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Opening Plenary Session 8:00-9:00 AM (Governor's Ballroom, Salon C, 4th floor)

Welcome from AIPLA President William G. Barber

  • AIA Rules Update


Concurrent Morning Tracks (9:00 am - 12:00 noon)


Track #1 America Invents Act--Deep Dives    (Governor's Ballroom, Salon A, 4th floor)

  •  Moderator: Bruce D. Sunstein, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, LLP, Boston, MA 

USPTO Updates on AIA 

  • Janet Gongola, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA

Evolution Meets 35 USC-Transitioning to First-Inventor-to-File

  • Michael D. Stein, Woodcock Washburn, LLP, Seattle, WA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Back in a Flash-Prioritized Examination as a Strategy in View of Changing Prior Art Definitions

  • Steven G. Kunin, Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt, LLP, Alexandria, VA  (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Game (and Name) Changing Impact-Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Derivation Proceedings and Inter Partes Review

The Future of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences as the PTAB

  • Honorable James D. SmithBoard of Patent Appeals & Interferences, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Slides)

The Future Role of the Central Re-Exam Unit

  • Remy Yucel, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Slides)

Practice Impact: Prosecution-Practitioner Perspectives on Inter Partes Review and Derivation Proceedings

  • Brad D. Pedersen, Patterson Thuente Christensen & Pedersen, PA, Minneapolis, MN
  • (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Practice Impact & Litigation-Changes Under the AIA to Joinder, Marking and Prior User Rights

  • David P. Swenson, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, LLP, Minneapolis, MN (Bio, Paper, Slides)


Track #2 The Internationalization of Trade Secret Disputes:  Big Cases, Big Verdicts and Big Challenges (Governor's Ballroom, Salon B, 4th Floor) 

  • Moderator:  Mark Halligan, Nixon Peabody, LLP, Chicago, IL (Bio)

Managing and Protecting Your Trade Secrets Overseas-Best Practices to Minimize Misappropriation

  • Beth Apperley, Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, TX (BioPaper, Slides)

Overcoming the Special Challenges of Litigating Against Foreign Parties and Companies

  • Michael J. Songer, Crowell & Moring, LLP, Washington, D.C. (Slides)

Litigating Spoliation of Evidence Disputes-Fallout from the DuPont v. Kolon Case and How to Use or Avoid It in Your Trade Secret Case

  • Griffith B. Price, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, D.C. (Paper, Slides)

Employees Without Borders-Managing Personal Devices and Digital Technology in an Increasingly Mobile World

Litigation Trade Secret Cases Before the ITC-The Future of TianRui Group v. ITC and the Fallout on Trade Secret Protection Internationally

  • Bryan Wilson, Morrison Foerster, LLP, Palo Alto, CA (Slides)

Update on Pending Trade Secret Legislation-Status of the Economic Espionage Act, Cybersecurity Bill, New Jersey's Recent Adoption of UTSA and Recent State Trade Secret and Non-Compete Legislation

  • Peter J. Toren, Weisbrod Mateis & Copley, PLLC, Washington, D.C. (Paper, Slides)

Track #3 Copyrights (Governor's Ballroom, Salon D, 4th Floor)

  • ModeratorNaomi Jane Gray, Harvey Siskind, LLP, San Francisco, CA (Bio, Paper)

What Types of Rights are Right?  Copyrights vs. Design Patents and Design Copyrights, a Matter of Form and/or Substance

  • Garfield Goodrum, SAIDMAN DesignLaw Group, LLC, Silver Spring, MD (Bio, Paper, Slides)
  • John M. Bird, Sughrue Mion, PLLC, Washington, D.C. (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Mass Book Digitization and Collective Copyright Licensing-A User's Perspective of Consideration Raised by a 2011 Position Paper by the US Copyright Office

  • Abioye Oyewole, US Copyright Office, Washington, D.C. (Slides)
  • Beth A. Fulkerson, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Inc., Chicago, IL (Bio, Paper, Slides)
  • Naomi Jane Gray, Harvey Siskind, LLP, San Francisco, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Asset Investment and Management Companies or Trolls?  Comparison and Contrast of Copyright Trolls, Trademark Trolls and Patent Trolls-The Beginning or End of the IP Troll (at least the name)

  • Marc John Randazza, Randazza Legal Group, Las Vegas, NV (Bio, Paper, Slides)
  • Leah Chan Grinvald, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (Bio, Paper)
  • John Tehranian, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper)
  • Shyam Balganesh, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (Bio, Paper)


