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The Future is in Our Hands; No Room in the U.S. for Second Best –

In November, John Marshall Law School held the 62nd Annual Intellectual Property Conference of the 
In November, John Marshall Law School held the 62nd Annual Intellectual Property Conference of the 

Decide Pauline Newman of the United States Courtroom of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

In November, John Marshall Regulation Faculty held the 62nd Annual Mental Property Convention of the John Marshall Regulation Faculty in Chicago, IL.  This yr, the convention coated developments in patent, commerce secrets and techniques, antitrust, logos, copyrights, IP administration and in-house counsel apply, leisure, and knowledge know-how and privateness regulation.  And IPWatchdog’s Gene Quinn was there.

The program kicked off with the Honorable Decide Pauline Newman of the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In her keynote, titled The Future is in Our Arms, Decide Newman spoke about the want for understanding the relationship between patent regulation and financial progress. She famous that patent regulation “is a law of practical economics.” The query is not whether or not patented merchandise are overpriced, as is typically advised to the courts. Relatively, The actual query is whether or not these merchandise would exist in any respect, whether or not the analysis, improvement, and funding would have been undertaken, and not using a system of patents or one thing prefer it, one thing to stability the dangers. In reviewing the historical past of the Courtroom of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the America Invents Acts, and the Bayh-Doh Act, she challenged attendees to think about whether or not bigger modifications are wanted to patent regulation corresponding to in carving out particular legal guidelines for software program and diagnostics. As she put it:

Regulation lives in the previous, […] that’s its power, however science and the new applied sciences are the future. A dependable and predictable patent regulation is extra vital than ever, for know-how is a a lot bigger a part of our industrial product than ever. The current Supreme Courtroom consideration to patent instances displays their significance to the nation. The balances aren’t easy, the recent balances amongst creativity, enterprise danger, competitors, commerce, the creation of latest information, the manufacturing of commercial capital, and equity, justice. There is no room in the United States for second greatest. You and we, legal professionals and judges, share this duty.

We requested a gaggle of people to share with us what they felt was a key message that they took from the convention this yr.  Following are feedback from a number of attendees of the convention.


Hon. (ret.) Arthur Gajarsa
Senior Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

The John Marshall Regulation Faculty IP Convention attracted quite a few leaders of the IP group which are targeted on fixing the numerous authorized points dealing with us at present.

With regard to the Convention, I need to level out that I agree wholeheartedly with Decide Newman, that patents are important to the improvement of our know-how and a robust patent system is what has made the quantum leap in the US financial system a actuality. This can proceed offered we don’t restrict the authorized parameters of our IP world. As is properly established by economists, a robust financial system in developed and creating nations is fostered by a recognition that a authorized system that protects innovation creates an setting permitting extra leading edge merchandise to be marketed in drugs, synthetic intelligence, medical units, computer systems and different disciplines.

As we mentioned at the convention, I’m involved that the regulation has not been capable of maintain tempo with innovation in our technological world. For instance, the US Supreme Courtroom has had and continues to have dialectic authorized tensions with the Federal Circuit. The place the Federal Circuit has been making an attempt to rationalize and nationalize patent regulation per its statutory mandate, the Supreme Courtroom has been continuing in the alternate path, for occasion in their selections similar to Alice and Mayo amongst others. If this path continues, it’s going to negatively impression our patent legal guidelines and diminish our aggressive international standing by limiting innovation and know-how. It is crucial that we guarantee that our statutes and case regulation lead somewhat than lag behind our patent system. The various is a stagnant financial system, which ought to be unacceptable to all.


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” alt=”” width=”150″ />Donald R. Dunner
Senior Companion, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Keynote Speaker for the 61st Annual JMLS IP Regulation Convention

Daryl Lim and his colleagues at John Marshall Regulation Faculty have as soon as once more demonstrated that they’re in the prime tier of regulation faculty IP packages.  On November 1st and 2nd, Daryl masterminded a multi-phase program, the first phase on November 1st involving an IP Roundtable consisting of three panels overlaying the Part 101 universe.  The individuals in this primary day’s periods included the greatest and the brightest in the IP career who shed a lot mild on the issues created by the Supreme Courtroom’s Part 101 jurisprudence.  An outgrowth of these first day’s periods might be the formation of a comparatively small Advert Hoc Part 101 Committee whose process might be to attempt to bridge the hole between the numerous Part 101 views and recommend potential options to the drawback.

