Significant Developments in U.S. Patent Law in 2014-2015
This course offers an overview of the latest Significant Developments in U.S. Patent Law in 2014-2015. A panel of thought leaders and practitioners, assembled by The Knowledge Group, will help firms better understand the changes and learn how best to apply them in their businesses and for their clients. The panel will discuss recent changes in the district, state, and federal courts regarding anticipation, obviousness, function, and infringement, several important cases, and design patent-specific protection and litigation issues.
In a two-hour live webcast, the speakers will discuss:
- U.S. Patent Law – An Overview
- Patent Litigation: Significant Developments
- Fee Shifting, Divided Infringement, Patent Eligibility
- Definiteness and Reasonable Certainty
- MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP (Fed. Cir. 2014)
- High Point Design LLC v. Buyer's Direct (Fed. Cir. 2013)
- Munchkin, Inc. v. Luv N’ Care, Ltd. (USPTO 2013)
- ATAS International, Inc. v. Centria (USPTO 2013)
- Amendment and Continuation: USPTO's Proposed Changes
Charles Miller, Senior Counsel
SILLS CUMMIS & GROSS P.C.
- Patent Law – An Overview of Significant Developments: Litigation, Administrative Proceedings, and New Legislation / Rulemaking
- Fee Shifting
- Divided Infringement
- Intent to Actively Induce Infringement
- Definiteness and “Reasonable Certainty
- Patent Eligibility
Christopher K. Larus, Partner
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P
- The changing damages landscape
- The Federal Circuit’s continuing emphasis on identifying the incremental value of the claimed invention
- Evolving strategies for apportioning value at trial
- Standard essential patents and differing approaches to establishing value of FRAND-encumbered patents.
Ben Pleune, Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
- Inter Partes Review before the PTAB
- The basic rules for filing and relevant timelines
- Experiences and statistics from the petitions and PTAB decisions we have seen to date
- The lessons learned from those experiences, statistics and PTAB decisions
- What the future holds for IPRs – perhaps amendments
Who Should Attend:
- IP Attorneys
- IP Consultants
- Patent Attorneys
- Patent Consultants
- Patent Litigators
- Patent Licensing Attorneys
- Public and Private Companies
- Other Related/Interested Professionals and Organizations
Charles E. Miller is Senior Counsel to the Sills Cummis & Gross Intellectual Property Group and is resident in the Firm’s New York office.
Dr. Miller’s practice focuses on counseling clients mainly in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, managing their intellectual property portfolios and representing their interests extensively in technology-related litigation, proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, alternative dispute resolution and licensing.
Prior to joining Sills Cummis & Gross, Dr. Miller was a partner and then senior counsel at Dickstein Shapiro and a partner at Pennie & Edmonds, where he practiced intellectual property law beginning in 1971. At Pennie & Edmonds, he served on the executive, membership/partner compensation, recruitment, and practice development committees. Before that, from 1966 to 1971, he worked in the law departments of Allied Chemical Corporation (now Honeywell International, Inc.) and of Celanese Corporation, where he was involved in patenting the companies’ inventions.
Charles E. Miller is Senior Counsel to the Sills Cummis & Gross Intellectual Property Group and is resident in the …
Chris Larus is a Partner and Chair of the Minneapolis IP & Technology Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. For more than 20 years, Chris has helped his clients protect their intellectual property rights in complex trade-secret, patent, copyright, and licensing disputes. Chris is a first chair trial lawyer who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in courts throughout the country, and in both national and international arbitrations. Chris also serves as an appointed arbitrator in IP, licensing and other complex commercial disputes before the International Center For Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”), American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”). Chris, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, has repeatedly been listed among The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2014 editions), Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2014 edition), World Trademark Review (“WTR”) World’s Leading Trademark Practitioners (2012-2014), and Super Lawyer (2004, 2006-2013).
Chris Larus is a Partner and Chair of the Minneapolis IP & Technology Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi …
Ben Pleune is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. His practice focuses on the development, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, Internet database services, robotics and military mobility components. Ben has extensive experience in patent, trademark and copyright litigation, including ITC Section 337 investigations. Ben’s experience also includes transactional work, including the drafting and negotiation of technology and IP license agreements.
Ben Pleune is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. His practice focuses on the development, protection and …
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About SILLS CUMMIS & GROSS P.C.
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. is a general commercial and corporate practice law firm of several hundred lawyers including a broad-client-based, full-service intellectual property group whose professional capabililties complement those of the Firm’s other practice groups. Sills Cummis’ world-wide client roster ranges from Fortune 500 companies to foreign, institutional, and emerging entities involved in or planning to enter American markets. The physical location of the Firm’s offices in New York and New Jersey offers particularly convenient and significant logistical and economic advantages to clients in the pharmaceutical / life sciences and chemical arts having intellectual property and other business assets and concerns in the United States. Further information regarding Sills Cummis & Gross, its lawyers, and practice areas can be found on the Firm’s website at www.sillscummis.com
About Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P
For more than 75 years, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. has been advocating on behalf of its clients. From individuals to newly established businesses to the world's oldest and largest companies in a broad range of industries, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. stands beside its clients to assess and manage risk through the life-cycle of their specific business goals and their most critical legal challenges—both in and out of the courtroom. The firm leverages creativity, foresight, and innovative solutions to provide lean, efficient, and results-driven representation to every client it serves. The belief that everyone deserves equal access to the justice system regardless of race, religious beliefs, nationality, or economic situation guides Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in its extensive pro bono efforts and the work it does for the community through its foundations.
About Alston & Bird LLP
With more than 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 50 firm. The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 15 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.