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2015 Spring Meeting Session Materials


Session Materials

 Welcome to the 2015 AIPLA Spring Meeting session materials page. Papers are available to all registered attendees. If a speaker has submitted material, there will be a link(s) to their bio, paper, and slides next to their name.

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Download all Session Materials (updated 4/29/2015)



Thursday Session Materials, April 30

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Morning Tracks

Track  1—Patent Prosecution: Patent Eligibility—What’s Left to Patent?

Moderator: Cyndi  Price, Seagate Technology, LLC, Cupertino, CA (​Bio)

The Bumpy Road of Subject-Matter Eligibility

Linda Shudy Lecomte, Kenyon  & Kenyon, LLP, New York, NY (Bio)

Analysis of the 2014 Interim Guidance and Abstract Idea Examples

Robert R. Sachs, Fenwick & West, LLP, San Francisco, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Nature Made? Eligibility Issue in Life Science

Suzannah K. Sundby, canady + lortz, LLP, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Panel Discussion: Road Kill Stew: Can We Fix That Claim?

10:15 – 10:45 am—Networking Break

Patent Eligibility—Practical Guidance

Moderator: Elise J. Selinger, Conley Rose, PC, Plano, TX

USPTO Discussion; 101 Guidance

Andrew Hirshfeld, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Slides)

Lessons from Europe

Peter Finnie, Gill Jennings & Every, LLP, London, United Kingdom (Bio, Paper)

Can the European Practice Help?

Frederick W. Gibb, III, Gibb & Riley, LLC, Annapolis, MD (Bio, Paper)

Track 2—Patent Litigation

Moderator: Vern Schooley, Fulwider Patton, LLP, Los Angeles, CA (Bio)

Choosing Wisely: Forum Selection Strategies in Today’s World

Roderick G. Dorman, McKool Smith, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

"Exceptional" Ain’t What it Used to Be

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Morgan, The Morgan Law Firm, PC,  Atlanta, GA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

10:15 – 10:45 am—Networking Break

Looking Back to Move Forward: IBM and IPR Proceedings and Their Intersection with Patent Litigation

Moderator: W. Todd Baker, Oblon, Alexandria, VA


Gabrielle E. Higgins, Ropes & Gray, LLP, East Palo Alto, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Jerry R. Selinger, Patterson & Sheridan, Dallas, TX (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Track 3—Trademark/Copyright

Trademarks and Rights of Publicity in the Media and Entertainment Industries

Authorized Product Placement—Free Riding versus Creating an “Authentic Look and Feel”

Moderator: David Silverman, Davis Wright Tremaine, Washington, DC (Bio)

Balancing Trademark Rights and the First Amendment—An Analysis of Rogers v. Grimaldi

Lynn Jordan, Kelly IP, LLP, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Clearing Titles for TV Shows and Films

Bryce D. Coughlin, Fox Entertainment Group, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper)

Use of Real Products in Entertainment Properties

Barbara Quinn, The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

10:15 – 10:45 am—Networking Break

The Medium vs. the Message— Right of Publicity & Traditional Media

Mitchell H. Stabbe, Locke Lord, LLP, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper, Slides)

AIPPI-US Representative

The Show Might Not Go On—Rights of Publicity in the Media

Jeremy Kaufman, Fox Group Legal, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)


12:30 - 2:00 Keynote Luncheon Speaker


2:00 – 3:30 pm - Concurrent Afternoon Tracks

Track 1—Trade Secrets

Moderator: Jessica Ergmann, Dräger, Andover, MA (Bio)

Investigating and Confronting the Insider Threat—What You Need to Know and Do

Seth A. Northrop, Robins Kaplan, LLP, Minneapolis, MN (Bio, Paper)

Best Practices for Protecting Your Trade Secrets in Emerging Markets

Eva Almirantearena, Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA (Paper)

Building a Workforce Culture of Data Security in the Post-Snowden Era ETHICS CLE

Bryan Wilson, Morrison Foerster, Palo Alto, CA (Bio, Paper)

Track 2—Practical Advice For US Trademark Counsel

Moderator: Steve Meleen, Pirkey Barber, PLLC, Austin, TX (Bio)

The Changing Landscape of Canadian Trademark Law and Practice in View of Recent Legislative Developments

Janet M. Fuhrer, Ridout Maybee, LLP, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Bio, Paper, Slides)

A Practitioner’s Strategic Guide to Madrid Protocol Filings vs. Direct National Filings

Jonathan M. Gelchinsky, Pierce Atwood, LLP, Portland, MA (Bio, Paper)