The second day’s program on November 2nd opened with a thought-scary keynote speech by Federal Circuit Decide Polly Newman, adopted by a full day of separate panel discussions involving present developments in patent regulation, IP and antitrust regulation, copyright regulation, trademark regulation, music and leisure regulation, commerce secret regulation, and IP and piracy regulation.  Given the top quality of the members, the discussions coated the waterfront of leading edge considering on numerous and necessary IP subjects.  Along with the first day’s program, the success of this instructional enterprise was assured.


Ted Essex
Counsel, Hogan Lovells

I consider that continued clashes amongst the courts of countries round the world will feed uncertainty relating to SEPs and FRAND in the foreseeable future.  We’ve seen direct conflicts, notably with Huawei v. Samsung in China’s Intermediate Peoples Courtroom in Shenzhen and the Northern District of CA.  In Unwired Planet the  English decide has additionally steered the courts have the authority to set charges and rule on issues of worldwide concern, ignoring nationwide jurisdiction.  Along with these early photographs fired in the battle, the European Fee has adopted SEP tips which will or will not be just like these desired by China, Korea, India and different nations.  To additional gasoline battle, nations resembling India, China, and Korea could also be in some features of SEP patents, similar to extreme royalties, greater than others, whereas the US and Europe might give attention to willingness of licensees and licensing apply.  China’s secretary-common of the Cellular China Alliance has stated “The smartphone patents were dominated by foreign telecom firms including Qualcomm Inc, Ericsson AB and Nokia Oyj in the past, and China has no right of speech in this sector.” They’ll need a voice going ahead as new requirements reminiscent of 5G are developed.


Kenneth R. Adamo
Companion, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The complexities and challenges introduced by 35 USC 101 and the USSupCt’s Alice choice have been explored by a energetic , intense   panel of educated regulation professors and practitioners, in the context of varied historic and up to date selections and the anticipated  imminent USPTO proposal of a brand new framework on the topic. In sum, a robust consensus agreed that the state of play of Alice points was not viable, that the Courtroom appeared incapable of fixing the state of affairs that it has created, that the Federal Circuit was equally adrift, that Congress had no decision on the quick horizon, and that there is a hopeful expectation that that Workplace proposal will current an actual begin to a extra – readily utilized and understood mechanism that may have an effect on a good and clear software of 101 in the instant future.


Gary S. Friedlander
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Division Common Counsel & International IP, TransUnion

The Annual IP Convention was as soon as once more an occasion to not be missed whether or not you’re a devoted IP practitioner or a home counsel whose position consists of IP and privateness. The new “Meet the Press” sort of format used for the plenary periods ensured a vigorous and informative dialogue on the key IP areas. As an in-house lawyer, I discovered them worthwhile to attend in order assist sustain with key tendencies. Nevertheless, I all the time discover the afternoon breakout periods notably related to my position. The breakout periods present a extra intimate setting and a chance to actually engaged with the panelists. There is all the time a minimum of one afternoon monitor that is notably aware of the pursuits of in-house counsel. I simply want I might clone myself to attend simultaneous periods.


Carlos Aboim
Associate, Licks Attorneys

The Annual Mental Property Convention of the John Marshall Regulation Faculty in Chicago, IL, has been an impressive alternative to satisfy professional audio system from all fields of apply, typically with opposing however balanced views – making it unattainable to overlook. As Decide Newman identified throughout the occasion, solely the trade of concepts can promote innovation and financial progress. As a litigation lawyer, it is paramount for me to know how courts in the US, UK, DE, and others are coping with the difficult interface between Antitrust and IP regulation, selecting between competing narratives will affect innovation throughout a number of industries. I attempted to offer my contribution by sharing my concern that overseas selections could also be misrepresented in creating nations, the place antitrust businesses might “misuse” competitors regulation to undermine IP rights to guard “national champions”.


Kira Alvarez
Legislative Marketing consultant, ABA Part of Mental property Regulation

I had the pleasure and honor to take part in John Marshall Regulation Faculty’s IP Convention this yr. I assumed the degree of dialogue and participation in all the panels was stellar, each as a participant and as an viewers member. Particularly, I assumed the 101 dialogue with thought leaders in academia, enterprise and coverage (together with the indefatigable Decide Newman) was thought scary and helpful. It is clear from these discussions that for any laws to “fix” 101 to maneuver ahead it should be multi-faceted and clearly embrace points that each one sides are involved about, so that everybody can be invested in its success.


