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Patent Disputes Forum South

Patent Litigation Strategy for in-house patent counsel

Austin Holian
 •  $150

Our 2017 Patent Disputes Forum is a full-day conference, rich in valuable strategic information, which will ensure you are prepared for upcoming developments and challenges in the IP landscape. This conference is for corporate counsel, intellectual property litigators, and those involved in the ever-shifting Patent environment. Delegates will walk away armed with insights concerning key IP issues that impact their clients, companies and careers

About our Chairs

William F.  Abrams  Bill Abrams

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Bill Abrams, the managing partner of Steptoe’s San Francisco office, is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who is, as reported by Chambers USA, “frankly brilliant at what he does; he finds the fight his client can fight, and performs very well,” as well as a “wizard of the patent bar… a courageous litigator who understands both the broader picture and the social context surrounding issues.”  He was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Magazine and a Top 100 Lawyer and Top 75 IP Lawyer by The Daily Journal.


Michael A. Amon
Principal, Fish & Richardson 

Michael A. Amon is the Co-Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement, and business litigation. Mr. Amon previously clerked for the Hon. James F. Stiven (2002-2003) and the Hon. Rudi M. Brewster (2003-2004) at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.  Mr. Amon is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches courses in patent litigation.



Katherine D. Prescott
Of Counsel, Fish & Richardson 

Katie Prescott, Of Counsel at Fish & Richardson, litigates patent and trade secret disputes with an emphasis on software, network security, and Internet technologies. She has experience navigating damages claims ranging from nuisance value to hundreds of millions of dollars.  Previously, Katie was senior litigation counsel at a Fortune 100 consumer electronics company where she led strategy for patent litigations, International Trade Commission investigations and post-grant Patent Office proceedings. Katie is based in Fish’s Silicon Valley office



About our General Counsel Advisor

David J. Harshman, Esq.  DH Headshot 05.31.17
Vice President of Legal and Administration, General Counsel & Secretary, 
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.


David Harshman is Vice President of Legal and Administration, General Counsel and Secretary of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. headquartered in Irvine, CA. This Toshiba US subsidiary provides digital products, services and solutions in the United States and Latin America covering a wide range of products including portable computers. Before joining Toshiba Mr. Harshman’s experience included serving in private law practice specializing in intellectual property matters.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Harshman worked as an industrial and systems engineer in computer manufacturing and service businesses.

Mr. Harshman has Bachelor and Master degrees of Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Harshman is also a patent attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to practicing law Mr. Harshman is on the faculty of the School of Business and Economics at California State University Fullerton teaching Internet, Entertainment, and Employment Law courses. Mr. Harshman is a past winner of the Orange County Business Journal’s award for Outstanding General Counsel of a private company. Last but not least he is a lifetime member of the ARC organization for helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

About The Judges

Hon. James DonatoDonato Bio Photo

District Judge, Northern District of California

Judge James Donato is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, with chambers in the San Francisco courthouse.  He is a member of the Northern District’s Local Rules Committee and the Patent Local Rules Committee, and is the Liaison Judge for the Standing Committee on Professional Conduct.  He is also a district judge on the Patent Pilot Program.

Judge Donato was nominated by President Barack Obama on January 6, 2014, and confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 2014.  He graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983, an A.M. in history from Harvard University in 1984 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1988.  He served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Procter R. Hug, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1988-1989.  He has been admitted to practice in California and Hawaii



Hon. Andrew J. Guilford  ATTBGDEL

District Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Judge Andrew Guilford sits in the Southern Division of the Central District of California, where he is a Patent Pilot Program Judge. He has sat by designation with the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Before becoming a judge, Andrew Guilford was a trial lawyer with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, handling cases relating to issues like intellectual property, finance, and professional liability. He received his AB degree in economics summa cum laude from UCLA in 1972 as a Regent Scholar, and his JD degree in 1975, also from UCLA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was an associate editor of the Law Review.

