IPWatchdog® CON2020 Agenda


Protecting & Enforcing IP in an Unpredictable Marketplace*

Over the last decade, laws and rules relating to the ownership and enforcement of intellectual property in America have evolved to the point where it is a reasonable business decision in some, perhaps many, cases to ignore the proprietary rights of others. Given this environment, this IPWatchdog® Conference will endeavor to address the issues facing innovators, creators and brand owners as they find it increasingly difficult to monetize their proprietary creations.

* DRAFT as of November 19, 2019. The Agenda is subject to change.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

3:00pm to 5:00pm REGISTRATION 
5:00pm to 5:10pm

Welcome

Gene Quinn

 

General Session
5:10pm to 5:40pm

The State of the Patent System

Chief Judge Paul Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.)

 

General Session
5:40pm to 7:00pm

The Future of Monetization

The patent policy landscape in the US has caused an uptick in interest in Europe and China in recent years. With the marketplace in flux many continue to take a fresh look at foreign markets and foreign patent portfolios and foreign strategies. Indeed, the changing landscape in America continues to alter business models and monetization strategies associated patents worldwide. This roundtable discussion will focus what the future looks like, where it is most promising, and why.

  • Shawn Ambwani, Co-Founder and COO, Unified Patents
  • Adam Gill, Founder & Managing Director, GLS Capital
  • Matt Larson, Vice President, Oceanic Partners, Inc.
  • Daniel Papst, Managing Director, Papst Licensing GmbH & Co.
  • Gene Quinn, President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc. (Moderator)
  • Erich Spangenberg, CEO, IPWe, Inc.
7:00pm to 10:00pm OPENING COCKTAIL RECEPTION SPONSORED BY:

Monday, March 16, 2020

7:00am to 8:30am REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST
8:30am to 9:00am TBA
 

General Session
9:00am to 10:00am

Global IP Landscape 2020

U.S. Chamber International IP Index creates a roadmap for countries that aspire to foster economic growth and global competitiveness through stronger IP. The 2020 edition of the report, which will be released in February 2020, will mark the 8th edition. The Index benchmarks the IP framework in 50 global economies based on intellectual property climate. Despite stiff competition, the U.S. has continued through the first 7 editions of the report as the top economy overall for intellectual property. This session will: (1) Analyze the IP landscape in both improving and declining countries; (2) Discuss where the U.S. is ranked for 2020 and why; (3) Explore what other countries are consciously doing in order to provide a more robust IP ecosystem.

  • Kirk Goodwin, Assistant General Counsel and Global Head of Patents, Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice-President, Global Innovation Policy Center
  • Chief Judge Paul Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.)
  • Gene Quinn, President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc. (Moderator)
10:00am to 10:20am NETWORKING BREAK
Breakout #1
10:20am to 11:20am
Breakout #1A
IP Transactions & Portfolio Management: Finding What You Need & Backfilling a Portfolio

Today, many high-flying Silicon Valley success stories have raced out with little or no organic patent protection in an attempt to be first to market, and to dominate by growing massive market share and/or user bases. Eventually, when the company wants to go public or put them self in condition for acquisition, a patent portfolio is required. This panel will discuss knowing when it is time to buy, knowing what you need and finding the assets that will appropriately backfill a portfolio.

  • Russell Binns, CEO & General Counsel, Allied Security Trust (AST)
  • Kurt Brasch, Head of Patent Transactions and External Engagement, Uber
  • Louis Carbonneau, CEO, Tangible IP
  • Greg Kisor, Global Head of Fund Management, Intellectual Ventures
  • Dan McCurdy, CEO, RPX Corporation
  • Kent Richardson, Partner, Richardson Oliver Law Group (Moderator)
Breakout #1B
Identifying, Valuing and Protecting Trade Secrets in the 21st Century

According to recent research from Baker McKenzie, 48% of ~400 senior executives consider Trade Secrets more important than their patents and trademarks, and 69% foresee trade secret protection becoming more critical than safeguarding other types of intellectual property given the rapid pace of tech innovation.  When asked to identify the greatest threat to their trade secrets, 32% of the survey respondents said they most feared having trade secrets stolen by former employees, followed by suppliers, consultants and other third parties (28%), and current employees (20%).   The combination of technology and market trends and recent court decisions on patent eligibility has altered the trade secret and patent equilibrium.  These and other very important issues will be discussed as IP theft becomes more and more of a pervasive issue.

