Patent Law Seminars: Seattle, WA: August 2019

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The Chisum Patent Academy will offer a two-day Advanced Patent Law seminar in Seattle, Washington on August 8-9, 2019 (Thursday-Friday).  The seminar is limited to ten attendees. Registration is now open. Because of the limited number of seats available, we recommend that you email us at to confirm the availability of your seat before completing registration and payment. 

Seattle, Washington Location:

Our Seattle seminar will be held at the offices of:


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Bracewell LLP

701 Fifth Avenue (Columbia Center)
Suite 6200
Seattle, Washington


Founded in 1945, Bracewell LLP is a global law firm based in Houston. The firm has U.S. offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hartford, San Antonio, Seattle, Dallas, and Austin, and overseas offices in Dubai and London. Bracewell’s intellectual property counselling practice includes patent prosecution and enforcement, copyrights, trademarks, outsourcing, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. The firm’s other areas of specialization include energy, environmental strategies, financial institutions, financial restructuring, government, litigation, private investment funds, technology, and white collar defense.

Seminar Coverage:

The Chisum Patent Academy updates the syllabus for every one of our seminars in order to cover the most significant and timely Federal Circuit and Supreme Court patent law developments. Our seminars examine a wide range of patent prosecution and litigation topics. As of early 2019, we anticipate that the topics we’ll cover in Seattle will include at least the following:

— Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit “blockbusters,” including a much-anticipated Supreme Court decision illuminating the operation of the section 102(b) on-sale bar under the AIA (SCOTUS issued decision in Helsinn v. Teva in January 2019) and an important but divided Federal Circuit experimental use decision, Barry v. Medtronic (January 2019);

— A spate of Federal Circuit decisions examining a host of permutations concerning what is and is not a section 102(b) printed publication (i.e., when is a reference sufficiently “publicly accessible”), a topic particularly important for IPRs because they must be grounded on patent and printed publication prior art;

— The latest section 101 decisions from the Federal Circuit, including a 2018 line of cases injecting fact-finding (with its deferential standard of review) to the “routine, conventional, and well understood” inquiry of Alice step two; and

— Patent enforcement/defenses topics including the latest developments on venue post-TC Heartland, the intent requirement for inducing infringement, new illustrations of the “directs or controls” requirement for divided infringement, and unenforceability based on inequitable conduct or unclean hands;

— USPTO rule change from “broadest reasonable” claim construction standard to federal court, Phillips-style interpretation.

Complete syllabi from all our previous syllabi are available here.

Washington State MCLE Credit:

We will apply to the Washington State Bar MCLE Board for 12.0 total credits for the two-day Seattle seminar.

CLE credit for other states: The Chisum Patent Academy applies for CLE accreditation in those states where we conduct seminars. 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 provide any necessary documentation required for your application.

Nearby Overnight Accommodations:

Participants need to make their own hotel reservations in Seattle. Because of our small group size, we are not able to reserve a block of rooms. However, there are multiple hotels within walking distance of the seminar venue:

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

The Arctic Club Seattle — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott — Downtown Seattle/Pioneer Square

Loews Hotel 1000, Seattle

Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle

Motif Seattle

Inn at the Market


Our two-day Patent Law Seminars run from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm each day, for a total of 12 seminar hours.

Our seminars are limited to ten (10) attendees. To maximize opportunities for discussion and questioning, we conduct the seminars in interactive, round-table style. All sessions are co-taught by Donald Chisum and Janice Mueller.


The registration fee for the two-day Seattle 2019 seminars is $1,600 per person, which includes extensive materials, continental breakfast, and on-site lunch. Alumni/ae of the Academy receive a 10% discount.


Bracewell LLP will provide continental breakfast and lunch each day.

Other Hotels:

It is easy to reach downtown Seattle hotels by taking Seattle’s new light rail from the SEA/TAC Airport to Westlake Center (downtown).

Another option is to stay at one of the many new hotels at or near the SEA-TAC airport. The light rail runs directly from SEA-TAC to downtown Seattle (Westlake Center). Airport hotels include the Clarion, Marriott, Hilton, and Crowne Plaza. A complete listing is here. These hotels are generally less expensive than the downtown Seattle hotels.

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