2018 SCIPR Speakers

Friday, September 21, 2018

 

SCIPR 2018 Address

The Honorable William Alsup

The Honorable William AlsupJudge William Alsup is a United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and was appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Clinton.  He has presided over fifteen trials involving intellectual property (IP) cases and hundreds more IP cases that ended short of trial.  Some of his notable IP cases include Apple Inc. v. Psystar Corp., Waymo v. Uber, and Oracle v. Google.  Judge Alsup is known for requesting law firms to send their newer lawyers to participate in hearings and trials in his courtroom so that the lawyers can gain experience. 

Judge Alsup received a B.S. in Mathematics from Mississippi State University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.P.P. from Kennedy School of Government.  He clerked for Justice William O. Douglas during the term described in The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong.  He practiced at Pyles, Tuker & Cupit in Jackson and later at Morrison & Foerster LLP from 1973 to 1999, except for several years he worked in government.  From 1978-1980, he was an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and then a special trial counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in 1998.  

Judge Alsup was born and raised in Mississippi.  In January 2019, New South Books will publish his memoirs, Won Over, which chronicles his years growing up in Mississippi during 1945-1967, and provides “the story of some ordinary white kids in Mississippi and how they were won over to the right side of history during the Sixties.”  He has authored or contributed to three other books, Missing in the Minarets: The Search for Walter A. Starr, Jr.; Such a Landscape! (by William H. Brewer); and “On the Trail with Melville: Law and Letters in the High Sierra” in American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature (Saul Levmore & Martha C. Nussbaum eds., Oxford Univ. Press 2014).  He is also an accomplished photographer, shooting large format, black-and-white photographs of natural landscapes.

 

Scott Schutte
Introduction of the Honorable William Alsup

Scott SchutteScott Schutte is a trial lawyer and strategic advisor who helps companies and individuals work through their most difficult and high-exposure problems. Scott spends a significant amount of his time helping clients with the defense of consumer class action claims, but also represents clients in many different industries in litigations, arbitrations, internal investigations, and state or federal regulatory matters. Scott is the Deputy Leader of the Morgan Lewis’s 800-lawyer Global Litigation Practice, the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Chicago Office, and a co-chair of the Firm's Class Action Working Group.


Panelists

Alison J. Baldwin

Alison J. BaldwinAlison J. Baldwin is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm's PTAB Trials Practice Group. Ms. Baldwin has almost two decades of experience in handling complex patent litigation matters. This litigation experience includes both jury and bench trials in federal district court, as well as advocacy in forums such as the Patent Trials and Appeals Board, the International Trade Commission and private arbitration proceedings. Ms. Baldwin’s litigation experience spans a diverse range of technologies, with a concentration in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology. She is particularly well versed in the specific needs of pharmaceutical innovator clients in paragraph IV litigations. Ms. Baldwin has been an active adjunct faculty of Chicago-Kent’s IP Intensive Trial Advocacy and IP Strategies courses for several years.  She is on the Board of Directors of the PTAB Bar Association and has also served numerous leadership positions within her law firm, including two years as a member of the firm’s Management Board.

 

William Beckman

William BeckmanWilliam Beckman is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Caterpillar with responsibility for leading the intellectual property team for the multi-national, multi-billion-dollar Progress Rail subsidiary.  He previously managed the IP Risk Management section of Caterpillar’s IP Department, with responsibility for IP agreements, patent conflicts and clearance management, M&A, and IP litigation support.  He also previously led a patent obtaining team responsible for Caterpillar’s Electronics, Building Construction Products, and Global Paving technologies.  Prior to working at Caterpillar, Bill worked at Brinks Gilson & Lione as an associate.  He started his career as a mechanical engineer with Alnor Instrument Company designing airflow instrumentation.  Bill received his J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law in 2003, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1997.  He is admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Gregory A. (Greg) Castanias

Gregory A. CastaniasGreg Castanias is a partner at Jones Day, resident in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  He heads the Firm’s Federal Circuit and IP Appeals practice area.  A member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Greg has argued five cases in the U.S. Supreme Court (including Myriad Genetics and SAS Institute cases), and well over 70 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, where he teaches courses on the Appellate Process and Federal Circuit Advocacy.  He is the principal author of West’s Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure (2d ed. 2017), along with several other books, chapters, and articles about the law and other subjects.

