ATLANTA (February 24) – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that attorneys Hitoschi Akiba, Wendy Choi and Larry Roberts will serve as featured panelists at a Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia CLE. The program, “The World of Patent Challenges: A Look into Reexamination, Opposition and Invalidation Proceedings in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” will be held Monday, March 7, 2011.

The expert panelists will explore the similarities and differences between reexamination, opposition and invalidation proceedings in the U.S., Europe and Japan. In addition, the panel will discuss the use of reexamination/opposition/invalidation proceedings in patent litigation.

Mr. Akiba is head of the firm's affiliated office in Tokyo, Japan and focuses his practice on intellectual property, representing clients in a variety of matters including counseling on patent matters, patent infringement litigation and patent licensing. Mr. Akiba has successfully represented clients in various patent licensing activities. Also, he has provided advice to foreign clients with a broad experience in the Japanese patent system.

Ms. Choi focuses her practice on complex patent prosecution and counseling, and IP strategy. She has more than 15 years experience representing clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, ranging from start-up companies to large corporations in both domestic and international patent matters.

Mr. Roberts concentrates his practice on helping clients protect their inventions and litigating patent infringement disputes. He prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications, primarily for medical devices, building and construction materials, and general mechanical inventions. Mr. Roberts has handled both jury and bench trials in various Federal District Courts and has successfully argued a number of appeals at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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