from...
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Todd Van Thomme
Todd Van Thomme
Bernie Tomsa
Bernard Tomsa
Kristin Murphy
Kristin Murphy
Lynne Borchers
6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception: Sponsored by TechInsights

7:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

How China is Changing the Global Patent System

The massive volume of filings at the Chinese Patent Office exceeds the filings of the next four most active patent offices combined. This filing surge in China signals a rapid shift to China as the center for the leading-edge technologies that will enable the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Robert Greene Sterne
Robert Greene Sterne
Chief Judge Rader
Chief Judge Randall Rader
Gene Quinn
Gene Quinn

The Future of the CAFC: Is the Court Still Relevant?

The Federal Circuit disposes of 50% of its docket with one sentence decisions merely saying “Affirmed”. The Court also repeatedly says it is handcuffed on patent eligibility even when all...
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Robert Stoll
Erich Spangenberg
Erich Spangenberg
Russ Slifer
Russell Slifer
Chief Judge Michel
Chief Judge Paul Michel
10:30 am

NETWORKING BREAK

Hatch-Waxman and IPR Strategy

The Hatch-Waxman Act encourages generic drug manufacturers to challenge patents of brand name drugs by filing an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), typically...
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Sarah Spires
Shana Cyr
Shana K. Cyr
Courtenay Brinckerhoff
Courtenay Brinckerhoff

Worldwide Design Rights: Strategic Use of Design Rights in the Era of Alice

Design rights can be a useful tool in your arsenal, particularly when attempting to create overlapping protection. This panel will summarize the various design-related legal rights (i.e., design patents, trade...
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John White
John White
Tracy Durkin
Tracy-Gene Durkin
Christopher Carani
Christopher Carani
James Aquilina
James Aquilina

Identifying, Valuing and Protecting Trade Secrets in the 21st Century

According to recent research from Baker McKenzie, 48% of ~400 senior executives consider Trade Secrets more important than their patents and trademarks, and 69% foresee trade secret protection becoming more...
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Brian Hinman
Brian Hinman
11:50 am

PANEL SWITCHOVER

A Blogger’s Perspective: Hot Issues for 2020 and Beyond

Have you ever wondered why we started writing? Over the years many IP bloggers who have stuck with it have managed to build a reputation within the industry as experts...
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Donald Zuhn
Donald Zuhn
John White
John White
Annsley Merelle Ward
Gene Quinn
Gene Quinn
Kevin Noonan
Kevin Noonan
Scott McKeown
Scott McKeown
Courtenay Brinckerhoff
Courtenay Brinckerhoff

Strategies for Protecting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning post-Alice

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) innovations are transforming industries. But AI and ML are a very broad terms, and development of the algorithms necessary to implement these innovations...
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Eli Mazour
Eli Mazour
David Hall
David Hall
Kate Gaudry
Kate Gaudry

FRAND & Willing Licensees: What is Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory?

Those contributing patented technologies to the development of a standard are asked to provide to access to patents that are or may become essential to the implementation of the standard...
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Greg Sidak
Greg Sidak
Judge Ted Essex
Theodore Essex
Jeff Blumenfeld
Jeff Blumenfeld
1:00 pm

Lunch & Keynote

Keeping & Enforcing Rights in the Age of Amazon

Panelists will discuss various strategies to protect products using all available forms of intellectual property (i.e., utility patents, design patents, trademarks, and copyrights) and the pros/cons of each, as well as tactics for distributing through online marketplaces, like Amazon, and working with those online marketplaces if/when IP issues arise.
Renee Quinn
Renée Quinn
Josh Malone
Josh Malone
Meredith Addy

The Gender Gap: Addressing STEM Education, Funding & Inventorship

The number of women inventors has quintupled since the 1970s, yet fewer than 20% of issued U.S. patents have at least one-woman inventor and fewer than 8% list a woman...
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Annsley Merelle Ward
Hope Shimabuku
Hope Shimabuku
Terry Rea
Teresa Rea
Efrat Kasnik
Efrat Kasznik
Megan Carpenter

In Search of Injunctive Relief in Patent Infringement Litigation

Innovators believe injunctions are necessary to address widespread patent infringement. Because patent damages will generally approximate only what a negotiated pre-infringement license would have cost, implementers may have no real...
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Jamie Underwood
Jamie Underwood
Evan Langdon
Evan Langdon
Mike Franzinger
Mike Franzinger
Judge Ted Essex
Theodore Essex
3:30 pm

NETWORKING BREAK

Solutions for the U.S. Patent System

WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators report for 2019 is eye-opening. In 2018, the U.S. saw a 1.6% decline in the number of patent applications filed, which is the first decline...
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Jamie Underwood
Jamie Underwood
Terry Rea
Teresa Rea
Chief Judge Rader
Chief Judge Randall Rader
Gene Quinn
Gene Quinn
Ron Epstein
Ron Epstein
Bart Eppenauer
Bart Eppenauer
Todd Dickinson
Q. Todd Dickinson
5:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Reception

Ethics for Patent Practitioners

This two-hour ethics presentation will cover the following topics: (1)The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Rules of Professional Conduct, which became effective May 3, 2013; (2) Select Final...
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John White
John White
Kirk Goodwin
Kirk Goodwin
Carlo Cotrone
Carlo Cotrone
Jim Carmichael
James Carmichael

Tickets

In-House Attorney Pass
1,195.00 USD

Four Day All Access

Access to All Panels

3 Networking Cocktail Receptions

3 Networking Breakfasts

2 Luncheons

6 Networking Breaks

Facilitated One-on-One Networking

Available through December 31, 2019

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All Access Pass
1,895.00 USD

Four Day All Access

Access to All Panels

3 Networking Cocktail Receptions

3 Networking Breakfasts

2 Luncheons

6 Networking Breaks

Facilitated One-on-One Networking

Available through February 29, 2020

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Late Registration
2,195.00 USD

Four Day All Access

Access to All Panels

3 Networking Cocktail Receptions

3 Networking Breakfasts

2 Luncheons

6 Networking Breaks

Facilitated One-on-One Networking

Starting March 1, 2020

Book Now

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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  • Sponsors as of 12-3-2019