A number of CLE events addressing the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act have been scheduled for the next few weeks. These events include:
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) will be offering a web-based program entitled "Practical Implications: The Impact of the America Invents Act" on October 5, 2011 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern). Thomas Irving of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and Alan Kasper of Sughrue Mion PLLC will explore the Act's substantive provisions, including those implementing one of the most significant and highly publicized changes to U.S. patent law, namely the move from a first-to-invent to a first-inventor-to-file system, as well as provisions regarding new definitions of prior art, third-party challenges to patents and applications, supplemental examination, derivation, and USPTO fees and funding, and many others.
The registration fee for the program is $145 (AIPLA member rate) or $175 (non-member rate) (information regarding group fee options can be found here). Those interested in registering for the program, can do so here.
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will be offering a live webinar on the "Impact of the New Patent Law: An Overview of the America Invents Act" on October 5, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm (CT). Grantland Drutchas and Patent Docs author Dr. Donald Zuhn will provide an overview of the impact of the new patent law with respect to the following:
• First-to-file versus first-to-invent;
• Patent litigation;
• Patent prosecution;
• PTO fees, practices and operations;
• Post-grant review;
• Inter Partes Review;
• False marking claims; and
• Expansion of prior user rights.
While there is no fee to participate, attendees must register in advance. Those wishing to register can do so here. CLE credit is being applied for in the states of California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.
The American Bar Association (ABA) will be offering a live audio webcast entitled "The America Invents Act: As Good As It Gets?" on October 5, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (EDT). James Myers and J. Steven Baughman of Ropes & Gray will examine and critique the America Invents Act, including its numerous provisions related to the USPTO. In particular, the program will address the following topics:
• Prohibition of joinder of multiple patent infringement defendants;
• Changing nature of prior art available to challenge patents;
• Prohibition of most false marking suits;
• Expansion of the prior user defense;
• Additions and changes to challenges to patent validity before the USPTO;
• Elimination of best mode defense;
• Changes for inequitable conduct allegations; and
• Prohibition of tax strategy patents.
In the first of a series of webinars on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour presentation entitled "Patent Reform: PGR & IPR Through a Litigation Lens" on October 6, 2011 beginning at 2:00 PM (ET). The IPO webinar will look at Post Grant Review (PGR) and Inter Partes Review/Reexamination (IPR) and the impact these provisions will have on patent litigation, including how estoppels, stays, and filing deadlines will shape patent litigation strategy. The panel includes Kevin Rhodes of 3M Innovative Properties Co., Jon Wright of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC, and Charles Miller of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
The registration fee for the webinar is $120 (government and academic rates are available upon request). Those interested in registering for the webinar can do so here.
Law Seminars International (LSI) will be offering a one-hour telebriefing entitled "Immediate Impacts of Patent Reform: What You Need To Know Now About The America Invents Act" on October 6, 2011 beginning at 1:00 pm (ET). John Vandenberg of Klarquist Sparkman LLP will moderate a panel including Dr. Barbara Rudolph of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and Joel Meyer, Vice President, Intellectual Property for Digimarc Corp. The panel will provide practical tips and discuss immediate and near-term strategies for patent prosecution, licensing, litigation and reexaminations in view of the AIA. Among the topics to be covered are:
• Filing of inter partes reexaminations and reissue applications;
• Licensing to qualify for reduced-fee micro entity status;
• License agreement provisions regarding the new "virtual patent marking" regime and the four types of petitions under the AIA;
• Strategies for a Fed. R. Civ. P. 20 motion to dismiss/sever;
• Changing patent search/clearance policies;
• Revisiting and expanding joint research agreements;
• Eliminating "prior art" by buying it;
• New considerations for timing of publicly disclosing inventions;
• New considerations for filing immediate provisional applications; and
• New strategies for filing DJ actions.
A question and answer session of up to 30 minutes will follow the panel discussion. The registration fee is $125 per caller and $50 for each person on the same line who desires continuing education credit. Those interested in registering for the telebrief, can do so here.
The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) will offer a lunch briefing on the "America Invents Act: Patent Reform 2011" on October 11, 2011 from 11:30 am to 1:45 pm (CT) at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. The program will include presentations on the following topics:
• Overview of Act and Timeline of Effective Dates -- Paul Kitch of Nixon Peabody, LLP
• Changes to Section 102/103 including First-Inventor-to-File -- George Wheeler of McAndrews, Held & Malloy and John S. Paniaguas of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
• Additional Review Provisions (Post Grant Oppositions, Inter Partes Reexam Changes, Supplemental Examination) -- Mitch Weinstein of Levenfeld Pearlstein and Robert Polit of McAndrews, Held & Malloy
• Everything Else -- Edward Manzo of Husch Blackwell
The presentations will be followed by a round table discussion of the AIA. The registration fee for the program is $25 (IPLAC members), $15 (students), and $35 (all other attendees). Those interested in registering for the panel discussion, can obtain a registration form here. Box lunches and beverages will be provided.