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It has been my pleasure to serve as chair of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee of the AIPLA for the past 2 years.  I am proud to have carried on the tradition of those who came before me by continuing our Partnering in Patents program, the Patent Law Summit, and adding a quarterly committee call to keep committee members abreast of ECLC committee activities. My term expires at the end of this year’s AIPLA annual meeting.  At that time, the committee will be placed into the competent hands of John Salazar, who has been very active in the ECLC for a number of years.  Manav Das will also be stepping into a leadership role.  Congratulations to John and Manav!
As many of you heard during our committee call on October 4, the ECLC has many activities planned for before and during the AIPLA annual meeting in Washington, DC later this month.
On Wednesday, October 26, the USPTO will conduct a campus tour from 8 am – 9 am and will then conduct from 9 am – 11 am a focus session on the topic of best practices for searching for prior art for software patents.  In addition to ECLC members, members of the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Internet Association will also be in attendance.  There will be talks by Robert O’Connell (formerly of Qualcomm) and Dan Long of Cisco before the attendees break into table discussions with PTO examiners. 
After the focus session, the 23rd annual Partnering in Patents program will be held 12-4 pm at the USPTO.  The Partnering in Patents program will include a discussion of USPTO initiatives including the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative, a discussion of the patent eligibility training by the USPTO, a panel on patent quality, an overview of recent court decisions on section 101 and 112, a discussion of the USPTO’s big data initiative, and a recap of the morning’s focus session.  Please plan to attend.  CLE will be available.
The ECLC leadership will also hold its annual USPTO Tech Center Directors Luncheon on Thursday, October 27 at the USPTO.  Later that afternoon, from 3:30-5:30 pm, the ECLC will be holding a joint educational session with the USPTO Inter-Partes Patent Proceedings committee.  The program is entitled “Software Patent Litigation: An Update on Pre-Filing Strategy and Trial Preparation and the Role of IPR and CBM in Software Patent Litigation.”  Speakers will discuss (1) preparation of complaints for asserting patents directed to software implemented inventions, including pre-filing due diligence, new federal pleading rules, patent eligibility defenses, etc., (2) intersection of IPRs/CBMs with litigation, (3) recent PTAB 101 decisions, and (4) post-IPR considerations including special considerations for discovery, Markman preparation, and trial preparation.
We hope to see you in Washington!
Looking ahead, the ECLC is organizing a main track at the AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute on February 2, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale.  Topics include 35 USC 112(b) and 112(f), claiming of software as structure rather than function, and subject matter eligibility for computer implemented invention.  Bob Bahr from the USPTO will be a speaker as well.  Please plan to join us in sunny Florida!
In the spring of 2017, please look for an announcement of our 2017 Patent Law Summit, tentatively scheduled for June in Toronto. 
Finally, please check out the ECLC microsite and plan to participate in our quarterly committee calls to keep abreast of ECLC activities and opportunities to participate.
Michael Dunnam
Chair, ECLC
  

Dear Electronic and Computer Law Committee Members:

I am writing to ask you to strongly consider attending the 2015 AIPLA Electrical and Computer Law Committee Summit sponsored by our own Electronic and Computer Law Committee.  We have put together a strong group of speakers on topics of particular interest to practitioners in the electronic and computer arts for a full day of CLE credit.  The program specifics are set forth below.  We hope to see you there!
 
When: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Where: SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, TX  
 
Further information, including hotel information and registration: click here.
 
Here is the current schedule for the summit:
 
8:45 am - 10:15 am  Alice Update
 
USPTO Perspective
Andrew Hirshfeld (Invited) Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, US Patent & Trademark Office
 
European Perspective
Michael Williams, FJ Cleveland LLP, London, England
 
US Practitioner Perspective
Steven W. Lundberg, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
 
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
 
10:30 am - 11:30 am Litigation Update - Panel discussion 
 
Steven Shumaker, Shumaker & Sieffert, PA, St. Paul, MN
Daniel McDonald, Merchant & Gould PC, Minneapolis, MN
Gregory Morris, PhD, Paul Hastings LLP, Chicago, IL
Andy Ehmke, Haynes and Boone LLP, Dallas, TX
 
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Divided Infringement
 
W. Keith Robinson, Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX
 
12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Luncheon
 
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm RAND/FRAND
 
Dwayne Norton, ChenMalin LLP, Dallas, TX
 
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Judicial Panel Discussion; What Works and Doesn't Work in Patent Litigation
 
Hon. Amos L. Mazzant, III (Tentative), United States District Judge, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman, TX
 
Hon. Roy S. Payne (Tentative) U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Texas, Marshall, TX 
 
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
 
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Derivation Proceedings Under The AIA
 
Stephen G. Kunin, Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP, Alexandria, VA
 
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Trade Secret Protection and Misappropriation in an Age of Rapid Technology Evolution
 
David Wille, Baker Botts LLP, Dallas, TX
 
Steven Page, Hewlett Packard
 
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm The intersection between patent rights and free Open Source Software (Foss)
 
Michael Cameron, Ericsson, Inc., Plano, TX
  
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Reception (Open to all Registrants)
 
Best regards,
 
Michael Dunnam
Chair, Electronic and Computer Law Committee
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Mike Dunnam
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​As your new chair, I am writing to provide an update on recent happenings and upcoming events.  Please feel free to contact me by reply email with any questions.

 
1. I want to personally thank Jim Hallenbeck for the wonderful job he has done leading our committee for the last 2 years.  Our committee remains one of the most active and influential committees in the AIPLA.  I hope to build upon the foundation provided by Jim and his predecessors to provide an important professional outlet for all committee members.  If you have any suggestions for a committee activity or anything that we can do better, please contact us.  Really.
 
