Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)

The Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) is a conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court's previous Term, a preview of cases on the docket for the upcoming Term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch.

SCIPR 2018


Friday, September 21, 2018


Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661


This conference is approved for 6.5 hours of general MCLE credit in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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Agenda (preliminary)

8:30 – 9:00 am

Registration and continental breakfast — sponsored by McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd.


9:00 – 9:05 am

Welcoming remarks — Dean Harold J. Krent, Chicago-Kent College of Law


9:05 – 11:00 am — Review of Supreme Court Cases

WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical


Panelists: John O’Quinn, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, counsel to WesternGeco; Professor Sapna Kumar, Houston Law Center; Professor Bernard Chao, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Stephen Yelderman, Notre Dame Law School

Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC


Panelists: George Quillan, Foley & Lardner LLP, counsel to Greene’s Energy Group; Professor Tejas Narechania, Berkeley Law; Professor Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent

SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu

Moderator: Grantland Drutchas, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Panelists: Gregory A. Castanias, Jones Day, counsel to SAS Institute; Professor Arti Rai, Duke Law School; Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law


11:00 – 11:15 am    

Coffee break 


11:15 am – Noon — Analytics and Preview of 2018 Term

Supreme Court Analytics on the Past Term
Professor Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law


Preview of the Upcoming Term: IP cert. grants and cert. petitions to watch

Moderator: Professor Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v.
Helsinn Healthcare S.A., v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al.

Panelists: Gregory A. Castanias, Jones Day; Kathryn Kayali, Williams & Connolly LLP, counsel to Helsinn Healthcare SA; John C. O’Quinn, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Aaron Panner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick PLLC, counsel to Fourth Estate Public Benefit


Noon – 1:00 pm — Patent Panel II

Lunch — sponsored by McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff  LLP


1:00 – 1:45 pm 

The Supreme Court IP Review Address
“Huge Numbers of Patent Cases: How One District Judge Manages Them”

The Honorable William Alsup, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


1:45 – 2:00 pm 

Coffee break


1:45 – 2:00 pm — Coffee break


2:00 – 2:45 pm — Staying on Top of Recent Developments at the PTAB


2:45 pm – 3:30 pm — PTAB Strategy in a Changing Environment: Claim Construction, Amendments and Section 112(6)


3:30 – 3:45 pm — Coffee break


3:45 – 4:30 pm — Litigating Under the New Trial Practice Guidance


4:30 – 5:15 pm — Conversation with PTAB Judge [TBD]


5:15 – 6:15 pm

Reception — sponsored by Polsinelli PC


Other committed speakers include:
  • Christen Dubois, Facebook, Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation
  • William Beckman, Caterpillar Inc., Corporate Counsel, Law, Security & Public Policy
  • Gary Matz, NOVA Chemicals, VP Legal and Chief IP Counsel

  • Professor Joshua Sarnoff, DePaul University College of Law

  • David Killough, Microsoft, Assistant General Counsel, Litigation, Competition and Compliance Group


General sponsors:
  • PTAB Bar Association 
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP


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