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General Counsel Event

Presented by the NVTC General Counsel Committee

December 2, 2011

    Patent Law Reform: What You Need To Know To Cover Your Assets

    September’s America Invents Act swept into law the most significant changes to the American patent system in decades.

    Please join the NVTC General Counsel Committee for a breakfast briefing on important aspects of the new patent legislation, which will affect every technology company in the region. This event is a must-attend for any technology executive at a company that currently has patents or might need them in the future. In addition to the wholly new approach to patents, we will also address the internal processes you should modify or implement to maximize protection of your company’s intellectual property portfolio and to minimize the risk of patent claims under the new rules. Our panel of experts will also cover:

    • Implications to technology companies of the new first-inventor-to-file system and how to avoid losing your company’s patent rights.
    • Critical changes to the rules on challenging patent validity and how to use them offensively and defensively.
    • Status of PTO rulemaking to implement aspects of the new law that go into effect on September 16, 2012.
    • New requirements that will affect whether you can still obtain patent protection where there is prior art, including first to publish protection, on-sale bars and commercialization of inventions without losing patent rights, and pre-issuance prior art submissions in the PTO.
    • Rules that will affect patent litigation, including new joinder rules, willfulness standards, supplemental examination in the PTO to insulate against inequitable conduct, and expansion of the prior user defense and how to preserve your company’s ability to rely on it.
    • New, easier marking provisions that will affect your company’s efforts after you obtain a patent.

    This event is geared toward senior corporate executives, especially those in the CEO, CTO and in-house counsel roles at technology companies, and their advisors. We hope you can join us, as this briefing will help you avoid numerous headaches in dealing with the new rules.


    Jonathan D. Link, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


    Drew Hirshfeld, Senior Advisor and Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Joseph D. Matal, Judiciary Committee Counsel to Senator Jon Kyl
    Scott D. Malpede, Partner, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto


    Patent Law Reform: What You Need To Know To Cover Your Assets


    Platinum Sponsor: eTERA Consulting
    Gold Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Holland & Knight; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    Silver Sponsor: Federal Publications Seminars

    For more information about sponsorships for this event and committee, click here.

    The Ritz-Carlton
    1700 Tysons Blvd.
    McLean, VA