2. I would like to welcome John Salazar as our committee's new vice-chair.  John has been a great contributor to the committee over the years, particularly in connection with the Patent Law Summits we have organized for the last several years. 
 
3. In case you missed it, our committee was very active at last month's Annual Meeting.  Our events started on Wednesday, October 22, with the 21st Annual Partnering in Patents event.    There was also a USPTO Campus Tour at 8:00 AM and a Focus Session starting at 9:00 AM on October 22.  Many thanks to Lynne Anderson and Mike Stein for coordinating this event with the USPTO.  Copies of the presentations have been posted to our committee microsite at http://www.aipla.org/committees/committee_pages/Electronic-and-Computer-Law/Pages/default.aspx.
On Thursday, October 23, the ECLC conducted a Joint Session with the Inter Partes Patent Proceedings Committee.  The session included a panel of PTAB judges from the USPTO who conducted a very informative (and wide-open) question and answer session on events and procedures within the Trial Section of the PTAB.  They also provided practice tips with respect to the various review proceedings.  We hope that many of you were able to attend and, if not, that you will consider joining us for our upcoming meetings at the AIPLA Mid-Winter meeting in Orlando and the AIPLA Spring meeting in Los Angeles.
 
4. Please note that the USPTO is conducting a First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting in Menlo Park, California THIS FRIDAY, November 14th that is likely of interest to many of you.  The goal of the Cybersecurity Partnership is to create a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity and network security sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/about/contacts/phone_directory/pat_tech/cybersecurity-partenership-mtg.jsp.
 
5. I would like to personally thank those of you who contributed to a draft Software White Paper that our committee is using as a vehicle to encourage a broader AIPLA push to bring certainty and predictability to the patenting of inventions implemented all or in part in software.  The white paper provides a legal basis for the patent eligibility of software, the importance of software to the US economy, and the way forward following the Alice decision.  A draft has been forwarded to the AIPLA executive committee and has been posted to our committee microsite at http://www.aipla.org/committees/committee_pages/Electronic-and-Computer-Law/Pages/default.aspx. Note that more work needs to be done on this.  We will be soliciting further assistance once we receive comments back from the executive committee of the AIPLA.
 
6. Our committee publishes a newsletter a couple of times a year.  We are due to issue our next newsletter in January.  Accordingly, should you have any articles or blog posts that you would like included in the next publication of the ECLC newsletter, please forward them to me.  We are looking for short submissions - you need not prepare formal articles.  Pragmatic, practice focused articles are preferred.
 
7.  You will soon be hearing more about our plans for the AIPLA Mid-Winter meeting from January 28-31 in Orlando, FL, and for the Spring meeting from April 30 - May 2 in Los Angeles, CA.  We are also soliciting help to plan our Patent Law Summit, which we are targeting for June in Dallas, TX.  We will also be holding our annual spring teleconference with the TC Directors at the USPTO.  There will be more details to come on these events in the near future.
 
Thanks for your attention!  I hope to find ways for all of you to contribute to our committee activities in ways that are comfortable to you and for you to take much away in the form of professional education and relationships through participation in our committee activities.  I hope to see you in Orlando!
 
Best regards,
 
Mike Dunnam
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Hi All,

 

This is likely the last email I will be sending you as the chair of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee.  My term has come to an end and Mike Dunnam will be taking over as Chair and John Salazar will be the new vice-chair.  Thank you to everyone that has contributed in recent years during my tenure.  The ECLC is a very active committee and I have enjoyed every minute.

 

Next week is the Annual Meeting.  Our events start on Wednesday with the 21st Annual Partnering in Patents event.  It takes place in the Madison Auditorium at the USPTO, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  There is also a USPTO Campus Tour at 8:00 AM and a Focus Session starting at 9:00 AM.  Lots going on.  Find more details at http://www.aipla.org/learningcenter/AM2014/Pages/2014PIP.aspx.  Many thanks to Lynne Anderson and Mike Stein for coordinating this event with the USPTO.

 

On Thursday, the ECLC is conducting a Joint Session with the Inter Partes Patent Proceedings Committee, 3:30 – 5:30 in the Wilson A Conference Room on the Mezzanine Level.  The session will include a few USPTO representatives that will provides a general status and statistics on the Trial Section of the PTAB.  They will further discuss practice tips with respect to the various review proceedings and will have a general discussion on other topics.

 

Outside of the Annual Meeting, the USPTO is conducting a First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting in Menlo Park, California on Friday, November 14th that is likely of interest to many of you.  The goal of the Cybersecurity Partnership is to create a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity and network security sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/about/contacts/phone_directory/pat_tech/cybersecurity-partenership-mtg.jsp.

 

As for additional Committee activities, Mike Dunnam is heading up an ECLC effort of many ECLC members in preparing an extensive article on the patent eligibility of software, the importance of software to the US economy, and the way forward following the Alice decision.  Rapid progress has been made and a draft will be ready shortly.  Thank you to all involved and for being so generous with your time.

 

As always, should you have any articles or blog posts that you would like included in the next publication of the ECLC newsletter, please forward them on.  You can send them to me for now and Mike Dunnam will be in touch in the near future about how that will be handled going forward.  Your submissions need not be formal articles.  Rather, pragmatic, practice focused articles are very much encouraged.

 

One last note as a reminder, following the Annual Meeting, please be sure to visit the Committee Center on the AIPLA website and select “Update Committee Selections” on the left hand side to renew your ECLC membership.  Committee memberships must now be renewed each year.

 

I hope to see many of you at the Annual Meeting.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Jim

 

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The ECLC will have a joint committee session at the 2012 Annual meeting, on October 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM in the Virginia B conference room.  We will also have a committee leadership meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6AM.  Please contact Jacques Etkowicz or James Hallenbeck for details or to get involved.