Strategic Considerations in Handling Madrid Protocol-Related Work Sent by Foreign Counsel

Jeff Van Hoosear, Knobbe Martens, Irvine, CA (Bio, Paper)

Track 3—LICENSING: Lights, Camera Action! Licensing Issues in the Film and Television Industry

Moderator: Ken Basin, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law, c/o Sony Pictures Television, Culver City, CA (Bio)

The Future of Digital Distribution

Schuyler Moore, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP, Los Angeles, CA  (Bio, Paper)

New Paradigm Challenges for Merchandising and Character Licensing

Tim Quinlan, Saban Brands, LLC, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Co-Branding, Commercial Tie-Ins, and Celebrity Endorsements

Roger Goff, Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper)


3:30 – 5:30 pm Thursday Committee Educational Sessions

Biotechnology & Corporate Practice

(Joint Session) (120 minutes of CLE requested)

Soteria Biosciences—The Early IP Adventures of an Agri-Biotech Startup Company as it Morphs into a
Global Multidisciplinary Giant Step into our imaginary world where Soteria Biosciences and its IP counsel contemplate intellectual property law issues that are critical to early/mid-stage corporate biotechnology companies. Counsel will discuss complex legal issues facing Soteria Biosciences relating to its R&D, funding, IP ownership, domestic/foreign patent filings, due diligence, confidentiality, and privilege.

Moderator:  Angela Sebor, Globeimmune, Louisville, CO  (Bio)

Section 1: Early Stage Corporate Issues - Research & Development, Ownership, and Funding

Lee Johnson, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, San Diego, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Mark Pidkowich, Smart & Biggar | Fetherstonhaugh, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Paper, Slides)

Jennifer Zarutskie Sieczkiewicz, Biogen Idec, Inc., Cambridge, MA (Bio, Slides)

Section 2: Foreign-Filing Issues—Absolute Novelty, Filing Abroad/Foreign-Filing Licenses

Angela Domitrovich, Sheridan Ross PC, Denver, CO (Bio, Slides)

Joel Silver, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, CA (Bio, Slides)

Section 3: Legal and Diligence Issues- Confidentiality Privilege

Bonnie Weiss McLeod, Cooley, LLP, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Carey Jordan, McDermott Will & Emery, Houston, TX (Bio)


Licensing and Management of IP Assets/Antitrust/Standards and Open Source (Joint Session)

(120 minutes of CLE requested)

The Perplexing Intersection of IP, Standards, Licensing, and Antitrust

Moderator: Paul A. Ragusa, Baker Botts, LLP, New York, NY 

Standards Bodies’ Perspectives How Standards Bodies Create Standards

Clark Silcox, NEMA—National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Rosslyn, VA

How a Standards Body Is Addressing Current Patent Issues

Eileen M. Lach, IEEE – Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, NY (Bio, Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3, Slides)

The Licensing Dynamic When Standard-Essential Patents Are Involved

Moderator: Sarah Guichard, RPX Corporation, San Francisco, CA  (Bio)

Licensor’s Perspective

Stanley Panikowski, DLA Piper, LLP, San Diego, CA (Bio)

Licensee’s Perspective

Dave Djavaherian, Pactech Law, PC, San Clemente, CA (Bio, Paper)

Litigating Disputes for Standard-Essential Patents - Injunctions, RAND, Antitrust, and Other Hot Issues

Moderator: Marc Sandy Block, IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY  (Bio, Paper)

Licensor’s Perspective

Kurt M. Kjelland, Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, CA (Bio, Paper)

Licensee’s Perspective

Scott L. Gilfillan, Intel Corporation, Intel Law and Policy Group, Intel Standards Group, Hillsboro, OR  (Bio, Paper)

Law Practice Management/New Lawyers/Law Students (Joint Session)

(120 minutes of CLE requested)

Leading an IP Team—Keeping it Profitable While Maintaining Team Satisfaction

Even in tough economic times, companies and firms can thrive when IP professionals work together collaboratively. Collaboration may be the biggest factor in workplace satisfaction, firm profitability, productivity, and sustainability. In this interactive session we will discuss creating a culture of collaboration as well as attracting, motivating, and keeping skilled attorneys on your team.

Moderator: Donika P. Pentcheva, Westman Champlin & Koehler, Minneapolis, MN (Bio)

Why is Leading a Team Important to You?

Richard W. Goldstein, Goldstein Patent Law, Staten Island, NY (Bio, Paper, Paper 2, Slides)

What is Required for an Effective Legal Team?

