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Emerging Challenges for U.S. Patents: Internet of Things, Software, and Post-Grant Procedure

Finnegan-Hosted Event; Speaking Engagement

June 15, 2017

Taipei, Taiwan

In this installment of Finnegan’s Taiwan Lecture Series, we will discuss the direction of patent law in the United States based on developments over the first half of 2017. The Internet of Things (IoT) is still relatively new to patent law, but several cases have considered the unique challenges it poses, from standards, to multi-party liability, to international and extra-territorial concerns. In addition, the courts have continued to provide guidance on the scope of patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §101, and this should help those who seek such protection and those who wish to void liability of questionable patents. The Federal Circuit’s recent decisions also show a willingness to exercise more control over the USPTO Patent and Trial Appeal Board’s decisions on various post-grant requests. That, in turn, may affect strategies for using such post-grant proceedings going forward. Finally, the Supreme Court has rendered some significant decisions in patent law, and will likely render one or two more very soon, and these decisions will influence the direction of patent law in the United States for years to come.

Please join us as we discuss: 

     I. How Patents Affect the Internet of Things
     II. Is There a Better Sense of What Subject Matter Is Eligible for U.S. Patent Protection?
     III. What to Do as the Federal Circuit Looks More Carefully at the USPTO in Post-Grant Proceedings
     IV. What Do the Supreme Court Decisions Suggest for the Future of Patent Law
          A. Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (enhanced damages)
          B. SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag et al. v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, et al. (laches)
          C. Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. (liability for overseas manufacturing)
          D. Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee (post-grant review)
          E. Samsung Electronics v. Apple (design patent damages)
          F. Pending decisions that may issue

Kenie Ho 
Kelly Lu 
Gary C. Ma 
Robert Yoches

Date and Time:
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Sherwood Taipei,
Yuan Ming Room, 3rd floor
111, Sec III Minsheng E. Rd., 105 Taipei
台北西華飯店三樓 元明廳
Tel: +886-2-2718-1188

MCLE Credit: Finnegan confirms that this activity has been certified for 3 hours of California MCLE credit.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday, June 9, 2017. For more information, please contact Ms. Nori Chen at (02)2712-7001 Ext. 113. The event is free of charge. Space is limited to three registrants per company/organization.

Ho, Kenie
Lu, Kelly
Ma, Gary C.
Yoches, E. Robert