Charisse Castagnoli
Basic Counsel, Instapay Versatile LLC

The JMLS IP convention brings collectively teachers, authorities and practitioners in a morning session speedy hearth tour by way of the years crucial IP points. The afternoon periods comply with an interactive format exploring particular points in larger element. These periods actually allow a richer understanding of the matter and are additionally plenty of enjoyable.


Tom Cotter
Briggs and Morgan Professor in Regulation, College of Minnesota Regulation Faculty and Comparative Pent Cures Weblog

I significantly loved attending the 62nd Annual JMLS IP Convention, and collaborating in the session on patentable material. My most important takeaway from that session is that, whereas most everybody agrees that it is sensible to exclude legal guidelines of nature and merchandise of nature from the scope of patentable material, as a result of the social advantages from conferring patent safety on such elementary “building blocks” would exceed the social prices, there’s nonetheless lots of disagreement over how far this exclusion ought to prolong.  Positive, the regulation of gravity is a elementary constructing block and therefore unpatentable–however is an remoted DNA sequence, or a diagnostic technique based mostly on a naturally-occurring correlation, one among these essentially-unpatentable constructing blocks too? The Supreme Courtroom thinks so, nevertheless it’s by no means clear to me what that instinct is based mostly on; and the danger of inadvertently discouraging funding in creating new diagnostics and naturally-derived merchandise could also be substantial. That stated, there are potential efficiencies in having a software for screening out probably weak patents on a movement to dismiss, the place attainable; the query then is whether or not the draw back is too nice.


Dave Djavaherian
Senior Associate and Founder, PacTech Regulation, P.C.

As ordinary, the JMLS Convention was an excellent success. It introduced collectively a implausible assortment of worldwide IP thought leaders and practitioners, with a wonderfully coordinated agenda. I’ll undoubtedly look ahead to one other nice occasion in 2019.



Lisa Dunner
Managing Companion, Dunner Regulation PLLC

I just lately participated as a speaker in The John Marshall Regulation Faculty 62nd Annual  Mental Property Regulation Convention in Chicago, Illinois. When Daryl Lim, John Marshall’s Director, Middle for Mental Property, requested that I take part on a copyright panel for the convention, I assumed it will be just like each different talking alternative I’ve had. I used to be mistaken. This convention had the most spectacular roster of audio system – 90 in all – on numerous subjects starting from patents, copyrights, logos, antitrust, IT and privateness, and the format was an interesting, enlightening and energetic dialogue on every of the subjects. The viewers was concerned in the discussions, and the audio system have been capable of showcase their breadth of data on so many IP-associated subjects, each previous and leading edge. It was a tremendous alternative to community and study. It was an honor to be a part of this convention.


Tobias Hahn
Associate, Hoyng, Rokh, Monegier

Regardless of the particular topic issues mentioned at the Convention, my largest take-away was that its format, being actually set for conversations – amongst panellists and members, all of which have been thought leaders in the IP world –, made a real distinction to the “usual” convention format of prolonged shows.

This format allowed for some actually nice discussions. My primary focus lies with patents, so notably the discussions evolving round patentability (part 101), the intersection of patents and antitrust in addition to international IP developments have been of serious curiosity. What turned obvious as soon as extra is that what is wanted most in the IP world is judicial reliability. An extra take-away was that harmonisation in IP doesn’t all the time need to take the legislative route, however that harmonisation by means of nationwide courts and judges exchanging their views is typically at the least equally efficient. On this regard, from an outsider’s perspective it might be useful in the part 101 discussions to additionally take into accounts how different jurisdictions and establishments similar to the EPO cope with patentability.

Utmostly spectacular – one is inclined to say “as usual”, however that might not categorical how excellent it is – was Decide Newman’s inspirational speak about the relevance of the IP system to right now’s economies and societies, and her plea to become involved in making certain its safety.


Reginald Hill
Associate, Jenner & Block

The convention was wonderful.  I caught up on some areas the place I don’t follow extensively lately, specifically logos and copyrights.  The panels have been fascinating and informative. I particularly loved listening to about current and ongoing instances. I additionally acquired some nice numerous views type practitioners on a variety of points.  In the patent space, I heard some numerous views on 101 points and a few fascinating proposals for “addressing” 101. I additionally received an replace on patent damages and different current patent regulation modifications. Adam Kelly did an incredible job moderating the patent litigation panel I sat on.

In the vein of networking, I bumped into various practitioners I had not related with in a while.  I additionally made some new acquaintances, together with some IP practitioners early in their careers. As an apart, I acquired a number of suggestions for issues to do in Hong Kong from three totally different individuals over lunch. I left for a go to to Hong Kong simply after the convention.


