2-Day Program

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Please note regarding this Live Webcast Only program:

ZOOM Software Mandatory for CLE Credit

In order to attend the program and earn CLE credit, you will need to download and install Zoom Client For Meetings software. Use of Zoom via web browser will not allow PLI to track your time and earn CLE credit for the program, so please make sure you download and install the Zoom software prior to the program date. Please acquaint yourself with Zoom’s functions such as muting audio and video, chat, screen sharing and voting “yes/no” and “thumbs up/down” in the participants box. If you are using a VPN, please disconnect from the VPN prior to starting the program.

Live Webcast Only

Please note that this program will only be offered as a live webcast on April 1-2 (Eastern Time Zone) and April 29-30 (Pacific Time Zone).

Selecting Breakouts

PLI is advising all attendees (and faculty) to choose one breakout segment per hour and to not migrate from one breakout segment to another within the hour so as to not adversely affect CLE credit. Simply put, please choose one breakout track to attend per hour of the program.


Why You Should Attend

The Institute is your answer to keeping abreast of the myriad developments in patent law, whether your practice focuses on litigation, prosecution, or strategy/transactions. The seven plenary sessions in this two-day program will cover topics of interest to all patent lawyers, regardless of specialty area. Plus, the three-track breakout session structure allows for a customized program agenda.

What You Will Learn

  • Recent court decisions shaping patent law
  • Patent trends and the events that made them
  • PTAB: the latest rule and regulation changes
  • Patent damages and remedies review
  • Global patent eligibility for software: China, Europe, Japan and elsewhere
  • The latest USPTO rules
  • Exploring the new patent litigation hotbed venues
  • Building a strong patent portfolio
  • Corporate patent counsel discuss effects of recent decisions and USPTO activity
  • Ethics for the patent practitioner

…and so much more!

Breakout sessions include:

Prosecution Breakout Track: Stay current with the USPTO rule-makers and guideline writer priorities, they’ll be giving the presentation, take advantage of the chance to ask questions! Learn about: correcting filing receipt errors, asserting and perfecting priority with ADS, oaths and substitute statements, correcting non-responsive replies, QPIDS eligibility, PTA calculations, contacting the Ombudsman and much more!

The USPTO is all about implementing policy derived from Supreme Court, CAFC and PTAB precedent. Is ongoing change at the USPTO what we can expect? Are software-implemented methods viable in view of current policies? Do the USPTO guidelines reflect legal reality – or some USPTO variation? Has the CAFC lost the "handle" on how to implement Supreme Court decisions? Come to our USPTO intensive breakouts for Chemical, Bio and Software Practice and discover the trends!

Litigation Breakout Track: Analysis of successful and unsuccessful patent appeal strategies before the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court; patent damages and remedies review; equitable defenses to patent infringement; exploring the new patent litigation hotbeds after TC Heartland; ITC patent enforcement strategies and insights; and adopting to remote patent litigation proceedings.

Strategic/Transactional Breakout Track: Global patent eligibility for software in China, Europe, Japan and elsewhere; drafting patents to survive post-grant review and litigation; hot topics in patent licensing; Halo and its effect on willful infringement/enhanced damages; and building a strong patent portfolio.

Special Features

  • Earn one hour of Ethics credit!
  • Customize your Institute by choosing from 15 breakout sessions!

Who Should Attend

Patent practitioners of all varieties can truly make PLI's Patent Law Institute 2021 their one-stop shop for patent law updates.

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