 

Professor Bernard Chao

Professor Bernard ChaoBernard Chao is a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Having practiced law in Silicon Valley for two decades before becoming a professor, his research focuses on issues related to the technology sector.  His writings on patent law have covered numerous topics including remedies, subject matter eligibility, extraterritoriality and claim scope.  He also regularly takes advantage of crowdsourcing to conduct experiments in jury decisionmaking.   Professor Chao’s works have been frequently cited in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has authored several amicus briefs himself working with different groups including the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic and Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Professor Chao has also advised federal judges as a court appointed Special Master, most notably, in the largest patent multidistrict litigation in U.S. history, In Re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation.

 

Ruthanne Deutsch

Ruthanne DeutschAfter more than a decade as an international development economist, Ruthanne Deutsch enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated summa cum laude.  She went on to serve as a law clerk for the Hon. Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and after a few years in private practice, for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court.  To her knowledge, she remains the only Federal Circuit law clerk to have also clerked on the United States Supreme Court.  Dedication to sharp analysis and effective writing have been the constants throughout Ruthanne Deutsch’s professional life, whether in her first incarnation as an economist, or now as an appellate lawyer.  Her legal experience includes appearances before the Supreme Court of the United States and before federal and state appellate courts throughout the country.  She has particular expertise in the areas of federal jurisdiction, federal practice and procedure, administrative law, public international law, federal consumer protection law, and patent and tort cases involving legal questions of first impression.   In 2016, after stints in the private sector, the government, and legal academia, Ruthanne Deutsch, together with her partner Hyland Hunt, launched Deutsch Hunt PLLC, an appellate boutique.  There, she briefs and argues appeals, and also provides high-level appellate and legal counseling services.

 

Christen Dubois

Christen DuboisChristen Dubois is Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, at Facebook Inc., where she is the head of Facebook’s intellectual property litigation in the United States and abroad. Christen joined Facebook in 2011 and over the course of the last 6+ years she has handled a wide range of complex litigation and counseling matters involving patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets for Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Prior to joining Facebook, Christen worked at Cooley LLP, where she was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark, Copyright and Advertising practice groups.

 

Joshua Goldberg

Joshua GoldbergJoshua Goldberg is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, where he devotes the majority of his time to representing clients in post-grant proceedings and ensuing appeals. He is one of the top eight attorneys at the PTAB in 2016, according to Managing Intellectual Property; and one of the top five attorneys at the PTAB in 2015 and 2017, according to Docket Navigator’s Year in Review. As lead or backup counsel in more than 200 IPRs, CBMs, and PGRs, Josh works on cases involving patents directed to software, cloud computing, Internet, storage, semiconductor, motion and position sensing, image and signal processing, consumer electronics, set-top-box, mobile applications, telecommunications, automotive, medical device, and chemical technologies. He is a coauthor of the first and second editions of the ABA, Section of IP Law’s “The Practitioner's Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” and currently chairs the Communications Committee of the PTAB Bar Association.

 

Kathryn S. Kayali

Kathryn S. KayaliKathryn Kayali joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 2016 after clerking for Judge Richard G. Taranto of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Kathryn’s practice is focused on patent litigation, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, and her experience includes litigation concerning both small-molecule and biologic drugs. She has experience handling multiple-filer Hatch-Waxman at every stage of litigation, from complaint through trial. Kathryn received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2014, where she served as Submissions Co-Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.  Before law school, Kathryn graduated cum laude from Yale University with honors in the major of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and then earned her Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

David Killough

David KilloughDavid Killough is an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation, Competition and Compliance Group of Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department.  Killough’s principal responsibility is management of Microsoft patent litigation matters in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining Microsoft in 2008, Killough was a partner of the firm Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Austin, Texas, where he co-headed the Intellectual Property & Technical Litigation Section, and before that was a partner of the firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP in California. He received his B.A. degree from North Texas State University in 1977 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983. While in law firm practice, Killough was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Texas Super Lawyers.

