AGENDA: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

07:30 AM
08:30 AM
Portfolio Management and Patent Prosecution: Going Beyond Quality

Organizations are pushing for more quality in their patent portfolios in an effort to avoid invalidity challenges and mitigate the IPR threat. The recent procedural and judicial uncertainty at the PTAB and USPTO is now further complicating the patent landscape. To succeed, patent counsel must continue their drive for higher quality patents while navigating an ever more complex political and business landscape. Are your portfolio management and prosecution efforts ready for these challenges?

This panel will explore:

  • Prosecution with an eye towards survivability
  • Portfolio evaluation – what to keep and what to kill?
  • Buy-incommunication & integration of business strategy
  • Budget, cost, resource allocation & collaborating with outside counsel

09:15 AM
Litigation Trends in 2018 and Beyond

Even though patent lawsuits are trending down, 2018 could bring profound change to litigation options. The immediate fallout from the TC Heartland case is a shift of lawsuits away from Texas towards Delaware and California. Concurrently, the ITC has seen an uptick as it provides a speedy and effective enforcement option. Meanwhile, profound changes are coming at the PTAB - political will, new guidance from the USPTO director, and the fallout from the recent SCOTUS Oil States and SAS decisions all signal a forthcoming shift. What does a smart litigation playbook look like in 2018? 

This panel will explore:

  • TC Heartland – repercussion so far:
    • Regular and established place of business
    • Multi-District Litigation
  • ITC increased prominence for bigger cases
  • PTAB
    • Burden of proof
    • Oil States & SAS

10:00 AM
10:40 AM
The Trade Secrets Decision Calculus: Risk v. Return

Amidst an unfavorable patentscape, the allure of apparent indefinite exclusivity offered by trade secrets must be tempered by the very real and common risk of a breach. The Waymo v. Uber – $245 Million settlement is only the most recent in a long line of trade secret litigation that underscore the business and financial consequences of a breach. Are your trade secret policies in place? How bought in is your organization? Is your response plan ready?

This panel explores:

  • The decision matrix – Are Trade Secrets the right choice for your invention?
    • Are your expectations rooted in reality?
  • People, Plans and Policy – How realistic is your game plan?
    • Training, Education, Reinforcement and Messaging
      • Buy-in – Building and maintaining support throughout the organization
  • Prevention and Preparedness
  • Responses to a breach
    • The initial response – Where do you begin?
    • Legal remedies
      • DTSA & state provisions
    • Non-Legal alternatives
    • Collaborating with outside counsel
  • Lessons learned and takeaways

11:25 AM
2018: A Year of Change for Post Issuance Proceedings

This year, the rules of IP may be rewritten for the second time in less than a decade. The Supreme Court has weighed in on IPRs’ very constitutionality and the changes that must be made at the PTAB. Patent owners such as universities and famously Mohawk/Allergen have looked to utilize Sovereign Immunity as a strategy to avoid IPR which has caused concern in both the legislature and IP landscape. What’s the potential scope and impact of these changes? How to build optionality into your strategy?

This panel will explore:

  • State of the current IPR landscape
  • Sovereign immunity: new trend university Mohawk
  • Planning strategic optionality around:
    • Oil States case
    • SAS
  • Motions to stay and Estoppel
  • How to change or evolve your strategy
  • Best practices in front of the USPTO

12:05 PM
01:10 PM

Four 20-minute roundtable discussions hosted by a topic expert.
(Attendance is for in-house counsel only – except moderators)           

Roundtable 1: 'Unintended Consequences of Nautilus, Highmark, Octane & ALICE for Patent Owners'
Phil Colburn, 
Co-Managing Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP

Roundtable 2: Topic and details coming soon
Moderated by Dennemeyer 

Roundtable 3: 'Bullet-proofing your European Patent Strategy'
Chris Tunstall, 
Partner, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
John Brunner, 
Partner, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Roundtable 4: Topic and details coming soon

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02:30 PM
03:00 PM

Stay tuned for details.

03:45 PM
International IP Litigation & Strategy: The New Better Option?

The one constant in a changing IP environment: Your patents are one of your company’s most valued assets. While enforcing is necessary to protect your market share and innovation, success is not guaranteed. As in-house counsel, your role is to tie back the legal risks and opportunities into business scenarios for the management team. How strong is your case? Are your enforcement goals and resources aligned? What’s the broader picture for enforcing IP? Which jurisdictions provide the best opportunity to protect your exclusivity? What do you need to consider before making your choice?

This panel will explore:

  • Budget
  • Plaintiff friendly
  • Strategies for Key jurisdictions
  • UPC Updates
04:30 PM