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Intellectual Property / Patent Law
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 »
THIS MONTH: Startups - Deal Killers and Near-Death Experiences • First Judges in Texas • Misbehavior in the C-Suite • Website Accessibility Lawsuits • Virtual Law Firms: Is It an Option for You? • Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct more »
Session 1: Investigating the Employee Departure - Departing employees can carry the risk of losing company assets—both literally and figuratively. Learn how to investigate possible misappropriation of company assets, and how to prevent their misappropriation in the first place.
Session 2: Mediation of Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Disputes - More often than not, disputes involving departing employees end up in mediation. Hear from local mediators about what they look for in resolving these disputes, and what you can do to help avoid them in the first place.
Session 3: Tips for the New Employer and the Former Employer - Get practical tips on hiring key talent from the competition while minimizing the chance of litigation and maximizing the chance of success in the event of a suit, and learn to manage the departure of key talent to a direct competitor for both business and litigation purposes. more »
Session 1: Insurance Litigation Post-Harvey - Review the most hotly contested issues in first party insurance claims and litigation arising out of the recent hurricane, including flood versus wind, special rules for TWIA claims, and the new "natural causes" amendments to the Texas Insurance Code.
Session 2: UCC Security Interests in Real Estate Financings - Address the creation and perfection of UCC security interests in real estate financing transactions.
Session 3: Cybersecurity Insurance - Examine key insurance provisions and hear thoughts on evolving exposures impacting privacy and cyber insurance. more »
Session 1: The TRO Process Explained - The temporary injunction hearing is the key moment in non-compete enforcement. Get practical tips on what you need to establish, and specifically what constitutes imminent irreparable harm.
Session 2: Fight at the TI Corral - The temporary injunction (TI) fight is an essential step in non-compete litigation, but it comes early in the process and litigants can get caught unprepared! Many lawyers express that a case may be won or lost at this early stage. How does this hearing differ from the TRO hearing? What should litigants do to prepare for success at this critical hearing? What are the anticipated issues and arguments? Learn how to avoid the traps and set yourself up for an effective litigation.
Session 3: The Local TRO Process - The process for obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and even from judge to judge. Get practical tips from seasoned local practitioners on how to obtain a TRO in your local courtroom. more »
Session 1: Protecting Business Interests with Non-Compete Agreements - In an age when employee mobility is the norm, non-compete agreements can serve as a valuable tool to protect business interests. Learn the essential elements of an enforceable non-compete agreement, and identify possible pitfalls in your talent management practices.
Session 2: Drafting Tips for Effective Non-Compete Agreements - The enforceability of a non-compete agreement hinges on precise drafting. Get tips on how to make sure your agreement is legally enforceable and how to avoid common drafting pitfalls. more »
Session 1: Trade Secrets: Texas Law and the New Federal Legislation- An in-depth look at the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, and what they mean for your business.
Session 2: Drafting Tips for Effective Non-Disclosure Agreements - Get practical tips on how to draft effective, enforceable non-disclosure agreements to protect your company or client's intellectual property interests. more »
Session 1: GDPR is Effective Today! - May 25, 2018 is the effective date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the world’s most comprehensive privacy law. On this day for which so many have prepared, we will share in-house and outside counsel perspectives on what the GDPR means for international companies that do business in the EU, which aspects of compliance efforts have been most challenging, and what lies ahead in maintaining GDPR “accountability” and in connection with the forthcoming, related ePrivacy Regulation.
Session 2: Do You Know Where Your Data is?: Data Sharing and the State of the Law - Modern companies are awash in data. Employees generate it and are usually looking for the most efficient way to share it internally and externally. Review the myriad of problems that can occur even with the most well-meaning of employees. From the possible export control risks of emailing technical information to an overseas colleague, to using Dropbox and other file sharing sites to exchange information, to providing data to contract employees, and more, explore the state of the law as it relates to data and what can happen if you lose control of it.
Session 3: Data Breaches, Big Data, and FTC Oversight - Learn how and why the FTC polices data breaches and the collection and exploitation of big data.
Session 4: Protecting Client Information-Cyber Protection Duties as an Attorney - Explore the ethical and legal obligations of attorneys and law firms to protect client data and communications from the latest cybersecurity threats.
Session 5: Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Environment - Ethics and professionalism are being influenced by many factors in today’s global environment. Consider some of these factors, along with areas of commonality amongst the legal ethics rules from a sampling of jurisdictions.
Session 6: Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence - As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. more »