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Impact of AIA on Licensing Agreements
Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor, USPTO
Nathan Kelley became the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor in November 2013. In this role, he defends the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO and the agency in court proceedings relating to intellectual property issues.
As Deputy Solicitor and an Associate Solicitor, Mr. Kelley spent seven years defending the USPTO's decisions in federal court, briefing and arguing numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has defended the USPTO on a wide range of legal issues, from specific patentability determinations to broader issues involving the USPTO's statutory examination duties. He has also provided advice and guidance to the agency regarding various intellectual property issues, including the development and scope of rulemakings undertaken to implement the America Invents Act.
The Office of the Solicitor provides legal counsel to the Under Secretary and Director and the Commissioners for Patents and Trademarks on intellectual property matters. The office's primary responsibility is to defend decisions of the Under Secretary and Director, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and examiners in patent and trademark cases. The office also represents the Under Secretary and Director at depositions of USPTO employees, provides legal advice on proposed regulations and correspondence, and monitors publication of USPTO decisions. The Solicitor's Office, in coordination with the Department of Commerce, also provides representation for the Under Secretary and Director in the interagency deliberations on intellectual property matters.
Vice President and Chief IP Officer, NOKIA
Paul Melin is Vice President and Head of Technology Licensing at Nokia Technologies, with profit and loss responsibility for several technology based growth businesses. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Melin was the Chief IP Officer at Nokia Corporation, with global responsibility for the company’s intellectual property, including patent licensing, portfolio development, filing and prosecution and IP issues in business transactions, as well as IP acquisitions, investments and divestments. Before this, he served in several leadership roles with responsibility for Nokia’s patent licensing, IP strategy and business development, and technology strategy.
Before joining Nokia in 2004, Mr. Melin spent seven years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising clients primarily in the technology and telecommunications sectors on issues of strategy, organisation and operations.
Mr. Melin has a master's in industrial management and engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Richard A. Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Prior to his joining the faculty, he was a visiting law professor at NYU from 2007 through 2009. He has served as the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. Epstein is also the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. His initial law school appointment was at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. Epstein received an LL.D., h.c. from the University of Ghent, 2003. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and has been a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences, also since 1983. He served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991-2001. From 2001 to 2010 he was a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago.
Read Richard Epstein's Forbes article on "Patent Law Gone Awry: How Bob Goodlatte's Bill Combines Useless Rigidity With Dangerous Discretion"Listen to Richard Epstein discuss The Classical Liberal Constitution on the National Review’s “Between the Covers” podcast