Lunch Reception 12:00-12:30 PM (Governor's Ballroom Foyer, 4th floor)

Sponsored by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP

Luncheon 12:30-2:00 PM (Tickets Required)

(Governor's Ballroom, Salon C, 4th floor)


Concurrent Afternoon Tracks 2:00-3:30 PM

Track #1 Current Topics in Patent Litigation:  Perspectives from the Bench and Bar (Governor's Ballroom, Salon A, 4th floor)

  • Moderator:  Ryan Botkin, Ratliff Law Firm, Austin, TX

A View From the Bench

  • Honorable Leonard P. Stark, US District Court, District of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

Innovative Approaches to Case Management

America Invents Act:  Effects of Changes in Defense on Conduct of Litigation

  • Alan Albright, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Austin, TX (Slides)

The (Unintended) Consequences of the AIA's Joinder Provisions

  • Maya M. Eckstein, Hunton & Williams, LLP, Richmond, VA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Track #2 A View from the Inside:  Corporate Practitioners "Bare All" (Governor's Ballroom, Salon B, 4th floor)

  • ModeratorWayne P. Sobon, Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (Slides)

Advice, Tips and Best Practices for Inside and Outside Counsel for Managing Relationships

  • Robert Sloss, Oracle Corporation, Redwood Shores, CA
  • Oliver Strimpel, Avid Technology, Inc., Burlington, MA
  • Jennifer B. Wuamett, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Austin, TX (Bio)


Track #3 Health and IP:  Strange Bedfellows (Governor's Ballroom, Salon D, 4th floor)

  • ModeratorAnn Viksnins, Viksnins Harris & Padys, PLLP, Bloomington, MN

Health Care Policy and Patenting-The Swinging Pendulum

  • Jennifer Gordon, Baker Botts, LLP, New York, NY (Slides)

Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) FDA Law and Patents- A Dream Come True or a Nightmare?

  • Denise Kettelberger, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, Minneapolis, MN (Slides)

What’s in a Name? Branding, Labeling and Advertising Drugs

  • Teri Crouse, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN (Paper, Slides)


Committee Educational Sessions 3:30-5:30 PM

Electronic and Computer Law/International and Foreign Law/IP Practice in Europe (Joint Educational Session) (Governor’s Ballroom, Salon D, 4th floor)

Issues in Multi-district Patent Litigation—the US Perspective

  • Li Chen, Sidley Austin, LLP, Dallas, TX (Paper)

Issues in Multi-district Patent Infrigement Litigation—The German and European Perspective

  • Kay Kasper, Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft, Düssseldorf, Germany (Paper, Slides)

Issues in Patent Nullification and Invalidity Trials—the German and European Perspective

  • Robert Schnekenbüehl, DTS Intellectual Property Law Firm, Munich, Germany (Paper, Slides)

Patent Law/Professionalism and Ethics (Joint Educational Session)
(3:30 –5:30 PM Governor’s Ballroom, Salon A, 4th floor)


Avoiding Ethical Issues in Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation

The Risks of Failing to Preserve Patent Prosecution Files 

  • Mark E. Michels, former Discovery Counsel, Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline on IP Lawyer Misconduct

  • William R. Covey, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Bio, Slides)

Ethical Issue in Discovery

  • Kirby Drake, Klemchuk Kubasta, LLP, Dallas, TX (Paper, Slides)

Special Committee on Standards and Open Source/Antitrust Law/Patent Litigation (Joint Educational Session) (3:30 – 5:30 PM • Governor’s Ballroom, Salon B, 4th floor)

  • Moderator:  Kenneth M. Frankel, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Reston, VA (Bio)

IPR and Open Source Issues Affecting Mobile App Developers and Device Makers

IP Business Models and Licensing in the Mobile Space

  • Wayne M. Serra, Ulmer & Berne, LLP, Cleveland, OH (Bio, Slides)

Summary of Patent Infringement Cases in the Mobile Space—A View from the US

  • Fred I. Williams, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Austin, TX (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Summary of Patent Infringement Cases in the Mobile Space—A View from Europe

  • Martin Köhler, Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft, Düsseldorf, Germany (Bio, Paper, Slides)

A Deeper Dive into Oracle v. Google

  • Michael S. Garrabrants, ArtesynIP, San Francisco, CA (Bio, Slides)



Committee Meetings 3:30-5:30 PM

 Committee Meetings are open to all unless otherwise noted.