• Integrate the
monumental changes under the AIA including first-to-file and patent validity
assessment at the PTO into their medical device patents practice;
• Prepare for the fallout of Akamai on medical device method patents including increased vulnerability to allegations of joint infringement and inducement of infringement;
• Protect medical device diagnostic patents post-Mayo v. Prometheus and draft claims to withstand § 101 patentability challenges;
• Maximize medical device patent life cycles globally through a consistently executed international medical device patent prosecution and litigation strategy for established and emerging markets; and
• Analyze the drivers of the billion dollar medical device patent infringement verdict and position their device portfolios for litigation and NPE attacks.
• Evaluating the state of
the medical device industry: Key developments to factor into portfolio
management in a game-changing year;
• PTO keynote: Update on the implementation of the American Invents Act: Lessons learned in the first six months of the post-patent reform world -- presented by Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
• Proving or disproving joint infringement: Bracing for the fallout from Akamai in device method prosecution and litigation;
• Revolutionizing medical device patent prosecution and litigation strategies post-patent reform: Preparing for the monumental switch to validity assessment in the PTO;
• Demystifying the current standards for device obviousness: Defeating rejections at the PTO and combating challenges in the courts;
• Practical strategies for dealing with the written description / enablement dichotomy: Satisfying ever-evolving § 112 standards for validity;
• Vigilantly protecting device IP globally: Developing a plan for international medical device patent life cycle management;
• View from the Bench: The judicial perspective on medical device patent litigation -- panel includes The Honorable James F. Holderman, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; The Honorable James L. Robart, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; and The Honorable Sue L. Robinson, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware;
• Protecting method and diagnostic claims: Tailoring medical device patents to comply with increasingly strict § 101 patentability standards;
• Calculating and proving medical device damages: Analyzing drivers of the billion dollar infringement verdict;
• Establishing freedom-to-operate: Mitigating patent infringement risks when commercializing medical devices;
• Preparing your device portfolio for litigation: Limiting liability and managing and reducing costs; and
• Is inequitable conduct dead? Updating medical device prosecution and litigation strategies post-Therasense.
In addition, a pre-conference interactive working group session entitled "Integrating Changes at the PTO into Medical Device Patent Practice: Supervisory Patent Examiners Weigh In" will be offered from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on March 4, 2013, and a pre-conference master class entitled "Maximizing Device Patent Scope and Life: Navigating Through the Medical Device Patent Minefield" will be offered from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on March 4, 2013.
The agenda for the Medical Device Patents conference can be found here, and the agenda for the pre-conference interactive working group session and master class 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), $2,895 (conference and one pre-conference session), or $3,295 (conference and both pre-conference sessions). Those registering by January 8, 2013 will receive a $300 discount, and those registering by February 1, 2013 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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