Patent Litigation in the U.S.: What You Need to Know     


I.D.# WB0940Printable Description
Duration: 4 Hours
Show Session Dates
January 13-15, 2016 (2 Sessions ) - Live Online
Show Session Dates
July 27-29, 2016 (2 Sessions ) - Live Online

In today's economic environment, patents have become an increasingly important asset for both individuals and corporations. More and more, individuals and corporations, including those in the automotive and aerospace industries, are recognizing that revenue can be generated from their patent rights, whether those rights consist of a single patent, a family of patents or an entire portfolio. Indeed, some companies do not make or sell products; their entire revenue is derived from the licensing of their patents. Suffice it to say, licensing revenue has become a significant source of value in the global intellectual property economy.

This web seminar will tell you what you need to know about U.S. patent litigation and will provide in-depth insights into the practical realities of patent disputes in the U.S. You will learn what's involved in a patent case, including the issues that the patent owner has to prove, e.g. infringement, and the issues the accused infringer has to prove, e.g., invalidity. You will increase your awareness of the role of the judge and the jury in patent cases and you will hear about the increasing use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation, to resolve patent disputes. Among other topics, this course also will increase your appreciation for the time it typically takes to go from the filing of a case to trial, and the fees and expenses associated with the case.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:

  • Obtain an overview of U.S. patent litigation
  • Explain 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
This course is geared toward executives, in-house counsel, in-house patent agents, and senior managers across industries, such as automotive and aerospace. Participants may be both U.S. and non-U.S. -- anyone who needs help in understanding what to expect and what the realities are should they become involved in U.S. patent litigation.

Topical Outline
Session 1

  • Overview of Patent Litigation
    • Issues the patent-owner has to prove
    • Issue the accused infringer has to prove
  • What is the Scope of Discovery?
    • Documents, including e-documents
    • Depositions
    • Third parties (e.g. customers, suppliers)
    • Confidentiality of discovery materials
  • Who Decides Liability and Damages?
    • Jury
    • Judge
    • Mediator/Arbitrator

Session 2
  • 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 Changes are on the Horizon?
    • Supreme Court
    • Patent law reform

Instructor(s): Eric M. Dobrusin
Eric Dobrusin

Eric M. Dobrusin is a shareholder in the Dobrusin Law Firm, PC in metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan, where he concentrates his practice in intellectual property law. He is a member of the Michigan Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Dobrusin previously served as the Executive Director of the National Patent Board, and he has served as an ADR Neutral and a Special Master in IP litigation disputes. Mr. Dobrusin has presented talks and authored articles on a variety of intellectual property topics. He also has co-authored books entitled, “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategies to Foster Successful Patent and Trade Secret Practices in Everyday Business” (LexisNexis) and Intellectual Property Litigation: Pretrial Practice, Third Edition (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business). Mr. Dobrusin has earned recognition as a SuperLawyer®, Best Lawyers® in America (2014 Patent Law Lawyer of the Year for Detroit), dBusiness Magazine Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Leading Lawyers™, and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine IP Stars. In 2013, he was recognized by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly publication as among its “Leaders in the Law”. Mr. Dobrusin received a B.S. degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School.

Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access (at least 56K) and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, class session recordings, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

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NOTE: The course presentation will be recorded and made available for 30 days to those who register by the deadline.

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Fees: $415.00 ; SAE Members: $332.00 - $374.00

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

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