Law Seminars International Presents

An Advanced One-Day Workshop on

Managing Patent Prosecution and Litigation

New issues and techniques in IP

December 13, 2006
Sheraton Midtown Atlanta Hotel at Colony Square in Atlanta, GA
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Who Should Attend

All attorneys, in-house and outside patent counsel, business executives, managers of patent portfolios and expert witnesses involved in patent litigation

Why Attend

"Questions of what constitutes a patentable invention, and who should be entitled to exclude others from practicing such an invention, have pervaded the media and have been the subject of considerable debate. Enforcement of patents against major technology providers has become an industry of its own. This seminar looks at patent prosecution and litigation and considers questions such as: Does this enforcement stifle technology, or does it encourage creative advancements and discourage complacency? How do creative entities ensure that their best ideas are protected and that the value of those inventions is realized? And what are some of the significant strategic and legal issues to be considered by all parties to patent litigation?" ~ Program Co-Chairs: Christopher M. Arena, Esq. and Marla R. Butler, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Streamlining the patent application process ~ Special issues related to software and biotechnology patents ~ Tips for identifying and capturing valuable intellectual property ~ Realizing the value of a patent portfolio ~ Trolls: What they are and their varieties ~ Strategic use of PTO proceedings in litigation ~ Tips for choosing, evaluating and managing outside patent prosecution and litigation counsel

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

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


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Christopher M. Arena, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Woodcock Washburn LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Marla R. Butler, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. / Atlanta, GA
8:45 am Mining Technology: Tips for Identifying and Capturing Valuable Intellectual Property
  Wab P. Kadaba, Esq., Moderator
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Vernon Meadows, Director, Patent Program
The Weather Channel / Atlanta, GA
  Cynthia Parks, Esq.
Parks Knowlton LLC / Atlanta, GA
9:45 am Realizing the Value of a Patent Portfolio
  Christopher M. Arena, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Woodcock Washburn LLP / Atlanta, GA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Streamlining the Patent Process
  Mitchell G. Stockwell, Esq.
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP / Atlanta, GA
11:00 am Special Issues Relating to Patents
  Software patents
  Leonard J. Hope, Esq.
Hope Baldauff Hartman, LLC / Atlanta, GA
  Biotechnology patents
  Wendy A. Choi, Esq.
Woodcock Washburn LLP / Atlanta, GA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Contributor or Troll?
  Should the value of an invention evaporate because it's no longer in the inventor's hands? What constitutes a troll? The different varieties, roles and value in our society
  Marla R. Butler, Esq., Moderator
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. / Atlanta, GA
  Kimberly S. Chotkowski, Senior Director
Andre-Troner LLC / West Chester, PA
  Daniel Henry, Esq.
Altitude Capital Partners / New York, NY
  Carol Beckham, Vice President of IP
BellSouth Intellectual Property Management Corporation / Atlanta, GA
2:30 pm Strategic Use of PTO Proceedings in Litigation
  Institution of re-exams by the accused infringer and how the patent holder should respond; use of continuation applications
  James L. Ewing, IV, Esq.
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Institution of reexams by accused infringer and how the patent holder should respond; use of continuation applications
  J. Scott Culpepper, Esq.
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. / Atlanta, GA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Hot Issues Before the Bench
  MercExchange v. eBay, KSR International v. Teleflex, MedImmune v. Genentech and other recent developments in patent law
  Virginia L. Carron, Esq.
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP / Atlanta, GA
4:00 pm Tips for Choosing, Evaluating and Managing Outside Patent Prosecution and Litigation Counsel
  Valerie Calloway, Esq., Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Polymer Group, Inc. / Charlotte, NC
  Robert J. Gorman, Jr., Esq.
CIBA Vision Corporation / Duluth, GA
4:45 pm Managing and Financing Patent Litigation
  Michael J. Kline, Esq., Senior Litigation Counsel, Intellectual Property
The Coca-Cola Company / Atlanta, GA
5:30 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $695 with a group rate of $620 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $545. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $347.50. 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, December 7, 2006. 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 GA 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 Sheraton Midtown Atlanta Hotel at Colony Square at 188 14th Street NE in Atlanta, GA 30361. Call the hotel directly at (404) 892-6000 for reservations. Mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International workshop and ask for the "Legal Bar Rate." Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.

