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November Conference to Study U.S. Patent Reform

OCTOBER 26, 2011—The University of Minnesota Law School and Briggs and Morgan, P.A., are co-sponsoring the conference "Patent Strategy After the America Invents Act: How U.S. Patent Reform Will Alter Patent Prosecution and Litigation Decision Making" from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Room 385 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

The America Invents Act is the most significant change to the U.S. patent system in more than 60 years. The panel will help business and legal professionals better understand how the Act will alter patent strategy and decision making.

Speakers and panel members are: Margo Bagley, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia; Aleya Champlin (’91), Of Counsel at Briggs and Morgan; Thomas Cotter, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School; Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Michael Lafeber (’93), Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan; John Lunseth (’77), Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan; Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School; and J. Bruce Schelkopf, Vice President – Deputy General Counsel & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.

Topics at the conference will include:

  • The practical effect of the new "first to file" system
  • Comparing the U.S. "first to file" system to longstanding "first to file" systems employed by other countries
  • Dealing with the new "prior art" standards and rules
  • Effective utilization of the new post-issuance proceedings
  • Patent prosecution strategy and decision making under the Act
  • Patent litigation strategy and decision making under the Act

There is no charge to attend the conference, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, November 11, to lawevent@umn.edu. Complimentary parking at Seven Corners Parking Ramp will be provided by Briggs and Morgan. CLE credit has been requested.

 
 
 

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