18-Hour Program

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Why You Should Attend
The Institute is designed to be of ultimate practice value to all three subgroups in the patent law community: patent prosecutors, patent litigators, and strategic/transactional lawyers. The two-day schedule includes six plenary sessions of interest to all patent lawyers and six breakout sessions in each of the three subgroups.

Topics Include:
• New! Judges, in-house counsel, and outside counsel discuss the future of the profession, including training young attorneys, managing increasing client demands, and promoting diversity
• New! Judges decide discovery disputes in real time with insider feedback
• New! Damages experts highlight best practices for marshalling and presenting evidence
• Experts weigh in on how the Trump administration has changed patent policy and practice
• Corporate counsel discuss how to build a strong patent portfolio
• Review and analysis of recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions
• Federal judges from increasingly relevant patent venues provide insights on patent litigation
• What effect does Halo continue to have on willful infringement, enhanced damages and opinions of counsel
• Prosecution "safe harbors" for computer methods and medical therapies in view of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions and USPTO guidelines

Breakout sessions include:
Prosecution Breakout Track: Two sessions focused on the latest USPTO rulemaking efforts. Painlessly stay current with the rulemakers and guideline writer priorities: correcting filing receipts, ePetition filing, PPH and correcting the ADS! How has "regime change" affected the USPTO in the near and medium term? Are the emphasis and/or methods changing?

The USPTO is all about the Supreme Court, CAFC and PTAB. Is ongoing incremental change at the USPTO is what we can expect? Are software-implemented methods making a comeback in view of new policies? Do the USPTO Guidelines reflect reality - or some USPTO variation – in the law? Is the CAFC getting a "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: The changing landscape of patent litigation post-TC Heartland; comparative analysis of litigation procedures in foreign courts; PTAB practice overview – the latest law and statistics concerning IPR, CBM and PGR proceedings; hot topics in litigation ethics; and strategies for proving and defending patent damages.

Strategic/Transactional Breakout Track: The key issues concerning patent-eligible subject matter and enhanced damages in view of recent Federal Circuit decisions that continue to greatly affect patent practitioners; hot topics in patent licensing that every transactional lawyer should know (but might not); and what U.S. practitioners need to know about prosecuting and opposing applications in Europe

Special Features
• Earn TWO hours of Ethics credit!
• Customize your Institute by choosing from 18 breakout sessions!

Who Should Attend
Patent litigators, patent prosecutors and patent transactional lawyers, both in-house and outside counsel, should not miss PLI’s Patent Law Institute.

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