• Adapting to the
first-to file regime and developing prosecution techniques to ensure timely
filings that result in robust patents;
• Dissecting the new rules covering the usage of declarations and assignments to avoid costly delays and confusion associated with recalcitrant or missing inventors;
• Utilizing the inter partes review process to challenge troubling patents and understanding the discovery rules associated with this procedure;
• Determining when it is appropriate to employ the post-grant review procedure to attack a rival patent and crafting defenses to it;
• Grasping the advantages of supplemental examination, its potential to cure defects in prosecution, and recognizing its risks;
• Maximizing the potential of third party prior art submission in attacking a rival patent pre-issuance and guarding against its effects with smart prosecution;
• Understanding the implications of patent reform for Hatch-Waxman litigation; and
• Demystifying the new standards for prior art encoded in the America Invents Act including discussion of the new "disclosures" definition, the impact on obviousness findings, and more.
• USPTO keynote
address: The USPTO's efforts to implement AIA provisions impacting patent
prosecution -- to be presented by Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Director, U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office;
• Preparing your company for the looming implementation of the first-to-file regime and preparing strategies to exploit the coming changes for maximum benefit;
• Identifying what constitutes prior art under the AIA and planning a patenting strategy around the new standards;
• Slipping the Gordian knot -- How to avoid ethical conundrums presented by the AIA's inconsistent best mode requirements;
• USPTO address: Detailing the new post grant opposition procedures, how they will impact patenting, and more -- to be presented by Thomas Giannetti, Patent Administrative Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
• Learning the sweet science: Win the new boxing match known as inter partes review;
• Preparing for the eventual employment of the post grant review procedure in opposition practice;
• Deciding when to use supplemental examination to cure defects in a patent: Balancing the risks and rewards;
• Gambit: Utilizing third party prior art submissions in the pre-issuance chess match;
• Examining the ramifications of patent reform for Hatch-Waxman litigation and the brand/generic wars; and
• Investigating the changes to declarations and assignments and understanding how these new provisions can be used to keep prosecution on track.
In addition, a pre-conference workshop entitled "Patent Reform 101: A Primer on the Fundamental Provisions of the America Invents Act" will be offered from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on January 23, 2013, and a post-conference workshop entitled "Interactive Working Group Session: A Hypothetical Invention Being Patented Under the AIA" will be offered from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on January 25, 2013.
An agenda for the conference can be found here. More information regarding the workshops can be found here. A complete brochure for this conference, including an agenda, detailed descriptions of conference sessions, list of speakers, and registration form can be obtained here.
The registration fee for the conference is $2,295 (conference alone), $2,995 (conference and one workshop), or $3,495 (conference and two workshops). Those registering by November 9, 2012 will receive a $300 discount and those registering by December 14, 2012 will receive a $200 discount. Patent Docs readers who reference the discount code "PD 200" will receive $200 off the current price tier when registering. Those interested in registering for the conference can do so here, by e-mailing CustomerService@AmericanConference.com, by calling 1-888-224-2480, or by faxing a registration form to 1-877-927-1563.
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