2012-03 U.S. Patent Reform 2012


U.S. Patent Reform Forum 2012
March 27, 2012

Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
Washington D.C.

Sherry Knowles and Brent R. Bellows spoke at the U.S. Patent Reform Forum 2012 on March 27, 2012 as panelists.

Ms. Knowles spoke on the panel entitled “Roundtable: AIA rulemaking overview” which covered topics on the rulemaking progress, demystifying the latest developments and their implications for patent owners: a view from big business and SME’s, anticipating the introduction of Supplemental Examination, and a guide to the USPTO practice reforms and the effects on US companies. The other panelists were Q. Todd Dickinson, Executive Director, AIPLA; Douglas Graham, CEO, IDDEX; Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO; and Michael O’Neill, Partner, Novak Druce + Quigg.

Dr. Bellows spoke on the panel entitled “First-to-File system: Implications of a significant change in the law” which covered topics on the complexities of the impact of the first-to-file approach in the context of new definitions of ‘prior art’ and ‘prior use’, if prior art pre-issuance submissions by third parties lead to higher quality patents, and the exceptions to the first-to-file approach under AIA. The other panelists were Gary Lauder, Managing Partner, Lauder Partners; Steven Wood, Patent Licensing Associate, Brookhaven National
Laboratory; and Gene Quinn, President and Founder, IPWatchdog.

The recent enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act follows a number of groundbreaking decisions from the U.S. Federal Circuit and Supreme Court. Together, these legislative and judicial developments have resulted in the most dramatic changes to the U.S. patent system in more than 50 years, leaving inhouse counsel to contemplate what it all means for them. As the USPTO rules accompanying the America Invents Act are promulgated throughout 2012, even more questions will arise about the future of the U.S. patent system. To address these issues, Managing IP sponsored the U.S. Patent Reform Forum, a one-day event held in Washington D.C. on March 27, 2011.

The forum brought together top officials, leading counsel at U.S. corporations, and their private practice advisers for a number of lively and informative sessions looking at the strategic implications of U.S. Patent Reform. Held in conjunction with Managing IP‘s Annual North America Awards, which took place that evening, the U.S. Patent Reform Forum was also streamed in real-time as live webinars to a global audience of IP professionals.

View the program.