In 1992, he was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was selected five times by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers. Guilford served as President of the State Bar of California and Orange County Bar Association. He serves on the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Council of the United States; is a founder of the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property American Inn of Court; is a Contributing Editor of The Rutter Group’s Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial; and is an Adjunct Professor at the UC Irvine School of Law.

Supporting volunteer legal services, Guilford served as President of the Public Law Center and was awarded the State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award and the Poverty Law Center Outstanding Service Award.  He served on the State Bar Commission on Access to Justice


Hon. Gregory M. Sleet 

District Judge, United States District Court, District of Delaware

Gregory M. Sleet, a native of New York City, is a graduate of Hampton University, and Rutgers University School of Law, where he was an Earl Warren Legal Scholar.

In 1998, he was sworn in as judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, becoming the first African American to serve as a judge of that court. He went on to serve as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014.

Judge Sleet has had a varied professional experience in the law consisting primarily of civil and criminal litigation and corporate legal work. He practiced law in Philadelphia for fourteen years—six of those as an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He then served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware. From 1992 to 1994, he served as in-house counsel for Hercules Incorporated. Later that year, he went on to become the first African American U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware. In 1995, he was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for a two-year term, and served as Vice Chair of the committee for the 1995-96 session.

He is a former member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council, the Council’s Automation & Technology and Facilities & Security Committees, Task Force on Eyewitness Identifications, as well as the Council’s Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions.

Judge Sleet has presided over more than 92 civil trials and 32 criminal trials. A substantial majority of his civil trial work has involved patent cases, including a substantial number of so-called Hatch-Waxman or Abbreviated New Drug (ANDA) cases.


Hon. Christa Zado IMG_8765 Zado

Administrative Patent JudgeUnited States Patent and Trademark Office

Christa Zado is an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the Silicon Valley office.  She earned her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.  Prior to her appointment in July 2014, Judge Zado served as Senior Corporate Counsel of Global IP at Cisco Systems, Inc., and as a private practitioner litigating patents at Fish & Neave and Ropes & Gray.

About our Panelists

Annette Bade   
Senior Patent Counsel, Xerox

Annette Bade is Senior Patent Counsel at Xerox Corporation .  Annette is a registered  patent attorney, with a degree in biochemistry and having extensive experience in many aspects of intellectual property law, particularly as they relate to chemistry and materials.  Among Annette’s areas of practice are patent prosecution, management of  outside counsel, right-to-use investigations, patent validity and infringement opinions, agreements, litigation and brand protection.  Annette also serves on the Advisory Council for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms ( NAMWOLF).


Jonathan Barnett   
Professor, University of Southern California,
Gould School of Law

Jonathan Barnett is a professor at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.  He directs the law school’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Law Program and specializes in intellectual property, antitrust, and corporate law.  He has published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Legal Studies, Review of Law & Economics, Berkeley Technology Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and other scholarly journals.



Taylor Bloom  
Senior Intellectual Property Counsel,
Verve Wireless, Inc.

Taylor Bloom is the Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for Verve. Taylor is experienced in trademark, patent, copyright and trade secret counseling and litigation. Ms. Bloom is responsible for all legal and administrative matters related to Verve’s IP portfolio. At Verve, Taylor has helped secured new patents protecting core company inventions. Ms. Bloom assesses patentability and freedom to operate in a range of cross discipline technologies to grow and diversify Verve’s IP portfolio while simultaneously evaluating competitor presence and legal enforceability. Taylor is also the 2016-2017 Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Prior to joining Verve, Taylor was an associate attorney with Dhillon Law Group. She represented clients in trademark, copyright, and trade secret counseling and litigation. After law school Taylor completed a post-bar fellowship with Tech Law, LLP., primarily focusing on trademarks matters before the USPTO.


