November 16, 2018 - Georgetown & Berkeley Law Host 10th Annual Conference on the Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy

Georgetown Law and Berkeley Law today hosted our tenth annual conference on the Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy. Featuring keynote remarks from Federal Circuit Judge Alan Lourie and Director of the Patent & Trademark Office Andrei Iancu, the event brought together leading figures from the courts, the patent bar, academia and public policy.

The first panel of the day featured four judges from important federal district courts for patent litigation: the District of Delaware, the Southern District of California, and the Eastern District of Virginia. Moderated by Berkeley Law’s Prof. Peter Menell, the panel discussed latest developments in case management, including navigating stays of litigation during parallel proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and courts’ varying approaches to hearing arguments over 101.

In the second panel of the day, Erika Arner, current President of the PTAB Bar Association, moderated a discussion featuring Acting PTAB Chief Judge Scott Boalick and leading practitioners on recent developments at the the PTAB and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Chief Judge Boalick discussed recent rulemakings at the PTAB, such as changes to the standard for patent claim construction, which went into effect just this week.

The third panel brought together practitioners and academics, including Professor Tom Cotter, author of the Comparative Remedies Blog, for a discussion about approaches to patent remedies. John Mancini, a partner at Mayer Brown, spoke about new developments in how courts are interpreting and applying the EBay standard governing injunctions in patent suits.

The final panel featured former Solicitor General Paul Clement, Professor Mark Lemley and other academics discussing developments in case law and public policy during the past year. Jeff Lefstin, professor at U.C. Hastings, spoke about new caselaw emerging around Section 101; Sapna Kumar of the University of Houston discussed the impact of the Everlight case for Section 112’s enablement requirements.

Video of the event, CLE materials and slides from the speakers’ presentations are available here.

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This event was made possible by support from Cisco, Google, Intel, Samsung and Verizon. We thank them for their support!