 

Dean Harold J. Krent

Dean Harold J. KrentDean Krent graduated from Princeton University before receiving his J.D. from New York University School of Law.  After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable William H. Timbers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Dean Krent then worked in the Department of Justice for the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division, writing briefs and arguing cases in various courts of appeals across the nation.  He has been teaching full-time since 1987 and has focused his scholarship on legal aspects of individuals’ interaction with the government.  Dean Krent joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1994.  He was appointed associate dean in 1997 and interim dean in 2002 before assuming the deanship on January 1, 2003.

 

Professor Sapna Kumar

Sapna KumarSapna Kumar is a Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and is a co-director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL). She is a 2018-2019 recipient of the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant. Her research focuses on the intersection of administrative law and patent law, as well as the international implications of U.S. intellectual property law.

 

Joshua Landau

Joshua LandauJoshua Landau is the Patent Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association regarding patent issues.  Mr. Landau joined CCIA from private practice in 2017, where he represented clients in patent litigation, counseling, and prosecution, including trials in both district courts and before the PTAB.  Previously, Mr. Landau was a Legal Fellow on Senator Al Franken’s Judiciary staff.  Mr. Landau received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S.E.E. from the University of Michigan, and is a co-inventor of U.S. Patent No. 6,934,140.

 

Professor Edward Lee

Professor Edward LeeProfessor Lee teaches international intellectual property law, copyright law, and trademark law. He joined IIT Chicago-Kent's faculty in 2010 as a professor of law and director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law. He was a visiting faculty member at Chicago-Kent during the fall 2009 term from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a professor of law. Professor Lee's research focuses on the ways in which the Internet, technological development, and globalization challenge existing legal paradigms. He also writes extensively about the Framers' understanding of the Free Press Clause as a limit on using the Copyright Clause to restrict technologies. In addition to numerous articles, he co-authored a leading casebook with Daniel Chow titled International Intellectual Property: Problems, Cases, and Materials (West Group 2006).

 

Gary Matz

Gary MatzAfter receiving a B.S. in Chemistry, in 1980 from Carnegie Mellon University, Gary Matz began careers as a research chemist and a chemical officer in the reserves. During this time, he also acquired an M.S. in polymer science and an MBA. During the subsequent nineteen years he held positions of increasing responsibility in the R&D organizations of three companies and was a named inventor on 25 U.S. Patents. After passing the USPTO patent bar, Gary worked as a patent agent while attending law school eventually becoming a patent attorney at the Webb Law Firm in Pittsburgh. After five years at Webb, Gary joined NOVA Chemicals in 2005 as a patent attorney, holding positions of increasing responsibility until becoming Chief Intellectual Property Counsel six years ago.

 

Timothy McAnulty

Timothy McAnuityTim McAnulty practices all aspects of patent law, with a particular focus on contentious proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. Tim serves as lead counsel and has represented patent owners and petitioners, from petition through oral hearing and appeal, across a wide range of technologies. Tim’s practice areas include electronic trading platforms, chemical processes, material sciences, and medical devices. Tim represented the patent owner in In re Aqua Products (en banc), is a co-author on Finnegan’s Practitioner’s Guide to the PTAB (published by the ABA), and is a former patent examiner.

 

Professor Tejas N. Narechania

Professor Tejas N. NarechaniaTejas N. Narechania is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he teaches courses on telecommunications regulation, intellectual property, and property.  He is also a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Before joining Berkeley Law, Professor Narechania clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States (2015-2016) and for Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2011-2012). He has advised the Federal Communications Commission on network neutrality matters, where he served as Special Counsel (2012-2013). He has a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and was the Executive Notes Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He also has a B.S. (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and a B.A. (Political Science) from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Narechania’s has many publications. His work has been cited and discussed in various media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and First Mondays.