If You Cannot Attend

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

Christopher M. Arena, Program Co-Chair, partner at Woodcock Washburn LLP, focuses his practice on IP and transactional matters to enhance the value of businesses. Previously responsible for all aspects of IP at Cingular Wireless, he was also chief patent counsel and a founding officer of the BellSouth Intellectual Property Group.

Marla R. Butler, Program Co-Chair, partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., an experienced trial attorney, has first and second chair responsibility in complex business litigation and patent litigation matters before state and federal courts, mediations and arbitrations. She is a board member for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Wab P. Kadaba, Moderator, partner in Kilpatrick Stockton LLP's Intellectual Property Practice Group, has experience in IP litigation and procurement matters. He focuses on IP issues for both established companies and emerging technology companies, and assists clients in developing strategies related to IP asset management.

Carol Beckham, Vice President of the BellSouth Intellectual Property Marketing and Management Corporation, is responsible for setting and implementing policy towards the protection of the company's intellectual property, negotiating IP rights, and overseeing the marketing and licensing of technology and patents to third parties.

Valerie Calloway, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Polymer Group, Inc., is responsible for all of the company's intellectual property matters.

Virginia L. Carron, partner at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, practices in the areas of patent and trademark litigation, counseling, and prosecution. She is experienced in district court trials, trials before the International Trade Commission, and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Wendy A. Choi, partner at Woodcock Washburn LLP, focuses on complex U.S. and international patent prosecution, IP strategy development, client counseling, due diligence, and transactional and licensing matters in the biotech, chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors.

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J. Scott Culpepper, partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., is experienced in patent preparation and prosecution, trademarks, copyrights, and related litigation, concentrating on litigation, including patent, trademark/trade dress, copyright, and trade secret litigation.

James L. Ewing, IV, member of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP's Executive Committee, focuses on IP strategy, patent litigation and patent portfolio prosecution and management. His experience includes medical devices, electronic commerce, telecommunications and technology-based start-up companies.

Robert J. Gorman Jr., Chief Patent Counsel for CIBA Vision Corporation, a Novartis Company, manages an international in-house team in Atlanta and Basel, Switzerland, and actively manages outside counsel for prosecution and litigation matters around the world.

Daniel Henry, partner at Altitude Capital Partners in New york, is a litigation specialist in the area of Intellectual Property. Previously, he was with Baker Botts LLP where he helped manage five IP lawsuits to trial in the last three years. He has worked with some of the top IP firms in the country including Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, Schulte Roth & Zabel, and Darby & Darby.

Leonard J. Hope, founder and managing partner of Hope Baldauff Hartman, LLC, is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property law, with emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, software, computer, and electrical technologies.

Michael J. Kline, Senior Intellectual Property Litigation Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, is responsible for managing the company's worldwide IP litigation matters, conducting pre-litigation analysis, participating in ongoing litigation, and negotiating settlement of disputes.

Vernon Meadows, Director of the Patent Program at The Weather Channel, is responsible for managing their invention process, from mining ideas of employees to overseeing the patent prosecution with outside counsel.

Cynthia Parks, co-founding member of Parks Knowlton LLC, focuses her practice on patent and trademark prosecution, litigation, and transactions, and on counseling corporate clients regarding various IP issues. Previously she was in-house patent counsel for Cingular Wireless.

Mitchell G. Stockwell, partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP's Intellectual Property Group, focuses on IP dispute resolution, with special emphasis on patent infringement, trade secret and related intellectual property litigation and licensing transactions.