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Functional Language in Patent Claims

Daniel Hegner will speak on the convergence of federal court and PTAB decisions questioning functional language in patent claims. Mr. Hegner will address evolving challenges to functional claiming, tips for taking advantage of U.S. law permitting functional language, and functional-claiming pitfalls to avoid.

REGISTER HERE by November 8th at noon.

*This month’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, which is on Vine Street around the corner from The Cincinnatian.   

About the Speaker:

Mr. Hegner is a Member and IP attorney at Bejin Bieneman PLC. Much of his patent experience pertains to preparation and prosecution of electrical, software, and mechanical applications in the fields of automotive connectivity and safety systems, autonomous vehicle control, fuel system, mobile telecommunications, light and optical devices, small engine carburetors, and defense industry special projects.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Hegner has been an avid participant in World IP Day Detroit, serving three consecutive years as an executive organizer of the annual event, which creates public awareness on a broad range of IP issues.

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Blockchain: Understanding a Disruptive Technology

Allisyn Monteleone and Nicholaus Rericha of Dinsmore provide an overview of blockchain technology, including the blockchain transaction process, blockchain technology regulations, and the ways in which blockchain is disrupting a number of industries. Mr. Rericha and Ms. Monteleone will also touch on how law firms are incorporating blockchain technology into their services.

REGISTER HERE by October 4th at noon.

*This month’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, which is on Vine Street around the corner from The Cincinnatian.   

About the Speaker:

Ms. Monteleone focuses her practice primarily on the preparation and prosecution of patents relating to chemistry and chemical engineering. With a background in pharmaceuticals, Ms. Monteleone’s experience ranges from the development of transdermal drugs to the monitoring and reporting of changes in global regulation of generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars.

Mr. Rericha’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, as well as invalidity and non-infringement opinions. His practice includes a wide variety of technological areas including robotics, material processing, optics, circuit design, control systems, software, computer science, automotive, power semiconductors, nanotechnology, among others. In addition, Nick’s practice also includes e-commerce, privacy, and licensing.

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The State of Patent Law and Possible Upcoming Changes

John S. Cipolla of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP will share an overview of the current state of patent law and possible upcoming changes. Mr. Cipolla’s discussion will focus on the patentable subject matter standard under 35 U.S.C. 101, claim construction in inter partes review proceedings, and the irreparable harm standard for injunctions.

REGISTER HERE by August 9th at noon.

*This month’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, which is on Vine Street around the corner from The Cincinnatian.   

About the Speaker:

Mr. Cipolla is the Chair of the Intellectual Property Group at Calfee, where he provides clients with counseling and strategy concerning the procurement of patents and trademarks. Having practiced more than 30 years, Mr. Cipolla has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of trademark and patent.

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