KEY TOPICS TO BE COVERED AT THIS SEMINAR
The area of US patent practice can be complex and confusing. Are you up to date with the latest court decisions and best practice?
This highly interactive seminar will give you a comprehensive understanding of the US patent system and enable you to work more effectively with your US counterparts. It highlights the important differences between US and European patent practice and gives you the opportunity for in-depth discussions about prosecution practice and procedure throughout the two days. It includes important tactics to get the most out of your prosecution dollar, and provides lots of claim drafting tips to give your application a solid footing for US prosecution and enforcement.
This seminar will bring you right up to date on the latest legislative changes under the America Invents Act (AIA), as well as all the recent and pending US Supreme and other court decisions of importance. Plus, get to grips with the current happenings in the USPTO that could impact on your role.
This is a fantastic opportunity to take full advantage of the open seminar environment that this event offers. With a high degree of interaction with the expert seminar faculty as well as other participants, this is a great forum for discussing your particular questions and concerns. Offering a wide-ranging and detailed understanding, this seminar covers what every European patent practitioner should know about US patent practice.
US patent prosecution – general flow of events
Statutory subject matter
Patent Law Treaty implementation
Novelty and prior art
Novelty/prior art (if necessary)
Patent term and PTA
Obviousness – type double patenting
Patent Law Treaty implementation
Obviousness – type double patenting (continued)
Duty of candor
Doctrine of equivalents
Patent litigation and damages
This seminar merits 12.5 hours under the UK Solicitors Regulatory Authority self accreditation scheme (refg. CJA/MAFO) and may also be relevant training under the IPREG CPD self accreditation scheme.
James V. Suggs is a partner in the intellectual property law firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, located in Chicago, where he practices patent law and serves as Chair of the firm’s Chemical Practice Group. He applies his broad technical experience in a wide variety of chemical, polymer, materials science, pharmaceutical, optical, photonic, semiconductor and related technologies. He handles all facets of patent law, with an especial focus in patent procurement, strategic counseling, freedom-to-operate and due diligence opinions. He also has an active inter partes review practice. His litigation experience includes federal district court and appellate practice as well as advocacy in forums such as the International Trade Commission, and spans a diverse range of technologies. He has experience with all kinds of clients, from large multinational corporations, to science-based startups, to academic research institutions, and works with law firms in Europe and worldwide to successfully prosecute their applications at the USPTO.
Nicole Reifman is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Chicago where she has gained diverse experience in obtaining, evaluating and enforcing intellectual property. She has experience in all phases of patent preparation and prosecution, and concentrates in representing clients in the mechanical and electrical arts, including drive train systems, medical devices, electromechanical, telecommunications and material sciences matters. She also has experience in all phases of patent litigation. She provides counselling regarding the procurement, enforcement, and licensing of intellectual property rights, including trademark, trade secret and copyright issues. She actively manages trademark portfolios and develops brand building and protection strategies for her clients. She is also the Recent Developments Editor of the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy.
This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes: