PLI Summer 2010 Schedule Highlighted With All New Courses

By Gene Quinn
August 13, 2010

Summer is almost over, but the Practising Law Institute still has some great Intellectual Property courses that all come with CLE credits.  So whether you are looking for an excuse to take a trip to beautiful San Francisco, California, or the City that never sleeps, or you are looking for some great information and CLE credits via webcast, PLI has you covered.  The remaining IP courses for Summer 2010 are all new and completely revised, with the exception of the extremely popular Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing workshop, which will still integrate recent changes and provide tons of practical learning.

Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2010: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing
Aug. 16 – 17, 2010
Practising Law Institute-San Francisco, CA

Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2010: Hot Business and Legal Issues in “Technotainment”
Sept. 10, 2010 – New York, NY & Live Webcast
Sept. 22, 2010 – San Francisco, CA

Prior Art & Obviousness 2010: Current Trends in Sections 102 & 103
Sept. 15, 2010
Practising Law Institute-San Francisco, CA & Live Webcast

Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law 2010
Sept. 16, 2010
Practising Law Institute-New York, NY

Patent Litigation 2010
Sept. 20 – 21, 2010
Practising Law Institute-San Francisco, CA

About these PLI Programs

strong>Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2010: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing

In this advanced two-day program, you will have a unique opportunity to receive hands-on drafting experience under the guidance of experienced patent prosecutors. By working in small technologically-distinct groups, you will receive individualized feedback on claim drafting and amendment writing skills and learn practical techniques for avoiding prosecution pitfalls. Guidance on recent changes in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and important cases, e.g., Ariad Pharmaceuticals v. Eli Lilly regarding the written description requirement and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in In re Bilski regarding patent eligible subject matter and recent precedential opinions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, will be provided. Course material will include sample problems and model solutions. Click to Register

Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2010: Hot Business and Legal Issues in “Technotainment”

This year’s program is completely revised to include today’s major legal and business issues in the convergence of entertainment and technology. The program brings together a faculty of experienced in-house lawyers, law firm attorneys and senior business executives on the cutting edge of this burgeoning practice. The expert faculty explores new copyright and licensing litigation; the current state of digital music business model and legal issues; how technology continues to shape entertainment deals; virtual worlds, virtual goods and virtual currencies legal issues; the growth of games beyond consoles; and the latest on character and publicity rights. Be sure that you are on top of all of the developments and burning legal issues at the intersection of technology and entertainment! You will learn all you need to know to maintain your practice edge by attending this one-day “Technotainment” program. Click to Register

Prior Art & Obviousness 2010: Current Trends in Sections 102 & 103

Patent practitioners are obliged to live with Section 102 because it just “is.” The language in the respective Sections (a)-(g) seems to bump into itself and can almost never be simply read and applied quickly and easily. For those wanting to have a working understanding of Section 102, including recent re-interpretations, you must attend this program. The Pandora’s box of KSR or “what in the world were they thinking when they wrote that opinion” will be explored from inside and outside the PTO. Are the KSR effects uniform, or do they vary subject to subject in the PTO and Courthouse? Click to Register

Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law 2010

This year’s program is totally new! Pharmaceutical and biotech patent law is an important and rapidly changing practice area and the program is designed to give you the information you need to maintain your practice edge, concentrating on new developments from 2010 and placing them in the context of constantly evolving areas of the law. Technological innovation, Federal Circuit appellate oversight, and Supreme Court decisions continue to drive significant changes in the law. Several different perspectives on many of the most pressing issues will be offered from experienced in-house and outside counsel. Do not miss this opportunity to fully understand the impact of new appellate decisions on your pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent practice. Click to Register

Patent Litigation 2010

Rapid changes in patent law make it necessary, whether you are plaintiff’s or defendant’s counsel, to ensure that you are up-to-date on the current state of the law and on how to develop successful litigation strategies and tactics. This program is taught by a faculty of outside and in-house lawyers who have earned national reputations in patent litigation by trying a wide variety of bench and jury patent trials, and provides comprehensive coverage of every phase of a patent lawsuit. Through lecture and demonstration, you will be able to hone your patent litigation skills in just two days. The program schedule has been totally revised, based on comments from prior year attendees at this popular annual program and many new sessions have been added to address hot topic developments over the last year. Click to Register

The Author

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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