Law Seminars International Presents

An Important One-Day Workshop on

Patent Claim Construction

Tips for successful drafting; case law update; strategies for in-house counsel and litigation. Featuring views from the bench: The Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel and The Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte

January 9, 2008
Crowne Plaza Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, CA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, both in-house and private practice, and business executives involved with patent prosecution and litigation

Why Attend

Claim construction is the single most important phase of a patent case, and is often dispositive of infringement and validity issues. "Patent Claim Construction" is an intensive one-day seminar covering today's key issues in claim construction, including a case law overview and update, recent developments from the Federal Circuit, litigation strategies, effective appellate advocacy and other pertinent issues. This seminar is designed for litigators, in-house counsel, and anyone involved in patent cases, whether at the pre-filing, litigation or appellate stages. Part of the program also is geared toward patent prosecutors who draft claims. The presenters are all experienced patent litigators who have been involved in all aspects of patent cases. Their knowledge and insight will provide practitioners and non-practitioners alike with the essential tools and information necessary to work with proper claim construction. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Guy W. Chambers, Esq. and Edward D. Manzo, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Views from the federal bench: claim persuasiveness, evidentiary efficacy and the usefulness of claim construction tutorials ~Litigation strategies for plaintiffs and defendants ~Adapting claim and specification drafting to changes in the law ~Current in-house claim construction strategies ~Graphics as a winning claim construction tactic ~Handling claim construction on appeal

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Guy W. Chambers, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cook Alex / Chicago, IL
8:45 am Current Federal Circuit Developments in Claim Construction
  A review of current Federal circuit cases on patent claim interpretation: substance and procedure
  Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cook Alex / Chicago, IL
10:00 am Break
10:15 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
  Defendantsí 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
  J. Christopher Carraway, Esq.
Klarquist Sparkman LLP / Portland, OR
11:30 am Adapting to the Changes in the Law: Tips for Successful Claim and Specification Drafting: Implications of Patent Office Rule Changes
  Managing patent drafting; making sure you use adequately plain language and get the results you want; special considerations for means plus function approach
  Guy W. Chambers, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP / San Francisco, CA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Views From the Bench
  Insights on the patent claim construction process; whatís persuasive and what not; what demonstrative evidence is effective; whether, and at what point in time, a claim construction tutorial is helpful
  Guy W. Chambers, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP / San Francisco, CA
  The Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel, Judge
United States District Court, Northern District of California / San Francisco, CA
  The Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte, Magistrate Judge
United States District Court, Northern District of California / San Francisco, CA
2:30 pm In-House Strategies for Addressing the Key Issues in Claim Construction Today: Managing the Prosecution Process for the Most Effective Claim Drafting on a Portfolio-wide Basis
  Setting up the most effective roles and working relationships for company personnel, outside experts, and litigation counsel; tailoring the portfolio to meet the anticipated market; making sure the claims cover the procedures the market will want
  Kelly H. Hale, Esq., IP Counsel
Broadcom Corporation / Irvine, CA
  Mark S. Holmes, Esq., CEO & Founder
PatentBridge LLC / Menlo Park, CA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 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
4:30 pm Handling Claim Construction on Appeal
  Application of waiver and/or estoppel to new claim construction arguments on appeal; does deference play a role?; what appellate strategies work and what strategies do not
  William L. Anthony, Jr., Esq.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Menlo Park, CA
5:15 pm Evaluations and 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, January 3, 2008. 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

Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 7 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Union Square Hotel at 480 Sutter Street in San Francisco, CA 94108. Call the hotel directly at (415) 398-8900 for reservations. 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

Guy W. Chambers, Program Co-Chair, partner, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, has been lead counsel in over 40 intellectual property lawsuits and Patent Office interferences. He has been recognized in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, the Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners and "Best Lawyers in the Bay Area" for Litigation, Bay Area Lawyer Magazine.

Edward D. Manzo, Program Co-Chair, an IP specialist since 1975, is a founding partner of Cook Alex in Chicago. He focuses on patent litigation and counseling. He is editor-in-chief of "Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit" (Thomson-West), is on a committee writing pattern jury instructions for patent cases for the 7th Circuit and participated in KSR, ITW and Phillips.

The Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte is a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. Previously, she was a deputy city attorney before being appointed to her eight-year term on the bench in December 1997. Prior to that, she served as an administrative law judge in the California Department of Insurance for five years.

The Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel, Federal Judge presiding in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, formerly served as its Chief District Judge. Previously, she was general counsel for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Francisco and an adjunct professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

William L. Anthony, Jr., partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group and focuses his practice exclusively on technology and high-stakes patent litigation. He has tried cases involving semiconductors, computers and biotechnology before both jury and bench.

F. Ross Boundy recently joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a senior partner and patent litigator. Previously he was chair of the litigation department at Shidler McBroom Gates & Lucas and then partner in charge of litigation and managing partner at Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC, an IP boutique firm. He has been lead counsel on lawsuits involving patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition matters and has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2000.

J. Christopher Carraway, a partner at Klarquist Sparkman LLP in Portland and Seattle, focuses on patent litigation, particularly in the computer software and hardware areas. He has a special interest in claim construction issues and has argued at over a dozen claim construction hearings, many of those in the Eastern District of Texas. Prior to entering practice, he clerked for Judge William C. Bryson on the Federal Circuit.

Kelly H. Hale, is an Intellectual Property Counsel at Broadcom Corporation and is a registered patent attorney. Previously he was at Conexant Systems and its Mindspeed Technologies spin-off. Prior to that he was a semiconductor device engineer at American Microsystems, RCA Solid State and Morton International.

Mark S. Holmes, C.E.O. of PatentBridge LLC, has negotiated numerous patent licenses and sales and advised such patent savvy companies as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, Intergraph (in its $500,000,000+ settlement in Intergraph vs. Intel) and University of California Berkeley (Berkeley Lab). A registered patent attorney with an engineering degree from Brown, he wrote Patent Licensing: Strategy, Negotiation & Forms.

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.