Law Seminars International Presents

An Important One-Day Workshop on

Patent Claim Construction

New developments and practical tips for successful patent litigation - Featuring The Hon. Robert W. Gettleman and The Hon. James B. Moran

February 15, 2008
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, including in-house counsel and private practitioners, business executives and expert witnesses involved in 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 current case law overview and update, recent developments from the Federal Circuit, litigation strategies, effective appellate advocacy and other pertinent issues. A highlight of the program will be a panel of two federal judges discussing their views on the process. This seminar is designed for litigators, in-house counsel and court clerks involved in patent cases, whether at the pre-filing, litigation or appellate stages. 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. ~ Meredith Martin Addy, Esq. and Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

~ Recent Federal Circuit Developments in Claim Construction ~ Litigation Strategies from Plaintiff and Defendant Perspectives ~ Adapting to the Changes in the Law: Tips for Successful Claim and Specification Drafting ~ Views From the Bench ~ In-House Strategies for Addressing the Key Issues in Claim Construction Today ~ Using Graphics to Help Win Claim Construction Disputes ~


Friday, February 15, 2008

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Meredith Martin Addy, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione / Chicago, IL
  Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cook Alex / Chicago, IL
8:45 am Recent Federal Circuit Developments in Claim Construction
  Federal circuit court review; prospects for legislative changes to allow interlocutory review
  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
  Paul K. Vickrey, Esq.
Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd. / Chicago, IL
  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, tutorial and special masters
  William H. Baumgartner, Jr., Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago, IL
11:30 am Adapting to the Changes in the Law: Tips for Successful Claim and Specification Drafting
  Managing patent drafting both internally and with outside counsel; making sure the people who are drafting your patent use adequately plain language and get the results you want; special considerations for means plus function approach to claim drafting
  James A. Collins, Esq.
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione / Chicago, IL
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Views From the Bench
  Insights on the patent claim construction process; what is persuasive and what is not; what demonstrative evidence is effective; whether, and at what point in time, is a claim construction tutorial helpful
  The Hon. Robert W. Gettleman
United States District Court / Chicago, IL
  The Hon. James B. Moran, Esq.
United States District Court / Chicago, IL
2:30 pm In-House Strategies for Addressing the Key Issues in Claim Construction Today
  Setting up the most effective roles and working relationships for company personnel, outside experts and litigation counsel; managing the prosecution process for the most effective claim drafting on a portfolio-wide basis
  Clinton H. Hallman, Esq., Chief Counsel, Global Intellectual Property, Patents
Kraft Foods Inc. / Northfield, IL
3:15 pm Break
3:30 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
  William J. Healy, J.D., Vice President
DecisionQuest / Chicago, IL
5:00 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 Friday, February 8, 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

This program qualifies for 6.5 IL CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at The Gleacher Center at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in Chicago, IL 60611. Check The Gleacher Center website, Area Attractions, for a list of area hotels at
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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

Meredith Martin Addy, Program Co-Chair, partner at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, focuses on IP litigation and is active at the Federal Circuit as counsel and on the court's Advisory Council. She serves as President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court and is chair of the AIPLA Amicus Committee. She is listed as a "Leading Illinois IP Lawyer" by "Chambers", in "The Best Lawyers in America", and as one of the "Top 50 Female Illinois Super Lawyers."

Edward D. Manzo, Program Co-Chair, a founding partner of Cook Alex, has many years of experience in patent law. He has published on claim construction law annually since 2001 and is the originator, lead author, and editor-in-chief of "Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit" (Thomson West). Also, he was principal author of an amicus curiae brief filed in the Federal Circuit in Phillips v. AWH Corp.) He is listed in "Who's Who in the World" and "Illinois Super Lawyers."

William H. Baumgartner, Jr., partner at Sidley Austin LLP, focuses his practice on complex antitrust and patent litigation. He is a member of the United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Court. He is an "Illinois Super Lawyer."

James A. Collins, partner at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, focuses his practice on a variety of Internet related issues. His experience includes counseling clients in patent clearance issues, licensing matters and Internet site launches. He prosecutes patents in the computer, electrical, and mechanical arts.

The Honorable Robert W. Gettleman is a United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. He was appointed on October 11, 1994.

Clinton H. Hallman is Chief Counsel, Global Intellectual Property, Patents, at Kraft Foods Inc..

William J. Healy, Vice President at DecisionQuest, provides expert advice and consultation to lawyers concerning litigation strategy and support. He is an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University where he teaches evidence and where he was the director of the Moot Court Program for several years.

The Honorable James B. Moran was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by former President Jimmy Carter in September, 1979. He served as Chief Judge for a five year term from 1990-1995 before assuming the senior status, which he currently holds.

Paul K. Vickrey, partner at Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., focuses his practice on patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets, winning a multitude of jury trials in federal and state courts. He is on the editorial board of the Business Torts Reporter, and on the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Subcommittee for the drafting of pattern jury instructions for patent cases.