Lisa Okay. Jorgenson
Government Director, AIPLA

This month, I attended for the first time, the Annual Mental Property Regulation Convention at The John Marshall Regulation Faculty, my alma mater. The rooms have been packed as the convention introduced collectively many thought leaders from round the globe, together with Decide Pauline Newman, reside from her workplace in D.C.. The first half of the day was quick paced with vigorous panel discussions offering updates in all areas of the regulation from logos, commerce secrets and techniques, patents, copyrights and extra. The second half of the day, with numerous break-out periods, offered in-depth protection of particular subjects from which to decide on. This convention exceeded my expectations, being each informative and enjoyable with plenty of networking alternatives


Adam Kelly
Companion, Loeb and Loeb LLP

The convention was the consummate instance of a refreshing civil discourse addressing educational and sensible options to fixing a number of present points dealing with mental property regulation. Attendees who represented numerous viewpoints—academia, the judiciary, company, U.S. authorities, and personal follow—got here collectively to debate some very troublesome, however essential points. From these discussions, I’m sincerely optimistic for the way forward for mental property.


Alice O. Martin, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

What a wonderful alternative to get immersed in a full day of all points of Mental Property regulation, starting with the inspirational, historic perspective from Decide Pauline Newman.  The take-away message I absorbed from the Decide was that safety of useful mental property is nonetheless essential, hurdles and glitches might be smoothed out, so hold considering and dealing!  It was an actual pep speak!

The following morning Plenary Session panels have been energetic and allowed us to listen to numerous specialists with various views on patent, antitrust, copyright and trademark regulation.  The panel moderator stored the interactions energetic and informative.

Due to concurrent periods in the afternoon, I solely heard the patent sequence.  It was notably satisfying to have discussions throughout the breaks with regulation college students.  Updates on the regulation – in specific relating to patent eligibility, have been useful.  At the finish of the convention, I used to be grateful that the group prowess of JMLS Professor Darryl Lim, and Chairman of the IP Advisory Board, Don Dunner resulted in such a worthwhile convention.


Kevin E. Noonan
Associate, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

The JMLS Convention, in each its personal roundtable session and in the public session the subsequent day, illustrated the two principal messages evident to anybody paying consideration over the previous a number of years.  The first is that U.S. patent regulation, notably with regard to what is eligible for patenting, has been critically and negatively affected by current Supreme Courtroom selections (and the Courtroom exhibits no indication it is prepared to revisit these selections it doesn’t matter what). The second is that there is no consensus relating to what must be finished to right the state of affairs. The convention permitted practitioners, judges, authorities policymakers, enterprise representatives, and authorized teachers to offer their views.  Insofar as this enlightened individuals from every group to raised perceive numerous stakeholders’ considerations the convention was an unqualified success.  There was a lot much less success in coming to a greater understanding of how you can do what most agree must be accomplished, recalibrate U.S. patent regulation to have eligibility necessities extra in line with different industrialized nations.  In fact, it is unlikely that any of the individuals had any expectation that a answer to the eligibility drawback can be discovered, and in that nobody was dissatisfied.


Kevin C. Parks
Member, Leydig, Volt & Mayer, Ltd.

When it comes to general high quality, the 62nd Annual Convention was the greatest I’ve attended. The morning plenary periods featured a variety of subjects, introduced in a fashion accessible to specialists and generalists alike.

The afternoon periods drilled down additional—there have been a minimum of three copyright panels discussing tendencies in this specialty with primarily no substantive overlap. I used to be honored to average the last copyright panel specializing in music and leisure, that includes conversations amongst six extremely regarded practitioners, teachers, coverage advocates and enterprise professionals.

Excellent school, really a studying setting.


Marci Rolnik Walker
Authorized Director, Legal professionals for the Artistic Arts

The John Marshall Regulation Faculty Annual Mental Property Convention is one in every of the most respected that I attend and look ahead to annually. Administrators from its Middle for Mental  Property, Info, and Privateness Regulation do an unimaginable job bringing collectively thought leaders from quite a lot of sectors, together with educational, personal apply, judicial, and general public curiosity. This yr they launched a brand new energetic moderated dialogue format amongst panelists, which elicited each helpful follow factors and perception on upcoming tendencies and pending instances. I loved interacting with fellow panelists and the alternative to match opinions and study their sensible expertise and analysis. I’ll undoubtedly attend once more and extremely advocate the convention to anybody in staying abreast of IP developments.