Craig Countryman Countryman_Craig
Principal, Fish & Richardson

Craig is a principal with Fish & Richardson P.C. in its San Diego office.  His practice includes a mix of appellate and trial court work, and he was counsel for Halo Electronics in the Supreme Court’s recent decision Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc.  Craig has led the briefing in over 30 appeals at the Federal Circuit in cases involving a range of technologies, including glaucoma drugs, spinal implants, coronary guidewires, power supply controller chips, network security, and genetic testing.  He has written dozens of articles on various topics in patent law, including post-grant review, ITC jurisdiction, inequitable conduct, obviousness, damages, and inducement.  Craig holds a degree in Chemistry from Caltech and graduated from UCLA Law School.


Scott DeNike

General Counsel, Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc.

As General Counsel at Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc., Scott DeNike’s responsibilities include the management of Seirus’ IP portfolio as well as the oversight of outside counsel and its role in any open litigation matters. In addition, Mr. DeNike is in charge of the management of all company-related legal matters from Human Resources to record retention.  On a personal note, Mr. DeNike is a member of the Century Club of San Diego and also sits on the Board of Directors of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel



Mark D. FlanaganFlanagan_Mark_hi

Partner in Charge, Palo Alto Office, WilmerHale

Mark Flanagan is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Palo Alto office, a partner in the firm’s Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation, International Arbitration, International Litigation, and Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Flanagan is a seasoned trial attorney with in-depth experience in IP litigation, white collar criminal defense and international arbitration. He represents clients principally in the semiconductor, computer, telecommunications, clean tech and publishing industries in a variety of matters, including patent and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and licensing disputes. His practice spans a variety of jurisdictions and fora, including district and appellate courts throughout the country and arbitration organizations throughout the world. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Flanagan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California.


Phil Hartstein

President and Chief Executive Officer, Finjan

Holdings, Inc.

Phil Hartstein is president and CEO of Finjan Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company with a rich 20-year history. He oversees the direction and management of current assets and future investments and works with Finjan’s executive management team to implement the shareholders’ vision of a public technology company and advance its position as a global leader in proactive behavior-based cybersecurity technologies.

Mr Hartstein has worked in several technology and IP-related roles. He started with a boutique IP law firm, worked in-house for a venture capital-funded start-up, spent time in IP consulting and IP brokerage firms and with two groups focused on bringing both private and public market capital, expertise and credibility to the licensing and enforcement of patent rights on behalf of owners.

Mr Hartstein has a BS in industrial technology from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. He is active in a number of industry organizations. He is a named inventor and patent holder with more than two dozen pending and issued patents across a number of disciplines and has been diligently working to establish standards for patent licensing.



Suzanne Heinemann

Vice President, Litigation, Nathan Associates, Inc. 

Ms. Heinemann, a litigation consultant for more than 20 years, has an extensive background in economic analysis, forensic accounting, and business valuation.  Ms. Heinemann is a Certified Public Accountant and Accredited in Business Valuation.  She has testified widely as a qualified expert witness in arbitration, federal and state courts, and has provided expert assistance in mediation.

A specialist in quantifying damages, Ms. Heinemann has substantive experience with intellectual property matters, including patent, copyright, and trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Ms. Heinemann has experience with complex patent litigations, including matters with numerous patents and claimed benefits.  Examples of her work include economic analysis of product attributes, competition, and market share; valuation of benefits derived from patented features; analysis of revenues, costs and profits; and, consideration for apportionment.

Ms. Heinemann’s intellectual property experience covers a broad range of industries, including mobile devices, enterprise storage, Wi-Fi technologies, software, retail, consumer electronics, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.




Brian Horne

Partner, Knobbe Martens 

Brian Horne is an experienced trial lawyer who litigates throughout the country for both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Horne has been a member of trial teams that have won more than $1 billion, and his teams have been featured in The National Law Journal’s list of Top 100 verdicts on multiple occasions. This includes a $466 million patent infringement verdict, which was the Number 1 IP and Number 5 overall verdict of 2014. It also includes a $70 million trade secret verdict — later enhanced to over $110 million — which was the Number 6 IP and Number 21 overall verdict of 2016. Mr. Horne’s trial teams have also won complete victories for defendants facing damages claims totaling nearly half a billion dollars.



