Patent Law Seminars: Seattle, WA: August 2017

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The Chisum Patent Academy will offer two identical Seattle seminars, each two days in length: one on Thursday-Friday August 10-11, 2017 and the other on Monday-Tuesday August 14-15, 2017. Each 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. 

Seminar Coverage:

We update the syllabus for every seminar 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. Check this page for updates as we approach August 2017. As of May 2017, we expect to include the following topics:

— “Blockbuster” recent patent law decisions of the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, including the Supreme Court’s latest decisions in Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l (May 30, 2017) (patentee’s sale of product exhausts all patent rights in that item, despite any post-sale restrictions and regardless of location of sale (USA or abroad)); TC Heartland (May 22, 2017) (significantly scaling back venue for infringement suits against corporate defendants); SCA Hygiene (laches); Life Techs. v. Promega (component export under section 271(f)); Samsung v. Apple (design patent damages); and its pending decisions in Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy Group (Constitutionality of AIA-implemented post-grant review procedures) and SAS Institute v. Lee (whether PTAB can institute IPR on less than all challenged claims); recent Federal Circuit en banc decisions in Apple v. Samsung (obviousness, claim interpretation) and pending en banc decisions in Wi-Fi One (reviewability of PTAB section 315 IPR time bar determinations) and Aqua Prods. (burdens of proof and production for IPR claim amendments); and the Circuit’s first decision interpreting 35 USC 102 as amended by the AIA: Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharms. (May 1, 2017) (“on sale” retains traditional meaning post-AIA; details of invention need not be disclosed by terms of public sale);
— The Federal Circuit’s evolution of section 101 patent-eligibility in the wake of Mayo/Alice;
— Continuing schisms in Federal Circuit approaches to patent claim interpretation; and
Inter Partes Review after Cuozzo: Constitutionality of USPTO cancelling issued patents; Due Process concerns, reviewability, burdens of proof and production, nonobviousness.

Complete syllabi from all our previous syllabi are available here.

Washington State MCLE Credit:

Update 5/2/2017: The Washington State Bar MCLE Board has approved each of our Seattle seminars for 12.0 total credits.

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.

CONVENIENT Downtown Seattle Location:

Our Seattle seminars are held in downtown Seattle at the meeting facilities of the Mayflower Park Hotel, 405 Olive Way, Seattle WA 98101. The Mayflower Park is very conveniently located to restaurants and shopping in the heart of downtown at Westlake Center, with direct access from the SEA airport via Seattle’s light rail system. The light rail connection from SEA/TAC is approximately 36 minutes long and costs $2.75 per person one way. The Mayflower Park Hotel connects directly to the Westlake Center and its specialty shops and restaurants. Macy’s and Nordstrom are both across the street. The Pacific Place shopping center is two blocks away and houses Williams-Sonoma, Tiffany & Co., and other upscale shops.

Overnight Accommodations at the Maflower Park Hotel:

The Mayflower Park Hotel is holding a limited block of rooms for our Seattle seminar participants. For the 2017 seminars, the discounted rate for a Classic guestroom is $265/night plus tax. These rates are available for our attendees until July 19, 2017. This hotel fills up quickly in the summer so we advise you to book a room promptly. Seminar participants should contact the hotel directly to make their overnight reservations. Call 1-206-382-6990 and ask for the Chisum Patent Academy’s “Advanced Patent Law Seminar” block of rooms. Participants will need to provide their name, arrival and departure dates, and a credit card number to guarantee their room reservation.


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 2017 seminars is $1,600 per person, which includes extensive materials, continental breakfast, and afternoon snacks. Alumni/ae of the Academy receive a 10% discount.


We provide contintental breakfast for our participants in the seminar room starting at 8:30 am each morning. Beverages will be refreshed throughout the day and we’ll have an afternoon cookie break. Lunch (between 12-1 pm) is on your own.

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). In addition to our conference hotel, the Mayflower Park, another favorite hotel is The Inn at the Market, a couple of blocks farther from Westlake Center but literally in Pike Place Market, which is Seattle’s gem. There are many other hotels of various price levels in the downtown Seattle area. Attendees have shared good reports on the Red Lion Inn on Fifth Avenue. Any hotel near Westlake Center would be convenient for accessing the seminar and the light rail.

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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