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2020 Advanced Patent Law (USPTO) eConference

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The 15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute at the United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a unique opportunity to join USPTO senior staff, leading practitioners, academics, and members of the federal judiciary for two days of presentations on the latest developments in patent law. This year’s highlights include:
  • An Update from the USPTO from Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Current Global Enforcement Trends including the influence of countries like Germany, China and others on the U.S. patent system and patent enforcement.
  • An in-depth discussion on Section 101, comparing/contrasting its application across different technologies and life sciences.
  • Hot design patent issues and practical implications of recent decisions.
  • Recent developments and practices before the PTAB, including an update from Chief Judge Scott Boalick.
  • Coverage of current issues and best practices for patent practitioners: Section 102 “nuts and bolts”, double patenting issues, after final rejection practice, and more.
  • A review of the year’s key patent decisions in the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court, and their impact on patent practice.
  • Insight from members of the federal judiciary as part of the popular Judicial Panel.

- If you need to claim CLE credit for Virginia, please contact Laura Tolin at ltolin@law.utexas.edu upon completion of the eConference. After your attendance is verified, you will be given a certificate of attendance with the Virginia course number and can self-report your credits. -
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Total Credit Hours:
13.50 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2021

Includes: Audio Paper Slides

$725  

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1. Global Enforcement Trends (Mar 2020)

Robert Greene Sterne, Atsushi Sato, Tobias Wuttke, James Zhu

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Audio (mp3) 56 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 1 — 56 mins, credit 1.00

Session 1:

Global Enforcement Trends (Mar 2020)

Patent enforcement is often global in two or more jurisdictions requiring a deep understanding of the laws and practices of each jurisdiction, competent counsel in each jurisdiction, and on-going close cooperation between the litigation teams in each jurisdiction. This panel focuses on effective patent litigation in the largest economies after the USA – China, Japan, Germany, and the UK.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Robert Greene Sterne, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. - Washington, DC
Atsushi Sato, TMI Associates - San Mateo, CA
Tobias Wuttke, Meissner Bolte - Munich, Germany
James Zhu, JunHe LLP - Shanghai, China

2. Preparing High Quality Patent Applications (Mar 2020)

Bradley Forrest, Daniel J. Pereira

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Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Slides (pdf) 52 pgs

SESSION 2 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 2:

Preparing High Quality Patent Applications (Mar 2020)

From biotech to computer software, gain insight on preparing high quality patent applications that are enforceable. Explore the challenges pertaining to patent eligibility, written description, and enablement from drafting through enforcement.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Bradley Forrest, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner - Minneapolis, MN
Daniel J. Pereira, Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. - Alexandria, VA

3. Section 101: High Tech v. Life Sciences (Mar 2020)

Stephen G. Kunin, Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, June Cohan, Dale S. Lazar

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Audio (mp3) 74 mins
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SESSION 3 — 74 mins, credit 1.25

Session 3:

Section 101: High Tech v. Life Sciences (Mar 2020)

The U.S. patent statutes apply equally to all patent applications, but the application of the patent eligibility requirement of Section 101 varies across technologies. Discuss, compare and contrast eligible and non-eligible claims in different fields, review the current examination guidance, and hear an update on legislate reform efforts.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Stephen G. Kunin, Maier & Maier PLLC - Alexandria, VA
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington, DC
June Cohan, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Alexandria, VA
Dale S. Lazar, DLA Piper LLP US - Reston, VA

4. Section 101 Issues in Patent Litigation (Mar 2020)

James M. Heintz, Matthew J. Rizzolo

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Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 4 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 4:

Section 101 Issues in Patent Litigation (Mar 2020)

In many contexts “101” is used to mean something basic and easily understandable, but recently Section 101 of the Patent Act has been anything but. Explore the myriad of issues that patentable subject matter uncertainty has caused in patent litigation, touch on lessons learned, and explore what developments may be on the horizon.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

James M. Heintz, DLA Piper LLP US - Reston, VA
Matthew J. Rizzolo, Ropes & Gray LLP - Washington, DC

5. Update from the USPTO (Mar 2020)

Andrei Iancu

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Audio (mp3) 26 mins

SESSION 5 — 26 mins, credit 0.50

Session 5:

Update from the USPTO (Mar 2020)

Hear about the current priorities, programs, and initiatives underway at the Office.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Alexandria, VA

6. Ethics Issues Facing USPTO Practitioners: A View from the Inside (Mar 2020)

Dahlia George, Bernie Knight

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Audio (mp3) 54 mins
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 6 — 54 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 6:

Ethics Issues Facing USPTO Practitioners: A View from the Inside (Mar 2020)

Focus on the ethics rules issued by the USPTO in 2013 and how they are applied and enforced by today’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline. New developments will be discussed, including current cases and the new Diversion Program.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Dahlia George, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Enrollment and Discipline - Alexandria, VA
Bernie Knight, BK Consulting - Washington, DC

7. Potpourri of Hot Design Patent Issues: Practical Implications (Mar 2020)

Perry Saidman

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Audio (mp3) 59 mins
Paper (pdf) 28 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 66 pgs

SESSION 7 — 59 mins, credit 1.00

Session 7:

Potpourri of Hot Design Patent Issues: Practical Implications (Mar 2020)

Gain insight on maximizing total profit damages in spite of Samsung v. Apple; using single-view drawings; choosing a good title for your application; countering aesthetic functionality and patent exhaustion defenses when asserting spare parts infringement; and praying that reason prevails in Section 103 analysis after federal circuit kicks the can down the road.  

