Patents at Princeton

Patent Success or Failure? The America Invents Act and Beyond
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Princeton University, Friend Center Convocation Room

This conference is free and open to the public. Registration is open until the event begins, but only attendees registered by Wednesday, May 2, 2012 will receive lunch and a name tag.

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the most significant change to the US Patent system since the Patent Act of 1952. The result of years of efforts to revise and reform the laws governing patent practice in the US, many consider the AIA to be a success. However, the AIA is not without its critics. Six months into the AIA’s first year, “Patent Success or Failure?” will bring together government officials, judges, lawyers, and academics to consider the effects of the legislation on the patent landscape.

Attorneys: This transitional CLE program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of five hours professional practice credit. This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 5.4 hours total CLE credit.


Opening Keynote (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)
Judge Paul Michel, Former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Panel 1: AIA Implementation (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
The AIA sets out a protracted timeline for implementing its many provisions, with the last of these provisions taking effect September 16, 2019. This session will focus on major questions of implementation.

Marian Underweiser, Counsel, IBM Corporation (moderator)
Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke Law
Mark Nikolsky, Partner, McCarter & English
Robert Sterne, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Lunch (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
Keynote Speaker: David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Panel 2: AIA and Patent Reform (1:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
The AIA has the potential to alter the patent landscape significantly. Given the lengthy timeline for fully implementing the AIA, it may be years before we feel the full effects of the legislation. This session will examine the ways in which the AIA has already changed patent law, and look forward to the future effects of the legislation.

Jason M. Schultz, Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Berkley Law School (moderator)
Joe Matal, General Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee
Dan Ravicher, Lecturer in Law, Cardozo Law; Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT)
Steven Halpern, Associate, McCarter & English

Panel 3: Patent Reform and Innovation Across Industries (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)
Much of the criticism of our patent system can be traced to the feeling that the system does not work equally for all stakeholders, and the AIA is no exception to this. This session will offer a comparative look at the AIA across industries, such as software and biotechnology.

Dennis Crouch, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri School of Law, and the Patently-O blog (moderator)
Colleen Chien, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara Law
Andrea Kamage, Senior Patent Counsel, Law Department, Johnson & Johnson
Suzanne Michel, Senior Patent Counsel, Google
Julie Samuels, Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Closing Keynote (5:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Judge Randall Rader, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit