The Chisum Patent Academy is accepting registrations for the remaining seats in its Small Group Patent Law Seminars to be held at the historic Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington, on August 4-5. This two-day seminar has been approved for 12.0 CLE credits by the Washington State Bar Association. The fee per person is $1,500, which includes extensive materials, daily continental breakfast, and afternoon refreshments. (Our alumni/ae receive a 10% discount.) Academy seminars are held in a unique roundtable format to maximize discussion and debate, and each is limited to ten (10) participants.
Due to the limited number of remaining seats, please confirm availability before registering by emailing [email protected].
Our small group seminars always include topics that are timely and important to professionals engaged in patent prosecution and litigation, but those we’ll discuss at our August 2016 seminars in Seattle are especially so.
We will spend several sessions of each two-day seminar on “Obviousness Rejections and Challenges in the Inter Partes Review Era.” We will explore, in depth, how obviousness, the cornerstone patentability standard, is playing out on the PTAB stage–and on appeal at the Federal Circuit. What types of evidence and argument gain traction? What are the procedural traps? Claim amendments? “Redundant grounds”? Are the PTAB, district courts, and juries looking at the substantive issues in the same way? The topic was very successful in our March 2016 Cincinnati seminars. But by August, there were will be many more Federal Circuit case examples to work with, as well as any “wisdom” on IPR that the Supreme Court may impart in Cuozzo.
As customary, the seminars will also explore recent and pending “blockbuster” decisions by the en banc Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court on other patent law topics, including willful infringement (Halo and Stryker) (Supreme Court decision expected by July 2016); design patent damages (Samsung v. Apple) (cert. granted Mar. 21, 2016); the “on sale” bar (The Medicines Company) (pending Federal Circuit en banc); exhaustion (Lexmark Int’l) (Fed. Cir. Feb. 2016) (en banc); and the laches defense (SCA Hygiene) (Fed. Cir. en banc Nov. 2015, cert. granted May 2, 2016).
For additional information on venue and registration, go to http://www.chisum-patent-