AGENDA: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

08:00 AM
09:00 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

09:50 AM
Litigation Trends in 2018 and Beyond

Even though patent lawsuits are trending down, 2018 has ushered in a significant shift 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 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

10:35 AM
11:10 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

12:00 PM
2018: A Year of Change for Post Issuance Proceedings

This year, the rules of IP are being 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. Sovereign Immunity, largely seen as an end-round to IPRs is likely headed towards a Supreme Court Decision. Will the final months of 2018 bring greater clarity to post issuance proceedings? What’s the potential scope and impact of these changes? How can you 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

12:50 PM
02:15 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: 'Patent annuity market trends'
Dan Bikus, Business Development Manager, Dennemeyer 

Roundtable 3: 'Trends at the European Patent Office, and how to adapt to them'
Richard Jackson, Partner, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
Paul BettridgePartner, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
Chloe Grover,
Associate, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

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03:15 PM
03:45 PM
Ethics in Intellectual Property

In-house IP practitioners often have broad discretion to spend corporate dollars to support IP needs of the enterprise. Likewise, they often facilitate and influence client decisions that entail substantial spending. Yet, total IP spend, and its impact on the corporate budget, tend to overshadow meaningful assessments of the spending and decision process, and IP counsel’s associated role. This session will highlight ethical considerations for in-house IP departments, including:

• Ethical challenges involving selection of third-party providers and other discretionary expenditures
• Ethical pitfalls triggered by client decision-making and deference to counsel
• Applicable ethics rules regarding spending rationale and communication to clients
• Best practices for meeting and exceeding ethics rules, while driving effective stewardship and strong IP outcomes

04:35 PM