Greater Washington, DC Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
5:30 - 6:30 PM Networking Reception (Appetizers/snacks will be provided)
6:30 - 8:00 PM Presentation

Patents and the Public Good

Paul Michel, Former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Teresa Stanek Rea, Former Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Former Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Co-Director of Academic Programs & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Raymond Van Dyke, Van Dyke Law

Patents have been taking a beating in the press and in the court of public opinion. With the negativity continuing, it would be best to reconsider the hyperbole and review the positives of a strong patent system to our nation and the world. Please join us in this Second Annual Forum on the benefits of a robust patent system.

Sidley & Austin, DC Office
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

LES Members: Free
Non-Members: Free

Online Registration Closed

No refunds after December 3, 2013
Substitutions are permitted

Judge Paul Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March of 1988. On December 25, 2004, he assumed the duties of Chief Judge. After his elevation to Chief Judge, he served as one of 27 judges on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the Judicial Branch. In 2005 he was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to also serve on the Judicial Conference's seven-judge Executive Committee. On May 31, 2010, Chief Judge Michel stepped down from the bench after serving more than 22 years on the court.

In his years on the bench, Judge Michel judged thousands of appeals and wrote over 800 opinions, approximately one-third of which were in patent cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Michel served in the executive and legislative branches for 22 years. Following graduation from Williams College in 1963 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1966, Michel served as Assistant District Attorney and then Deputy District Attorney for Investigations under Arlen Specter in Philadelphia; as Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor in 1974-1975; from 1975 to 1976 he was an assistant counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; from 1976-1978, he served as Deputy Chief of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, where he directed the "Koreagate" investigation; in 1978 he was appointed as an Associate Deputy Attorney General; in 1980 he served as Acting Deputy Attorney General; and from 1981 until 1988, he served on Senator Arlen Specter's staff, including as Counsel and Chief of Staff.

Judge Michel has annually been named by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the world in intellectual property since 2003. In 2008 Chief Judge Michel was awarded the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, the Sedona Conference Lifetime Achievement Award, the first award for "Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Intellectual Property Law" of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, and the annual Judicial Honoree Award of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. In 2010 he received the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices' Federico Award for "outstanding contribution to the Patent and Trademark Systems of the United States of America"; the North American Lifetime Achievement Award by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine; the Distinguished Intellectual Property Professional Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation; the career achievement award of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); and was one of five global figures inducted into Intellectual Asset Management magazine's Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. He has been a Member of Honor of FICPI since 2001.

Since retiring from the court, Judge Michel continues to share knowledge gained during his 22 years on the court by speaking out on issues related to the courts and the patent system. He also provides mediation, arbitration, and case evaluation services to private clients.

Judge Michel is also serving as an advisor to a number of organizations. In June 2010, Judge Michel was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation and became a Distinguished Scholar in Residence there. He also serves as Special Advisor to the Patent Reform Task Force and the Council of the Section on Intellectual Property of the American Bar Association, and is a member of the AIPLA Committee on Public Appointments. Most recently he was invited to join the Advisory Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Networked Innovation project and the Advisory Committee of the Manufacturing Initiative of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.

Adam Mossoff is Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University School of Law. He has published extensively on the theory and history of how patents and other intellectual property rights are fundamental property rights, with his articles appearing in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and other journals. His article on the first patent war, the Sewing Machine War of the 1850s, has become an important part of today's public policy debates concerning patent litigation, patent licensing, and patent pools, having been cited most recently in the GAO Report on Patent Litigation. He has testified before the Senate, and has presented his research at many congressional briefings, professional association conferences, and academic conferences, as well as at the PTO, the FTC, the DOJ, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Raymond Van Dyke has practiced patent/IP law for nearly 25 years; he counsels clients in intellectual property matters in a variety of technologies, with prosecution, licensing and litigation expertise. He is the current Greater Washington, DC Chapter Chair for LES, is active in other legal and technical organizations, including the AIPLA, IPO, LinkedIn and ACM, and teaches at SMU Engineering School on IP.  He is a frequent speaker and author on patents and IP (basics and advanced), technology and the history of technology and intellectual property rights.

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Ray Van Dyke
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