Patent Law for Engineers     


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Duration: 1 Day
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This information-packed seminar focuses on the intricacies of patents, patent infringement litigation and patent licensing. Attendees will explore the important subjects of obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, maintaining U.S. and foreign patent rights, enforcing patent rights, defending against patent rights asserted by competitors, and licensing patent rights for revenue. After this seminar, you will effectively understand patents and ways to protect your company's valuable inventions. Your new knowledge will help your company maintain and enhance its position in the marketplace.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Obtain an overview of U.S. patent litigation
  • Understand the basic legal principles for liability and damages in patent cases
  • Gain insights into how patent disputes are resolved
  • Predict the fees and expenses associated with bringing and/or defending a patent case in the U.S.
  • Anticipate the scope of discovery in, and/or business disruption arising from, a U.S. patent case
  • Peek into the future of potential patent law reform

Who Should Attend
Participants should have a mid- to upper-level managerial role. Research and development, in-house legal staff members such as in-house lawyers, patent agents, or patent liaisons will especially benefit.

Topical Outline

  • Overview of Patent Litigation
    • Issues the Patent-Owner Has to Prove
    • Issues the Accused Infringer Has to Prove
  • Who Decides Liability and Damages
    • Jury
    • Judge
    • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • How Long Does it Take From Filing to Trial
    • District Courts
    • ITC
  • How Much Does It Cost
    • Fees and expenses
    • Contingency Fees
    • Recovery of fees and expenses
  • What is the Scope of Discovery
    • Documents, including e-documents
    • Depositions
    • Third parties (e.g. customers, suppliers)
    • Confidentiality of discovery materials
  • What Changes are on the Horizon
    • Supreme Court
    • Patent law reform

    Instructor(s): William Cory Spence
    Cory Spence As a partner in the Litigation and Intellectual Property departments at Ungaretti and Harris, Cory assists individual and business clients in obtaining their best possible outcome in contentious legal matters. A registered patent attorney, Cory has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving all areas of Intellectual Property law in the U.S., as well as international patent litigation involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, including Asia. He is a published author and frequent speaker on intellectual property issues, and has been repeatedly recognized as an “Illinois Rising Star”. Prior to joining Ungaretti & Harris, Cory spent twelve years practicing law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Cory is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biophysics. Upon graduation, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Medical Service Corps. After completing his military service, he worked for several years in the chemical industry before pursuing his legal education at the University of Houston Law Center. He is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Federal Circuit Bar Association, American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Division and the Licensing Executives Society.

    Fees: $810.00 ; SAE Members: $648.00 - $729.00

    .7 CEUs
    You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

    "Excellent overview of these legal topics...felt like an accelerated day in the life of a law student."
    Paul Macioce
    Products Development MGP
    Roush Industries

    "Excellent introductory training in patent law for all engineers. A 'must do' for all engineers."
    John Allen
    Manager, Intellectual Property

    "Being an engineer in a research field, this course gave me the information I need to legally understand how and when my research can be disclosed and marketed."
    Charles E. Roberts
    Southwest Research Institute

    "Mr. Spence did a wonderful job explaining the basics of patent law for engineers."
    Dr. Colin Jordan
    Forensic Engineering Manager
    Kimley-Horn & Associates

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