PatCon 3: Friday Schedule


Academics and Registered Participants (CLE credit is available)




Opening Remarks

Welcome to IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dean Harold Krent, Dean and Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Welcome to PatCon 3

Prof. David Schwartz, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law


The Changing Landscape of Patent Law: at the USPTO, the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit?

The Honorable Judge Richard Linn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Introduction: Bob Surrette, Shareholder, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.


A Conversation with Industry

Jim Trussell, Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, BP America

Karen Nelson, Litigation Senior Counsel, AbbVie

Jon Wood, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Bridgestone Americas

Paul Rodriguez, Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, RR Donnelley


Moderator: Stephen Auten, Vice Chair, ANDA & Biologics Practice Group, Cozen O'Connor


Coffee Break


Plenary Session

Prof. Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School — Why Do Juries Decide If Patents Are Valid?

James Malackowski, Chairman and CEO of Ocean Tomo, LLC — IP Market Development

Prof. David Abrams, Assistant Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania Law School — Understanding the Link Between Patent Value and Citation: Creative Destruction or Defensive Disruption?




Debate About the Patent System

The Honorable Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, and James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School

Moderator: Olivia Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro


Coffee Break


Concurrent Session 1


Session A (Room 170)

Colleen Chien — Startups and Patent Trolls

Stefania Fusco — Markets and Patent Enforcement: A Comparative Investigation of Non-Practicing Entities in the US and EU

David Olson — Removing the Troll from the Thicket: The Case for Enhancing Patent Maintenance Fees in Relation to the Size of a Patent Owner's Non-Practiced Patent Portfolio

Samantha Zyontz — Do NPEs Matter?: Non-Practicing Entities and Patent Litigation Outcomes


Session B (Room 210)

Josh Sarnoff — Rethinking Application Drafting and Examination

Christi Guerrini — Defining Patent Quality

Ralph Clifford — Empirical Predictors of Patent Validity

Melissa Wasserman — Do Agencies Delay Costly Obligations?: An Empirical Analysis of the PTO's Examination Priorities


Coffee Break


Concurrent Session 2


Session A (Room 170)

Andrew Torrance — (R)evolution in Design Patentable Subject Matter: the Shifting Meaning of "Article of Manufacture"

Jacob Sherkow — Scientific Complexity & Patent Eligibility

Dev Narasimhan — Let Someone Else Deal With It: Patent Law's Attempts to Define a "Human Organism" for Patentability


Session B (Room 210)

Oskar Liivak - Establishing an Island of Patent Sanity

Jay KesanFRAND's Forever: Standards, Patent Transfers, and Licensing Commitments

Liza Vertinsky — The Cooperative Function of Patents