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Monday, August 03: Bora Bora


Keeping Motivated: Resources and Tools for Coping with the Pandemic

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our lives. The fear and uncertainty caused by the pandemic has increased stress and anxiety, and public health actions, such as social distancing, have left many feeling isolated and lonely. Tools and resources for remaining motivated and positive during this time will aid in coping with the stress in a healthy way.

Speakers: Aris Gregorian (Schwegman) and Shebli Mikailli (Schwegman)

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Tuesday, August 04: Banff



IP Premonitions: Using Your Competitors' IP Filings to Tell Their Future

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

IP registrations/filings and how they are curated by their owners give large analytic clues as to what is important and what is not important as the IP registrations run through their life cycle.  Join us to discover some of the IP behaviors associated with companies in distress, companies in growth and other aspects of reverse engineering your competitors' IP strategies.

Speaker: Mark Stignani (Schwegman)

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Patent Marking:  Statutory Requirements and Best Practices for Effectively Marking Your Products

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM CT

Learn how to maximize patent damages in infringement lawsuits by using effective patent marking techniques while avoiding false marking complaints.  Our panel of experts will explore these topics as they discuss the statutory basis of patent marking, best practices for marking, and the option of virtual patent marking.

Please note: CLE credit will not be offered for this session.

Speakers: Douglas Portnow (Schwegman) and Joel Harris

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Machu Pichu


Wednesday, August 05: Machu Picchu



USPTO Updates: PTAB Changes and Pilot Programs Useful During COVID-19  

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

How has practice before the PTAB changed over the past year, especially in view of COVID-19?  During this session, David Buck of Schwegman will review implemented practice changes and new precedential cases. Mr. Buck will also review several pilot programs (deferred examination and first interview) that can be useful in saving or deferring prosecution costs.

Speakers: Judge Michael Kim (Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)) and David Buck (Schwegman)

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This session is sponsored by Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA).


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Patent Strategy for Startups

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Startups often find themselves in a catch 22 position, of producing some of their best innovation at a time when they have the least financial resources to protect that innovation. This panel will be discussing some less obvious reasons why a startup may want to pursue a patent program, as well as tactics reducing short term expenditure while maximizing long term options for intellectual property protection. Other considerations applicable to startups, such as open source versus closed source code and intellectual property valuation, will also be discussed.

Speakers: Andre Marais (Schwegman) and Garth Vivier (Schwegman)

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Thursday, August 06: Barcelona



Patents in Construction: A Rooftop View

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

This presentation will involve an initial survey of popular technologies for patenting in the construction space. A brief history of these technologies will be reviewed including a review of more recent filings. A later portion of the program will look at opportunities for disruption in the construction technology space based on a review of known or noticed problems in construction and a review of patent protections that are present in those spaces.

Speaker: Brett Klein (Schwegman)

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Writing Patent Applications for Machine Learning and AI-Related Technologies

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have experienced a boom beginning around the year 2000; not surprisingly, patent applications on AI/ML-related inventions have followed suit. This upsurge in patent filings has sparked a discourse among stakeholders and the Patent Office on how AI fits within the patent framework. This talk will explore patentability and enforcement considerations as they apply to AI, and provide practical suggestions for optimizing patent protection in this area of rapid technological development and as yet evolving law

Speakers: Sabine Ward (Schwegman), Garth Vivier (Schwegman), and Jose Nunez (Schwegman)

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Friday, August 07: Paris



Diversity & Inclusion: Can the Pandemic Help Us Work Toward A More Inclusive New Normal?

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

An experienced panel of lawyers will discuss the evolution of D&I before the pandemic (BP) and how to build upon social awakening after the pandemic (AP) to achieve meaningful and lasting cultural change.

Speakers: Marla Butler (Thompson Hine LLP), Nicholas Leach (Chevron), Ron McCray (AH Belo Corporation), Macey Russell (Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP), and Piers Blewett (Schwegman) Moderator: Suneel Arora (Schwegman)

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This session is sponsored by ChIPs.



