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Patent Office Litigation– How to Wield A New Low-Cost Alternative to District Court Patent Litigation

This interactive talk covers the new post-grant proceedings made available for the first time at the USPTO under the America Invents Act. Michael Messinger, Partner at Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox will lead us as we look at the various features of inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and covered business method review (CBM). This talk covers the pros and cons of using these different strategies and how company decision-makers can take advantage of them. We discuss the parties and technologies involved in IPR and CBM proceedings already, and what we have learned one year in from actual case examples. Issues faced by patent defendants and patent owners are covered. These include available patentability grounds, scope of discovery, time limits, estoppels, and stays. We also describe the newly created Patent Trial and Appeal Board administrating these trials.

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November 2013 Meeting: Measuring Quality and Value of IP Work

Join us for a moderated panel discussion on measuring the quality and value of intellectual property work and overcoming the measurement difficulties posed for intellectual property work, which is not directly tied to a particular income stream. The discussion will address the utility of measurements based on various publicly available data, including statistics provided by the USPTO and responses to surveys conducted by intellectual property organizations. It will also talk about how to deal with information which is harder to quantify, such as changes in scope due to amendments made to get an application approved and the level of complexity of particular tasks.

The panel will be focused primarily on patent preparation and prosecution, and will include both in-house and outside counsel perspectives. The moderator will be William Morriss, a member at Frost Brown Todd LLC, with speaker Joshua Lorentz, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

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Current Trends in Computer Security – August 2013 Monthly Meeting

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Current Trends in Computer Security
The world has experienced quite a spectrum of computer security attacks in the last couple years and they have changed in interesting ways. While 99.9% of investigations deal with IP theft on some international basis, the issues very rarely make it to a courtroom. Understanding the technical approaches to rapid response, remediation and working with the business on damage assessments are key to helping clients deal with these issues since many of these incidents never see the inside of a courtroom.

A panel of experts, including Nick Hoffman, an incident responder at GE, Craig Hoffman, partner at Baker Hostetler, and Jon Garon, Director of NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute, will discuss recent computer security attacks, how they have recently evolved, and how the immediate and long term responses to these attacks have developed to address the ever-changing threats. The panel will also address how attorneys can assist clients to prevent against an attack, and what to do when they are the victim of an attack.

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