The Journal of Intellectual Property

Welcome to the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property’s website. Here, you will find information relevant to students, student editors, authors, and prospective authors. The Journal of Intellectual Property is a student-run publication at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, which offers one of the best Intellectual Property Law programs in the United States.

Notable authors include Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit, Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit, Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the Federal Circuit, David Kappos, the former USPTO Director, and Professor Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law Center. Our most recent publication is Volume 16, Issue 2.

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What: A one-day conference that will examine the rise of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which is on pace in 2017 to set a record of deciding over 2,000 inter partes reviews (IPRs) initiated by parties challenging the validity of existing patents. The conference will convene leading patent academics, attorneys and officials to examine many facets of the PTAB’s expanded powers under the America Invents Act, including issues related to PTAB procedures, claim construction and decisions.

Where:                                                When:
Chicago-Kent College of Law                 Friday, October 20, 2017
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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Schedule (tentative as of September 27)

8:00–8:30 am
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30–8:35 am
Welcome and Introduction, Dean Harold J. Krent, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Part I: Navigating the PTAB

8:35–9:35 am
Reasonable Error Correction or Death Squads — Is the PTAB’s Invalidation Rate Too High or Just Right?

Moderator: Paul Henkelmann (Fitch Even)
Speakers: Alison Baldwin (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP), David Killough (Microsoft); Jay Knobloch (Trading Technologies); Daniel Ravicher (Miami); David Schwartz (Northwestern)

9:35–10:35 am
PTAB Repetition — Multiple, Duplicative, and Sequential PTAB Challenges

Moderator: Erick Palmer (Mayer Brown)
Speakers: Christen Dubois (Facebook); Joshua Goldberg (Finnegan); Mark Stewart (Eli Lilly); Jonathan Stroud (Unified Patents)

10:35–10:50 am
Coffee break
10:50–11:05 am
Interlude: Presentation by the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
11:05 am–12:05 pm
Convincing the PTAB — Developing and Presenting Evidence in PTAB Proceedings

Moderator: Greg Reilly (Chicago-Kent)
SpeakersJudge Chris Kaiser (PTAB); Scott McKeown (Ropes & Gray); Judge William Saindon (PTAB); Melissa Wasserman (Texas)

12:05–1:00 pm
1:00–1:45 pm
A View from the Bench with PTAB Judges Chris Kaiser and William Saindon

Part II: The PTAB’s Role in the Patent System

1:45–2:45 pm
Stopping at the PTAB — The Estoppel Effect of PTAB Decisions

Moderator: Edward Lee (Chicago-Kent)
Speakers: Megan LaBelle (Catholic); Chris Geyer (Williams & Connolly); Andrew Moshirnia (Chicago-Kent); Karen Sandrik (Willamette)

2:45–3:00 pm
Interlude: Presentation by Tim Moore, Lex Machina
3:00–4:00 pm
The PTAB’s Effect on Patent Law — The Example of Section 101

Moderator: Greg Reilly (Chicago-Kent)
Speakers: Kate Gaudry (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton); Kristen Osenga (Richmond); Jason Rantanen (Iowa); Eric Sutton (Oracle)

4:00–5:00 pm
The PTAB at the Supreme Court — Oil States and SAS Institute

Moderator: Stephanie Nelson (Perkins Coie)
Speakers: Greg Dolin (Baltimore); Dmitry Karshtedt (George Washington); John Golden (Texas); Greg Reilly (Chicago-Kent)

5:00–6:00 pm

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Alison Baldwin, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
  • Professor Greg Dolin, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Christen Dubois, Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, Facebook
  • Kate Gaudry, Senior Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Christopher Geyer, Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Joshua Goldberg, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Professor John Golden, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Christopher Kaiser ’05, Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO
  • Professor Dmitry Karshtedt, George Washington University Law School
  • David Killough, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Jay Knobloch, Trading Technologies
  • Professor Megan La Belle, The Catholic University of America
  • Scott McKeown, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Professor Andrew Moshirnia, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Professor Kristen Osenga, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Professor Jason Rantanen, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Professor Daniel Ravicher, University of Miami School of Law
  • Professor Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • William Saindon, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO
  • Professor Karen Sandrik, Willamette University College of Law
  • Professor David Schwartz, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Mark Stewart, Senior Director – Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly
  • Jonathan Stroud, Chief Patent Counsel, Unified Patents
  • Eric Sutton, Senior Patent Counsel, Oracle
  • Professor Melissa Wasserman, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Click here for continued updates to speakers, schedule, and Illinois MCLE credit status (pending).