Law Seminars International Presents

2nd Annual Advanced Workshop on Managing

Patent Prosecution and Litigation

From the inception of an invention to enforcement

November 16, 2005
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Order Homestudy

All attorneys, business executives and expert witnesses involved in patent litigation

Why Order

"Patents are a tremendously valuable asset in today's technology-driven economy. Managing those assets, however, is not a simple task. To fully benefit from the value of their patent portfolio, companies must develop processes for identifying inventions worth patenting, obtaining valuable enforceable patents on such inventions, and maximizing the value of such patent assets, whether through litigation or licensing. This seminar is directed at helping counsel or others manage patent assets, from the inception of an invention to enforcement. Leading practitioners and representatives of Adobe, Microsoft and Micron will discuss their approach to patent asset management and will answer questions such as: What processes should in-house counsel or other managers implement to identify and protect a company's inventions? What are the best techniques for working with outside counsel to streamline the patent application process? How can patent litigation be managed to control costs yet maximize the chances for successful results?" ~Program Co-Chairs: Ramsey Al-Salam, Esq. and Edward Bulchis, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Invention process roles for in-house counsel ~ Streamlining the patent application process ~ Special issues related to software and biotechnology patents ~ Maximizing the value of a patent portfolio ~ Effectively dealing with discovery and preservation of evidence ~ The key elements of litigation for in-house counsel, outside patent prosecution counsel, and outside litigation counsel

What Attendees Said

~ Really enjoyed speakers willingness to take questions from the audience. ~ A great program!


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
  Edward W. Bulchis, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Invention Process Roles for In-House Counsel
  Structures and Steps for Ensuring that Appropriate Inventions Are Protected
  Jeffrey L. Myers, Esq., Corporate Patent Counsel
Adobe Systems Inc. - Legal Department / San Jose, CA
9:15 am
  Traps for The Unwary: Problem Areas Resulting in Loss of Valuable Patent Rights and How To Avoid Them
  John D. Denkenberger, Esq.
Christensen O'Connor Johnson & Kindness PLLC / Seattle, WA
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Streamlining the Patent Application Process
  Preparing Properly for Outside Counsel
  Lawrence D. Graham, Esq.
Black Lowe & Graham PLLC / Seattle, WA
10:45 am
  Developing Internal Structures for Efficient and Effective Preparation of Patent Application
  Michael L. Lynch, Esq., Chief Patent Counsel
Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth PA / Austin, TX
11:30 am
  Ensuring that the Company Obtains the Best Quality Patents
  Edward W. Bulchis, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Special Issues Relating to Software Patents
  Maurice J. Pirio, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Special Issues Relating to Biotechnology Patents
  Jeffrey C. Pepe, Esq., Ph.D.
Darby & Darby PC / Seattle, WA
2:30 pm Maximizing the Value of a Patent Portfolio
  How to build a case for others to license your portfolio
  Kathleen M. Kedrowski, CPA, Director
LECG LLC / Chicago, IL
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Effectively Dealing with Discovery and Preservation of Evidence
  Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
4:00 pm Managing Patent Litigation
  In-house counsel, outside patent prosecution counsel, and outside litigation counsel explore the key elements for successful relationships and provide tips for determining reasonable costs and ensuring good quality outside representation
  Todd Alberstone, Esq., Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
RealNetworks, Inc / Seattle, WA
  Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
  Edward W. Bulchis, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
  T. Andrew Culbert, Esq., Associate General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
  Paul T. Meiklejohn, Esq.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
5:30 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 7.0 WA CLE and 7.5 OR CLE credits.. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $705. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Program Co-Chair, is a partner in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP. He focuses his practice on intellectual property analysis and dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis in patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, arbitration and trial. He has worked with small and large clients in a variety of technologies and industries.
Full bio and contact info for Ramsey M. Al-Salam at Perkins Coie LLP

Todd Alberstone is Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for RealNetworks, Inc. His current responsibilities include intellectual property; content, software and hardware licensing; privacy and consumer issues; digital rights management issues; and media law. Mr. Alberstone previously served as RealNetworks’ General Counsel of Litigation.

Edward W. Bulchis is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property law with emphasis on patent prosecution and counseling in complex electrical technologies and patent litigation.

T. Andrew Culbert is Associate General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation. He manages all of Microsoft's worldwide patent infringement litigation, which currently entails approximately 40 cases. He is also an adjunct professor in the intellectual property LLM program at the University of Washington School of Law. He has tried a number of cases in federal courts across the country and has written and spoken extensively on intellectual property issues.

John D. Denkenberger is a member of Christensen O'Connor Johnson & Kindness PLLC. His practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting domestic and international mechanical and electro-mechanical patents for a wide range of industries, from small technology companies to large manufacturing businesses.

Lawrence D. Graham is a registered patent attorney and a partner with Black, Lowe & Graham PLLC. He has experience in a wide array of intellectual property matters, including extensive litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels, and has successfully argued cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and many other courts.
Full bio and contact info for Lawrence D. Graham at Black Lowe & Graham PLLC

Kathleen M. Kedrowski is a Director at LECG LLC, where she is involved in a variety of economic, business and financial analyses in IP, licensing and other disputes. She also advises clients on the strategic use of intellectual assets such as effective utilization and monetization and strategies throughout the intangible asset life cycle.

Michael L. Lynch is Chief Patent Counsel at Micron Technology, Inc., in Boise, Idaho, a manufacturer of semiconductor memory and imaging devices. Prior to joining Micron, he was a shareholder at Arnold, White & Durkee, where his practice included patent prosecution and litigation involving a wide variety of electrical and mechanical technologies.

Paul T. Meiklejohn is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, in the Intellectual Property litigation group, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of IP Litigation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington on Patent Infringement Litigation.

Jeffrey L. Myers is Corporate Patent Counsel for Adobe Systems Inc., based in San Jose, California. He was formerly Assistant General Counsel, Patent Portfolio Growth & Management for Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he developed and oversaw patent management and legal strategies.

Jeffrey C. Pepe focuses his practice at Darby & Darby PC in the fields of chemical and life sciences. He has counseled clients in a variety of domestic and foreign patent matters related to biotechnology, chemistry and medical devices. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law where he teaches a class on biotechnology and the law.

Maurice J. Pirio is a partner with Perkins Coie LLP, where his practice focuses on patent procurement, computer-related patents, 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.

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