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Monday, August 10: Prague


The Importance of Being Definite: Drafting Your Patent Specification to Avoid Common Problems With 35 USC 112

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

This presentation will cover 35 USC 112, with a particular focus on written description and indefiniteness issues. Learn how to draft your patent applications to avoid problems with written description and indefiniteness, and learn how to overcome rejections related to these issues. We will also discuss recent case law in 35 USC 112 and how this might affect how the Patent Office examines your patent applications.

Speaker: Theresa Stadheim (Schwegman)

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Tuesday, August 11: Cairo



The Evolution - And Benefits - of Law Firm Automation

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Law firm technology has come a long way from fax and email. Next-generation law firms are now able to leverage automation and machine learning to make their processes more efficient on many levels. In this panel discussion, attorneys and other professionals will discuss how law firm automation has evolved, what it can accomplish – and what’s coming next.

Speakers: Thomas Marlow (Black HIlls IP), Ann McCrackin (Black Hills IP), Scott Otto (Schwegman), and Peter Rebuffoni (Schwegman) Moderator: Steve Lundberg (Schwegman)

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Navigating Patents Through Open Source

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Open source can present a minefield of issues when it comes to patents. During this presentation, a panel of current and former in-house attorneys will discuss topics that attorneys should be mindful of when handling patents in the context of open source licensing. 

Speakers: Eugene Kim (Twilio Inc.), Anup Suresh (Schwegman), Shebli Mikailli (Schwegman), and François deVilliers (Schwegman)

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Victoria Falls


Wednesday, August 12: Victoria Falls



2020 Mid-Year Review: Top Trademark Rulings and Practice Updates

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

In this presentation, Pamela Huff and Jessica McDonald will discuss recent Federal and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decisions impacting trademark practice in the U.S. The presentation will also focus on the USPTO’s recent practice changes and strategies for addressing the same, including those resulting from a surge in fraudulent applications at the USPTO as well as the COVID-19 prioritized examination program for trademark and service mark applications.

Speakers: Pamela Huff (Schwegman) and Jessica McDonald (Schwegman)

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IP Valuation: Patent Valuation Methods and Practical Considerations

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Patent valuation may be necessary during investment, budgeting, merger and acquisition transitions, financial reporting and taxable situations.  Join our panel of patent valuation experts as they discuss the theory and practical considerations of patent valuation. 

Speakers: Suzanne Harrison (Percipience LLC), Douglas Portnow (Schwegman), and Mark Stignani (Schwegman) Moderator: Kent Richardson (Richardson Oliver Insights, ROL Group)

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Thursday, August 13: Zhangjiajie



The Economics and Management of Next-Generation IP Departments and Law Firms in Light of Covid-19

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused drastic changes to our work environments. In this presentation, a panel will discuss how organizations have adapted to protect both people and the bottom line. Schwegman attorneys and other professionals will be joined by guest panelist Jeff Draeger of Intel.

Speakers: Jeff Draeger (Intel Corporation), Piers Blewett (Schwegman), Zhakalazky Carrion (Schwegman), and Robert Brace (Schwegman) Moderator: Steve Lundberg (Schwegman)

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China: Top International Patent Filer – Reasons and Implications

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

In 2019, China was the top user of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, China’s domestic invention patents filings were more than double the US’ domestic filings, and China’s US patent application filings continue to increase rapidly year-on-year.  Find out why and the potential implications for U.S. companies in this presentation by Aaron Wininger of Schwegman, Annie Wang of Tencent America, and Elaine Wu of the USPTO. We’ll also discuss how COVID-19 has affected this trajectory in 2020.

Speakers: Larry (Lubing) Lian (USPTO), Annie Ying Wang (Tencent America), and Aaron Wininger (Schwegman)

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Friday, August 14: Bangkok



Top Design Practice Tips for Utility-Minded Practitioners

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Design patents in the U.S. protect ornamentation in ways that align with utility patents in some ways and deviate from utility patents in other ways. This session will introduce and explore some common pitfalls to avoid when utility-minded practitioners set client expectations on design patent strategy, prepare design patent applications, or prosecute pending design patent applications before the USPTO.

Speakers: Lea Westman (Schwegman) and Joseph Wang (Schwegman)

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