Virtual Symposium: The Patent Office Comes to California

Patent-focused online conference features speakers from Meta, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard.

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) presents The Patent Office Comes to California, a virtual symposium that will take place on August 30, 2022. The Patent Office Comes to California is a one-day virtual conference offering 7.0 Hours of MCLE programming and will feature highly-sought speakers from organizations like USPTO, PTAB, EPO, Meta, Microsoft, and more.

Speakers will discuss hot topics in patent law, including patent-eligible subject matter, hot button issues in the biopharma industry, practical strategies for Inter Partes Review, tips for prosecuting at the EPO, the Unitary Patent Package, the JPO’s approach to AI patents, and more.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Acting Director Steven Koziol (USPTO)
  • Matthew Sked (USPTO)
  • Lead Administrative Judge Charles Boudreau (PTAB)
  • Stefan Luginbuehl (EPO)
  • Hervé Chabus (EPO)
  • Gershom Sleightholme (EPO)
  • Ellisen Turner (Kirkland & Ellis)
  • Nikki Vo (Meta)
  • Teresa Stanek Rea (Crowell & Moring)
  • Steven Caltrider (Dana Farber Cancer Center)
  • Kevin Noonan (McDonnell Boehner)
  • Cara Coburn (Altos Labs)
  • Jessica Kaiser (Arnold & Porter)
  • Robert Lytle (Microsoft)
  • Deana Kwong (Hewlett Packard)
  • Iida (Shiga International Patent Office)
  • Noritane Kikitsu (JPO)
  • Bridget Smith (Relativity Space)

IP and patent lawyers and legal professionals across California are expected to participate in The Patent Office Comes to California.

Practical information:

  1. August 30, 2022
  2. Virtual
  3. Registration starts at $175; sign up online

About the Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association:

The Intellectual Property Law Section, organized in 1976, furthers the knowledge of its members in the law of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, licensing, technology, privacy, entertainment, and sports.

The mission of the Intellectual Property Law Section is to foster our members’ success through the advancement of knowledge and expertise in all areas of intellectual property and technology law, policy, and practice, through educational programming, networking, interest groups, and publications.

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