Patent Law for Engineers

This information-packed seminar focuses on the intricacies of patents, patent infringement litigation and patent licensing. Attendees will explore the important subjects of obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, maintaining U.S. and foreign patent rights, enforcing patent rights, defending against patent rights asserted by competitors, and licensing patent rights for revenue. After this seminar, you will effectively understand patents and ways to protect your company's valuable inventions. Your new knowledge will help your company maintain and enhance its position in the marketplace.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Obtain an overview of U.S. patent litigation
  • Understand the basic legal principles for liability and damages in patent cases
  • Gain insights into how patent disputes are resolved
  • Predict the fees and expenses associated with bringing and/or defending a patent case in the U.S.
  • Anticipate the scope of discovery in, and/or business disruption arising from, a U.S. patent case
  • Peek into the future of potential patent law reform

Is This Course For You

Participants should have a mid- to upper-level managerial role. Research and development, in-house legal staff members such as in-house lawyers, patent agents, or patent liaisons will especially benefit.

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  • Overview of Patent Litigation
    • Issues the Patent-Owner Has to Prove
    • Issues the Accused Infringer Has to Prove
  • Who Decides Liability and Damages
    • Jury
    • Judge
    • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • How Long Does it Take From Filing to Trial
    • District Courts
    • ITC
  • How Much Does It Cost
    • Fees and expenses
    • Contingency Fees
    • Recovery of fees and expenses
  • What is the Scope of Discovery
    • Documents, including e-documents
    • Depositions
    • Third parties (e.g. customers, suppliers)
    • Confidentiality of discovery materials
  • What Changes are on the Horizon
    • Supreme Court
    • Patent law reform