  • Brian Hinman, Chief Innovation Officer, AON
Breakout #1C
Enforcing & Licensing 5G SEPs: An Innovators Perspective

Without substantial investment by those who play the difficult role of innovator, there would be no standards, and 5G technology is no different. Of course, without technology implementers who roll out standards and cutting-edge technological advances to consumers, even the greatest advances would lay dormant and unused. How does one strike that proper balance? This session will explore the issue from the viewpoint of the innovators in the race to deliver revolutionary 5G technology that promises enormous change.

  • James Carmichael, Partner, Carmichael IP, former Administrative Patent Judge  (Moderator)
  • Robert Earle, Vice President for Enforcement, Ericsson
  • Kurt Kjelland, Vice-President & Legal Counsel, Qualcomm
  • Lloyd Sadler, Director of Licensing, Nokia Technologies
Breakout #2
11:30am to 12:30am
Breakout #2A
Everyone Wants to Be a Unicorn – But What About Patents?

A study of the IP positions of Unicorns (i.e., startups with valuations of over $1 Billion) conducted in 2015 revealed that 30% of US Unicorns have no US patent assets at all, while approximately 62% have 10 or fewer US patent assets (i.e., issued patents plus pending applications). Some of the Unicorns analyzed have since started creating a solid IP portfolio, many are still falling behind. Is it in the best interest of management and investors of these companies to examine their IP position and analyze their exposure, particularly if they are planning to enter new markets? Are these Unicorns at a higher risk of impending litigation? How does the lack of patents impact the success of their exit events, like an IPO or acquisition? These and other questions will be discussed.

  • Carole Boelitz, Vice President of Intellectual Property, Zume, Inc.
  • Kurt Brasch, Head of Patent Transactions and External Engagement, Uber
  • Efrat Kasznik, President Foresight Valuation Group (Moderator)
  • Mark Roche, Co-Found and Managing Director, Techquity Capital Management
Breakout #2B
A Bridge of Tears for Life Sciences

We are starring at a future where more groundbreaking and breathtaking medical innovations cannot be predictably and reliably protected. Not surprisingly, this uncertainty leads to disincentives to the development of new diagnostic tests, which is not in the public interest. Meanwhile, Congress and Presidential candidates are posturing with respect to drug prices and rather than try and tackle the real problems driving drug prices, patents become the easy and popular enemy. This session will… Where are we now? Where are we heading?

  • Sherry Knowles, Managing Partner, Knowles IP Strategy, former Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Kevin Noonan, Ph.D., Co-Chair Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Practice Group, MBHB (Moderator)
  • Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel, VP for IP, BIO
  • Donald Zuhn, Ph.D., Co-Chair Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Practice Group, MBHB
Breakout #2C
Trademark Strategy: Fighting Knock-offs, Counterfeits & Brand Abuse

Companies like Nike and Adidas, as well as professional sports leagues like the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association are constantly fighting what seems to be a losing battle when it comes to keeping counterfeits off Amazon and other online platforms. If Nike and the NFL have trouble, what chance does a smaller company have? What are the primary considerations a brand owner must keep in mind? What are the best practices in the global fight against counterfeits?

  • Eileen McDermott, Editor-in-Chief, IPWatchdog.com (Moderator)
  • Peter Sloane, Partner & Chair of Trademark & Copyright Practice Group, Leason Ellis LLP
  • Neal Rubin, Vice President Strategy, RowanTELS
  • Monica Riva Talley, Director, Head of Trademark & Brand Protection Practice Group, Stern, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
12:30pm to 2:00pm Lunch & Keynote:
TBA
 

General Session
2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Future of the CAFC: Is the Court Still Relevant?

