The Evolving Landscape of Intellectual Property Strategies: Embracing the 2016 Developments
The fast and constantly changing landscape of Intellectual Property (IP) law poses big challenges to companies in coping with an already complex environment. Such complexity creates numerous hindrances for company executives and investors to manage their intellectual capital assets and ensure strategic IP strategies that are closely aligned with their corporate goals. Strategies that will produce a more sustainable and practical competitive advantage over their competitors are of significant importance to companies and businesses than ever before.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and seasoned professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the different types of intellectual property strategies and will outline best practices to protect and enforce them. The panel will discuss the most important aspects of maintaining effective IP strategies in adopting to the Evolving Landscape of Intellectual Property Law. Speakers will also suggest cost-effective solutions to protect and manage IP assets that will maximize efficiency and minimize potential risks and pitfalls.
- Role of the Regional USPTO Offices
- AIA Update
- PTO Initiatives and Programs
- Identifying IP Management Core Dimensions
- The Confluence of AIA and Technological Advancements
- Recent Trends and Developments
- Need for change in IP Teams and Processes
- Modern IP Strategy and Management Program
Christal Sheppard, Director
Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Patent Basics including recent law and case law changes such as AIA, First-to-File, Provisional Applications, etc.
- USPTO established Regional Offices. Regional offices located in Detroit, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; San Jose, California; and Dallas, Texas. Regional Offices accessible resources for community stakeholders. Highlights: outreach events, regional partnerships and cooperation with inventors, incubators, entrepreneurs, search room, interview room, hearing Room.
- Programs to assist.
- Pro Bono Program. Free legal assistance for patent prosecution in all 50 states. Encourage patent attorneys and agents to volunteer to provide pro bono services.
- Ombudsman Program. Assists patent applicants and representatives with issues that may arise during patent application prosecution.
- Interview Practice. Automated Interview Request tool allows applicant to request an interview with patent examiner online. Regional office provides interview room for in-person, telephonic, or virtual meeting. Interviews allow applicants and examiners to discuss and resolve any issues.
- Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative – Most recent initiatives and pilots like Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3). Launched July 11th. Run for 6 months or when 1,600 requests have been accepted into the pilot. Tests impact on enhancing patent practice during the period subsequent to final rejection and prior to filing an appeal. After Final Consideration Pilot program and Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot Program have been incorporated into a single program. New features such as applicant opportunity to present arguments to a panel at a conference. Possible P3 outcomes: application allowed; final rejection upheld; prosecution reopened.
David Shofi, Vice President, IP Strategy Solutions
- Will speak from a corporate standpoint on how people react to these new developments and new ways of thinking about IP strategy
- How to do an internal assessment of people and processes
- Internal assessment of your IP assets/portfolio
- How important it is to have an external assessment – Industry, other players, competition, technologies and their patent portfolios
- Assess where are we in corporate strategy and external knowledge…driving a strategic trajectory of IP – where do we go from here?
- Re-emergence of trade secret protection and how to fit it into overall process (patents & trademarks)
- Use of technology and services to complement your own internal team – taking advantage of technologies
Who Should Attend:
- IP and Related Attorneys
- Patent Licensing Attorneys
- Patent Attorneys
- Patent Consultants
- Patent Litigators
David Shofi is vice president, IP strategy solutions, at CPA Global. He helps clients assess and identify opportunities for process improvement, cost management and efficiency implementation throughout their IP lifecycle. Before joining CPA Global, Mr Shofi was chief IP counsel for ATMI, where he developed and managed aspects of IP generation, protection, management and enforcement. He has broad experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets, and expertise in IP strategy and portfolio management, trade secret best practices, open source software, standards, IP licensing and M&A. Throughout his career, he has practised in the prosecution, transactional and litigation areas and has managed various teams of IP professionals. Prior to joining ATMI, Mr Shofi was IP counsel for IBM Corporation and was an associate at Baker Botts. Mr Shofi earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law and his BSc in electrical engineering from Columbia University.
David Shofi is vice president, IP strategy solutions, at CPA Global. He helps clients assess and identify opportunities for process …
Christal Sheppard is the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Satellite Office located in Detroit, Michigan. She leads the USPTO operations, policy and community outreach efforts throughout the Midwestern United States.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Sheppard was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska where she co-founded a program of concentrated study in intellectual property law at the Law College.
Sheppard has master’s and doctoral degrees in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from Cornell University Law School. She has more than two decades of science and intellectual property law and policy experience including as practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the United States International Trade Commission and through internships with Judge Radar at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2005, Sheppard completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education for Senior Managers in Government program, and in 2014, she completed a George Mason University Law and Economics Institute program.
Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy includes her tenure as chief counsel on patents and trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in more than 60 years.
Christal Sheppard is the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Satellite Office located in Detroit, Michigan. …
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Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office
About CPA Global
CPA Global is the world’s leading IP management and technology company. Trusted by many of the world’s most respected corporations and law firms, CPA Global empowers a global community to achieve excellence in IP management.
We support the day-to-day delivery of IP tasks and provide the right information at the right time, enabling professionals to make better IP decisions for the future.
Our integrated suite of IP software, services and information is underpinned by an outstanding global team of over 2000 IP people, working together to help our customers deliver strategic value for the future of their organizations.