2017 GW IP Law Symposium

Navigating the complex and evolving intellectual property landscape can be challenging, but nearly every business must do this in some fashion. Though protection strategies may differ from company to company, the keys to success are the same—an in-depth understanding of the threats and opportunities that accompany patent portfolio management; offensive and defensive strategies for litigation; and a grasp of where the patent system is heading.

Join in-house counsel from major corporations and members of the judiciary, academia and private practice as they explore these issues at the ninth annual Symposium on Intellectual Property. The program, presented by The George Washington University Law School, Mayer Brown and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, will feature interactive panel discussions of hot topics and recent developments in patent law, including:

  • From the Bench: Litigating Patent Cases in the Federal Courts
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings
  • Section 101: Latest Jurisprudence and Can It Be Fixed?
  • Intellectual Property Disputes in the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit

Keynote Address

We will be joined for a special keynote address by the Honorable David Ruschke, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office.


CLE credit is pending. Please join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program.


Agenda

8:30 am - Breakfast and Registration

9 am: Welcome Remarks

9:15 am: Keynote Address

  • Hon. David Ruschke, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office 

10 am: Panel 1 - Hot Topics at the PTAB

Moderator

  • William Atkins, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Panelists

  • Chad Hanson, PhD, Senior IP Litigation Attorney, Medtronic
  • Timothy Jezek, VP, IP and Litigation, EchoStar Corporation
  • Scott Markow, Senior Group Patent Counsel, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Erick Palmer, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

11:15 am: Break

11:30 am: Panel 2 - From the Bench: Litigating Patent Cases in the Federal Courts

Moderator

  • Alan Grimaldi, Partner and Co-Leader, Intellectual Property Practice, Mayer Brown LLP

Panelists

  • Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, United States District Court, Northern District Of Illinois
  • Hon. Roy Payne, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Hon. Gregory Sleet, United States District Court, District of Delaware 

12:45 pm: Networking Luncheon

2 pm: Panel 3 - Intellectual Property Disputes in the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit

Moderator

  • Andrew Pincus, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Panelists

  • Ginger Anders, Counsel, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Mark Freemen, Appellate Staff, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice (invited) 

3:15 pm: Break

3:30 pm: Panel 4 - Section 101: Latest Jurisprudence and Can It Be Fixed?

Moderator

  • Jack Barufka, Partner and Co-Leader, Intellectual Property Practice, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 

Panelists

  • Mark Beloborodov, Senior Director, IP Portfolio Management and Counseling, Philips
  • Ken Corsello, Attorney, IBM
  • Jim Howard, Associate General Counsel, Askeladden, L.L.C. (a/k/a Patent Quality Initiative)
  • David Jones, Assistant General Counsel for IP Policy, Microsoft Corporation
  • Dmitry Karshtedt, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School 

4:45 pm: Closing Remarks

5 pm: Cocktail Reception