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8.15 Registration

8.55 Opening remarks by Managing IP

9.00 Keynote address by John Cabeca, director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office

9.20 ITC panel: Litigation and licensing

  • Recent trends at the ITC
  • Implications of Suprema v International Trade Commission
  • How to make the most of your assets: An overview of options

Bas de Blank, partner, Orrick (moderator)
Andrew Kopsidas, principal, Fish & Richardson
Richard Sterba
, principal, Fish & Richardson
Mark L. Whitaker
, partner, Baker Botts

10.15 Post-grant and Inter-Partes review

  • Analysis of post-grant proceedings
  • The crucial importance of initial filings
  • Best practices and lessons learned

Kevin Jakel, founder and CEO, Unified Patents
Subroto Bose
, senior director patent strategy, Dolby Laboratories
Thomas Fleming
, partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Patricia Carson
, partner, Kirkland & Ellis

11.10 Coffee and networking break

11.30 The European Patent Reform – advanced strategies

  • Details on the most recent developments
  • Advanced strategies for US companies litigating in Europe
  • Best strategies to prepare for the European Patent Reform

David Barron, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.
Michael Schneider
, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Patenting software and business methods

  • How to best protect software and business models after Alice v CLS Bank
  • Alternative ways to protect your software and business models
  • Understanding SCOTUS: Interpretation and guidelines

Linda Beach, senior IP counsel, Rovi Corporation
Franklin Han
, senior patent counsel, Huawei
Joseph Herndon
, partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
Michael Anderson
, associate, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff

14.10 Alternative protection: The rise of trade secrets

  • How to best utilise trade secrets to protect your IP
  • Benefits and challenges when resorting to trade secret protection

Angela Augustus, patent counsel, Abbott Vascular Devices
David Rockover
, chief IP counsel, Pandora
Paul Keller
, partner, Allen & Overy

15.10 Coffee and networking

15.40 India focus

  • To what extend did Prime Minister Modi deliver on his promise to change the innovation and business landscape?
  • Updates on the development of a specialist IP court
  • How a stronger IP regime will impact on international companies doing business in India

Pankaj Soni, partner, Remfry & Sagar

16.10 Industry discussion: Patent reform in the USA

  • Recovering attorney fees, Alice v CLS Bank and Hatch-Waxman litigation: Is patent protection getting more difficult, and less valuable?
  • Two sides of the table: Pros and cons for reform
  • Is reform necessary? If yes, which aspects need reform?
  • Future outlook: Reform through case law

Larry Horn, CEO, MPEG LA
Anna Johns
, VP licensing, Inventergy
Mark Spolyar
, VP IP strategy & transactions, Pendrell Corporation
Michael Loney
, americas editor, Managing Intellectual Property

17.10 Close of conference


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