Strategies and Best Ways to Deal with Trolls/NonPracticing Entities (NPEs)
Complex patent cases brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs) have had a significant impact on intellectual property law. Aside from the time it takes to defend these cases, companies also face skyrocketing legal fees and settlement payments, as well as rising damage awards in the NPE cases that reach trial. Companies need to be equipped with the best strategies to respond to the unique challenges posed by NPE patent claims.
The Knowledge Group is producing a LIVE webcast which will explore the issues and concerns surrounding patent allegations brought by NPEs. A key panel of thought leaders and practitioners will provide valuable information and analysis with the recent cases, along with training on best practices to help you head off potential problems and win the case.
Ann G. Fort, Partner,
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
- What to do immediately when you receive the demand letter.
- Know your Enemy before determining your response
Mark C. Nelson, PC, Partner,
- Now that your know your enemy, How to take leverage away from troll, win, stay within the budget and please your client.
- Vendor and Joinder issues
Victor de Gyarfas, Partner,
Foley & Lardner LLP
- Try to resolve
- Early motion practice
- Option of re-examinaton or review
- Early stage litigation & litigation
Who Should Attend:
- IP & Related Attorneys
- In-House Counsel
- Copyright Lawyers
- IP Attorneys & Consultants
- IP and Copyright Consultants
- Corporate Senior Management
- General Counsel
- Marketing Directors
- Brand Managers
- Marketing executives
- Advertising Professionals
- Marketing Professionals
Ann Fort, a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, protects the intellectual property rights of clients in the U.S. and abroad. Her experience encompasses patent infringement, licensing disputes, trade secret protection, and unfair competition, including trademark and copyright disputes. She represents businesses facing claims by patent assertion entities, both litigating and negotiating resolutions involving a wide variety of patents and owners.
Ann focuses her practice on technology businesses and has handled cases involving financial institution software products, Internet-based information management systems, ground fault circuit interrupters, power management unit chips, interactive television program guides, computer network security protection systems, and medical information systems.
Ann’s public service work includes serving on American Bar Association and Georgia Bar committees charged with supporting capital defense representation. She also serves on the boards of TurningPoint Women’s HealthCare and the Women in Technology Foundation.
Ann Fort, a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, protects the intellectual property rights of clients in the U.S. …
Mark Nelson is a partner in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience litigating large, multifaceted patent infringement cases in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission.
Mark’s experience in patent litigation spans a number of diverse technologies, including biotechnology; semiconductor products and the processes used to make such products; telecommunications and networking; satellite communications; gaming technology; financial services technology (e.g. payment systems, mobile payment systems, check processing, ATM functionality, and software, hardware and infrastructure supporting same); machine learning; personalized communications systems; Internet-related personalization; navigation technology; cryptography; electronic circuitry; Internet business methods and search engines; computer software;
explosives used in automobile airbags and other automotive technology; soft drink bottling technology; electric motor technology; stereo speakers; cosmetics; chemical compositions used in cosmetics, asexually reproduced plants, and asynchronous assembly techniques.
In addition, he has experience drafting and negotiating IP license agreements, counseling clients on setting up and maintaining IP licensing and/or IP capture programs, performing corporate IP due diligence, and opinion work. He also has handled copyright, trademark and trade secret matters, and other technology-related litigation matters.
Mark Nelson is a partner in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience litigating …
Victor de Gyarfas is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He has been lead counsel in more than 50 patent litigation matters, including more than 30 matters defending against Non-Practicing Entities. He regularly appears in many of the venues in which Non-Practicing Entities most frequently file, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern and Central Districts of California. Victor has also resolved numerous claims by Non-Practicing Entities before the filing of a lawsuit, including a number of resolutions involving no payment to the Non-Practicing Entity. Additionally, Victor is a registered patent attorney. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as an engineer and was a named inventor on patents.
Victor de Gyarfas is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of the Los Angeles office of Foley & …
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About Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.
Dentons is the new global law firm created by international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton and is driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. For more information please visit dentons.com.
About Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley is ranked as a national tier-one firm on the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in the areas of IP litigation, patents and trademarks, and biotechnology, and is one of the few general practice firms in the country to be recognized as a leader for both patent litigation (by Corporate Counsel magazine) and patent procurement (by IP Today). With more than 200 attorneys, Foley’s IP Department delivers a full life cycle of IP services to obtain, protect, and add value to our clients’ IP assets. We are among the nation’s leaders in securing high-quality patents, trademarks, and copyrights; we provide product clearance opinions; conduct licensing programs; and handle the IP due diligence for corporate transactions. And when and if our clients IP assets are in jeopardy, we handle the IP enforcement proceedings using our skilled and experienced IP litigators.