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Session 1: Advanced IPR Tactics/Impact of Oil States - Panelists discuss institution and trial post-SAS Institute, discretionary denials under 314(a), 325(d), significant developments regarding privies and real parties-in-interest, and a host of additional developments at the PTAB and Federal Circuit that suggest a rebalancing toward patent owners.
Session 2: Crafting Patents to Survive IPR Attack - Tips for drafting durable patent applications and navigating carefully though examination to bolster patents and forestall their early demise. more »
A discussion of how blockchains work, how blockchains can form a platform for the operation of smart contracts and distributed applications (dApps), and potential legal issues raised by such platforms. more »
Many believe the USPTO is issuing too many invalid patents that are unnecessarily reducing consumer welfare, stunting productive research, and discouraging innovation. To date, patent policy reforms to increase patent quality at the USPTO have been overly reliant on anecdotes and hunches. Review new empirical studies of the administrative process for granting patents which propose three changes to the patent system that would reduce the issuance of patents of questionable validity. more »
Listen to a discussion about different approaches to gain insight into examiners, supervisors, and art units beyond the face of the office action, to more efficiently and effectively prosecute applications. Hear thoughts on the analysis of search strategies used by the examiner, the effective use of analytics about the examiner and art unit, and how to leverage interviews and particularly the FAIPP interview program towards these ends. more »
Session 1: No Candy for You: Tricky Ethics Issues for IP Lawyers - The ethics rules of the USPTO present challenging dilemmas for even the most experienced patent and trademark practitioners. Find out where the ethical dangers lurk and how you can avoid becoming a cautionary tale.
Session 2: Practicing IP Law Ethically in the Cloud: From the Mundane to the Ethics of AI - Learn how to practice competently and ethically, including maintaining client confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and safely using social media. In addition, examine the questions that lawyers should ask before using computer-augmented legal services, such as automated contract review, legal research, and patent application drafting services. more »
Session 1: Divided Infringement - Examine recent interpretations of the Akamai test and the impact on divided infringement cases.
Session 2: Defending Against Willful Infringement in a Post-Halo World - With the changes resulting from the Supreme Court’s Halo opinion, there is additional importance placed on accused infringers in building a record that supports reasonableness of their decision to continue their accused operations. This often includes advice of competent counsel used to bolster the claim that they were not acting with subjective bad faith. Those using advice of counsel in defense of willfulness must be mindful of the scope of potential privilege waiver, and proactively take steps aimed at avoiding privilege waiver from extending to communications with trial counsel.
Session 3: Extraterritoriality: When Acts Overseas Create Liability under U.S. Patent Law - Despite language in 35 U.S.C. 271 limiting infringement liability for acts “within the United States”, depending upon the type of infringement and/or type of claim, liability can arise based mainly or completely on acts outside of the United States. Examine the meaning of “within the United States” and when liability arises for acts outside of the U.S. more »
Evolving damages case law requires practitioners to consider recent decisions in formulating their damages claim or defense. Hear a discussion of recent case law and its impact on damage theories and the legal strategies. Explore strategies for apportionment, lost profits determinations, and non-infringing alternatives. more »
A review of the trends, recent cases, and developments in the courts and at the USPTO regarding section 101 as Alice turns five. Gain practical advice for avoiding and overcoming assertions of invalidity under section 101, as well as for making and winning assertions of invalidity under 101. more »
Session 1: Federal Circuit and SCOTUS Update - A whirlwind summary of the most important developments in Supreme Court and Federal Circuit case law over the last year.
Session 2: Recent Developments in Claims Construction - The driver of patent application preparation/prosecution, district court trials, Federal Circuit appeals, and AIA post-grant review proceedings, remains—claim construction. Review 2017-2018 claim construction cases and issues at the Federal Circuit and trial court levels. And examine the PTAB’s procedural and substantive claim construction “rules, practices and etc.," including the PTAB proposal to drop BRI and adopt Phillipsconstruction under all circumstances, and possible rule and practice changes to mandate PTAB consideration of claim constructions from other proceedings.
Session 3: Changes to Venue Rules and the Rise of Multi-District Litigation - The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland has changed the landscape for patent venue. Explore what constitutes a company’s “regular and established place of business” and the possible impact of this recent case.
Session 4: Judicial Panel - Hear distinguished judges from the District Court discuss their experiences hearing and trying patent cases. more »
Examine in the new "reality" of global patent enforcement and monetization, as well as practical guidance on how to navigate these new realities and possible strategies to adapt to the new landscape. more »
Session 1: Groundwater Issues - Explore issues unique to groundwater, including regulation basics, planning considerations, and other essentials.
Session 2: Surface Water Issues - Explore issues unique to surface water, including regulation basics, planning considerations, and other essentials.
Session 3: Who’s Who When it Comes to Water - Get the basics on who handles what when it comes to water in Texas. more »
Session 1: Developments from the Texas Legislature - Hear a report on the laws passed by the 85th Texas Legislature affecting mortgage lending and the practice of real estate law.
Session 2: Texas Case Law Update - Explore recent and significant Texas cases over the last year with particular attention to cases involving new legal concepts or which materially alter or extend current jurisprudence.
Session 3: Current Hot Topics and Quick Tips - Hear about recent developments and hot topics in mortgage lending and related real estate matters. more »
Examine reasons for denial relating to alien smuggling, drug and alcohol abuse, gang membership, and public charge grounds. Listen to a discussion about how to identify these grounds, as well as employ strategies, to avoid or overcome visa denial. more »
Session 1: Documenting Electric Capacity Transactions - Explore the challenges in preparing contracts for the purchase and sale of electric capacity. These challenges include differences between capacity products in different markets, documentation used in capacity transactions, and issues to consider when drafting capacity contracts such as liquidated damages, force majeure, and calculating credit exposure.
Session 2: Navigating the Use of NAESB and EEI Contracts - Listen to a discussion about the most commonly used standard forms for buying and selling natural gas and electricity. Learn about common modifications buyers and sellers make to these forms, as well as when not to use them. more »
Electronic signatures are commonplace in virtually all that we do today, except the mortgage closing process. Explore the acceleration in digitalizing the mortgage settlement process from traditional in office closings to the future of online closings to enhance the overall consumer experience. more »
Session 1: Meeting the Electricity Needs of Industrial and Large Commercial Customers - What drives the power supply choices of large electricity consumers in the Texas power markets? Examine the commercial, regulatory, and legal considerations that shape the power supply decisions of industrial and large commercial customers. As a case study, explore the procurement, policy, and regulatory issues that drove the structure of the City of Houston’s three-party agreement to purchase 50 MW of solar power through its retail electric provider.
Session 2: NOIEs Moving to ERCOT: Do They Have an Advantage? - Gain insight into how not-for-profit electricity entities can address changes in markets in Texas and beyond.
Session 3: Priorities for the Evolution of an Energy-Only Electricity Market Design in ERCOT - ERCOT is a leader in the development of an open competitive electricity market. Review the economic and policy trends which point to areas of enhancement of the basic energy-only design. more »