Subject Matter Eligibility Developments

May 11, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM


Virtual - all times are eastern daylight time


90 Minutes of MCLE

Moderator: Michele Connors, Cirrus Logic, Inc, Austin, TX


Latest Tips for Eligible Subject Matter Drafting: Best practices and special issues for AI, computer and biotech industries 
Enrica Bruno, Steinfl & Bruno, Pasadena, CA

Judge or Jury:  Who Will Resolve Eligibility and How? 
Courts have begun to send post-Alice eligibility determinations to the jury.  And, where district judges resolve eligibility, they have not typically followed the USPTO’s Eligibility Guidelines.  An examination of the reasons behind these developments and possible approaches and strategies to address them.
Ellisen Shelton Turner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Los Angeles, CA

A Deep Dive on How the Federal Circuit is Handling Eligibility Cases:  What patent litigators and prosecutors need to know
Jeffrey Lewis, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, New York, NY


  • 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.
  • Stein Photo Stein, James

    Lee & Hayes | Patent Attorney/Partner

    With nearly 15 years of experience, James has a diverse practice spanning all areas of patents, including post-grant proceedings (e.g., inter partes review and reexamination), strategic counseling, prosecution, litigation, and transactions.
  • Bruno, Enrica

    Steinfl+Bruno, LLP | Founder and Partner

    Enrica Bruno is an EPO-Qualified U.S. Patent Attorney, Founder and Managing Partner of the firm Steinfl + Bruno LLP. Enrica is past Co-Chair of the AIPLA Harmonization Committee, and AIPLA IPP in Europe Committee as well as Liaison of the California Lawyers Association to the US Bars EPO Liaison Council, and CEIPI tutor. Enrica has extensive professional experience in the U.S. and Europe in drafting prosecuting and managing world-wide patent portfolios as well as developing intellectual property strategies to protect innovations, in biotechnology, chemistry and other technical fields.
  • Connors Photo Connors, Michele

    Cirrus Logic, Inc. | Assistant General Counsel

  • Lewis I.D., Jeffrey

    Foley Hoag | Partner

    Jeffrey I. D. Lewis is a partner at Foley Hoag, resident in the firm’s New York office, and an AIPLA Past President. A chemical engineer and registered patent attorney, Jeff concentrates on patent and trademark litigation, counseling and licensing, as well as other intellectual property and general litigation. He regularly represents plaintiffs as well as defendants – both at trial and on appeal – in a range of technology-related sectors with a focus on pharmaceuticals, chemicals, mechanical/medical-device, biotechnology and life sciences. He also has represented pharmaceutical innovators in numerous Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) patent litigations. Jeff has appeared in several dozen cases before the U.S. federal district courts, and has argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.