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MIP US Patent Forum 2017 - Palo Alto Agenda 

March 21, Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto
March 23, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC

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8.30 Registration

9.00 Opening remarks by Michael Loney, Americas editor, Managing IP

9.10 Patent Trial and Appeal Board: top issues after four years

  • Overview of settlements from the past year to establish ongoing trends
  • Case study: scope of discretion in institution and estoppel – Shaw Industries v
    Automated Creel Systems
  • What is reviewable in institution decisions and how can you challenge the decision?
  • Examining the inconsistences between the district court and federal circuit in
    addressing evidence

Joseph Haag, partner, WilmerHale (moderator)
Judge Kevin Turner, administrative patent judge, USPTO
Kaare Larson
, senior director of intellectual property, Dexcom
Mark Selwyn
, partner, WilmerHale

10.00 Adapting to PTAB Rule Changes & Complying with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA)

  • Analysing the impact of the rule changes – what’s different?
  • How the introduction of testimonial evidence has impacted proceedings
  • Discretion and reviewability at the PTO

Scott McKeown, partner, Oblon (moderator)
Shawn Ambwani, COO and co-founder, Unified Patents
Judge Tina Hulse, administrative patent judge, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

10.50 Coffee break and networking

11.20 PTAB & the Federal Circuit

  • Back log: can the appeals court cope with the case load - are rule 36 affirmances on the increase?
  • Role of federal circuit in PTAB appeals
  • Recent decisions – are we leaning towards new examination guidelines?

Darren Donnelly, partner, Fenwick & West (moderator)
Deanna Kwong
, IP litigation counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sriranga Veeraraghavan
, vice president, legal, Tessera
Charlene Morrow, partner, Fenwick & West

12.10 PTAB & the District Court

  • Interface between district court litigation and inter parte reviews in post-grant
  • Tracking the ‘stay motion’ success rate – why is there discrepancies between districts?
  • Timing is everything: identification of real party in interest
  • Effective obviousness rationales at the district court and PTAB

Gary Ropski, partner, Brinks Gilson & Lione (moderator)
Kim Schmitt
, managing counsel, litigation group, Intel
Qudus Olaniran
, patent attorney, Microsoft
Miyoung Shin
, partner, Brinks Gilson & Lione

13.00 Lunch and networking

14.00  Precedential and informative decisions designated by PTAB

  • Tips to incorporate the precedential and informative decisions into your strategy
  • What have we learned from Cuozzo v Lee?
  • Top cases to watch over the next 12 months

Lissi Mojica, principal, Brooks Kushman (moderator)
Steve Chiang, senior director and IP Counsel, RPX Corporation
Deanna Kwong
, IP litigation counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sangeeta Shah
, shareholder, Brooks Kushman

14.50 PTAB practice updates for high tech companies

  • Eligibility for covered business method patents: a moving target
  • Considerations for determining whether to pursue a CBM/PGR or an IPR
  • Secondary considerations: a new dogfight?

Aaron Capron, partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Cory Bell, attorney, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

15.40 Coffee break and networking

16.00 PTAB trials: strategies for litigating at the PTAB

  • Risks and remedies of litigating at the PTAB
  • How to impress PTAB judges to get the best out of AIA trial hearings
  • Constructing a successful trial: practice recommendations for counsel
  • Understanding the intersection with district court litigation

Brian McCormack, partner, Baker & McKenzie (moderator)
Richard Sonnentag, litigation counsel, Google
Neil Mothew, vice president, intellectual property & legal affairs, Real D
Daniel Tallitsch
, partner, Baker & McKenzie

16.50 PTAB by the numbers: key influences on filings

  • Slump versus stabilisation: have filings decreased over the past year?
  • Analysing the growing demand for post-grant review
  • Drawing comparisons between invalidation claims versus institutions rates

Jason Eisenberg, partner, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox (moderator)
Rob Saltzberg
, founder, Almanac IP Advisors
John Blake
, vice president, IP strategy, Tivo
Mike Messinger
, director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

17.40 Close of conference


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