Patent Reform CLE a Success

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November 17, 2011

"Patent Strategy After the America Invents Act: How U.S. Patent Reform Will Alter Patent Prosecution and Litigation Decision Making," a recent CLE co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School and Briggs and Morgan, P.A. was a great success. Speakers and panel members helped a packed house of business and legal professionals better understand how the Act will alter patent strategy and decision making.

Topics included:

  • The practical effect of the new "first to file" system
  • Comparing the U.S. "first to file" system to longstanding "first to file" systems employed by other countries
  • Dealing with the new "prior art" standards and rules
  • Effective utilization of the new post-issuance proceedings
  • Patent prosecution strategy and decision making under the Act
  • Patent litigation strategy and decision making under the Act

And speakers and panel members included:

  • Margo Bagley, University of Virginia, Professor of Law
  • Thomas Cotter, University of Minnesota, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law
  • Janet Gongola, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Reform Coordinator
  • Michael Lafeber, Shareholder, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
  • John Lunseth, Shareholder, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
  • Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota, William L. Prosser Professor of Law
  • J. Bruce Schelkopf, Vice President - Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Ingersoll Rand

From left to right: Bruce Schelkopf, Margo Bagley, Ruth Gongola, and Ruth Okediji.