The Federal Circuit disposes of 50% of its docket with one sentence decisions merely say “Affirmed”. The Court also repeatedly says it is handcuffed on patent eligibility even when all Judges agree the invention should be patent eligible. The Court matter-of-factly rules that a claim with tangible, concrete, physical limitations can be abstract, and a claim that is novel and non-obvious still lacks an inventive contribution. Methods that rely on natural laws are themselves now natural laws. Certain panels also refuse to follow en banc precedent, including precedent relating to secondary considerations, instead turning secondary considerations into rebuttal evidence. These and other peculiarities require discussion of the continued relevance of a Court that was created to bring certainty to the law.

  • Chief Judge Randall Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.)
  • Russ Slifer, Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA, former Deputy Director USPTO
  • Erich Spangenberg, CEO, IPWe, Inc.
  • Bob Stoll, Co-Chair of the IP Practice Group, Drinker Biddle (Moderator)
3:00pm to 3:30pm TBA
3:30pm to 3:50pm NETWORKING BREAK
Breakout #3
3:50pm to 4:50pm
Breakout #3A
Litigation Finance: Funding Patent Infringement Litigation

Law firms and businesses increasingly rely on alternative financial solutions for complex legal matters. Litigation funders engage in a rigorous analysis of the law and evidence and invest in claims when they believe there is a reasonable likelihood of success. While the facts of each case are unique, this panel will discuss the type of litigation opportunities that litigation funders are seeing and are attracted to, and why.

  • Adam Gill, Founder & Managing Director, GLS Capital (Moderator)
  • Phil Hartstein, CEO, Finjan, Inc.
  • Christopher Lee, Founding Partner, Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan
  • Matthew Powers, Founding Partner, Tensegrity Law Group LLP
Breakout #3B
Establishing a Patent Strategy for the Innovation Lifecycle

A sound strategy continues to be to organically grow a strong patent portfolio; maintain a true understanding of your portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses; and make sure that portfolio strength and strategy aligns with overall business goals and objectives of the corporation. This session will discuss: (1) Quality vs. Quantity when building a portfolio; (2) Understanding what you really own; (3) Identifying gaps in patent coverage; (4) Identifying worthwhile patent assets for acquisition; (5) Preparing for offense and/or defense; and (6) Managing your in-house team and outside counsel to ensure business objectives are met when obtaining and acquiring patents.

  • Carlo Cotrone, Senior IP Counsel, Baker Hughes (Moderator)
  • Kirupa Pushparaj, Director of IP, Square
  • Robert Ryan, Partner, Holland & Hart, former GC, StarGuide Digital Networks
  • Stephen Shaw, Director of IP, FitBit
Breakout #3C
High-Tech Patent Litigation Trends: 101 and the Return of Competitor Lawsuits

In 2017, there was an increase in cloud patent lawsuits filed by NPEs, and a trend of high-volume plaintiffs filing multiple lawsuits against cloud customers. Today, we see an increase in competitor-based lawsuits with assertion against open source software by NPEs and operating companies alike. Legal dynamics are emerging across the board as competitor-based lawsuits are increasing in all areas of high-tech patent litigation, the result of court decisions and a PTO granting more software patents. Patent eligibility remains a pressure point, but the litigation landscape is changing.

  • Bart Eppenauer, Managing Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, former Chief Patent Counsel, Microsoft
  • Anthony Meola, Partner and Co-Chair of Litigation Group, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP
  • William Munck, Managing Partner, Munck, Wilson Mandala
  • W. Edward Ramage, Shareholder & Chair, IP Group, Baker Donelson (Moderator)
Breakout #4
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Breakout #4A
IP as an Asset Class: Valuing Assets in Support of Monetization Strategy

Intellectual property and technology asset classes are highly valuable, but they often are illiquid and difficult to value. Although patents and other forms of intellectual property are often critical to maintaining sustainable competitive advantages and profit margins in many industries, methods for valuing these business assets can dramatically undervalue the real value when applied to these assets made up of a bundle of negative rights(intellectual property merely conferring on its owner the ability to exclude others from infringing use).

