Patent Masters™ Symposium


“Patent Masters is the way more seminars should be; relatively small, interactive, with a good variety of participants having different viewpoints and backgrounds, and a core faculty of clear experts in the field.”
— Scott Pierce, Principal, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds (July 2018).

 

Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, ret.) on July 31, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium in Washington, DC.

Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, ret.) on July 31, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters™ Symposium in Washington, DC.

In-depth, interactive, off the record conversations.

What you really need to know about the Courts, the Hill and the PTO. 

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Sometimes it is important to know what is going on behind the scenes. This was the genesis of the Patent Masters™ symposium.

Former Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll (left) and Deputy General Counsel for BIO Hans Sauer (right), July 30, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium in Washington, DC.

Former Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll (left) and Deputy General Counsel for BIO Hans Sauer (right), July 30, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters™ Symposium.

While there are any number of conferences one can attend, there are few (if any) that offer an intimate setting where interested, thoughtful professionals can engage industry thought leaders in wide-ranging discussions on a variety of issues. The goal of the two-day event is to inform participants about what is truly happening behind the scenes. The Patent Masters™ symposium was created to fill this need.

The Patent Masters™ symposium is a high-level, interactive, limited enrollment seminar for attorneys and executives interested in an in-depth exploration of topical legal issues facing those that prosecute, litigate, license and monetize patents. Discussions will be led by top thought leaders in the industry and will cover what is happening in the Courts, on Capitol Hill, and at the USPTO.

Phil Johnson, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium on July 31, 2018.

Phil Johnson, at the inaugural Patent Masters™ Symposium on July 31, 2018.

Sessions will take place in a round-table setting and are designed to be highly interactive and offer ample time to speak and interact with faculty and other participants. Enrollment is limited to encourage dialogue and to ensure a meaningful opportunity for participation.

Perhaps most importantly, our conversations will be off the record.  We will follow Chatham House Rules. This means that anyone who attends is free to use information from the discussion, but may not reveal the source of the information. This is intended to facilitate the free and frank exchange of ideas between speakers and participants while maintaining confidentiality.

Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided each day.  A wine reception followed by dinner are scheduled for attendees on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Gene Quinn, July 31, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters™ Symposium.

While much more than a CLE, the Patent Masters™ symposium has been approved for 12 credits of CLE in Virginia. Virginia has reciprocity with many other states, including TX, NY, FL and CA.

CLICK HERE to download the Agenda

 

“It was all awesome!”
— 
Bob Ryan, Holland & Hart LLP (July 2018).

“Educational and impactful closed-door confidential discussions with thoughtful movers and shakers.”
— 
Eric Gould Bear, President & CEO, MONKEYmedia, Inc. (July 2018).

“Many times at events you will see people on smartphones or laptops, not really paying attention. I was pleased to see no laptops or smartphones out, with everyone thoroughly engaged throughout. I think that speaks volumes about the quality of the program.” — Gene Quinn, President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc. (July 2018).

 

Program Schedule

Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday October 24, 2018  — 8:30am to 5:00pm EST

Wine Reception — Tuesday, October 23 from 5pm to 6:30pm

Dinner — Tuesday, October 23 from 7pm to 9pm

Location

700 12th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Please come a few minutes early and bring ID, as you will be required to sign in at the security desk in the lobby in order to gain access to the 7th floor.  Parking is available (accessible by the alley immediately after the front entrance) for $22 per day.  The Metro is also accessible directly from the building via an elevator in to the right of the security desk in the same building.

Faculty

Chief Judge Paul Michel (ret.)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Honorable Paul Redmond Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. On May 31, 2010, Chief Judge Michel stepped down from the bench after serving more than 22 years on the court. Judge Michel was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010. In his years on the bench, Judge Michel judged thousands of appeals and wrote over 800 opinions, approximately one-third of which were in patent cases. Judge Michel continues to be a forceful advocate for a strong patent system and testifies regularly on Capitol Hill.

 

Todd Dickinson
Senior Partner, Polsinelli
Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Todd Dickinson is a senior partner with Polsinelli, is a former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Todd has also been Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, with management responsibility for all IP, including management of extensive patent and trademark portfolios. Most recently, Todd served as the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), which is one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property, where he played a key role in the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and the subsequent PTO rules. Todd has been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (2016) and was inducted into the IP Hall of Famein 2012. He has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Peoplein IP by Managing Intellectual Property numerous times.

 

Russ SliferRuss Slifer
Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Former Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Russ Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the last two years. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all of the day-to-day operations of the USPTO. He was also the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Patent Office prior to his appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region. Russell has practiced intellectual property law for the last 23 years. Prior to his government service and work at Micron Technology, he was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than eight years in private practice in Minnesota, helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.

 

Bob StollBob Stoll
Partner, Drinker Biddle
Former Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

Bob Stoll has 40 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and a thorough understanding of both foreign and domestic intellectual property laws thanks to his experience with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is currently co-chair of Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Bob retired from the USPTO as Commissioner for Patents at the end of 2011 after a distinguished 34-year government career. Bob manages patent prosecution for several multi-national corporations and troubleshoots particularly difficult patent applications himself. He conducts portfolio analysis and provides opinion work. Bob advises on post-grant procedures before the USPTO and engages in policy work on patent issues. Bob regularly testifies as an expert on patent practice and represents other attorneys and firms before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO.

 

Phil Johnson
Johnson-IP Strategy
Former Senior Vice President IP Policy & Strategy, Johnson & Johnson

Phil Johnson recently retired from his position as senior vice president and chief IP counsel at Johnson & Johnson after serving nearly two decades in various leadership roles for the multi-national corporation.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson as Chief Patent Counsel, he was a well-respected patent litigator for nearly two decades. Johnson played a key role in both the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and was subsequently appointed a member of a six-person committee formed by the director of the USPTO to make recommendations on regulations to implement the inter partes review and post grant review proceedings that were established by the Act. Johnson has served numerous industry organizations during his career, including as president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

Meredith AddyMeredith Addy
Partner, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
One of the Most Influential Women in IP Law

Meredith “Mimi” Addy is an experienced intellectual property, business and legal strategist, and consultant. Addy has handled more than 30 cases before trial courts and argued more than 40 appeals to the Federal Circuit. She has held leadership positions at several AmLaw100 firms and is a recipient of many awards and honors. Addy is partner at litigation boutique Tabet DiVito & Rothstein in Chicago, and she also consults to executive teams on the most efficient strategies for realizing their IP goals. Addy has testified before Congress to address issues relating to the Federal Circuit and the state of patent law.  She has been a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council and a member of the board of directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  Addy is also a founder of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, which is directed to intellectual property, and served as its first president. Addy has also been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in IP Law by Law360.

 

Gene Quinn
President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc.
Patent Attorney & Publisher of IPWatchdog.com

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the Founder and Publisher of IPWatchdog.com.  IPWatchdog.com has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog, multiple times as the top IP blog, and in 2014 was inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. Gene has twice (2017 & 2018) been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top IP strategists in the world. He has also been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP (2014). Regarded as an expert on software patentability and U.S. patent procedure, Gene’s particular specialty is in the area of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building, and patent prosecution strategies.

 


Cancelation Policy  – Because space is extremely limited, cancellations will be subject to cancellation fees as follows:

  • Cancelations 6 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 10% processing fee*
  • Cancelations 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 20% processing fee*
  • Cancelations within the last 2 weeks prior to the event, no refund be will be given*

*In the event that we have a waiting list and can fill your spot immediately upon your cancellation, we will be happy to give you a full refund regardless of when you cancel.

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