Bejin Bieneman hosts a monthly B2 IP Webinar series that covers an array of topics relating to U.S. patent practice. The typical structure of the webinar consists of one attorney who presents on a topic that is prevalent to the intellectual property law world. Throughout the webinar, attendees are free to ask questions using the chat feature of the WebEx program. The presenter opens up the floor at the end to any additional questions or comments. Once the webinar is complete, the recording of the series is then made available on our YouTube channel.
Corporate Best Practices To Avoid Willful Infringement
July 23, 2020 12pm
The webinar focuses on best practices to reduce risk for enhanced damages under Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics. The webinar discusses and analyzes post-Halo district court decisions related to willful infringement and enhanced damages. The webinar addresses what role willful blindness has in a finding of willful infringement. Further, the webinar discusses corporate best practices for both pre- and post-litigation conduct to reduce risk for willful infringement and enhanced damages. Finally, this webinar discusses best practices for both pre-litigation and post-litigation conduct to reduce risk for attorney’s fees. Presented by Tom Bejin and Nathan Smith
Software Patents – Going Beyond Alice and Williamson
Jun 18, 2020
The webinar offers a set of practice tips for drafting software and electronics patent claims not just to avoid legal pitfalls under § 101 and § 112, but to make patent prosecution more efficient, and patent claims stronger. We look not just at Federal Circuit decisions, but also at cases from the PTAB to extract a set of practical guidelines for drafting functional claim language – when functional claiming is unavoidable. Presented by Charles Bieneman
Caselaw Update for Patent Preparation and Prosecution
May 21, 2020 12pm
Several recent decisions by the Federal Circuit and the PTAB lend themselves to practical application during the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. This 60-minute webinar presented by Chris Francis will explore these recent decisions and discuss their potential application during both the preparation of a patent application and prosecution at the USPTO. The recent decisions that will be discussed cover the following topics:
The effective use of declarations to present objective indicia of non-obviousness as discussed in two ex parte PTAB decisions designated as informative and a recent Federal Circuit opinion
Design choice as discussed in two ex parte PTAB decisions designated as informative
Obviousness based on “general knowledge” at the Federal Circuit
Claim interpretation issues including disavowal
April 23, 2020 12pm
David Hannon and Mike McCandlish discuss emerging types of data privacy claims, with a focus on the types of claims based on the use of data.
Update on Trade Secret Law
March 19, 2020
The Defend Trade Secrets Act became law in 2016, for the first time providing a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Bryan Hart will provide an update on how the DTSA has worked in practice since its enactment. Has the DTSA promoted harmonization of trade secret law? How have courts interpreted its provisions? This webinar will also cover how to decide whether trade secret or patent protection is better for an idea.
There are a wide range of estoppel issues that may be triggered under the America Invents Act (AIA) as a result of proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). These estoppel issues complicate decision making in pursuing parallel proceedings at the PTAB and in district court. This 60-minute webinar will review estoppel provisions in the AIA, discuss recent developments in the law related to estoppel, and discuss some of the practical implications of the caselaw. Tom Bejin of Bejin Bieneman PLC and Eileen M. Herlihy of Leber IP Law will present.
There continues to be a dramatic impact on the interpretation of functional claim terms after the Federal Circuit decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online L.L.C. Since means-plus-function claiming can be utilized in almost every field of innovation, patent practitioners need to weigh the pros and cons of such claims as well as how to draft those claims in a way that provides optimal protection.
This 60-minute webinar will discuss the benefits and risks involved with using functional claims and/or means-plus-function claims as they relate to potential litigation and inter-partes reviews before the PTAB. You’ll also hear best practice advice for leveraging §112(f) and functional claims for maximum patent protection. Presented by Tyson Benson.
Patent preparation and prosecution: Best practice before the USPTO (Part 2 of 2)
May 23, 2019
Patent preparation and pr… Christopher Francis and Charles Bieneman conduct Part Two of a two-part webinar to discuss best practices for preparing, and then prosecuting, patent applications at the USPTO. The presentation dives underneath the basic legal requirements to provide adequate written description and enablement of claimed subject matter. Mr. Francis and Mr. Bieneman discuss not just how to satisfy those legal requirements, but how to create a patent application that prevents a patent examiner from dragging out or confusing patent prosecution. The presentation then reviews strategies for responding to patent examiners that make prosecution more efficient – and create a better record for future enforcement or invalidity proceedings.
Secret Sauce for Patent Prosecution
April 18, 2019
Christoper Francis and Charles Bieneman conduct a two-part webinar to discuss best practices for preparing, and then prosecuting, patent applications at the USPTO. The presentation dives underneath the basic legal requirements to provide adequate written description and enablement of claimed subject matter. Mr. Francis and Mr. Bieneman discuss not just how to satisfy those legal requirements, but how to create a patent application that prevents a patent examiner from dragging out or confusing patent prosecution. The presentation then reviews strategies for responding to patent examiners that make prosecution more efficient – and create a better record for future enforcement or invalidity proceedings.
Definiteness and Damages: Developments in Design Patent Law
February 21, 2019
The February webinar is presented by Bryan Hart, Associate at Bejin Bieneman, who discusses recent developments related to design patents. In particular, Mr. Hart discusses the Federal Circuit’s decision in In re Maatita in August and the Supreme Court’s decision in Samsung v. Apple in 2016. In re Maatita dealt with how the standard for definiteness applied to design patents. Samsung v. Apple dealt with damages in design patent cases; Mr. Hart will surveys district court cases since Samsung.
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