 

David L. Newman

David L. NewmanDavid L. Newman is a partner at the law firm of Gould & Ratner LLP in Chicago.  David is Chair of the firm’s IP Practice and is a registered patent attorney and has been handling IP matters including IP litigation and prosecution for more than 20 years.  He is the Author of the book Patent Neutral: Expanding Use of ADR for Settlement of Patent Disputes at the PTAB and is currently Chair of the American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the IP Section. David is also developer of the IPR Arbitration (IPRbitration) system offered by www.RoseArb.com as an alternative to the PTAB IPR process.  He has been recognized by the Director of the USPTO, Michelle Lee, as being instrumental in helping the USPTO update its ADR policy and educating PTAB judges and PTAB board executives on the use of ADR. David was recognized by the American Law Journal in 2017 as an ADR Champion for his work with the USPTO and other ADR endeavors. He has represented many parties for mediations and arbitrations involving IP disputes.  David was formerly Chief Patent Counsel for Stratos Lightwave LLC.

 

Aaron Panner

Aaron PannerAaron Panner specializes in appellate litigation with a focus on antitrust and intellectual property. He has argued five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Techs., Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2111 (2014), Kappos v. Hyatt, 566 U.S. 431 (2012), and Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega, SA, 562 U.S. 40 (2010). Mr. Panner was centrally involved in four of the most significant Supreme Court antitrust victories of the past twenty years: Verizon Communications Inc. v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko, LLP, 540 U.S. 398 (2004), Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), Pacific Bell Tel. Co. v. Linkline Communications, Inc., 555 U.S. 438 (2009) (which he argued); and Ohio v. American Express Co., 138 S. Ct. 2274 (2018). Since 2010, he has served as amicus counsel for the American Psychiatric Association, participating in a range of Supreme Court and appellate cases involving matters of concern to the psychiatric profession. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he won the Fay Diploma as the top graduate in his class, and clerked for Judge Michael Boudin and Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

 

George E. Quillin

George E. QuillinGeorge E. Quillin is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington, DC. Mr. Quillin litigates patent interferences and patent appeals, and counsels clients in patent prosecution. He is chair of the firm’s Patent Office Trials Practice and is a member of the IP Litigation, Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies, and Appellate Practices. Mr. Quillin received his law degree from the University of South Carolina. Following law school, Mr. Quillin was selected for a two-term federal judicial clerkship, serving the Honorable Jean Galloway Bissell, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1984-1986). Additionally, Mr. Quillin was an adjunct professor at the George Mason University Law School, teaching patent prosecution, for most of the 1990’s. Mr. Quillin was counsel of record for Greene’s Energy at the cert. stage and was one of Greene’s counsel at the merits stage in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 138 S. Ct. 1365 (2018).

 

John O’Quinn

John O’QuinnJohn O’Quinn is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focuses on litigation, including intellectual property disputes, commercial litigation, regulatory matters, and other complex litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. He has argued over fifty appeals in courts throughout the country, including more than two dozen in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His work has been recognized in the National Law Journal, the Legal 500, the IAM Patent 1000, the Financial Times, and in Law360, where he was named a “Rising Star” in appellate litigation. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. O’Quinn served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, and Deputy Associate Attorney General. Prior to joining Kirkland, he was a law clerk to Judge David Sentelle at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. O’Quinn is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemical engineering.

 

Professor Arti Rai

Professor Arti RaiArti Rai is Elvin R. Latty Professor and Founding Director, Center for Innovation Policy, at Duke Law. Rai's extensive research on intellectual property (IP) and regulatory law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software has been funded by NIH, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. From 2009-2010, Rai served as Administrator of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As External Affairs Administrator, Rai led policy analysis of the patent reform legislation that ultimately became the America Invents Act and worked to establish the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist. Prior to serving as External Affairs Administrator, Rai had conducted transition review of the USPTO for the incoming administration of President Barack Obama. Rai has served as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and is a member of the American Law Institute. On behalf of a group of 72 law professors, Professor Rai co-authored an amicus brief in support of the respondents in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712.  Rai graduated from Harvard College with a degree in biochemistry and history (history and science), attended Harvard Medical School, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Professor Greg Reilly

