Law Seminars International Presents

An Important One-Day Workshop on

Patent Claim Construction

New developments and practical tips for success

July 10, 2007
Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Order Homestudy

Attorneys, including in-house counsel and private practitioners, business executives and expert witnesses involved in patent prosecution and litigation

Why Order

In the brief 171-year history of construing patent claims, new strategies and elements are continually emerging. This Patent Claim Construction workshop is an intensive one-day seminar tackling claim construction from a variety of fresh perspectives. We consider the issues from the view of the patent claims drafter, the in-house patent portfolio manager, the defense counsel, the plaintiff’s counsel, the arbitrator, and even the linguist. Our distinguished faculty will provide the latest court rulings seeking to develop a deeper understanding of this critical area of Intellectual Property Law. ~ Program Co-Chairs: David V. Carlson, Esq. and John D. Vandenberg, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~The latest court rulings ~Linguistics of claim construction and resolving ambiguities in patent claims ~Litigation strategies from plaintiff and defendant perspectives ~Drafting an application that complies with today's standards for a litigation or license ready patent ~Managing the prosecution process for the most effective claim drafting on a portfolio-wide basis ~Working with litigators to enforce and protect your patent portfolio ~Effective use of graphics ~Using ADR for the claims construction component

What Attendees Said

~ This was one of the better seminars I have attended. All speakers were knowledgeable, and were effective in communicating the material. ~ Best patent law CLE course I have ever attended. ~ Well-run seminar.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  David V. Carlson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
  John D. Vandenberg, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP / Portland, OR
8:45 am Current Case Law and Claim Construction
  Review of 2006-2007 case law of the Federal Circuit on selected claim construction topics, such as whether preambles limit claim scope; substantive and procedural issues
  Edward D. Manzo, Esq.
Cook Alex / Chicago, IL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Litigation Strategies from Plaintiff and Defendant Perspectives
  Advantages and disadvantages of evidentiary hearings; laying the groundwork for successful summary judgment motions; what to do after the claim construction ruling
  F. Ross Boundy, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
  Defendants’ strategies for getting constructions that tee up winning SJ motions or at trial; selling constructions having examples, "non-limitations", "claim as a whole" limitations, drawings, etc.; use of experts, tutorials, and special masters
  John D. Vandenberg, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP / Portland, OR
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Ways for Prosecutors to Create Patents Worthy of Litigation; Tips to Make it Easier for Litigators to Defend
  Outside counsel perspective: Drafting an application to comply with today's standards for a litigation or license ready patent; responding to office actions that avoid file wrapper estoppel & increase the chance that allowed claims will be infringed
  David V. Carlson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
  In-house counsel perspective: Managing the prosecution process for the most effective claim drafting on a portfolio-wide basis
  Bart Eppenauer, Esq., Chief Patent Counsel and Associate General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
2:45 pm Using Graphics to Help Win Claim Construction Disputes
  The increasingly important role of graphics in claim construction disputes; elements of a successful graphic; how graphics can enhance your argument and increase your chances of winning; examples from major disputes from around the country
  G. Christopher Ritter, Esq., Member and Case Manager
The Focal Point LLC / Oakland, CA
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Using ADR for the Claims Construction Component of the Case
  David V. Carlson, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Litigator's perspective
  David B. Ritchie, Esq.
Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP / San Jose, CA
  Mediator's perspective
  The Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld, (Ret.)
JAMS / Los Angeles, CA
5:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


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

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 6.5 WA 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

David V. Carlson, Program Co-Chair and partner at Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC, specializes in electrical and electronic patent matters, including licensing and litigation. He previously worked as a patent attorney with Texas Instruments, specializing in obtaining U.S. and Japanese patent protection on semiconductor devices, computer design and electronic systems.

John D. Vandenberg, Program Co-Chair and partner at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, focuses on patent litigation. He has been defending and prosecuting patent infringement actions since 1983, including jury trials, bench trials and appellate practice for a wide range of clients, including Microsoft since 1991.

F. Ross Boundy, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has served as lead counsel on numerous lawsuits involving patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition matters. He was named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics.

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

The Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld of JAMS was a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Central District of California from 1988-1992 and has been a mediator and arbitrator in numerous high-profile business/commercial and entertainment disputes. He is a Settlement Judge in the Nevada Supreme Court and on the U.S. Postal Service Redress I & II EEO Mediation Panel and the Probate Mediation Panel, Los Angeles Superior Court, both from 1998-present.

Edward D. Manzo, a founder of Cook Alex, a Chicago IP law firm, was principal counsel for Chicago’s IP bar association (IPLAC) as amicus curiae in Phillips v. AWH Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2005 en banc) (patent claim construction), ITW v. Independent Ink (S. Ct. 2006) (patent/anti-trust presumptions), and Of Counsel in KSR Intl v. Teleflex (S. Ct. 2006-07) (patent obviousness). He originated and is the Editor-in-Chief of Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, an annual review published by West Legalworks, and he serves on the Patents Subcommittee of the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee for the Seventh Circuit. He is a Master and Group Vice-Chairman of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court.

David B. Ritchie, partner with Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP, specializes in patents, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, and contract law. He has experience in preparing, prosecuting and litigating patents, trademarks, copyrights, patent interferences, and handling distributor and franchising issues.

G. Christopher Ritter, member and case manager at The Focal Point LLC, specializes in helping clients develop persuasive case theories toward the creation of graphics and other tools that influence decision makers. He wrote Creating Winning Trial Strategies and Graphics and is co-author of Packaging and Presenting Your Case to Win.