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Recent Changes to U.S. Patent Laws and their Impact on Patent Licensing
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LES Philadelphia Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: The Wharton Student Life Center
2401 Walnut Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19064
United States

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In collaboration with the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
The Wharton Student Life Center
2401 Walnut Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19064
Parking located at the back entrance of the building on 24th and Sansom Street. Entrance for event is in the back.

Recent Changes to U.S. Patent Laws and their Impact on Patent Licensing
The event will include an opportunity for networking with Wharton MBA students in attendance, including from the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club.

Pamela Beatrice, PhD, Senior Associate Director, Engineering, Physical and Applied Sciences Office, University of Pennsylvania
Bruce Bernstein, Trustee, Signal Trust for Wireless Innovation
Christopher K. Larus, Chair, Minneapolis IP and Technology Litigation Group, Robins Kaplan LLP
Bryan J. Mechell, Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLP

Recent developments in U.S. patent laws have dramatically altered the landscape for patent enforcement. Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit precedent regarding patent eligible subject matter and the calculation of patent damages, along with a substantial expansion of patent challenges before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have combined to fundamentally alter the balance between patent holders and potential licensees.

For business leaders in the patent monetization and licensing community, these changes have created a new dynamic for technology licensing that necessitates a close look at patent validity and enforceability at all stages of the licensing process. In this session, panelists will discuss recent changes impacting patent enforcement and the impact of these changes on existing patent licenses. Panelists will also weigh in on current challenges facing their industries and explore practical strategies and best practices for future license negotiations.

Early by November 6
LES Members: $40
Non-Members: $45

After November 6 and On-site
LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $50

Online Registration Deadline: November 6, 12 PM EST

No refunds after November 8
Substitutions are permitted

Pamela Beatrice

Dr. Pamela Beatrice is the Senior Associate Director for Engineering, Physical and Applied Sciences Licensing at Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), where she works with technologies in materials, physics, radiology and other areas.  Prior to coming to PCI, she worked with the U.S. Army’s office for science and technology programs, and with Corning Inc.

Bruce Bernstein
Bruce Bernstein has over 20 years of experience developing, monetizing and investing in intellectual property assets. He is the founder of The Law Office of Bruce G. Bernstein, PLLC, where he provides clients with IP-­‐related legal and business services, including providing IP investment, monetization and development advice and running/managing patent licensing and litigation programs (both offensive and defensive). He has particular expertise in creating and growing licensing businesses for small to medium sized companies that have a core technology focus and related IP portfolio.

Bruce also holds the role of COO and General Counsel for Bluestone Ventures, Inc., a patent monetization firm located in Reston, Virginia. He is also the President of HCJ Advisors LLC, the Trustee of Signal Trust for Wireless Innovation, a Delaware Statutory Trust established to monetize more than 500 patents and patent applications relating to cellular infrastructure.

Prior to starting his own practice and joining Bluestone and establishing HCJ Advisors, Bruce held the position of Chief IP Counsel for Coller Capital, the leading global investor in private equity’s secondary market, with over six billion dollars under management. At Coller, Bruce was responsible for advising on legal, tax and business issues concerning the firm’s IP-­‐related investments and was a key member of the firm’s IP Investment Group. Prior to joining Coller Capital, Bruce served as Chief Intellectual Property and Licensing Officer for InterDigital Communications Corporation, a wireless technology development company that has generated in excess of $1bn from its intellectual property licensing program. At InterDigital, Bruce was responsible for running its licensing and patent business. Prior to InterDigital, Bruce was Head of Patents for BTG International Inc., a leading publicly listed technology development and licensing company. Prior to that, he was in private practice as a patent lawyer in Washington DC at the firms of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin, and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner.

Bruce holds a BSEE degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD degree from the American University. He is a member of the DC, NJ and PA (in-­‐house corporate license) bars and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Christopher K. Larus
Throughout his 20 year legal career, Chris has helped his clients protect their intellectual property rights. Chris tries complex patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing cases. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in courts throughout the country, and in both national and international arbitration.

Chris also works with clients to protect and monetize intellectual property assets outside of disputes context. Chris has extensive experience planning and implementing licensing campaigns involving a broad range of intellectual property assets and technologies. Chris works to understand every client’s unique goals and tailor strategies designed to maximize each clients’ return on investment.

In addition to directly advocating for his clients, Chris has extensive experience as an arbitrator in both national and international arbitration. He serves as an appointed arbitrator in disputes before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre For Dispute Resolution (ICDR), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Bryan J. Mechell
As a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with experience in complex patent litigation, Bryan focuses on new and cutting-edge technologies in order to help large companies, small businesses, and inventors assess and protect the value of their intellectual property. Bryan has advised clients in a wide variety of markets and technical fields, including: mobile wireless telecommunications, internet communications standards and protocols, server architecture, database encryption, computer processing and graphics, semiconductor design and fabrication, and consumer products and peripherals.

Bryan regularly represents clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in various phases of litigation—including trial proceedings conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board—and has experience identifying and implementing strategies to clearly and persuasively present complex legal and technical issues in order to drive business-oriented solutions. He has completed coursework in quantum physics, advanced mathematics, chemistry, and computer science, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


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