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Waymo v Uber

IP Casebriefs #006: Discussing the Case, Part 2

AIPLA filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in United States Patent and Trademark Office et al. v. B.V., No. 19-46, a case addressing whether the addition by an online business of a generic top-level domain (such as “.com”) to an otherwise generic term can create a protectable trademark. 


In part two of a two-part series, we hear from Craig B. Whitney, a partner in the Frankfurt Kurnit litigation group and the author of AIPLA's recent amicus brief in this case. In part 1, we heard from Rebeccah Gan, a Partner at Wenderoth, on why she disagreed with AIPLA's adopted position.


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Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street

Seattle, WA, United States


Malene Ward


1180 Minutes of CLE including 60 minutes of Ethics


Fee: AIPLA Member - $495 | Non-Member – $695 |

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2020 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp

Strengthen your patent prosecution skills with our 2.5-day program.

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Are you interested in staying current on patent prosecution practice or involved in cross-disciplinary practice? Are you a new or junior lawyer, a patent agent, or a technical advisor? Are you a foreign practitioner who wants to understand and speak the language of the USPTO and US practitioners when sending instructions on a US case or when receiving instructions on a local case?

If your answer is “yes” to any of the above questions, or if you simply love patent law, please join us in Seattle for this 2.5-day patent prosecution seminar.

Now in its 21st year, AIPLA’s Patent Prosecution Boot Camp is a comprehensive, CLE-accredited seminar that includes instructional lecture-style sessions with practical tips on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, as well as hands-on interactive workshops that will walk you through drafting claims and responding to office actions. To ensure that the workshops are relevant to your practice, they are held in smaller groups according to technology backgrounds: (1) Biotechnology/Chemical, (2) Electrical/Software, and (3) Mechanical.

Day 1 focuses on preparation of a patent application.

Day 2 focuses on prosecution of the application to grant.

Day 3 is a half-day program dedicated to more advanced topics such as petitions, appeals, post-grant proceedings, and international practice.

Who Should Come

Beginning practitioners and experienced practitioners that want to improve their patent prosecution skills.

Who Will Be Speaking?

Our speakers are thought-leaders in patent law. We're happy to welcome Kay Konishi, Konishi & Nagaoka IP Firm, VP of JPAA, from Tokyo, Japan; and Janet Gongola, USPTO Vice Chief Judge for Engagement, as our keynote speakers. Our full list of speakers is below. 

Topics We Cover

  • Initial 'Inventor' Overview
  • Invention Disclosure
  • Inventorship
  • Patent Searching and Opinions
  • Application Drafting
  • Provisional Applications
  • Design Patents
  • Filing Formalities
  • Claims Drafting + Workshop
  • Responding to § 101 / §112 Rejections 
  • Responding to § 103 Rejections
  • Restriction Elections / Double Patenting
  • Continuations and RCEs
  • Examiner Interviews & Knowing the USPTO
  • and much more.

Program and Event Schedule

View our current program schedule. Format is 2.5 days, starting with a continental breakfast at 7:30 am, leading into programming until 5:30 pm with an hour lunch break. There will also be a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on the first day.

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Registration Fees

AIPLA Member: $495
Non-Member: $695
Student/Government/Academic: $245

Meeting Materials

Seminar materials will be available for electronic download with paid registration fee. Printed materials are also available if requested during the registration process. 

CLE Information

1180 MINUTES, including 60 MINUTES of ETHICS
* All necessary deductions (i.e. breaks, meals, Q&As) have been deducted from calculations, are indicated in italics and not included in calculations.
1180 / 60 = 19.67, including 1.0 Ethics hour
      •    Please note that in states where credits must be recorded to the (0.25)hour, the
maximum credit awarded will be 19.50, including 1.0 Ethics hour
      •    Please note that in states where credits must be recorded to the (0.5)hour, the maximum credit awarded will be 19.50, including 1.0 Ethics hour
1180 / 50 = 23.60, including 1.2 Ethics hours
      •    Please note that in states where credits must be recorded to the (.25)/(0.5)hour, the maximum credit awarded will be 23.50, including 1.0 Ethics hour


Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Group rate: $259 (single/double)

Reservation Number: 206-774-1234

The original AIPLA block sold out - Hotel may still have rooms available at the $259 rate.


Hotels nearby with lower rates:

Hyatt Regency Seattle -

Fairmont Olympic Hotel – Seattle -


Refunds will be made only if cancellation is received by AIPLA no later than February 12, 2020. Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Michelle Stuckey at, and are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds or credit will be issued for cancellations received after February 12, 2020.




  • Konishi, Kay

    Konishi & Nagaoka IP Firm

  • Arneson, Laura

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, PA | Attorney

    Laura is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of biotechnology and the biomedical sciences.
  • Baker, W. Todd

    Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. | Partner

    W. Todd Baker is Chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Patent practice group and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
  • Byrne, Linda

    The Toro Company

  • Canady, Ph.D., Karen S.

    Canady + Lortz LLP | Founding Partner

    Dr. Canady’s practice emphasizes biotechnology patent preparation and prosecution, representing universities and research institutes, as well as start-ups and publicly-traded companies. She also counsels clients to help them with strategic portfolio development and assessment.
  • Cassell, Justin

    Workman Nydegger | Shareholder

    Justin counsels clients on patent procurement, intellectual property due diligence, validity and infringement, strategic international IP protection, post-grant proceedings, and preliminary patent enforcement and defense actions.
  • Curtis, Anthony

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner | Attorney

    Tony Curtis is a registered patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. His practice includes patent procurement, portfolio management and strategic counseling in a wide range of electrical, software, and mechanical technologies.
  • Gibb, III, Frederick W.

