The Rapidly Changing Patent Law Landscape: What Entrepreneurs, Investors, Inventors, Lawyers and Judges Need to Know


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March 16, 2015

The Rapidly Changing Patent Law Landscape: What Entrepreneurs, Investors, Inventors, Lawyers and Judges Need to Know

Basic patent issues, entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and current issues in patent law will be discussed in a day-long event hosted by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Intellectual Property and Innovation American Inn of Court (IP Inn of Court). Hear from experts in presentations and panel discussions. In addition, the event includes lunch and a networking reception.

DATE:             Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

TIME:             The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

LOCATION:     Hilton Garden Inn located in Troy, New York.  


9:00 AM -10:15 AM Basic Patent Issues*

Panelists: Mark Bloomberg, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Michael Johnson, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Peter Thurlow, Jones Day, Matt Kinnier, Hoffman Warnick LLC, and Moderator:  Colman Ragan, Actavis, Inc.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer 

Panelists: Michael Hickey, Executive in Residence and Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Siena College, James Spencer, Jr., Executive Director, Rensselaer Technology Park; Acting Director, Office of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and New Ventures, Esther Vargas, Director, Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE), Martin Ricciardi, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, Dr. Daniele Gallardo, Cofounder and VP, Business Development, Actasys, Inc., Moderators: Neil Zipkin and Benjamin Charkow, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Keynote Speaker: Honorable Arthur Gajarsa, (ret.) Circuit Judge of the United District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Current Issues in Patent Law: Update On Key Supreme Court And Federal Circuit Decisions*

Panelists: Anthony Lo Cicero, NYIPLA President, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP, Annemarie Hassett, Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, NYU Law School, Nicholas Mesiti, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Moderator: Charles Hoffmann, NYIPLA Immediate Past President

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Current Issues in Patent Law: Discussion On Local Patent Rules, Discrete AIA Litigation Issues, Interplay Of Different Fora In Which To Litigate Patent Disputes*

Panelists: Robert Maier, Baker Botts LLP, Alan Sack, Sack IP, Heather Schneider, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Moderator: Robert Rando, The Rando Law Firm P.C.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Presentation: Mastering Patent Claim Construction From The Perspective Of A Patent Special Master

Speaker: Robert Rando, The Rando Law Firm P.C.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Networking & Cocktail Reception

*Qualifies For A Total Of 6.0 NY/NJ CLE Credits



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