Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "The State of 'Printed Publication' Prior Art Case Law: Practical Considerations for Patent Holders and Patent Challengers" on October 23, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Jason S. Angell of Hopkins & Carley and Emily J. Greb of Perkins Coie will provide an in-depth discussion for counsel on the history and current state of the law regarding when a non-patent prior art reference qualifies as a "printed publication" for purposes of an invalidity challenge; will discuss recent Federal Circuit, district court, and PTAB decisions and the emerging guidance for assessing whether a reference is sufficiently "publicly accessible" to be considered a "printed publication" under 35 U.S.C. § 102; and will also review strategic approaches for demonstrating or disputing that a reference qualifies as printed publication prior art. The webinar will review the following issues:
• How is the court evaluating public accessibility standards and evidence? How are these decisions influencing federal courts and the PTAB?
• What lessons can patent counsel draw from recent decisions when assessing print publications as prior art?
• What role to “confidentiality expectations” or restrictions on dissemination play in the public accessibility analysis?
The registration fee for the webcast is $297. Those interested in registering for the webinar, can do so here.