Monday - Thursday, August 1 - 4, 2011

Garden Court Hotel
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Who should attend?

KTIPS is geared towards in-house legal professionals of all skill levels and presents an excellent opportunity to earn valuable CLE credits in a relaxed and collegial environment.

Why attend KTIPS?

This intensive, four-day intellectual property seminar series is designed to provide you with the tools and information needed to develop the most effective strategies in the procurement and protection of your business’s intellectual property.

All courses are taught by Kilpatrick Townsend partners, with in-depth experience in their respective areas of expertise and up-to-date knowledge of current developments in the law. Unlike many CLE opportunities, KTIPS is offered free of charge. Our program allows plenty of time for attendees to speak with colleagues and their Kilpatrick Townsend lawyers in an informal setting.

Each day starts with a continental breakfast and ends with a light lunch. Attendees will also receive a comprehensive set of course materials.


DAY ONE | MONDAY, August 1, 2011

9:00 - 9:10 am

(Susan Spaeth)

9:10 - 10:05 am
Accelerated Patent Prosecution Techniques
(Tom Franklin)
This presentation will look at ways to fast track patent prosecution, including accelerated examination, patent prosecution highway, prioritized examination, first office action interview program and other techniques to quickly get cases allowed.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Advanced Patent Drafting Strategies
(Eugenia Wackowski, Jason Sanders and Steve Moore)
This presentation will provide an overview of Bilski, Prometheus, Myriad, McKesson v. Epic, and other recent cases that have added further complexity to issues of either patent eligible subject matter or patent infringement. We will discuss patent drafting strategies and lessons that flow from the decisions reached in these cases, including joint infringement and contributory infringement issues. Two of the presenters will provide the patent prosecution perspective, while the third presenter, having recently argued the Federal Circuit appeal in McKesson v. Epic, will provide the litigation perspective.

DAY TWO | TUESDAY, August 2, 2011

9:00 - 9:30 am
The Utility of Utility Models: What, When and How
(Babak Sani)
Because they practice in a jurisdiction that does not offer utility models, most U.S. patent attorneys tend not to consider utility models as an integral part of an IP protection and enforcement plan. Depending on the technology and the jurisdiction of interest, however, utility models can be just as effective if not more so than patents. With a focus on a few select countries including Germany and China, we will discuss what type of protection is provided by utility models, when it makes sense to seek UM protection and how to obtain and enforce utility models.

9:30 - 10:15 am
Enforcement of IP in China
(Ken Chang)
This presentation will discuss procedural and substantive law issues and opportunities arising from enforcing IP rights in China. Damages and litigation strategies will also be covered.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm
What You Should Know When Prosecuting Patents in Non-US Jurisdictions
(Kevin Bastian, Charles Gray and Babak Kusha)
This session will discuss specific requirements for non-U.S. jurisdictions including common and uncommon issues and requirements. We will also cover timelines, bar dates, filing requirements, first to file, non-U.S. inventor rights, non-U.S. filing licenses, etc. for non-U.S. jurisdictions.

DAY THREE | WEDNESDAY, August 3, 2011

9:00 - 10:00 am
Patent Law Update
(Michael Turton)
This presentation reviews the important patent cases from the past year and what the opinions in those cases mean to those practicing in the patent area (e.g., prosecutors, litigators, licensing attorneys). It is practice-oriented and focuses on the cases' bottom-line holdings and practical implications for those practicing patent law.

10:05 - 11:05 am
Trade Secret Protection and A Comparison of Patent and Trade Secret Protections
(Patrick Jewik)
This program provides a brief overview of the basics of trade secret protection and the interplay and tension between trade secret protection and patent protection. It also provides thoughts and guidance on whether to choose trade secret or patent protection for a particular invention.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Parallel Universes: Interplay Between Reexamination and Litigation
(Mike Pavento and Annie Rogaski)
This presentation will discuss the interplay between patent reexamination and patent litigation, including strategies (for both the patent holder and the challenger) associated with selecting one type of proceeding over the other and the implications of concurrent proceedings. It will also compare the typical costs and timelines associated with each of these proceedings. One presenter will bring a patent litigator's perspective to the presentation, while the other will bring more of a patent prosecution perspective.

DAY FOUR | THURSDAY, August 4, 2010

9:00 - 11:00 am
IP Considerations in M&A Transactions
(Greg Cinnamon, Lynn Fowler, Bill Gerson and Paul Haughey)
This cross disciplinary panel will discuss special issues that IP counsel will need to address when facing an M&A transaction and will analyze due diligence concerns of a buyer, risk sharing of IP issues between the buyer and seller, and tax considerations involved in structuring an M&A deal. Other topics include dealing with licenses in and out, negotiating IP reps and warranties, indemnities and escrows in acquisition agreements, and tax consequences to buyers and sellers.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Defending Against the NPE
(Jamie Isbester)
Easily half of the patent infringement lawsuits brought in the United States are initiated by non-practicing entities ("trolls") against operating companies. Anyone who makes something and sells it in the United States should understand the dynamics of troll litigation, the most recent trends, and the latest defense tactics. This seminar presents the lessons learned from Kilpatrick Townsend's experience in this area.

CLE Accreditation
This program has been approved for 11.75 hour of general credit by the State Bar of California. MCLE credit for Washington, New York, Georgia and North Carolina is pending approval. Colorado attorneys may claim full credit based on the rules of reciprocity. Kilpatrick Townsend is an approved State Bar of California provider of MCLE credit.

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