2-Credit MCLE Event - Patent Trolls: An Outside Counsel View on Efficient and Effective Representation

We are honored to present David Evan Case as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic of "Patent Trolls: An Outside Counsel View on Efficient and Effective Representation."

Date:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time:
19:00 - Presentation
21:00 - End
Venue:
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall (Access)
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Attendance Fee:
¥3,000 (attendees requiring CLE credit)
Free (attendees not requiring CLE credit)

"Patent trolls" (i.e., non-practicing entities, "NPEs") are very much in the news these days. According to a comprehensive April 2013 report (Lex Machina), lawsuits by patent trolls in the U.S. have increased from 24% of all patent cases filed in 2007 to 56% of the patent cases filed in 2012. Rather than creating any new ideas or products, patent trolls, which typically have no other business, buy patents on the open market or from companies in financial difficulty. They then use these patents to threaten suit against any company that might conceivably infringe their patents. The ultimate objective is to extract a license fee without the expense of litigation. Patent trolls have become a drain on the financial resources of companies both large and small. According to a Boston University study, the direct costs of NPE patent assertions totaled about $29 billion in 2011.

This seminar will give outside counsel perspective on handling patent trolls from the first letter or legal filing to the final decision whether to settle or litigate. It will highlight some practical concerns that companies face when dealing with patent trolls, both large and small, sophisticated and non-sophisticated; share some ideas for how to minimize the cost of dealing with patent trolls, and explore the type of actions taken by outside counsel who handle such cases.

About the Speaker

David Evan Case

David Evan Case is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Tokyo office. He has experience in Japan and New York representing Japanese and non-Japanese companies on intellectual property and commercial-related matters in U.S. Federal Court and arbitrations.

About CLE Credit

Please bring your state attorney ID number so that you can complete the necessary paperwork. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. However, attorneys are responsible for checking with the CLE board in their jurisdiction before attending the CLE seminar whether Pennsylvania CLE credits will count towards their CLE requirements and what their jurisdiction requires them to do to claim out-of-state CLE credits. Please inform us before the seminar if your CLE board requires anything other than a copy of the Pennsylvania CLE credit form and a certificate of attendance.

Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.