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Roundtable Discussions

1.45 - 3.00pm
What is a Roundtable?

Roundtables are informal interactive 20-minute discussions which provide an excellent opportunity to exchange professional insights with peer-level IP Experts. The sessions bring together attendees in confidential, dynamic, cross-industry groups to learn from each other’s experience and discuss common themes.

Reasons to attend?

Gain practical insights from your peers and share your own discoveries with others. Only real life examples and educational discussions.

Roundtable 1
Problems and Pitfalls in Patent Annuity Pricing

Organizations frequently find it more efficient in both time and money to outsource the continued maintenance of their global patent and trademark portfolio. But, how can you be assured that you are being charged a fair price for these services? While the service itself is straightforward, often the contract and invoicing is opaque. The discussion will examine common pitfalls that organizations run into, potential problems in your invoices, and tips to ensure successful contract negotiation. 



Roundtable 2
Competitive Intelligence: Efficient Ways to Monitor Your Environment

Managing, defending, and optimizing your IP portfolio requires a clear understanding of your IP environment, including continuous monitoring of competitors and their activities. Maintaining an organized and pertinent view of your core industry and potential new markets is critical, yet challenging. This roundtable discussion will cover best practices for simplifying and streamlining competitive intelligence efforts, including tips on automation, categorization, and collaboration.



Roundtable 3
The Psychodynamics of Patent Prosecution

This roundtable will provide valuable, but non-intuitive advice for acquiring high-quality patents. We'll discuss the importance of using "narrow" specifications to pursue broad patent claims. We'll also discuss the psychology of dealing with patent examiners in an efficient and effective manner.



Roundtable 4
Cost Effective Litigation through Development of the Trial Story Early in the Litigation

The cost of patent litigation frequently often makes the assertion of meritorious claims difficult and skews the calculus against defending unmeritorious claims. Significant portions of these costs are avoidable with better application of the tools long provided by the Federal Rules and through more assertive management of outside counsel. This discussion will focus on litigation best practices – particularly in the discovery and case planning phases – that are proven to provide long term value and to drive a winning litigation result.