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ABA CLE Program: The Changing Face of Patent Litigation

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Presented by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Intellectual Property Litigation Committee and the Boston Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section

The BBA is pleased to host this program at 16 Beacon Street.

In the past year, some of the most wide-reaching changes in the patent system have been made in Congress, in the Supreme Court, and in the Federal Circuit.  This program will address the impact of those changes on patent litigation practices, particularly as they relate to two of the major industries in the New England area, namely, biotechnology and the electronics / software industries.  In addition, an outstanding panel of Inside Counsel from the biotech, electronics and medical products industries will tell us what they like and don’t like in connection with their dealings with Outside Counsel.

To register online please visit the ABA's Events Page or complete a mailable registration form.


11:00 am – 12:00pm - Registration

12:00pm - Welcome & Opening Remarks
Martin O'Donnell, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee Regional CLE Subcommittee

12:00 – 1:00pm - Inside The Inside Counsel’s Office
What do inside counsel look for when they hire outside counsel?  What kind of qualification process do they undertake in doing the hiring?  What characteristics, practices, abilities particularly appeal to them?  What turns them off?  Come and hear the “inside” story.

Daniel DiNapoli, Kaye Scholer LLP
David Cerverney, Senior Vice President IP and General Counsel, Conformis, Inc
Jason P. Fiorillo, Chief IP Counsel, Analog Devices, Inc.
Bart Newland, Vice President  and Chief IP Counsel, Biogen Idec
Harriet Strimpel, Chief IP Counsel, New England Biolabs

1:00 – 2:15pm - Litigating on Two Fronts: The Impact of Expanded Patent Office Proceedings on Litigation Strategy 
Newly-available or expanded Patent Office Proceedings have caused a major shift in patent litigation strategy. This panel will examine some of the changes caused by these proceedings.

Anthony Fitzpatrick, Duane Morris, LLP
Stephen Y. Chow, Burns & Levinson, LLP
Thomas Brown, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, EMC Corporation
Linda Thayer, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

2:15 – 2:30pm  - Break

2:30 – 3:45pm - Patent Litigation in the Biotech Industry
This distinguished panel of biotechnology patent litigators will provide insight on trying biotechnology cases post-AIA.  They will give their views and perspectives on what they have observed works and what does not work, and newly developing issues in the industry.

Angela Foster, Law Office of Angela Foster
Lee Bromberg, McCarter & English
Claire Laporte, Foley Hoag LLP
Jennifer Sieczkiewicz, Associate General Counsel, Biogen Idec

3:45 – 5:00pm - Newly Emerging Companies and Patent Litigation
For newly emerging companies, a large number of which are in the software industry, recent case law and Patent Office developments are dramatically changing the litigation options.  This panel will explore some of these recent changes.     

Martin O’Donnell, Esq.
Joseph Hadzima, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kerry Timbers, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Wayne Kennard, Wilmer Hale

5:00 – 5:10pm - Closing Remarks

5:10 – 6:00pm - Networking and Cocktail Reception

To register online please visit the ABA's Events Page or complete a mailable registration form.

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