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September 17, 2020

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law to host virtual IP Fall Institute, Sept. 29-Oct. 2

WASHINGTON, Sept.17, 2020 — Judges, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officials, in-house counsel, professors, private practitioners, and U.S. and global industry experts will come together virtually to discuss the latest in intellectual property developments and emerging issues during the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s IP Fall Institute, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

What:   IP Fall Institute: Virtual CLE Programming & Networking Experience Sponsored by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
When:  Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Where: Online

Program highlights include:


“One-on-One Conversation with USPTO Director” — Experience a conversation between Andrei Iancu, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO, and Dorian Daley, executive vice president and general counsel of the Oracle Corp. in Redwood City, California, discussing such topics as the importance of innovation and technology, entrepreneurship and the current happenings within intellectual property law.

10:15-11:45 a.m. CDT


“Hot Topics before the PTAB” — The Patent Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) has undergone significant changes under USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. Michael Tierney, vice chief administrative patent judge, along with experienced IP practitioner panelists will discuss the recent developments before the PTAB and the impact that America Invents Act (AIA) trials have had on related proceedings before federal district courts and the International Trade Commission.

3:30-4:30 p.m. CDT


“Virtualization of IP Litigation: Tales from the Bench” — From virtual hearings to virtual trials, hear judges’ experiences and anecdotes on how they are navigating remote litigation. Panelists are U.S. district court judges: Alan D. Albright, Western District of Texas, Waco; Philip S. Gutierrez, Central District of California, Los Angeles; and Maryellen Noreika, District of Delaware, Wilmington.

10:30-11:45 a.m. CDT


“IP Issues in Commercial Contracts” — Discover best practices for drafting and negotiating strong IP terms in various types of corporate transactions. In-house experts from the health care, telecommunications, appliance manufacturing and office furniture/architectural/technology industries will discuss their background, experiences and learnings in navigating IP issues in transactions.

1-2:30 p.m. CDT

The complete schedule can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected]

The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policymakers as they consider legislation affecting the law and regulations in intellectual property matters. The section is known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law.

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