Bryan Franklin, California Leadership Center, Alameda, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

How Do You Have Your Team Members Do What They Say They Will Do?

Richard W. Goldstein, Goldstein Patent Law, Staten Island, NY

What Do You Do When Team Members Don’t Meet Expectations?

Bryan Franklin, California Leadership Center, Alameda, CA

Maintaining Motivation, Satisfaction, and a Sense of Appreciation Within the Team

Richard W. Goldstein, Goldstein Patent Law, Staten Island, NY

 Friday—MAY 1

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Morning Tracks

Track 1—PTAB Practice

Moderator: Sharon Israel, Mayer Brown LLP, Houston, TX (Bio)

New PTAB Rules and New Proposed Rules

Susan Mitchell, APJ, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Invited)

Statistics and Trends on PTAB Filings/Decisions

Michael Sander, Docket Alarm, New York, NY (Bio, Paper)

10:15 – 10:45 am—Networking Break

Recent Court Decisions Impacting Review Proceedings, Including Mandamus, Interlocutory, 318(a) Appeals, Motions to Stay

Nancy Linck, Rothwell Figg, Washington, DC

Steve Baughman, Ropes & Gray, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper)

Improvements at the PTAB

Chuck Fish, OpenTV, Kudelski Group, Mountain View, CA

Peter Chen, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Invited)

Nancy Linck, Rothwell Figg, Washington, DC

Steve Baughman, Ropes & Gray, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper)

Track 2—Adapting to a Changing Patent Litigation Landscape: What You Should Know

Moderator: Kelly Hunsaker, Fish & Richardson, PC, Redwood City, CA (Bio)

Pre-filing Investigations and Curbing Abusive Litigation Practices ETHICS CLE

George Pappas, Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper)

The Nexus Requirement: A Gatekeeper for Patent Remedies

William C. Rooklidge, Gibson Dunn, Irvine, CA (Bio, Paper, Slides)

H. Michael Hartmann, Leydig Voit & Mayer, Chicago, IL (Bio, Paper)

10:15 – 10:45 am—Networking Break

Strategic Tools for Working with Joint Defense Groups Post AIA

Richard L. Rainey, General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT (Bio, Paper)

Design Patents, Trade Dress and Litigation—Oh My! Navigating Through the Enchanted Forest

Christopher V. Carani, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd., Chicago, IL (Bio, Paper)

Mark D. Janis, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN (Bio, Paper)

Track 3—International Highways, Protocols, and Conventions—How Fast Can You Go … Strategies and Considerations for Using Treaties for Efficiently Securing IP Rights in the US and Abroad

Moderator: Maria Eliseeva, Patentbar International PC, Newton, MA

Making the Best of the PPH Fast Lane

Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC, Westminster, CO (Bio, Paper, Paper 2, Slides)

Exploring Strategies with Ma​drid

Nadine Jacobson, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, PC, New York, NY (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Driving Design Protection Abroad Using Hague

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper, Slides)

10:15 – 10:45 am—Networking Break

Setting Sail with Alice: Practical Tips for Smooth Sailing Over the Murky Global Waters of Eligible Subject Matter, Written Description Requirements, Claim Structures, and Drafting Strategies 

Moderator: Bea Koempel-Thomas, Lee & Hayes, PLLC, Spokane, WA

From Across the Pond—Europe

John Collins, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA, London, United Kingdom (Bio, Paper, Slides)

From Afar—Australia and New Zealand

Matt Adams, AJ Park, Wellington, New Zealand (Bio, Paper, Slides)

From Further Afar—China

Chenyan Wu, China Pat Intellectual Property Office, Beijing, China (Bio, Paper, Slides)

12:30 - 2:00  pm Luncheon Speaker


2:00 – 3:30 pm Concurrent Afternoon Tracks


Track 1—Corporate Practice: Deal or No Deal— What is the Worth of the IP in Your Briefcase?

Moderator: Carine M. Doyle, Monsanto Company, Chesterfield, MO (Bio, Slides)

Step into the Ring—Overview of IP Due Diligence

Jeffrey Wolfson, Haynes & Boone, Washington, DC (Bio, Slides)

The Phone Rings—TM and Patent Events During Mergers and Acquisitions

Randi Karpinia, Motorola Solutions, Hypoluxo, FL (Bio, Slides)

One More Thing—Surprises and Valuation of IP Assets

Nancy Klembus, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Roswell, GA (Bio, Slides)

Track 2—Copyright

Moderator: Carole E. Handler, Lathrop & Gage, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Unhappy Together: The Owners of Copyright in Iconic Turtles Recordings Threaten to Upend Existing Music Streaming Business Models

Naomi Jane Gray, Harvey Siskend LLP, San Francisco, CA (Bio, Paper)

"Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? Well, Do Ya?" In Light of Garcia v. Google, When Does an Actor’s Original Performance Merit Copyright Protection?

