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2/2 - Opening Plenary - Deep Dives: International and Section 112

February 2, 2022 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Fiesta 4-8


90 Minutes


9:00 AM - 2022 Mid-Winter Kick Off
Patrick Coyne, AIPLA President

9:10 AM - Association Business Meeting
Brian Batzli, AIPLA President Elect


9:15 AM - DEEP DIVE - INTERNATIONAL: An Update on the Unified Patent Court in Europe

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Campinos, President, European Patent Office

9:45 AM - Introduction to AIPLA @ 125

10:15-10:30 AM - Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12 Noon
DEEP DIVE - Section 112: How the Widgets Hit the Fans

Learn what’s needed to make claims withstand section 112 tests during prosecution, post-grant proceedings, and district court litigation.

A panel will analyze patent claims and look at the section 112 challenges practitioners face at all stages of patent practice. This will be an interactive conversation among experts and attendees directed to learn how to read claims from all points of view, and leverage 112 requirements to your advantage.

Moderator: Ann Mueting, Mueting Raasch Group, Minneapolis, MN
Prosecution: Sharon Crane, Rothwell Figg, Washington, DC
Post Grant:
Bridget Smith, Relativity Space, Los Angeles, CA
Ellisen Shelton Turner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Los Angeles, CA


  • Smith Photo Smith, Bridget

    Relativity Space | Assistant General Counsel and Head of IP

    Bridget Smith is Assistant General Counsel and Head of Intellectual Property at Relativity Space, an American aerospace manufacturing company that develops manufacturing technologies, launch vehicles, and rocket engines for commercial orbital launch services.
  • Turner Photo Turner, Ellisen Shelton

    Kirkland & Ellis, LLP | Partner

    Ellisen Turner is an Intellectual Property partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a well-known IP strategist and litigator who combines business acumen with a deep knowledge of intellectual property law to support his clients’ business goals and maximize the value of their technology. He has helped clients secure victories in patent and trade secret litigations that have led to billions in total client compensation, and has successfully defended matters with billions in revenue at stake.
  • Crane headshot200 Crane, Sharon

    Rothwell Figg | Partner

    Sharon E. Crane, Ph.D.’s practice specializes in post grant trials at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), litigation, and patent prosecution and opinions for clients in the biotechnology area.
  • Mueting photo200 Mueting, Ann

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | Patent Attorney

    Ann M. Mueting, Ph.D., J.D., is a founding shareholder of the firm Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which began in 1995 and represents Fortune 500 companies, biomedical firms, universities, various mid-size and startup companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs. Ann is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of patent prosecution, due diligence, and related opinion work with emphasis in chemical and biotechnology patent law.
  • Batzli, Brian

    Merchant & Gould | Partner & Chairman Emeritus

    Brian Batzli is an intellectual property attorney and partner at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office. He is also now Chairman Emeritus, having led the firm as CEO, Managing Director and Chairman from 2011 to mid-2018.
  • Coyne, Patrick

    Finnegan | Partner & AIPLA President

    Patrick is a trial and appellate attorney. His litigation experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret claims; licensing; related antitrust and unfair competition issues; general commercial litigation; products liability; and domestic and international arbitration. He also assists clients with strategic portfolio development and management.