Jeff Kichaven     Kichaven headshot Aug 2017

Principal Mediator, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Jeff Kichaven is an independent mediator with a nationwide practice and extensive experience and expertise in IP cases. He has been honored as California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in ADR and has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top Neutrals eight times. In 2015, Best Lawyers named him the Best Mediation Lawyer in Los Angeles. He is an Honors Graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. Cum Laude, 1980) and a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (A.B. Economics, 1977).  He is also a member of the American Law Institute and has taught the Master Class for Mediators for his alma mater, Harvard Law.  He has served as Chair of the ADR Committee in the ABA Section of IP Law and as Chair of the Entertainment Law and IP Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  His views on mediation have been cited in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Jeff does not approach mediation as a feel-good kumbaya.  He blends a friendly personality and soft demeanor with a rock-hard, rigorous legal analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of every case.

According to Jeff, “The only ‘force’ that works well in mediation is the force of logic.  In high-end cases, top-flight attorneys and their clients are bully-proof.  They’re smart and successful.  They’ll make the right decisions, given the chance.  That’s how we get tough cases settled.”


Vincent Y. Ling  
Litigation Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP  

Mr. Ling joined the firm after clerking with Chief Judge Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, Mr. Ling was an associate in the New York office of an international law firm, where he focused primarily on intellectual property litigation. He has also clerked for Judge Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Sue L. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Mr. Ling earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as a Legal Writing Instructor. He also earned a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. in economics and B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke University.


Russell W. Mangum III, Ph.D

Senior Vice President, Litigation Services,

Nathan Associates 

Associate Professor, School of Business, Concordia University, Irvine

Dr. Mangum has over 25 years of experience in economic analysis, research, and teaching. His consulting practice centers on economic analysis and damages quantification in mattes related to intellectual property and technology, antitrust, class certification, statistical analysis, and complex commercial disputes. Dr. Mangum’s experience as an economic expert is extensive, with testimony in over 100 matters before local, state, and federal courts.  Dr. Mangum has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in economics, statistics, finance, and econometrics. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Economics at Concordia University Irvine, and has previously taught at Johns Hopkins University, The University of Southern California, and Pepperdine University. Dr. Mangum previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and The United States Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics.



Keith McNally    
President, Ameranth Inc.   

Mr. McNally founded Ameranth Inc. in 1996. He is the President and visionary of the company, and he conceived and invented its core technologies and its award winning and widely recognized 21st Century Communications ™ wireless/internet inventions and innovations. He conceived and developed a number of technically advanced software products and has been granted (7) significant patents with (2) others pending – and he has achieved (7) other patents for Ameranth as well. The 21st Century Communications ™  ‘data synchronization’ patents have been licensed by #48 different companies – including industry giants like Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King and more, and the casino/poker patents by the largest poker rooms in the world. He has extensive experience in patent licensing, mediation and settlements.



Erin Greenfield Mehta  
Counsel, Litigation & Patents, Hulu

Erin Greenfield Mehta is a patent litigator with over a decade of experience practicing in New York and California.  Her current role involves managing all of Hulu’s patent litigation and prosecution, as well as negotiating licenses and other deals involving patent issues.  Before moving in-house to work for Hulu, Erin worked at WilmerHale in New York and Los Angeles and before that in the New York office of Ropes and Gray (formerly Fish & Neave).  She studied Electrical Engineering at Clemson University and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School.  Erin lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, also a patent lawyer, and their two small kids Tess and Maxim.

Andy Pho
Associate General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel, CalAmp/LoJack

Andy Pho is currently AGC and Chief IP Counsel at CalAmp/LoJack, a telematics company leading disruptive global transformation in the connected car, connected truck and broader Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.  Previously, Andy served as in-house counsel at Emulex Corporation, which was purchased by Avago, at Apple and at Rovi.  Andy’s in-house career includes patent litigation, and Andy has managed several high-stakes competitor cases throughout his career.  Andy obtained a B.S. in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Computing (A.I.) from UCLA, a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State University Los Angeles, and a J.D. from Boston University.


