Why You Should Attend
Patent litigation continues to be one of the hottest legal practice areas today.  If you are a litigator and have wondered how patent litigation differs from your practice or if you have considered pursuing patent litigation but want to learn how it differs from other types of commercial litigation, then you will not want to miss this program.  Covering the spectrum of patent litigation topics and exploring patent litigation from the inside out, this exciting program features a faculty of expert patent practitioners who will simplify an otherwise complicated regime and make you feel like an expert after the program.  From the Rule 11 pre-filing investigation through the appeal to the Federal Circuit, this program will tackle it all.  Attendees will learn essential practical details including who to sue and what to put in the complaint.  Learn what discovery is needed in a patent case and how discovery differs from other civil litigation.  Disclosures of infringement and invalidity contentions, the claim construction process at and leading up to the Markman hearing will also be explored.  Find out what is needed to prove infringement and how a patent may be invalidated by prior art or rendered unenforceable by inequitable conduct.  Hear what can be expected at trial and what remedies are available.  We will also discuss alternative forums, including the International Trade Commission, and review appeals to the Federal Circuit, and how it and the Supreme Court are reshaping patent law and patent litigation.

What You Will Learn

  • Identifying who to sue
  • Notice letters—should you send one?
  • Strategies upon receipt of a notice letter
  • Forums available to patent infringement suits
  • What steps needs to be taken before filing a complaint?
  • What information is necessary for the complaint and answer?
  • When should your client counterclaim?
  • Induced or contributory infringement
  • How accused infringers can take advantage of patent challenges under the AIA
  • Efficient and effective use of discovery
  • Construing claims and the Markman process
  • How is a patent case tried?
  • Available remedies and likelihood of awards
  • Appeals in the Federal Circuit and how to position a case for appeal
  • Time and money: How long does this all take and how much will it cost? 

Who Should Attend
Attorneys who want to understand what happens if their companies become involved in patent litigation, litigators who are considering broadening their practice to include patent litigation, and corporate and licensing lawyers who want additional expertise when advising their clients on patent-related matters.