  • Elvir Causevic, Managing Director, Co-Head IP Tech Advisory, Houlihan Lokey
  • Brad Close, Executive Vice President, Licensing, Transpacific IP (Moderator)
  • Ron Epstein, CEO, Epicenter IP Group
  • Ian MacLean, Senior Vice President, IP Services, TechInsights
Breakout #4B
Preparing and Prosecuting Patents that Hold up to Challenge

Obtaining a patent that will hold up to challenge when the patent owner seeks to use that patent, whether through litigation enforcement or a licensing program, requires thoughtful consideration from the earliest stages. This session will discuss: (1) Pros and cons of having a Background (101 vs. 103); (2) Carefully considering claim terms and infringers; (3) Fixing problems before and after allowance; (4) When should you be willing to take a case to appeal? (5) Portfolio building techniques: Identifying valuable claims to add.

  • Lynne Borchers, Partner, Sage Patent Group
  • Kristin Murphy, Partner, Honigman LLP
  • Bernard Tomsa, Partner, Brooks Kushman
  • Todd Van Thomme, Shareholder, Nyemaster Goode PC (Moderator)
Breakout #4C
Litigating Patents in Texas: Trends, Best Practices and Differences Between Districts

Many believed that was going to come to an end when the Supreme Court decided TC Heartland, and some patent litigation that might have otherwise been filed in Texas has moved, but make no mistake, Texas courtrooms are very active. While Marshall, Texas is still a popular venue, Waco, Texas is quickly becoming the new mecca for patent infringement lawsuits due to recent case law and the arrival of a patent-savvy district judge. This panel will explore the realities of litigating in Texas, trends, best practices and the differences between the districts.

  • David Henry, Partner, Gary Reed
  • Sharon Israel, Parnter, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP (Moderator)
  • John Jackson, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP
  • Jamie McDole, Partner, Haynes & Boone
6:00pm to 9:00pm COCKTAIL RECEPTION – SPONSORED BY:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:00am to 8:30am BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
8:30am to 9:00am TBA
 

General Session
9:00am to 10:00am

The Role of Chief IP Officer in the 21st Century Industrial Economy

How does one create a culture of creativity to spur innovation? While deciding what innovations needs protecting and how to combat the ever-growing threat of counterfeits, the Chief IP Counsel must run a department with employees that are often in different jurisdictions and from different cultural backgrounds and generations. This roundtable discussion will focus on the day-to-day issues facing Chief IP Counsel, as well as forward-looking strategic matters and how IP can (or should) permeate the C-suite.

  • Carole Boelitz, Vice President of Intellectual Property, Zume, Inc.
  • Q. Todd Dickinson, Senior Partner, Polsinelli, former Director of the USPTO (Moderator)
  • Raymond Millien, Vice President & Global Chief IP Counsel, Volvo Cars
  • Arvin Patel, Executive Vice President & Chief IP Counsel, TiVo
10:00am to 10:20am NETWORKING BREAK
Breakout #5
10:20am to 11:20am
Breakout #5A
Hatch-Waxman and IPR Strategy

The Hatch-Waxman Act encourages generic drug manufacturers to challenge patents of brand name drugs by filing an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), typically resulting in patent infringement litigation. In recent years, inter partes review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has created an alternative path to challenge those same patents. Support of the Hatch-Waxman regime view IPRs as upending the careful Hatch-Waxman balance, but the IPR process seems here to stay. This panel will explore the latest thinking and best practices for defending and challenging pharmaceutical patents in and out of federal court.

  • Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Shana K. Cyr, Ph.D., Partner, Finnegan Henderson
  • Sarah Spires, Partner, Skiermont Derby LLP
Breakout #5B
Worldwide Design Rights: Strategic Use of Design Rights in the Era of Alice

Design rights can be a useful tool in your arsenal, particularly when attempting to create overlapping protection. This panel will summarize the various design-related legal rights (i.e., design patents, trade dress, design-related copyrights) available to build company value. We will provide case examples for protection strategies in different product segments (e.g., furniture, medical devices, sporting goods, and software). When and how to use the Hague Agreement, as well as design related litigation will also be discussed.