Erik R. Puknys  
Partner,  Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Erik Puknys is a seasoned litigator and leads Finnegan’s appellate section.  He represents clients across industries in intellectual property disputes filed in state and federal district courts and government agencies. Mr. Puknys lectures on patent and trade secret law at conferences hosted by industry, government, and academic organizations.  He has been recognized as a leading patent litigator in California by Intellectual Asset Management, an “IP Star” in Palo Alto by Managing Intellectual Property, and for “superior client service” in The 2015 BTI Client Service All-Stars.



Karl Renner
Principal, Fish & Richardson

Karl Renner is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Renner co-chairs the firm’s Post-Grant Practice Group, and he serves on the firm’s Management Committee. His practice emphasizes client counseling, strategic patent prosecution, and contentious inter and ex parte post-grant and reissue work. In this practice, Mr. Renner has provided direction for well over 300 AIA post-grant matters, challenging and defending patents, most commonly in coordination with litigation counsel amidst co-pending disputes. Recently, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the PTAB Bar Association, the first national bar association of its kind to form in more than 30 years. The PTAB Bar Association intends to establish best practices for the unique practice and skills required before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.



Kim Schenk   

Principal, Charles River Associates

Ms. Schenk’s practice focuses on financial and economic analysis and expert witness testimony in intellectual property litigation matters.  She has 15 years of experience spanning a wide variety of industries and including evaluation of lost profit and reasonable royalty damages, commercial success, and irreparable harm.  She has testified in deposition and trial, in matters in Federal and State Court.  In addition to her experience in intellectual property matters, Ms. Schenk has performed damages assessments for a variety of other types of business disputes, including breach of contract litigation and false marketing. She has also been involved in valuations of privately held businesses, patents and patent portfolios, trademarks, non-competition agreements, and other intangible assets.  Ms. Schenk is a Certified Public Accountant, and she is an active members of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Global IP Project.


Mark Selwyn Selwyn_Mark_hi
Partner, WilmerHale

Mark Selwyn is a partner at WilmerHale in the Litigation/Controversy Department, co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2016 editions. Sources say “he is one of the hardest-working practitioners around” and is “top notch.” Major corporations have relied on him to litigate biomedical, electrical, chemical, mechanical, and business method patents involving a diverse array of technologies, including wireless communications, electronic commerce, digital cameras, solid state disk drives, location sensing, biosensors, water and wastewater filtration, integrated circuits and angioplasty catheters. He has represented clients in dozens of patent and other intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Selwyn counts among his clients many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology companies.


Daniel S. Stringfield
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP   

Dan Stringfield is an advocate and trusted adviser for companies facing intellectual property and technology issues.  Dan leverages his engineering, consulting and legal backgrounds to provide his clients with nuanced and contextualized business and technology advice.  Clients rely on Dan when developing novel products or entering new markets in IP-intensive areas, acquiring IP assets, monetizing an existing IP portfolio and, when disputes arise, resolving them in an expeditious and cost-effective manner.

Dan has litigated patent disputes before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, in the International Trade Commission and in district courts across the country.  In his appellate practice, Dan has served as Counsel of Record in patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Dan also litigates civil cases as special co-counsel with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.



Seth Weisberg
Chief Legal Officer, 

Seth Weisberg has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, and in other positions, at since 1999.  Mr. Weisberg previously was an associate at Irell & Manella LLP, worked as a software developer and founder at Shortcut Software, and created physical computer models at RAND Corporation.  Mr. Weisberg holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in History from Harvard, a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from Harvard and a General Course Certificate from the London School of Economics. Mr. Weisberg is a registered patent attorney



The Montage Beverly Hills

225 N Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:55am

Introduction by Co-Chairs

8:55am - 9:00am

Advanced Special Topics in the Mediation of Patent Cases: The Expert, the Client, and the Role of Force

9:00 am - 10:00 am

At last, the advanced mediation panel you have demanded!  Experts, clients and the use of force all play key, but unappreciated, roles in effective mediation.  This panel explains it all and gives you insider tips you can put to use in your very next case.”



