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MIP US Patent Forum 2019

April 3 & 4, Convene 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York


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8:45 Registration

9:15 Opening remarks by Patrick Wingrove, patent strategy editor, Managing IP

9:25 Keynote address: Chief Judge Scott Boalick, USPTO

9:40 Preparing your strategy for a shifting pro-patent environment

  • Managing budget uncertainty whilst maintaining quality patents
  • Understanding the repercussions of USPTO initiative on patent filing strategies
  • Navigating risk to effectively release value from your innovation

Matt Rizzolo , partner, Ropes & Gray ( moderator )
Adele Frankel , chief patent counsel, Nanotronics
Brian McCloskey , chief patent counsel, Avon
Laura Sheridan , senior patent counsel, Google
Leslie Spencer , partner, Ropes & Gray

10:25 – 10:40 Discussions on tables

10:40 Coffee break and networking

11:10 Comprehensive updates from PTAB rules of practice

  • Evolving procedural challenges associated with AIA
  • Rule changes: claim construction
  • Motions to amend in PTAB proceedings
  • Proving prior art

Charles Macedo , partner, Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein (moderator)
Jon Bowser , senior patent counsel, Unified Patents
Jim Howard , vice president and associate general counsel, Askeladden

12:10 Lunch and networking

13:10 Comprehensive analysis of life sciences IP developments: applying lessons learned

  • Collaboration as a driving tool for successful litigation management
  • Case review: Momenta Pharmaceuticals v Bristol Myers Squibb; Vanda
  • Managing your costs

Elizabeth Weiswasser , partner, co-head patent litigation & life sciences practices, Weil Gotshal & Manges ( moderator )
Lindsay Kelly , vice president, Roivant Sciences
Kristan Lansbery , director, patent attorney, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Rabiya Kader , senior patent counsel, Sanofi
Henry Hadad , senior vice president & deputy general counsel, Bristol Myers Squibb

14:00 Counteracting the flux of patent eligibility

  • Tracking the evolution of subject matter eligibility in the US
  • Recent developments for Section 101/subject matter eligibility in the US
    • High-tech examples: Data Engine Tech v. Google, Ancora Tech v HTC, SAP America v InvestPic, SRI International v Cisco Systems
    • Life sciences examples: Vanda v. West-Ward, Athena Diagnostics v Mayo, Natural Alternatives v Creative Compounds
  • Updates to USPTO Section 101 guidance
  • Application to prosecution and litigation strategies: Berkheimer v HP

Carl Morales , partner, Dechert ( moderator )
Jesse Bucholtz , senior patent counsel, Canon
Stephen Rabinowitz , partner, Dechert

14:50 Coffee break and networking

15:10 Effectively managing ITC litigation and enforcement

  • Interplay between PTAB and ITC: implications for patent litigation
  • ITC filings and District Court proceedings post-TC Heartland • Understanding recent FRAND developments and the implications for ITC complaints

Justin Oliver , partner, Venable ( moderator )
Brian Koo , investigative attorney, US International Trade Commission
Paul Coletti , associate patent counsel, Johnson & Johnson
Andrew Pratt , partner, Venable

16:00 Enabling diversity to flourish in your IP department

  • Taking steps to diversify your department
  • Shifting perceptions with a forward-thinking approach
  • Diversity and inclusion: the corporate perspective

Leslie Spencer , partner, Ropes & Gray (moderator)
Anna-Lisa Gallo , associate general counsel, IP, LIXIL
Neer Gupta , associate general counsel, Verizon
Howard Lee , chief intellectual property counsel, Sun Chemical
Sunjay Mathews , head of legal, north America, Dazn

16:50 Chair’s closing comments

17:00 Drinks reception


9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening remarks by Patrick Wingrove, patent strategy editor, Managing IP

9:40 Implementing a successful trade secrets knowhow strategy

  • Core principles in effectively managing trade secrets
  • Practical aspects of implementing and operating a trade secrets protection program
  • Current developments in implementation DTSA and international protection & being prepared for DTSA litigation
  • Ensuring the knowledge you created does not leave your organization through IT solutions and other means

Mark Baghdassarian , partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel ( moderator )
Friedrich Laub , senior counsel, IP, Bristol Myers Squibb
Kim Jessum , chief IP counsel, US associate general counsel, Heraeus
Mark Conklin , senior IP & patent counsel, General Electric

10:30 Coffee break and networking

11:00 Patent disputes and litigation: strategies for optimising success

  • How application of the Phillips standard at the PTAB will affect district court litigations including timing/utility of claim construction hearings, stays, and deference to the
  • PTAB’s claim constructions
  • Damages strategies in light of Western Geco; Daubert strategies
  • Portfolio licensing issues: portfolio valuation, monetization strategies, patent stacking, the changing nature of PAEs
  • Changes in litigation following TC Heartland: where cases are filed, what cases are filed, and transfer motions

Steven Lieberman , partner, Rothwell Figg ( moderator )
Boaz Brickman , SVP legal, IPValue
Raymond Gabriel , intellectual property counsel, Ciena
Tawfik Goma , senior counsel of intellectual property, Philips
Jenny Colgate , partner, Rothwell Figg

11:50 Navigating challenges of international filing for a successful global strategy

  • Maintaining a flexible European strategy post-Brexit
  • Strategies for filing in Asia: US IP trade war?
  • Efficient patent protection in foreign jurisdictions & tackling enforcement challenges
  • Comparison of IP approaches in Asia/EU/USA

John Mulcahy , partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Ellen Szymanski , senior director of international IP, US Chamber of Commerce
Anna Volftsun , associate general counsel, Humanscale

12:40 Lunch and networking

13:40 The integration of AI and machine learning into the legal framework

  • AI and the implications for IP
  • Filing trends: how do you effectively patent AI?
  • AI IP concerns: sharing data with partners
  • IP value: AI expertise v. data

Richard Martinelli , partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe ( moderator )
Joe Benz , chief IP counsel, Ford Motor Company
Antony Pfeffer , general counsel, Tractable
Jacob Heath , partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

14:30 Considering the future of IP: disruptive technologies & innovation

  • Assessing how blockchain innovations are protected by IP
  • Tips to patent blockchain and current filing trends
  • Creating an effective FinTech IP strategy
  • Tips to reduce the risk of cyber security and hacking threats/breaches

Jon Wright , director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox ( moderator )
Moshe Malina , director, chief patent counsel, Citigroup
Doug Hudson , assistant general counsel, product, IP, patent & privacy, Etsy
Kindon Olson , intellectual property counsel, Nevro

15:20 Coffee and debrief

15:50 Close of conference



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