September 13-16, 2020

MCLE Panels

Day 1
14 Sep 2020

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
David Hall
David Hall
Carlo Cotrone
Carlo Cotrone

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

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has been described as the most influential patent tribunal in the world. And as 2019 ended the very establishment of the PTAB was...
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Kenneth Weatherwax
Kenneth Weatherwax
Margaux Savee
Margaux Savee
Scott McKeown
Scott McKeown
Jim Carmichael
James Carmichael

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

Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) exist to identify and select the best innovations entire industries will build upon. Those contributing patented technologies are asked to provide fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory assurances....
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Lloyd Sadler
Lloyd Sadler
Mike Renaud
Mike Renaud
Kurt Kjelland
Kurt Kjelland
Robert Earle
Robert Earle

A Bridge of Tears for Life Sciences

We are gazing into at a future where more groundbreaking and breathtaking medical innovations cannot be predictably and reliably protected in the United States. Just recently, in early January 2020,...
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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
Kaleisha Stuart
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 G. Henry

Preparing and Prosecuting Patents that Hold up to Challenge

Patents have been and continue to be an important asset for innovators. Unfortunately, however, a patent is not an asset that typically possesses flexibility and adaptability. Given the evolution of...
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Todd Van Thomme
Todd Van Thomme
Bernie Tomsa
Bernard Tomsa
Kristin Murphy
Kristin Murphy
Lynne Borchers
Day 2
15 Sep 2020

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
Eric Robinson
Erick Robinson
Chief Judge Rader
Chief Judge Randall Rader
Micky Minhas
Micky Minhas

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
Meredith Addy

Hatch-Waxman and IPR Strategy

In recent years, inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have created an alternative path to challenge those same patents. Supporters of the Hatch-Waxman...
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David Weingarten
M. David Weingarten, Ph.D.
Paul Tully
Paul Tully
Sarah Spires
Courtenay Brinckerhoff
Courtenay Brinckerhoff

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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Peter Toren
Peter Toren
Jim Pooley
James Pooley
Brian Hinman
Brian Hinman
Bill Coughlin
William Coughlin

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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Megan McLoughlin
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
Jim Harlan
Jim Harlan
Judge Ted Essex
Theodore Essex
Jeff Blumenfeld
Jeff Blumenfeld

In Search of Injunctive Relief in Patent Infringement Litigation

The International Trade Commission has emerged as an important forum for patent owners because the ITC is not required to follow the Supreme Court’s precedent in eBay v. mercExchange when...
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Jamie Underwood
Jamie Underwood
Evan Langdon
Evan Langdon
Mike Franzinger
Mike Franzinger
Judge Ted Essex
Theodore Essex
Day 3
16 Sep 2020

Ethics for IP Attorneys

This two-hour MCLE approved ethics presentation will be divided into three segments. First, we will discuss challenging ethical issues for in-house intellectual property attorneys. We will begin this segment by...
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John White
John White
Will Covey
Will Covey
Carlo Cotrone
Carlo Cotrone
Jim Carmichael
James Carmichael