    Gibb & Riley | Principal and Founder

    Frederick W. Gibb, III is a principal and founding member of the firm, Gibb & Riley, and is a registered patent attorney principally drafting and prosecuting patent applications.
  • Gongola, Janet

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board | Vice Chief Judge for Engagement

  • Gwin, H. Sanders

    Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | Principal

    H. Sanders Gwin, Jr. is a Principal of Shumaker & Sieffert. Sanders specializes in patent preparation/prosecution and patent infringement/validity counseling in the chemical, materials and software fields.
  • Hansen, Robert M.

    The Marbury Law Group | Partner

    Robert (Bob) Hansen was a founding partner of Hansen Huang Technology Group, LLP which merged with Roberts Mardula & Wertheim, LLC to form The Marbury Law Group. Mr. Hansen has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent preparation and prosecution; patentability, validity, and infringement opinions; sale and licensing of intellectual property; strategic patent portfolio development; and litigation.
  • Hjelle, Lucas

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA

    Lucas Hjelle is a patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.
  • Irving, Thomas L.

    Finnegan | Partner

    Tom Irving has more than 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law. His practice includes America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, patent prosecution, and reissue and reexamination.
  • Johnson, Benjamin

    Perkins Coie | Counsel

    Patent attorney Benjamin Johnson works to develop and protect intellectual property portfolios, which includes prosecuting patent applications in the United States, Mexico, Europe, China, Japan and other global jurisdictions.
  • Kokjohn, Sydney

    Donaldson Company | Counsel

  • Kwong, Stephanie

    Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC | Senior Attorney

    Stephanie is a registered patent attorney. In addition to patent prosecution, Stephanie has experience in trademark prosecution and maintenance, opinions, licensing, due diligence review and dispute resolution including intellectual property litigation.
  • Lezak, Arriènne (Angel) M.

    Polsinelli | Shareholder

    A registered patent attorney and former senior patent examiner, Angel approaches prosecution with a personal, creative, and effective approach that is informed by extensive experience in the arts.
  • Lieberman, Rochelle "Rocky"

    Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC | Member

    Rochelle Lieberman, Esq., is a member of the law firm of Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC, where she specializes in intellectual property law (i.e. patents, trademarks, and copyrights). Ms. Lieberman is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Martinez-Lemke, Sheila

    Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP

    Ms. Martinez-Lemke specializes in client counseling to develop international patent portfolios and commercializing technologies.
  • Murphy, Ph.D., Amanda K.

    Finnegan | Partner

    Amanda Murphy, Ph.D., focuses her practice on strategic client counseling, portfolio management, and patent prosecution for a range of clients, including small startup companies, research foundations, and large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Nigon, Ken

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA

    Ken’s practice focuses on US and international patent protection for computer hardware, software, and business methods.
  • Nikhanj, Rakhi

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | Patent Attorney

    Rakhi is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of domestic and international patent protection and related opinion work in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts with an emphasis on medical devices, software systems, high technology filtration, acoustics, material science and material handling.
  • Oppedahl, Carl

    Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC | Partner

    Carl Oppedahl is a frequent speaker on the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He is the author of the Ant-Like Persistence blog.
  • Oster, Jeff

    Aardvark Therapeutics Inc | General Counsel

  • Osterbur, Stefan D.

    Reising Ethington | Senior Attorney

    Stefan provides patent prosecution and preparation services to a wide range of clients, from solo inventors and start-ups to global enterprises.
  • Peyser, Emily C.

    Polsinelli | Shareholder

    Emily Peyser partners with clients to offer strategic and comprehensive intellectual property strategies to help procure and protect their patent and trademark portfolios.
  • Plehn-Dujowich, Debora

    Eckert Seamans | Member

    Debora Plehn-Dujowich has extensive experience as a patent attorney focusing on life sciences technologies.
  • Polson, Margaret

    Polson Intellectual Property Law | Founder and Senior Partner

    Margaret Polson, Founder and Senior Partner for Polson Intellectual Property Law, leads the firm in authority and expert knowledge of intellectual property law. Overseeing the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications, trademarks, and copyrights, she also assists clients with licensing and intellectual property strategy and management.
  • Randall, David A.

    Brooks Kushman P.C. | Shareholder

    David is a registered patent attorney with over 25 years of experience. He has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark and trade secret litigation throughout the United States, as well as multi-jurisdictional matters.
  • Sebor, Angela

    Tolmar | Global Intellectual Property Manager

    Dr. Angela Sebor is a registered U.S. Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in Immunology and more than 23 years’ experience in patent law, primarily in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
  • Shukla, Darcy

    Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | Principal

    Darcy is a registered patent attorney focusing on patent prosecution in the electronics, software, computer architecture, and wireless communication arts.
  • Smith, William F.

    Baker & Hostetler | Of Counsel

    Bill Smith is a former administrative patent judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He focuses his practice on advising clients in complicated patent matters, including reexamination proceedings, appeals, interferences, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and patent litigations.
  • Sundby, Suzannah K.

    Managing Partner | Canady + Lortz LLP

    Suzannah practices all aspects of intellectual property law across a diverse array of technological fields including biochemistry, molecular biology, recombinant technologies, small molecules, pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines, microfluidics, diagnostics, medical devices and treatments, orphan drugs, catalyst compositions, and nanotechnology.
  • Tripodi II, Paul D.

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Partner

    Paul D. Tripodi II is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation, contract disputes involving intellectual property, and trade secret misappropriation. He has been involved in both bench and jury trials, as well as proceedings before various international tribunals and the International Trade Commission (ITC).
  • Uribe, Mauricio

    Knobbe Martens | Partner

    Mauricio has extensive experience in comprehensive client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property law.
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