Upcoming Patent Law Seminars

The Chisum Patent Academy will hold its next Patent Law Seminars in Seattle, WA (August 2014) and Cincinnati, OH (March 5-6, 2015) .

Additional details about our Seattle seminars (August 13-15 and 18-20, 2014).

Additional details about our Cincinnati, Ohio seminar (March 5-6, 2015).

Each seminar is limited to ten (10) attendees. Our seminars are conducted in interactive, round-table style to maximize opportunities for discussion, questioning, and sharing best practices. All sessions are co-taught by Donald Chisum and Janice Mueller.

We update the syllabus for every seminar to include the latest and most significant Federal Circuit and Supreme Court patent law developments.

The Syllabus for our 2013 Seattle summer seminars included the following topics:

- Patent Practice Gone Wrong: Lessons from Recent Cases on Patent Malpractice, Rule 11 Sanctions, and Inequitable Conduct;

CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.: Making Sense Out of Nonsense;

- Blockbuster Supreme Court and en banc Federal Circuit cases including AMP v. Myriad Genetics (patent eligible subject matter—pending at SCOTUS); Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. (whether declaratory judgment plaintiff/patent licensee bears burden of proving noninfringement—pending at SCOTUS); Lighting Ballast Control v. Philips Elecs. (claim interpretation standard of review—pending at CAFC); Gunn v. Minton (U.S. 2013) (subject matter jurisdiction for patent malpractice actions); Bowman v. Monsanto Co. (U.S. 2013) (patent exhaustion prevented farmer from reproducing genetically modified seeds);

- Giving Meaning to Means Clauses;

- Drafting and Enforcing Method and System Claims: Active Inducement, Divided Infringement, and Territoriality Issues;

- Design Patents and Injunctions: Apple v. Samsung as a Case Study;

- Recent Nonobviousness Developments;

- Pleading Requirements for Patent Infringement Actions.

Topics addressed in our February 2013 seminar in New York City included the USPTO’s final rules and examination guidelines for the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act of 2011; Claims as the Name of the Game: Lessons on Drafting and Interpretation from Recent Federal Circuit Cases; Preliminary Injunctions, Design Patents, and the Smartphone Wars (Apple v. Samsung); Active Inducement, Method and System Claims, and Joint/Distributed Infringement; and Inequitable Conduct after Therasense.

Topics ftom our July/August 2012 seminars included Supreme Court Review (October Term 2011) including Mayo v. Prometheus and Kappos v. Hyatt; Patent Claim Interpretation–The Ongoing Schism; Nonobviousness: Recent Developments; America Invents Act of 2011–Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review; Anatomy of a Patent Case (Marine Polymer v. Hemcon (Fed. Cir. 2012) (en banc)); and Distributed Direct Infringement.

Topics covered in our July/August 2011 seminars included post-Bilski patent-eligible subject matter; nonobviousness in the post-KSR world; a detailed “anatomy of a patent case” based on i4i v. Microsoft; disclosure standards and the evolution of the written description requirement as affirmed in the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Ariad; inequitable conduct standards in view of the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Therasense; indirect infringement liability including the intent standard developed in the Supreme Court’s Global-Tech decision; the ownership and assignment intricacies of Stanford v. Roche, and the evolving Federal Circuit case law on joint direct infringement of system and method claims (a/k/a “the multiple actor problem”). Complete syllabi from our 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 syllabi are available here.

For our 3-day seminars, the Chisum Patent Academy will apply for 18 hours of CLE accreditation per seminar in those states where we conduct seminars. For our 2-day seminars, we will apply for 12 hours of CLE accreditation. Where state bars require, we submit attendees’ names as they are listed on the sign-in sheet. If you are seeking CLE credit for a state other than where that seminar is being held, please apply directly to the appropriate state bar. We are happy to assist you with all necessary documentation. More information about CLE accreditation.



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