Feb. 10-11, 2014
Second Annual Naples Midwinter
Patent Experts Conference
$475 before Jan. 15; $600 thereafter
Welcome reception evening of Feb. 10
Naples Hilton Hotel, Naples, Fla.
Online: Event Registration Form
Up to 6.5 hours of CLE will be requested
The University of Akron School of Law will host the Second Annual Naples Midwinter Patent Experts Conference in Naples, Florida February 10-11, 2014. The conference will be held at the Naples Hilton Hotel. The program, organized by Hal Wegner and chaired by the director of Akron's IP program, Prof. Jeffrey M. Samuels, will include a discussion by leading experts on a host of issues of current interest. Sponsors to date include Sughrue Mion PLLC and Woodcock Washburn.
The faculty for the program includes, from the judiciary, the Hon. Kathleen O'Malley and the Hon. Richard Linn, of the Federal Circuit, as well the Hon. Roger T. Hughes, of the Federal Court of Canada. From the executive branch, the current acting director of the PTO, the Hon. Teresa Stanek Rea, will participate, as will the current Chairman of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, James S. Smith, and former Administrative Patent Judge William F. Smith. Former PTO Deputy Director Sharon Barner and former Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll will also participate. Robert A. Armitage, the father of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, will also be a featured participant.
A number of law professors who specialize in patent law are also included in the program. They include Dean Timothy Holbrook and Professors Timo Minnsen, Christal Sheppard, Dennis Crouch, Jason Rantanen, W. Keith Robinson, William Hubbard and Dr. Heinz Goddar. Senior corporate lawyers include Sharon R. Barner, Vice-President of Cummins Inc., and Richard Rainey, in charge of worldwide IP litigation for GE.
In addition to Judge Hughes and Profs. Minnsen and Goddar, practitioner faculty from outside the United States includes David C.L. Perkins, Shoichi Okuyama and Paul Cole. A complete roster of all speakers is available here.
The topics for discussion include: patent legislation, both from the standpoint of a critical analysis of pending bills and whether other legislation may better reach the results sought; Section 101 patent eligibility after Bilski, Prometheus, and Myriad; the law of obviousness post KSR; de novo review of claim construction rulings; the implications of the Medtronic case now before the Supreme Court on patent licensing in the wake of Medimmune; the impact of the Federal Circuit's decision in Fresenius v. Baxter on patent validity challenges; the ITC's domestic industry requirement; and proposed reform of appellate jurisdiction in patent cases. A complete list of topics is available here.
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