Intellectual Property Overview

Internal Harmonization: What’s Happening, What’s Hot, and What’s Harmonized


This course takes a thorough look at Patent Harmonization, providing an in-depth discussion of the past, present, future, and how it will affect the intellectual property lawyer's world.  The presenters discuss topics such as grace period, prior user rights, best practices and more.


I. Harmonization Efforts
    A. A History Lesson
    B. The IP5
    C. Objectives and Principles
    D. Industry Trilateral
    E.  Current Developments and Discussions on Grace Period
         1. Is a Grace Period Necessary?
         2. Main Issues and Assumptions
         3. Protection of Investor's Interests
         4. Protection of Competitor's Interests
         5. A Balance of All Interests
         6. Key Issues of Balancing Interests
         7. Submission of Statements
         8. Adopting a Safety Net
    F.   Prior User Rights
         1. Offices Involved in Patent Harmonization
         2. Conflicting Applications
             a. Best Practices and Open Issues
             b. Distance, Anti-Self Collision and Treatment of PCT
             c. Current State of Affairs
         3. Prior User Rights - Requirements
         4. Where Are We Now?
     G. Panel and Audience Discussion
         1. Harmonization and Grace Period
         2. Is Patent Law Harmonization Likely to Succeed?
         3. The Devil is in the Details

Content Provided

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, with approximately 13,500 members. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

AIPLA was formed in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues.

AIPLA is governed by a Board of Directors and has a staff of 25, headed by an Executive Director, located in Arlington, Virginia. AIPLA has more than 50 administrative and substantive committees which provide education to their members and formulate proposed positions for the Board of Directors to consider adopting as Association policy.

AIPLA is also actively involved in shaping US intellectual property policy through its work on legislation, federal regulations, and intellectual property cases in the US courts. Internationally, AIPLA has spearheaded a worldwide campaign to reduce the costs of procurement and enforcement of patents and trademarks, regularly participates in meetings of the Word Intellectual Property Organization, and maintains close relations with foreign IP officials and practitioners.

To qualify for membership, applicants must be members in good standing of the Bar of a court of record of the United States or any State. Foreign affiliate members must be able to practice in a court of general jurisdiction in their countries, or registered to practice before the Patent or Trademark Office in their country of citizenship or practice, to be considered for membership. AIPLA also has student affiliate memberships available for those regularly enrolled in a law school approved by the Association of American Law Schools and affiliate membership is available to patent agents who are registered with the USPTO. Approximately 63% of the regular members are in private practice, 33% in corporate practice, with the remainder in the government or academia. See our membership application for more information.

AIPLA conducts three regularly scheduled conferences a year, mid-winter, spring, and fall, at which the Association offers educational seminars on the latest developments in intellectual property law. In addition, AIPLA conducts several stand-alone seminars on specialized areas of intellectual property law throughout the year around the country, as well as online educational programs.

The Association produces a number of informative publications including the AIPLA Quarterly Journal (a scholarly law journal published four times a year), the AIPLA Bulletin (an overview of AIPLA meetings published electronically three times a year, and meeting papers from the regularly scheduled conferences and nationwide seminars. The Association also provides its members online access to a membership directory. Finally, AIPLA biennially publishes the Report of the Economic Survey, providing a significant benchmarking tool for compensation and charges in the intellectual property law field.

Speakers / Authors:

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David Hill

David W. Hill is Senior Counsel with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, where he has a diverse practice which includes patent and trademark litigation, prosecution, licensing negotiations, dispute resolution, and portfolio management.

Mr. Hill has particular experience in the mechanical and electrical arts and has also been extensively involved with a wide range of trademark matters. He has prepared many opinions on complex legal and technical issues. His litigation experience includes numerous patent infringement trials and appeals, § 337 unfair import investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and trademark and unfair competition matters in state and federal courts. He has also served as an expert witness, as an arbitrator in several matters for the American Arbitration Association, and has acted as a mediator.

In 1986, Mr. Hill opened the firm's Tokyo, Japan office. He spent three years in Japan as the resident partner of the office, and was licensed in Japan as a Gaikoku-ho Jimu Bengoshi (foreign lawyer). As a result of his experiences in Japan, Mr. Hill has developed an extensive knowledge of Japanese intellectual property law and Japanese culture. He frequently writes and presents on topics related to Japanese intellectual property protection.

Mr. Hill received his LL.M., with highest honors, from George Washington University, National Law Center in 1981, his J.D. from George Washington University, National Law Center in 1977, his M.S., Business Administration, with honors, from Boston University in 1974, and his B.S. from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1969.

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Alan Kasper

Alan J. Kasper is a partner in the firm of Sughrue Mion, and the director of the firm's International Department.  Mr. Kasper's practice includes domestic and international patent law. He represents clients in litigation, renders opinions on patentability, validity and infringement and provides counseling on matters involving licensing, proprietary rights protection, contracting and export control. He advises clients engaged in electrical, semiconductor, network, software/computer-based and mechanical technologies and provides counsel on business method patents inventions. Mr. Kasper was the resident partner in the firm's Tokyo office (1990-1994).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kasper served as an attorney and later as the Chief Patent Counsel for Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT).  Earlier, he was a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Kasper received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Anthony Venturino

Anthony Venturino is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he is a member of the technology and intellectual property group. He has prepared numerous U.S. and PCT patent applications, trademark applications and opinions.  He has also participated in major intellectual property litigation, post grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office, as well as oppositions and cancellations at the U.S. Trademark Office. He is responsible for complex activities including negotiating and drafting agreements, conducting due diligence for multi-million-dollar technology acquisitions and counseling senior management on intellectual property issues.

Prior to joining Vorys, Mr. Venturino was a partner at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP in Washington, D.C., he served as patent counsel for the U.S. Surgical Corporation and was a chemical engineer with Exxon. His fields of technical expertise include chemistry, catalysts, oil, gas and coal processing, metallurgy, surfactants, polymers, pharmaceuticals, compositions, biotechnology, industrial machinery, and medical devices. 

Mr. Venturino wrote over 50 patent applications covering zeolite catalysts, catalytic dewaxing, fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, and other refinery processes before graduating law school.  He has also written a large number of patent applications for proppants for hydraulic fracturing.  

Mr. Venturino is a frequent lecturer on U.S. patent and trademark practice both in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Venturino received his J.D., cum laude, from The George Washington University Law School in 1987, his M.Ch.E. from Manhattan College in 1979, and his B.Ch.E., magna cum laude, from Manhattan College in 1978.


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Standard Rate: $149.00
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Course Code : 772550

Release Date : 09/19/2017

Length : 1hr 10min
Recorded Date : 5/17/2017

Format Type : eLearning

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