Impacts and Implications of the PTO’s Unprecedented Appeal in Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama v. Houndstooth Mafia Enterprises, LLC

Broadcast Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)
antitrust law
Chico Gholz
Alan S. Cooper
David Boundy
Philip G. Hampton, II


About Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP

Oblon is headquartered within steps of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and has an affiliate office in Tokyo, Japan. Oblon is one of the largest law firms in the United States focused exclusively on intellectual property law.

For more than 45 years, Oblon has provided a full range of intellectual property services to companies based in Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the United States and other areas of the world. Many of the firm’s culturally aware attorneys speak several languages, including Japanese, French, German, Mandarin and Korean, to enable more efficient communication with the firm’s global clients. Oblon ’s team of 130+ attorneys, registered patent agents, and technical advisors include some of the country’s most respected practitioners of intellectual property law.

The Firm is consistently recognized as an industry leader, with annual accolades from reputable publications such as U.S. News & Best Lawyers (named “a Best Law Firm” for 2014), Corporate Counsel Magazine (named a “Go-to” law firm by the top 500 U.S. companies), and Intellectual Property Today (ranked #1 on the list of “Top Patent Firms”). The Firm has obtained more U.S. utility patents than any other firm in the world for over 25 consecutive years.

In addition to its renowned patent prosecution practice, the firm has a precedent-setting litigation practice, having litigated cases such as the Festo case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Oblon is also representing Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC in the Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. et al. Supreme Court case, argued in November 2013. Intellectual Asset Magazine named nine Oblon partners “Top Patent Practitioners,” seven Oblon partners were named to the list of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2014, and eleven Oblon partners were named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.

Additionally, the Firm’s Post-Grant practice group continues to dominate in the inter partes review proceedings space that has emerged as a result of recent patent reform legislation called the America Invents Act (AIA). Currently Oblon is leading all other firms in terms of the number of such proceedings being handled and the number of different clients being represented.

In late 2012, several of the firm’s Post-Grant partners authored a treatise entitled “Post-Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board,” which is a comprehensive overview of all aspects of post-grant patent practice and in early 2013, the treatise was published by the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). The treatise’s first update, also authored by Oblon partners, is being now in the final stages of being published by PLI.

Oblon is headquartered in an expansive building located adjacent to the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia, and operates an affiliate office in Japan to serve its large international client base. The firm’s approximately 500 professionals, including nearly 100 attorneys, provide clients across the world a full range of intellectual property law services.


About Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

Westerman Hattori Daniels & Adrian LLP, a Washington, DC-based law firm, offers specialized expertise and experience in all areas of intellectual property law, including prosecution, counseling, and litigation. The Westerman firm has an in-depth understanding of the business and technical underpinnings of the industries we serve. Our trademark practice offers a full range of trademark and brand protection services including clearance, prosecution, transactional matters, enforcement, and litigation in the U.S. District Courts, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and before various domain name dispute tribunals.


About Cambridge Tech Law

Cambridge Technology Law is an intellectual property boutique across the street from MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts.  The firm’s lawyers combine the practical business sensibility of expereicned in-house counsel with the legal sophistication of the most prominent national intellectual property and general practice law firms.  Our clients appreciate our practical, “get the deal done” business approach to law.


About Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone, LLP is a full service law firm with a national presence and an international reach. With more than 575 lawyers located in Texas, New York, California, Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., Shanghai and Mexico City, we are trusted advisors, zealous advocates and creative strategists. We have a client-first philosophy, defining our success as providing exceptional value and practical business-minded solutions to our clients and innovative contributions to their businesses.