As of August 14, 2012, the USPTO finished releasing its final rules to implement the September 16, 2012 changes under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The changes governing post-grant proceedings will have a significant effect on your patent protection strategies.
Are you prepared for what lies ahead?
Foley has been actively engaged in the AIA implementation since its inception — as well as studying and participating in the rulemaking process — to develop and refine strategies to help our clients’ businesses benefit from this new law.
This installment in our Patent Nation series will give you an opportunity to discuss how the rule changes for post-grant will impact your business strategy, how the USPTO’s experience in interference and inter partes examination has influenced the new proceedings, as well as proactive steps you should be taking to get up to speed and prepare for the changes to come. Topics include:
- The USPTO’s final rules and their effect on the balance of power between patent owners and accused infringers
The use of inter partes review to your strategic advantage
- Strategies for defending your patents during inter partes review
- What changes may need to be implemented within your business strategy?
Featured Guest Speakers
- Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy Director of the USPTO
- James D. Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO
Featured Foley Speakers
- Matthew A. Smith, Partner and Chair, Patent Office Trials Practice
- Andrew S. Baluch, Special Counsel and Vice Chair, Patent Office Trials Practice
This briefing is tailored for corporate executives and in-house counsel who are familiar with the AIA.
There is no cost to participate in this program; however, pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged, upon registration, to submit questions via email for discussion during the program. To submit a question, or for additional information, please contact Pagette Fischer at pkfischer foley.com.
Foley & Lardner LLP will apply for CLE credit after the program, wherever applicable. Foley & Lardner LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for California MCLE credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of one General credit. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Please note that participants must log in to both the teleconference and LiveMeeting portions on the date of the event; credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event.