Kyle Serilla
IP Regulation Fellow, John Marshall Regulation Faculty

As a primary time attendee, I used to be impressed by the scale of this convention and the way it attracts not simply from our Midwest authorized group however students and attorneys from throughout the nation and the world. Though I had principally administrative duties to take care of throughout the morning periods, I used to be joyful to have the ability to sit-in on a few of the afternoon panels in the “session A” room. I particularly loved the copyright regulation panel’s dialogue the 5 Pointz graffiti case and the persevering with wrestle of American concepts of property rights with V.A.R.A. Moreover, I assumed Jacqueline Charlesworth’s perception throughout the music regulation panel into the behind-the-scenes actuality of writing and passing the Music Modernization Act was an actual spotlight of the afternoon.


Marshall Leaffer
Professor of Regulation; Distinguished Scholar in Mental Property Regulation; College Fellow, Indiana College Mauer Faculty of Regulation

I’ve been fortunate to have participated in John Marshall’s 62nd Annual Mental Property Convention.  This yr was a stellar occasion—one in every of the greatest conferences of its sort that I’ve attended.  Today there are an abundance of IP conferences obtainable.  Most comply with the roughly the similar format the place you will have quite a lot of panelists who current their subjects in twenty minutes or so after which take questions from the viewers time allowing.   What distinguishes the Chicago is its spontaneity and a freshness that others lack.  Its success can be attributed the optimum combine has a various mixture of teachers and practitioners, and the deft means the moderators hold the members to succinctly setting out their two or three pertinent factors inside brief time restrict.  Verbose padded talks don’t happen in this setting and the vary of points coated was unparalleled in a one-day convention. This format must be used extra actually because you’ll be able to cowl such quite a lot of subjects and points in a approach that avoids the danger of what I name “talking heads conference fatigue.”


Paras Shah
Regulation Scholar, John Marshall Regulation Faculty; Regulation Clerk, Advítam IP, LLC

I had the pleasure of being a scholar volunteer and attendee at the 61st and 62nd John Marshall Regulation Faculty Annual Mental Property Conferences. Each conferences included quite a lot of Mental Property specialists starting from authorities, academia, and personal apply. As a scholar, it was an incredible alternative to additional develop classroom supplies and discussions in a completely distinctive method. The big selection of dialogue subjects and authorized professionals at each conferences allowed me to study particular subjects of curiosity and to broaden my skilled community. Studying and understanding quite a lot of views from Mental Property specialists was an essential stepping stone in constructing a greater and stronger future. For instance, the dialogue on IT & Privateness made me understand how necessary it is to study and perceive affordable cybersecurity and digital id, particularly at the fee know-how is advancing – how we presently deal with these specific areas on a authorized degree will drastically influence our day by day lives in the future.


Jomarie Fredericks
Deputy Basic Counsel; Chief Mental Property Counsel, Rotary Worldwide

Hope you have been capable of catch John Marshall’s 62nd Annual IP Regulation Convention this previous 2 November.  I’ve attended for no less than the previous 25 years and have all the time discovered it a fantastic use of my time.  I’ve been lucky to be a participant in the convention the previous few years and (in my considerably biased opinion), I feel the high quality of the programming and educators simply retains going up.  We’re seeing nationwide and worldwide specialists in the IP subject all gathered in one place on this in the future for some energy-packed periods.  And having Decide Pauline Newman of the Federal Circuit as the keynote speaker actually elevates the convention to an entire new degree.  Kudos to Daryl Lim and his entire staff at the Middle for IP, Privateness and Know-how Regulation at JMLS.  Sustain the good work and searching ahead to subsequent yr’s 63rd Annual version on 1 November 2019.  Hope to see you there!”


Dr. Shlomit Yanisky-Ravidz
Visiting Professor, Fordham Regulation Faculty;
Fellow, Info Society Undertaking, Yale Regulation Faculty
Founder and Head of the Shalom Institute of Comparative Regulation;

The convention served as an exquisite stage for discussions on IP regulation. It bravely envisioned the way forward for the IP regime, confronted new challenges, and prompt revolutionary options. The convention was additionally a gathering level for practitioners, judges, educational professors, college students, and representatives from the related industries. There was a excessive degree of progressive discourse throughout the convention. For instance, many artistic new authorized copyright instruments have been mentioned as a part of the copyright plenary session in which I participated. Affiliate Register of Copyrights Catherine Rowland launched a brand new device of small claims. It provides inventors and creators who can’t afford costly litigation entry to justice. The panel additionally mentioned different modern copyright points, together with copyright trolling.