Professor Greg ReillyGreg Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of intellectual property and federal courts/procedure, with a particular focus on how institutions and decision makers resolve patent disputes. His projects have focused on the constitutionality of administrative cancellation of issued patents; the fit between patent doctrines and the relevant decision makers; patent claim construction; patent litigation reform; and the efforts of the Eastern District of Texas to attract patent cases. Professor Reilly's work is published in the Boston University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review, among other places. Professor Reilly previously held a tenure-track appointment at California Western School of Law, was a Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, practiced patent and appellate litigation at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Georgetown University.

 

The Honorable William Saindon

The Honorable William SaindonLead Administrative Patent Judge William Saindon holds a J.D. with honors from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, and a B.S.E. with high honors in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. After law school, Judge Saindon joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner in the Business Methods arts. He was hired as a Patent Attorney to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in 2009, and was selected by the Secretary of Commerce to be an Administrative Patent Judge in 2011. Judge Saindon has been working on post-grant trials since 2013.

 

Professor Joshua D. Sarnoff

Professor Joshua D. SarnoffJoshua D. Sarnoff is a Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law, a 2018 DePaul Spirit of Inquiry Award winner, and a former Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT®).  From 2014 to 2015, Professor Sarnoff was a Thomas A. Edison Distinguished Scholar at the USPTO.  He teaches patent law, advanced patent law, administrative law, law and climate change, and other courses.  Professor Sarnoff has been involved in a wide range of IP legal and policy disputes, has submitted testimony and white papers on domestic patent law reform bills, has filed numerous amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the Federal Circuit, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on international intellectual property, trade, and environment issues. He is a frequent lecturer on IP law issues and has written numerous articles and book chapters on patent law and on climate change and innovation policy.  Professor Sarnoff is the editor of and a contributing author to the Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change.

 

Jim Sherwood

Jim SherwoodJim Sherwood is in-house litigation counsel for Google Inc., where he has handled patent litigation before district courts and the PTAB since 2011. He has experience with district court litigation, post-grant proceedings, and appeals to the Federal Circuit. Before joining Google, He was an attorney at Finnegan Henderson and clerked for the Honorable William C. Bryson at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

 

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat

Professor Saurabh VishnubhakatSaurabh Vishnubhakat is an Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M University, where he writes and teaches on intellectual property law, administrative law, and civil procedure, particularly from an empirical perspective.  He holds a joint appointment in Texas A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering and is a fellow of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy.  Professor Vishnubhakat’s research has been cited in federal appellate and trial court opinions, agency rulemaking and reports, and nearly twenty Supreme Court briefs.  Until 2015, he served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office as the principal legal advisor to that agency’s first two chief economists and served as a faculty fellow at the Duke Law School.  He is admitted to the state bars of Texas and Illinois.

 

Professor Stephen Yelderman

Professor Stephen YeldermanStephen Yelderman is a Professor of Law at Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame, Yelderman served as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he investigated and litigated a variety of cases involving the cable TV and telecommunications industries. Previously, Yelderman worked as a Patent Agent in Silicon Valley, representing inventors before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Yelderman graduated with High Honors from University of Chicago Law School, and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He clerked for the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Moderators

 

Grantland Drutchas

Grantland DrutchasGrantland G. Drutchas, a founder and former managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing, and client counseling. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology and cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic instruments, and medical devices to conference phones, lampposts, and injection molds. He has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. Mr. Drutchas has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has had extensive experience in drafting licenses and litigating license disputes.

 

Dr. David Clough

Dr. David CloughDavid W. Clough, Ph.D., is a shareholder at Polsinelli. Dr. Clough received a B.S. from the University of Arizona, a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Dr. Clough served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and the Northwestern University Medical School, and he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. As an intellectual property attorney, Dr. Clough counsels biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights worldwide and the design and implementation of global intellectual property strategies.

