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MIP US Patent Forum 2018

March 13, Convene 810 Seventh Ave, New York


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8:15 Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 Opening remarks by Michael Loney, managing editor, Managing IP

9:05 International Trade Commission: effective or cumbersome

  • Review of recent litigation cases to explore the keys to success at the ITC
  • Scope of exclusion orders and accelerated proceedings
  • Solutions to overcome enforcement issues

Andrew Beverina , investigative attorney, US International Trade Commission
Mark Began , vice president intellectual property, Boehringer Ingelheim
Seth Boeshore , associate, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
Douglas Sharrott , partner, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

9:55 Is the America Invents Act weakening licensing?

  • AIA trials before the PTAB and the Courts
  • Post issuance validity proceedings (IPR, CBM, PGR)
  • Widespread confusion over the use and erosion of IP rights and subject matter eligibility
  • Creating licensing agreements in a secure, collaborative system

Scott McKeown , partner, Ropes & Gray ( moderator )
Serge Ilin-Schneider , director intellectual property, Par Pharmaceutical
Moshe Malina , associate general counsel & chief patent counsel, Citigroup
Christopher Han , associate, Ropes & Grey

10:45 Networking coffee break

11:05 Patent due diligence in M&A

  • Determining strategic value before the merger
  • Assessing patent risk when merging portfolios
  • Pooling resources in the right places

Andrea L. C. Reid , partner, Dechert ( moderator )
Rabiya Kader , senior director - patent counsel, Sanofi
Thomas A. Rayski , IP and life sciences partner, Dechert
Wendell Taylor , vice president, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

11:55 Ways to protect patents from litigation

  • Examining the law relating to patent eligibility
  • Ensuring a priority claim is valid around the world
  • Combatting NPE activities

Vishal Gupta , partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Raymond Gabriel , intellectual property counsel, Ciena
Gary Lipson , former IP licensing manager, IBM , currently: registered patent attorney
Dan Stringfield , partner, Steptoe & Johnson

12:50 Networking Lunch

1:30 Trade secrets

  • Making the initial choice - trade secret or patent?
  • Different approaches for start-ups versus large organizations, different industries

Richard Martinelli , partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe ( moderator )
Paul Coletti , assistant patent counsel, Johnson & Johnson
Mark Conklin , senior IP counsel, GE Capital
Antony Pfeffer , partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

2:20 Benefits of centralizing outside counsel and service providers for patents

  • Better management of international patent filing
  • Improve efficiency by driving economies of scale
  • Unbundling technology services from the practice of law
  • Extract actionable operational intelligence from technology

Max Weisman , regional director, Transperfect
Chris Colvin , general counsel, GCNow
Brian McCloskey , chief patent counsel, Avon

3:10 Networking coffee break

3:30 Latin America patent Issues and concerns

  • Lack of patent filings
  • Using local representation

Otto Licks , partner, Licks Attorneys
Brian McCloskey , chief patent counsel, Avon
Ana Correa , partner, Licks Attorneys

4:20 Patents and Global Strategy: Competition, Confrontation or Collaboration

  • Integrating R&D, strategy and legal functions into a common framework, language and culture
  • Going from patent to commercial product
  • Making the right choices on where to operate globally
  • SEPs and PAEs
  • Devaluation and FRAND
  • Patent protection in foreign jurisdictions

Andrew Hirsch , president, Aligned Business and IP Strategies ( moderator )
James Baillargeon , senior corporate IP counsel, Nokia
Marc Sandy Block , counsel, IBM Corporation
Jan Wauters , Science & technology counselor Life Sciences and Nanotechnologies, Flanders Investment and trade (Consulate general of Belgium)

5:10 Forum Adjourns




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