The Brave New World of Wearable Technology: How to Protect Your IP and Minimize Infringement Risks
The brave new world of wearable technology features devices ranging from high-tech fashion and smart jewelry to wearables that track medical issues, personal activity, and sports data. As wearable technology continues to offer new capabilities, intellectual property (IP) protection remains to be a crucial aspect of a wearable tech development. Irrespective of the technology, all such devices need IP protection in order to protect the product, keep its competitive edge longer, and safeguard it from infringement risks.
In a two-hour LIVE webcast, a panel of IP professionals and notable technological and legal leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer the audience with a high-level overview of the competitive landscape of wearable technologies and an extensive review of IP protection. Speakers will also discuss IP and trade secret strategies in protecting the functional features of a specific wearable product and will then provide best practices in identifying and minimizing infringement risks of wearable technology.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- IP Strategies for Wearable Technologies – An Overview
- IP Rights for Wearable Devices
- IP Issues in the Wearable Technology Sector
- Legal Challenges to Wearable Technologies
- Regulatory Developments
- Best Practices in IP Protection
- Up-to-the Minute Regulatory Updates
Gerard von Hoffmann, Partner
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
- Wearables industry dynamics
- Conventional wearable medical devices
- Emergence of wearable wellness devices
- Regulatory environment evolving to catch up
- Crowded IP space
- Changing patent law
- Wearable devices patent filings and trends
- Who are the big players
- Filing volume and trends
- What are they filing on
- Litigation Environment
- Overview of current litigation
- Case study: Fitbit and AliphCom (dba Jawbone)
Nicholas R. Grennan, Attorney
SUITER SWANTZ PC LLO
- Patentability Issues & Patent Validity Challenges Pertaining to Wearable Devices [(special focus on §§ 101 (Alice) and 112)]
- Possible Interplay of 35 U.S.C. § 101 (Alice) with §§ 102/103 and 112
- Recent Case Law and USPTO Guidance with respect to 35 U.S.C. §§ 101 (Alice) and 112
- Patent Strategies and Good Practices for Protecting Wearable Technologies
Who Should Attend:
- IP and Related Lawyers
- Patent Lawyers
- Privacy and Security Lawyers
- Trademark Litigators
- Patent Licensing Officers
- In-house and Outside Counsel
- Project Managers
- Wearable Technology Entrepreneurs
- Other related/interested Professionals and Organizations
Gerard von Hoffmann is a partner in the leading intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. His intellectual property law practice is focused primarily at the startup stage in the medical device industry, including offensive and defensive competitive strategies, 'design around' concept engineering, IP diligence, strategic transactions and patent portfolio management.
He has served on the Board of Directors of two public and four venture backed private companies, and is presently a Manager of an early stage wearable fitness company. Prior to joining Knobbe Martens, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Helen W. Nies, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. (the patent appeals court). He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at USD School of Law and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles). Gerard is a guest lecturer and team coach at Stanford BioDesign, and he founded and manages KnobbeMedical.com.
Gerard von Hoffmann is a partner in the leading intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. His intellectual …
Nick Grennan is a registered patent attorney at Suiter Swantz IP in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Grennan practices patent prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He frequently enforces his clients’ patent rights throughout the United States and defends his clients from patent infringement claims asserted by third parties. When necessary, Mr. Grennan represents clients in lawsuits in various United States District Courts. In addition to patent related matters, Mr. Grennan routinely represents his clients with respect to various intellectual property matters related to trademarks, trade secrets, and ownership of intellectual property rights. Prior to joining Suiter Swantz IP, Nick practiced complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Grennan’s clients operate in a broad spectrum of technological areas, including wearable devices, semiconductors, integrated circuits, telecommunications, data processing devices, data storage devices, user-interface systems, networking, software, e-commerce, electro-mechanical devices, aerospace and aviation, medical devices, nutritional products, and the mechanical arts.
Mr. Grennan received his engineering degree from Cornell University with a major in Operations Research & Information Engineering. He graduated with honors from the Creighton University School of Law. Mr. Grennan has been selected to Super Lawyers’ Great Plains Rising Stars lists every year since 2013.
Nick Grennan is a registered patent attorney at Suiter Swantz IP in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Grennan practices patent prosecution before …
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About Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP has over 300 lawyers and scientists nationwide and dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property law, including litigation. Knobbe Martens serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. The firm is headquartered in Orange County, California, with offices in San Diego, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and enjoys an international reputation for excellence.
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Suiter Swantz IP is an intellectual property law firm providing superior patent, trademark, and copyright services. For over two decades, the firm’s patent attorneys have represented a diverse range of clients from startups and individual inventors to multi-billion dollar corporations. Suiter Swantz IP has a proven track record of efficiently transforming its clients’ innovations into assets that they can use.