 

Joshua Goldberg

Joshua GoldbergJoshua Goldberg is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, where he devotes the majority of his time to representing clients in post-grant proceedings and ensuing appeals. He is one of the top eight attorneys at the PTAB in 2016, according to Managing Intellectual Property; and one of the top five attorneys at the PTAB in 2015 and 2017, according to Docket Navigator’s Year in Review. As lead or backup counsel in more than 200 IPRs, CBMs, and PGRs, Josh works on cases involving patents directed to software, cloud computing, Internet, storage, semiconductor, motion and position sensing, image and signal processing, consumer electronics, set-top-box, mobile applications, telecommunications, automotive, medical device, and chemical technologies. He is a coauthor of the first and second editions of the ABA, Section of IP Law’s “The Practitioner's Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” and currently chairs the Communications Committee of the PTAB Bar Association.

 

Professor Greg Reilly

Professor Greg ReillyGreg Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of intellectual property and federal courts/procedure, with a particular focus on how institutions and decision makers resolve patent disputes. His projects have focused on the constitutionality of administrative cancellation of issued patents; the fit between patent doctrines and the relevant decision makers; patent claim construction; patent litigation reform; and the efforts of the Eastern District of Texas to attract patent cases. Professor Reilly's work is published in the Boston University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review, among other places. Professor Reilly previously held a tenure-track appointment at California Western School of Law, was a Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, practiced patent and appellate litigation at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Georgetown University.

 

Professor Carolyn Shapiro

Carolyn ShapiroProfessor Shapiro is the founder and co-director of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Her scholarship is largely focused on the Supreme Court, its relationship to other courts and institutions, and its role in our constitutional democracy. She teaches classes in legislation and statutory interpretation, constitutional law, employment law, and public interest law and policy. From 2014 through mid-2016, Professor Shapiro took a leave of absence from Chicago-Kent to serve as Illinois solicitor general. She has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appellate Courts. Professor Shapiro was a law clerk for then-Chief Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. She earned a B.A. with general and special honors in English from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, and a J.D. (high honors) from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was articles editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

 

Vincent Smolczynski

Vincent SmolczynskiVincent Smolczynski is an attorney in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he started following graduation from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010.  He practices in the areas of intellectual property litigation as well as complex civil litigation.  He also handles patent and trademark prosecution.  His experience spans a wide range of technical areas, including pharmaceutical, chemical, biomedical devices, electronic devices, and business methods.

 

Robert Surrette

Robert SurretteRobert Surrette is the current President of McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. He focuses his practice on the resolution of intellectual property and technology-related disputes with an emphasis on patent, trademark, trade secret, and trade dress litigation. For the last 15 years, Bob has counseled a leading global medical device manufacturer on numerous litigation and transactional matters. Bob, building on his experience as a federal district court law clerk, has extensive experience in preparing and bringing complex intellectual property cases to trial, including overseeing all aspects of pre-trial discovery, procuring and supervising experts, preparing and arguing pre-trial, dispositive and post-trial motions, including claim construction and summary judgment, and participating in multi-week trials. He also has significant experience in appellate proceedings, including arguing at the Federal Circuit. He has led a number of diverse organizations, including serving as President of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Board of Directors, President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, and Regional Commissioner of AYSO Region 210.

 

Catherine Taylor

Catherine TaylorCatherine Taylor is an attorney who practices in the field of patent law, with a specific concentration in biotechnology and the chemical arts. She focuses her practice primarily on patent prosecution, product clearance, and legal opinions, and has assisted in phases of patent litigation. Since beginning as an associate, she has dealt with technology including nucleic acid therapeutics, antibodies, polymers, novel microorganisms, medical diagnosis, and medical treatments. She also has experience assisting in pro bono litigation work, where she has drafted motions, conducted legal research, and participated in case strategizing. Taylor received her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, cum laude, with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law. While there, she received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Legal Writing III, Patent Litigation, and Property Law. Catherine also served as the President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, was a member of both the Chicago-Kent Law Review and Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, and worked as an Oyez Scholar her first year. Prior to this, she received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She previously worked as a Law Clerk and Summer Associate for Leydig from 2015-17.