Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "Means-Plus-Function Patent Claims: Treatment in Prosecution, Litigation and Post-Grant Proceedings" on June 26, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Thomas L. Irving, Anthony M. Gutowski, and C. Brandon Rash of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will provide patent counsel with a review of the impact of the Williamson decision on means-plus-function and/or functional claims, and the benefits and risks of using means-plus-function and/or functional claims given district court litigation, actual patent claims issued by the USPTO, and PTAB post-grant proceedings. The panel will offer their experiences and best practices for overcoming the challenges of means-plus-function claims and leveraging §112(f) and functional claims for maximum patent protection. The webinar will review the following issues:
• How are means-plus-function claims being used since the Williamson decision?
• What are the benefits and limitations of using means-plus-function patent claims?
• What practices can counsel employ to leverage §112(f) to increase the likelihood of surviving IPRs, PGRs and district court litigation?
The registration fee for the webcast is $297. Those interested in registering for the webinar, can do so here.