10th Annual Patent Law Institute CLE Program From PLI

canstockphoto6069368On May 5-6, 2016, Practicing Law Institute (PLI) will be conducting its 10th Annual Patent Law Institute.  The Institute will be held in San Francisco and also will be broadcast life via webcast. Registration is available at the following link.

According to PLI,

The Institute is designed to be of ultimate practice value to all three subgroups in the patent law community: patent prosecutors, patent litigators, and strategic/transactional lawyers. The two-day schedule includes six plenary sessions of interest to all patent lawyers and six breakout sessions in each of the three subgroups.

The PLI describes the three substantive breakout sessions as follow:

Prosecution Breakout Track: Three sessions focused on the ongoing USPTO rules and tweaks implementing the New PTO Ethics (modeled on the ABA Rules), Patent Law Treaty Revisions for Designs, and other PTO rule action; and two sessions focused on PTAB and CAFC decisions and their unique strategic spillover into the chemical and biotechnical patent prosecution field. Is it all, by now, naturally occurring and thus ineligible?

The USPTO has been all about AIA implementation; but the Supreme Court has been increasing its patent system oversight with considerable change at the USPTO being the outcome. Are software-implemented methods all abstract? Are the Guidelines fixed and do they accurately reflect the law? Come to our PTO intensive breakouts and find out!

Litigation Breakout Track: How the PTAB has impacted patent litigation; insights from sitting judges in key patent venues; will patent reform change the face of patent litigation forever?; perspectives on litigation involving non-practicing entities; in house views on managing patent litigation; and developments in patent damages.

Strategic/Transactional Breakout Track: Hear about key issues concerning patent-eligible subject matter in view of recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions; and views from in-house counsel regarding patent quality and other issues.

ethics definedI will have the pleasure of co-presenting with Syracuse University School of Law Professor and renowned ethics expert Lisa A. Dolak.  Professor Dolak and I will be discussing the ethics of outsourcing IP-related legal services –what patent prosecutors and litigators need to know to ensure compliance with applicable ethics standards, as well as the legal malpractice risks associated from outsourcing.

Some of the leading practitioners in the country are lined up to present at the 10th Annual Patent Law Institute.  We hope you can join us.

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