M. Cris Armenta, The Armenta Law Firm APC, Los Angeles, CA (Bio, Paper)

Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright Protection for Libraries, Archives, and Educational and Research Institutions

Rudy Hofmann, Dicke Billig & Czaja, PLLC, Minneapolis, MN (Paper)

AIPPI-US Representative

Track 3—Patent Quality

Moderator: Wayne M. Serra, Thompson Hine, LLP, Cleveland, OH

Enhanced Quality Initiatives and Summary of the March 25–26, 2015 Patent Quality Summit - A USPTO Perspective

Valencia Martin-Wallace, US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (Invited)

Quality—First Last and Always—Patent Preparation and Prosecution in a Post AIA/Alice World-Outside Counsel Perspective

Victor G. Cooper, Gates & Cooper, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Down the Rabbit Hole—Reflections on Patent Quality and the Impact of Alice- In House Counsel Perspective

Georgann S. Grunebach, 21st Century Fox, Los Angeles, CA


Friday Committee Educational Sessions

IP Practice in Europe (120 minutes of CLE requested)

Latest Trends in EPO Practice—Amendment of Claims in the EPO and in the US

The latest trends impacting the EPO filing practice will be discussed in a first part of the session by a representative of the EPO, providing practical tips for an efficient use of the possibilities available at the EPO. In a second part speakers will highlight the strategic options as well as the pitfalls when amending claims in the US and in Europe, with a particular focus on the EPO practice in relation to added subject matter. The speakers will provide tips for successful claim
amendments in view of both US and EPO proceedings.

Moderator: Raymond E. Farrell, Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt, LLP, Melville, NY (Bio)

Latest Trends in EPO Filing Practice

Camille-Rémy Bogliolo, EPO, Munich, Germany (Bio, Slides)

Claim Amendments in US Proceedings

Theresa Stadheim, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, Minneapolis, MN  (Bio, Paper)

Claim Amendments in Europe

Sylvain Thivillier, Regimbeau, Munich, Germany (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Béatrice Orès, Cabinet Orès, Paris, France (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Camille-Remy Bogliolo, European Patent Office, Munich, Germany (Bio, Slides)

Theresa Stadheim, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA, Minneapolis, MN (Bio, Paper)


Trade Secret Law/Mergers and Acquisitions/Alternative Dispute Resolution (Joint Session)

(90 minutes of CLE Requested)

Trade Secret Valuation Obligations, Risks, Rewards, and Resolutions

Dean A. Pelletier, Pelletier Law, LLC, Chicago, IL (Bio, Paper, Slides)

Lori A. Johnson, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry, Atlanta, GA (Bio, Paper)

Donald W. Rupert, Marshall Gerstein Borun, LLP, Chicago, IL (Bio, Paper, Slides)


 Saturday, May 2


8:00 - 9:00 am President’s Forum

Moderator: Sharon A. Israel, Mayer Brown LLP, Houston, TX (Bio)

The Latest on Patent Litigation Reform Legislation

 Barbara Fiacco, Foley Hoag LLP, Boston, MA

Lisa M. Jorgenson, Executive Director, AIPLA, Arlington, VA

Kevin H. Rhodes, 3M Innovative Properties Company, St. Paul, MN

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Closing Plenary

Moderator: Alyson Barker, Lucky Brand Dungarees, LLC, Los Angeles, CA

Adjusting to the New Reality- Patent Law Mid-Year Review

Mike Jakes, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC (Bio, Paper)

Preclusion, Presumption, and Pizza—Trademark Law Mid-Year Review

Anne Gilson Lalonde, South Burlington, VT (Paper)

Mid-Year Case Law in Review—Copyright

Mark Wittow, K&L Gates, LLP, Seattle, WA (Bio, Paper, Paper 2, Slides)

The Government is Here to Help, But You Still Need to Help Yourself—Trade Secrets Law Mid-Year Review

Victoria Cundiff, Paul Hastings LLP, New York, NY (Bio, Paper)

Professional Negligence: Real-Life Case Studies in IP Malpractice and How to Avoid Them ETHICS CLE

David B. Kramer, Oswald Companies, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Bio)

Theodore Nittis, Oswald Companies, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Bio, Paper, Slides)