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Perry Saidman, Saidman DesignLaw Group, LLC - Silver Spring, MD

8. SEPs and FRAND (Mar 2020)

Christian Hannon, T. Andrew Culbert, Isabella Fu

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Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 8 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 8:

SEPs and FRAND (Mar 2020)

Discuss recent developments related to standard essential patents, including cutting edge technologies, fair reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing issues, and an overview of government agency views.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Christian Hannon, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Alexandria, VA
T. Andrew Culbert, Perkins Coie LLP - Seattle, WA
Isabella Fu, Microsoft Corporation - Redmond, WA

9. Judicial Panel (Mar 2020)

William LaMarca, Hon. Liam O'Grady, Hon. Leonard P. Stark

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Audio (mp3) 54 mins

SESSION 9 — 54 mins, credit 1.00

Session 9:

Judicial Panel (Mar 2020)

Distinguished judges discuss their experiences hearing and trying patent cases.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

William LaMarca, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Office of the Solicitor - Alexandria, VA
Hon. Liam O'Grady, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia - Alexandria, VA
Hon. Leonard P. Stark, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware - Wilmington, DE

10. On Sale Bar / Impact of Helsinn - 102 Nuts and Bolts (Mar 2020)

William LaMarca, Jeffrey A. Wolfson

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Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 10 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

On Sale Bar / Impact of Helsinn - 102 Nuts and Bolts (Mar 2020)

Gain insight on the Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. on-sale bar decision and interpretation under the AIA, along with a nuts and bolts look at the resulting practical implications for patent application timing and supply agreement structuring considerations.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

William LaMarca, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Office of the Solicitor - Alexandria, VA
Jeffrey A. Wolfson, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Washington, DC

11. Obviousness-Type Double Patenting Issues: Best Practices and Current Trends (Mar 2020)

Whitney Remily

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Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 11 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 11:

Obviousness-Type Double Patenting Issues: Best Practices and Current Trends (Mar 2020)

Understand issues and evolving case law relating to double patenting, as well as best practices for addressing double patenting rejections during examination, and pitfalls to avoid. Discuss the impact of double patenting on Patent Term Extension under 35 USC §156, portfolio management, validity, and enforcement after grant.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Whitney Remily, Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, LLP - Falls Church, VA

12. After Final Rejection Practice (Mar 2020)

Kery Fries

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Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 12 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

After Final Rejection Practice (Mar 2020)

Understand the various available options to reply to a final office action from the USPTO as well as their advantages and disadvantages and chances of success. Topics include QPIDS, pre-appeal brief program, AFCP2.0, as well as amendments, affidavits under rule 41.33.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Kery Fries, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Alexandria, VA

13. PTAB Update (Mar 2020)

Hon. Jacqueline Bonilla

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Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Slides (pdf) 40 pgs

SESSION 13 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 13:

PTAB Update (Mar 2020)

Hear an update on PTAB appeals and trial proceedings.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Hon. Jacqueline Bonilla, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Alexandria, VA

14. Recent Developments in Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) (Mar 2020)

Teresa Stanek Rea, Jonathan Bowser, Hon. Kalyan Deshpande, Jessica L.A. Marks, Angela Oliver, Hon. Michael Tierney

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Audio (mp3) 61 mins
Slides (pdf) 22 pgs

SESSION 14 — 61 mins, credit 1.00

Session 14:

Recent Developments in Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) (Mar 2020)

Discuss new developments impacting practice before the Board, including evolving standards on discretionary institution based on prior petitions for review and/or developments in other forums; increasing guidance from the Board in the form of precedential and/or informative decisions and updates to the Trial Practice Guide; the new pilot program on motions to amend that provides earlier feedback to the parties; the impact of Federal Circuit precedent on PTAB practice; and other topics of interest.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Teresa Stanek Rea, Crowell & Moring, LLP - Washington, DC
Jonathan Bowser, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Washington, DC
Hon. Kalyan Deshpande, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Alexandria, VA
Jessica L.A. Marks, Unified Patents, LLC - Washington, DC
Angela Oliver, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Washington, DC
Hon. Michael Tierney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Alexandria, VA

15. Section 101 Challenges in AIA Trials at the PTAB (Mar 2020)

Andrew S. Baluch

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Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 15 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 15:

Section 101 Challenges in AIA Trials at the PTAB (Mar 2020)

Gain insight on strategic use of AIA trials (CBM, PGR, IPRs) to raise Section 101 issues; raising Section 101 issues in connection with IPR motions to amend and claim construction; and implications of 2019 Patent Eligibility Guidance on PTAB.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

Andrew S. Baluch, Smith Baluch LLP - Washington, DC

16. A Year In Review: Recent Decisions from the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit (Mar 2020)

J. Michael Jakes

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Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 39 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 16 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 16:

A Year In Review: Recent Decisions from the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit (Mar 2020)

A review of the most important cases from the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court in the past year that every practitioner should know.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

J. Michael Jakes, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP - Washington, DC

17. Practical IP Ethics Problems (Mar 2020)

David Hricik

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Audio (mp3) 61 mins
Paper (pdf) 22 pgs
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 17 — 61 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 17:

Practical IP Ethics Problems (Mar 2020)

Using film, animations, and even clips from a patent lawyer-turned stand-up comic, this session addresses conflicts of interest, competently policing trademark infringement without harming your client’s brand, and how to competently and ethically represent clients with IP needs.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Advanced Patent Law Institute

David Hricik, Mercer University School of Law - Macon, GA