Jeff Kichaven, Principal Mediator, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation



Suzanne Heinemann, Vice President, Litigation, Nathan Associates Inc.

Brian Horne, Partner, Knobbe Martens

Keith McNally, President, Ameranth, Inc.


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An Alice Update

10:00 am - 11:00 am

We have seen a number of significant Federal Circuit decisions addressing 101 issues in the last year.  Is this producing greater clarity and consistency, or just more fodder for debate on what the law is?


Mark D. Selwyn, Partner, WilmerHale



Taylor Bloom, Senior IP Counsel, Verve Wireless, Inc.

Mark Flanagan, Partner-in-Charge, WilmerHale

Erin Greenfield Mehta, Counsel, Litigation & Patents, Hulu

Erik R. Puknys, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Inter Partes Reviews: What Have We Really Learned?  

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Are certain district courts more apt to stay cases? The first application of IPR estoppel provisions


Michael A. Amon, Principal, Fish & Richardson



Phil Hartstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Finjan Holdings Inc.

Karl Renner, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Hon. Christa  Zado, Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Luncheon Discussion: General and Patent Counsel Panel, What Keeps You Up at Night?

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

Hear what keeps General and in-house Patent Counsel and their staff up at night when it comes to keeping up with changes in Patent Law



David Harshman, Vice President of Legal and Administration, General Counsel, and Secretary, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.



Annette Bade, Senior Patent Counsel, Xerox Corporation

Taylor Bloom, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Verve Wireless, Inc.

Seth Weisberg, Chief Legal Officer,

Supreme Court Update and Cases to Watch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Two patent cases will be decided by the Supreme Court this coming term, both concerning the use of IPR.  Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, will decide if the IPR procedure under the AIA violates Article III of the Constitution by allowing patents to be invalidated by an executive tribunal instead of a federal court.

The second case, SAS Institute Inc. v. Lee, concerns the PTAB’s “partial review” practice of deciding which patent claims to examine in AIA reviews and limiting its final decision to those claims it agreed to review. Both these cases will have an enormous impact on patent litigation and are closely watched.  The panel will discuss these cases and several Federal Circuit cases that are awaiting decision or en banc review, and possibly review by the Supreme Court.



Daniel S. Stringfield, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP



Jonathan Barnett, Professor, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Craig Countryman, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Phil Hartstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Finjan Holdings, Inc.

Vincent Y. Ling, Litigation Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Networking Break

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Patent Damages

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Patent damages law has continued to evolve with respect to apportionment, treatment of standard essential patents, the entire market value rule, and the availability of injunctive relief.  This panel will bring their extensive, recent trial experience and jury research across several jurisdictions, including the Central District of California and other jurisdictions, to discuss strategies for presenting your damages case to the jury. Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, this panel will provide you with practical considerations for presenting your damages case in your next trial.


Katherine D. Prescott, Of Counsel, Fish & Richardson



Russell W. Mangum III, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Litigation Services, Nathan Associates Inc.

Kim Schenk, Principal, Charles River Associates

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Patent Trial Best Practices: What do the Judges Really Want?

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

What do judges (and their clerks) really want from counsel? What their pet peeves and never do that’s, and what makes them happy?  We will have a panel of judges who will show you the do’s and don’ts of patent litigation. The highlight of the day, you will not want to miss this special session!


Bill Abrams, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP



Hon. James Donato, District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Hon. Andrew J. Guilford, District Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California

Hon. Gregory M. Sleet, District Judge, United States District Court, District of Delaware

Hon. Christa  Zado, Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office


Networking Reception

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm





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