  •  James Aquilina, Of Counsel, Quarles & Brady, Chair, AIPLA, Industrial Designs Committee
  • Christopher Carani, Partner, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
  • Tracy-Gene Durkin, Director and Head of Mechanical & Design Practice Group, Stern, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC 
  • John White, Partner, Berenato & White (Moderator)
Breakout #5
FRAND & Willing Licensees: What is Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory?

Those contributing patented technologies to the development of a standard are asked to provide to access to patents that are or may become essential to the implementation of the standard on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis. But what is a FRAND royalty rate? This segment will discuss, among other things, negotiating in good faith, whether refusaling to deal should forfeit entitlement to FRAND by not being a willing licensee. The use of patent pools when collecting rights and licensing SEPs will also be explored.

  • Gregory Sidak, Chairman, Criterion Economics
  • Jeffrey Blumenfeld, Co-Chair, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Lowenstein Sandler
Breakout #6
11:30am to 12:30pm
Breakout #6A
A Bloggers Perspective: Hot Issues for the Rest of 2020 and Beyond

Have you ever wondered why we started writing? Over the years many IP bloggers who have stuck with it have managed to build a reputation within the industry as experts in their field. Hear what these leading commentators think about blogging, why they do it and what they think about the biggest legal issues of the moment.

  • Courtenay Brinckerhoff, PharmaPatentsBlog.com
  • Scott McKeown, PatentsPostGrant.com
  • Kevin Noonan, PatentDocs.com
  • Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog.com
  • Annsley Merelle Ward, IPKat.com
  • John White, Partner, Berenato & White (Moderator)
  • Donald Zuhn, PatentDocs.com
Breakout #6B
Strategies for Protecting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning post-Alice

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) innovations are transforming industries. But AI and ML are a very broad terms, and development of the algorithms necessary to implement these innovations can include many stages. Potential uses of these technologies spans across nearly all industries. Given the variability of what falls within the meaning of AI or ML, and when within a development cycle an such innovation occurs, what are the possible and most valuable intellectual-property strategies to protect these important innovations in a post-Alice era?

  • Kate Gaudry, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
  • David Hall, Partner, Sage Patent Group
  • Eli Mazour, Counsel, Harrity & Harrity, LLP (Moderator)
Breakout #6C
Patents at the PTAB: How the Times Have Changed (or Not)

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been described as the most influential patent tribunal in the world. This session will explore best practices for handling a variety of complex issues, such as serial petitions, the statutory bar, claim construction issues, the current state of what it means to be a “real party in interest”, limitations on discovery, challengers lacking standing to appeal and more.  The panel will also explore how the Procedure Opinion Panel and other changes have impacted practice, procedure and outcomes before the PTAB.

  • Jim Carmichael, Partner, Carmichael IP, former Administrative Patent Judg
  • Scott McKeown, Partner, Ropes & Gray (Moderator)
  • Margaux Savee, Partner, Polsinelli
  • Kenneth Weatherwax, Co-Managing Partner, Lowenstein& Weatherwax LLP
12:30pm to 2:00pm Lunch & Keynote:
TBA
Breakout #7
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Breakout #7A
The Gender Gap: Addressing STEM Education, Funding & Inventorship

The number of women inventors has quintupled since the 1970s, yet fewer than 20% of issued U.S. patents have at least one-woman inventor and fewer than 8% list a woman as the primary inventor. Meanwhile, 36.3% of all businesses in the U.S. are women-owned, but only 3% of venture capital funding went to businesses with a woman CEO between 2011 and 2013. The question: What can and should be done to close the gap? What are the short and long-term solutions?

