Law Seminars International Presents: A One-Day In-Depth Workshop on Using

Cost-Effective Patent Strategies
While maintaining quality and a competitive position

July 15, 2009
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, including in-house counsel and private practitioners, patent and trademark licensing executives, technology and patent analysts and brokers

Why You Should Attend

The past year's changes in the economy and in case law present new challenges for patent procurement, enforcement, litigation defenses and licensing. How should we react to Kubin and Bilski raising the bar for patentability? When can trade secret protections fill this gap? What are Microsoft and others doing to cut costs on patent procurement and litigation defense? What strategies should outside counsel consider for maintaining quality and competitiveness while meeting smaller budgets?

Our speakers will bring practical tips for dealing with these heightened challenges and include in-house counsel, outside patent prosecutors, outside patent litigators, and a professor.

~ Karl R. Hermanns, Esq. and John D. Vandenberg, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

John D. Vandenberg, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP / Portland, OR

Mae Joanne Rosok, Esq.
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Value of Patents Under Recent Law: Planning Procurement in Light of a Changing Landscape

Some recent cases, like Bilski and Kubin, have made patents harder to obtain and have invalidated some existing patents, while other recent cases have made some types of patents more valuable: Piecing together the cases and their impacts

Impact on computer software and e-commerce industries

Maurice J. Pirio, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

Impact on biotech industry

Samuel E. Webb, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA

10:00 am

If Not Filing Patents: Using Trade Secret Protection as a Cost-Saving Measure

A decision maker's guide to assessing the risk of disclosure; impact on potential licensing revenue; employee retention and departure issues

Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

10:45 am


11:00 am

Managing Costs of Patent Procurement and Enforcement Defense

Microsoft's experience in managing legal costs for procurement and enforcement

Tony Backes, Esq., Business Manager, Litigation
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Bart Eppenauer, Esq., Chief Patent Counsel and Associate General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Building a More Profitable Portfolio: Tips for More Effective and Efficient Patent Procurement

Reducing costs by initially filing a PCT application; delaying prosecution in and outside the U.S.; the shift to quality rather than quantity in patent portfolios

Mae Joanne Rosok, Esq.
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA

Information Disclosure Statements: Economizing in the face of the patent office's new IDS rules and recent cases; shift of burden from the examiner to the applicant; balance between complying with inequitable conduct duty of disclosure versus costs

Sean O'Connor, Esq., Co-Director, Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law and Policy
University of Washington School of Law / Seattle, WA

2:15 pm

Managing Legal Costs in Patent Transactions

Current thinking on ways to make patent transactions more efficient and transparent

Ronald S. Laurie, Esq., Founder, Managing Director
Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC / Palo Alto, CA

3:00 pm

Enforcing Patents Efficiently: Getting the Money Without Going to Court

Most cases settle before trial, so why not before filing the suit? How do you make that happen?

David A. Lowe, Esq.
Black Lowe & Graham / Seattle, WA

3:45 pm


4:00 pm

Defending Patent Infringement Suits Efficiently: Winning Early

Evaluating the warning letter and your options: Invalidity, inequitable conduct, estoppel, and other defenses; approaches for obtaining clearance opinions; drafting response

Heidi Keefe, Esq.
White & Case LLP / Palo Alto, CA

4:45 pm

Dealing With Trolls: Best Approaches Under Recent Case Law

Obtaining venue changes; managing inherently one-sided discovery; maximizing prospects for avoiding injunctions; addressing just compensation issues in the context of a plaintiff with no damages from loss of sales

Kristin L. Cleveland, Esq.
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP / Portland, OR

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 7 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, WA 98104. A special negotiated rate of $209/nt is available for on-line reservations only on a first come, first served basis. Go to to reserve. Use Corporate Code L64. If you have any additional questions for the hotel, please contact them directly at (206) 583-0300.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials, or searchable CD, alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

Mae Joanne Rosok, an attorney with Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC, specializes in biotechnology patent matters. During her career as a research scientist, she authored several publications, prepared regulatory documents for submission to the FDA, and was a named inventor on several patents.

John D. Vandenberg, Program Co-Chair, partner at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, focuses on intellectual property litigation. He defends and prosecutes patent infringement actions, including jury trials, bench trials and appellate practice for a range of clients, including Klarquist's representation of Microsoft since 1991.

Ramsey M. Al-Salam, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on patent litigation and intellectual property issues. He represents a variety of clients, with specific expertise in software and internet related disputes.

Tony Backes, Business Manager for Litigation at Microsoft Corporation, focuses on strategies, systems and processes to achieve better overall outcomes and management of outside counsel costs. Current emphasis is directed toward development of a next generation Preferred Provider Program, alternative fee models, bid based engagements including reverse auctions, and development of early case assessment prototypes.

Kristin L. Cleveland, partner at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, focuses on intellectual property litigation in the computer science industry.

Bart Eppenauer, Chief Patent Counsel and Associate General Counsel in Microsoft Corporation's Legal and Corporate Affairs Department, leads the patent group responsible for the development and management of their worldwide patent portfolio.

Heidi Keefe, intellectual property partner at White & Case LLP, is a registered patent attorney focusing on patent litigation and jury trials, principally involving software and internet issues. She was recently named one of the "Top 20 Lawyers Under 40", by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Ronald S. Laurie is Founder and Managing Director of Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC, an intellectual property investment bank which represents technology companies and institutional investors in the acquisition and sale of patent portfolios having strategic value and in the sourcing and execution of IP-driven M&A transactions.

David A. Lowe, a founding member at Black Lowe & Graham, is a patent attorney with experience in all aspects of intellectual property law in the United States and foreign countries. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation, patent, trademark and copyright procurement and related client counseling. His patent practice includes preparation and prosecution of computer software, electronic and mechanical applications. He has been named to the Washington State Rising Stars and Super Lawyers lists.

Sean O'Connor, Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, specializes in intellectual property and business law involving biotechnology, cyberspace/information technology, and new media/digital arts. He is of counsel to Seed IP Law Group PLLC.

Maurice J. Pirio, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on patent procurement, patent prosecution, software protection and intellectual property law. He also devotes his time to strategic planning for patent portfolios, rendering invalidity and non-infringement patent opinions, and client counseling to avoid patent infringement.

Samuel E. Webb, member at Stoel Rives LLP, counsels life science clients in patent related matters. His practice includes patent procurement and portfolio management, analysis of patent infringement and invalidity, and strategic counseling with respect to the patent related aspects of product lifecycle management for small molecule pharmaceuticals, large molecule therapeutics and drug formulation and delivery technologies.