Law Seminars International Presents

3rd Annual Advanced Workshop on

Managing Patent Assets

From inception of an invention to enforcement and litigation

November 8, 2006
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

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

Why Attend

Patents continue to be tremendously valuable assets 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 Intermec Technologies Corporation, IPotential LLC, Microsoft and ZymoGenetics, Inc. 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 ~ Steps for ensuring best quality patents ~ 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 Have Said About Similar Programs

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


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Edward W. Bulchis, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
  Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Invention Roles for In-House & Outside Counsel
  Structures and steps for ensuring that appropriate inventions are protected
  Lawrence D. Graham, Esq.
Black Lowe & Graham PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Phyllis Turner-Brim, Of Counsel
Intermec Technologies Corporation / Everett, WA
9:45 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
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Maximizing the Value of a Patent Portfolio
  Building a business relevant patent portfolio
  Ronald Epstein, Esq., Chief Executive Officer
IPotential, LLC / San Mateo, CA
11:15 am Special Issues Relating to Software Patents
  Maurice J. Pirio, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
11:45 am Special Issues Relating to Biotechnology
  Jennifer K. Johnson, Esq., Associate General Counsel
ZymoGenetics, Inc. / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Ensuring that the Company Obtains the Best Quality Patents
  Edward W. Bulchis, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
2:15 pm Responding to Infringement Claims
  Effective techniques for dealing with claims and appropriate responses for the patent owner
  Brian G. Bodine, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Recent Developments Affecting Patent Litigation: Practice and Strategy
  Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
4:00 pm Managing Patent Litigation for In-House and Outside Counsel
  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
  Edward W. Bulchis, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
  Ramsey M. Al-Salam, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
  Robert B. Lytle, Senior Attorney
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
  Heidi Keefe, Esq.
White & Case LLP / Palo Alto, CA
  Paul T. Meiklejohn, Esq.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Seattle, WA
5:15 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, November 2, 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 6.75 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. Call the hotel directly at (206) 583-0300 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $159/night and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International workshop (Promo Code: L64). Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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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

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.

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

Brian G. Bodine, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, is a registered patent attorney who has extensive experience litigating patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and other intellectual property related disputes at both the trial and appellate level. He is listed in Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," and was recently named as one of the "Top 40 Intellectual Property Law Super Lawyers" in that magazine's 2006 "Who's Who in Intellectual Property Law."

John D. Denkenberger is a member of Christensen O'Connor Johnson & Kindness PLLC. His practice includes patent and trademark procurement, patent analysis and associated opinions, technology licensing and related litigation. He is also active in counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis in helping clients devise and implement an optimum approach to handling their intellectual property rights.

Ronald Epstein is Founder and CEO of IPotential, LLC, a consulting firm concentrating on assisting its clients in developing and executing their intellectual property strategies, including the purchase and sale of patents. Previously Vice President and General Counsel at Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., he created and executed the company's IP strategy.

Lawrence D. Graham, founding partner at Black Lowe & Graham PLLC, has been named a Washington Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics, and is listed by Chambers USA as one of the Leading Lawyers in Washington for intellectual property law. He has extensive litigation experience at trial and appellate levels, has authored a book and numerous law review and journal articles on intellectual property law topics, and is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law.

Jennifer K. Johnson, Associate General Counsel of ZymoGenetics, Inc.'s Patent Department is a primary advisor on all strategic, legal and patent matters related to company inventions from discovery to development and for the company patent portfolio. Her experience extends from heading a patent group to biotechnology patent drafting and prosecution.

Heidi Keefe, an Intellectual Property partner in White & Case LLP's Silicon Valley office, is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on high-stakes patent litigation and jury trials. Recent trials include representing In-Three in IMAX v. In-Three, Affymetrix's GeneChip against infringements, and Microsoft in Reiffin v. Microsoft and Intertrust v. Microsoft. She was recognized as one of "The Bay Area's Best Lawyers" in the January 2006 issue of Bay Area Lawyer Magazine.

Robert B. Lytle is currently a Senior Attorney in the patent litigation group at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Rob was a partner in the patent litigation group at Howrey LLP. Rob has extensive experience litigating patent infringement suits in courts across the country. He has also taught intellectual property law courses at various law schools.

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.

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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Phyllis Turner-Brim, Intellectual Property Counsel for Intermec Technologies Corporation, is responsible for providing a full spectrum of intellectual property services and related legal counseling. Prior to her current post, Ms. Turner-Brim served briefly as Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc..

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