  • Megan Carpenter, Dean, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Efrat Kasznik, President Foresight Valuation Group
  • Eileen McDermott, Editor-in-Chief, IPWatchdog.com (Moderator)
  • Terry Rea, Vice-Chair, IP Group, Crowell & Moring, former Deputy Director USPTO
  • Hope Shimabuku, Director of the USPTO Texas Regional Office
  • Annsley Merelle Ward, aka the AmeriKat, IPKat.com
Breakout #7B
Keeping & Enforcing Rights in an Age of Amazon

Many tales illustrate how large companies use lawsuits and PTAB challenges to wage war against small inventors by effectively stealing products that have been featured at trade shows, on QVC, on Shark Tank, or if they cross a certain threshold via Kickstarter. Panelists will discuss various strategies to protect products using all available forms of intellectual property (i.e., utility patents, design patents, trademarks, and copyrights) and the pros/cons of each, as well as tactics for distributing through online marketplaces, like Amazon, and working with those online marketplaces if/when IP issues arise.

  • Josh Malone, Fellow, U.S. Inventor, Inventor of Bunch O Balloons
  • Meredith Addy, Founding Partner, AddyHart, P.C.
  • Renee C. Quinn, Chief Operating Officer, IPWatchdog, Inc. (Moderator)
Breakout #7C
In Search of Injunctive Relief in Patent Infringement Litigation

Innovators believe injunctions are necessary to address widespread patent infringement. Because patent damages will generally approximate only what a negotiated pre-infringement license would have cost, implementers may have no real incentive to take a license.  The risk that an implementer engages in “efficient infringement” has made the International Trade Commission (ITC) an increasingly attractive forum, for at least some patent owners.

  • Mike Franzinger, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Evan Langdon, Partner, Nixon Peabody
  • Jamie Underwood, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
3:00pm to 3:20pm NETWORKING BREAK
 
General Session
3:20pm to 4:30pm

Solutions for the U.S. Patent System

WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators report for 2019 is eye-opening. In 2018, the U.S. saw a 1.6% decline in the number of patent applications filed, which is the first decline since 2009. Meanwhile, patent filings grew by more than 5% worldwide. Patent filings grew by double digits in China (11.6%). The EPO saw nearly a 5% increase. Even low-and middle-income countries are seeing substantial increases in patent filings: Pakistan (+27.8%), Philippines (+26.7%), Uzbekistan (+17.5%), Morocco (+14.1%) and Vietnam (+12.8%) recorded particularly rapid growth in 2018. Meanwhile, U.S. applicants filed the largest number of applications abroad (230,085) in 2018, which is more than double third-place Germany (106,753) and more than triple fourth place Korea (69,459). These patent filing statistics seem to confirm what those in the monetization, patent litigation and venture capital business have been reporting for several years – innovators and funding are shifting away from the U.S. After two days of discussions during this conference, this roundtable discussion will focus on the core reasons for what appears to be a shift away from the U.S. patent system and the solutions policy makers and legislators can and should adopt.

  • Q. Todd Dickinson, Senior Partner, Polsinelli, former Director of the USPTO
  • Bart Eppenauer, Managing Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, former Chief Patent Counsel, Microsoft
  • Ron Epstein, CEO, Epicenter IP Group
  • Gene Quinn, President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc. (Moderator)
  • Chief Judge Randall Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.)
  • Terry Rea, Vice-Chair, IP Group, Crowell & Moring, former Deputy Director USPTO
  • Jamie Underwood, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
General Session
4:30pm to 5:00pm
TBA
5:00pm to 8:00pm ST. PATRICK’S DAY COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

8:00am to 9:00am BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
 
General Session
9:00am to 11:00am

Ethics for Patent Practitioners

This two-hour ethics presentation will cover the following topics: (1)The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Rules of Professional Conduct, which became effective May 3, 2013; (2) Select Final Orders and Settlements resulting from disciplinary proceedings brought by the Office of Enrollment & Discipline at the USPTO; (3) Patent Litigation ethics; and (4) In-house ethics for IP attorneys. Two-hours of MCLE ethics credit will be requested.

  • James Carmichael, Partner, Carmichael IP, former Administrative Patent Judge
  • Carlo Cotrone, Senior IP Counsel, Baker Hughess
  • Kirk Goodwin, Assistant General Counsel and Global Head of Patents, Whirlpool Corporation
  • Gene Quinn, President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc.
  • John White, Partner, Berenato & White