As the pace of university innovation and commercialization speeds up, patent infringement lawsuits involving university technologies are becoming more commonplace – and more likely to occur with one of your TTO’s patents. In the past, universities have been notoriously litigation-averse, but the tides are changing – in part driven by a growing number of successful suits that have brought huge settlements or verdicts to universities asserting their rights.
But there is more than just a potential windfall at stake. Litigating patents is a costly and controversial undertaking, and you have to be prepared for the long haul as well as a potential public backlash against “troll-like” behavior. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics has partnered with two esteemed attorneys to present this 90-minute case study-style presentation that will dissect two high-profile and lucrative infringement cases involving universities.
Please join us as our legal experts review:
- Case study of Carnegie Mellon v. Marvell and other high profile cases
- Details regarding the patent(s) in question in these select cases
- Insight into extenuating circumstances that made litigation the best course of action
- Best and worst practices on preparing for litigation
- Advice on how to minimize disruption during the litigation process
- How to monitor for and detect infringement – and what to do when you suspect it
- Weighing the pros and cons of enforcement
- IPR Considerations:
- Enforcement strategies
- Preventative steps
Your expert presenters
Scott Eidson, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Scott — who has a nationwide litigation practice focusing on complex intellectual property matters pending in state, federal and appellate courts — has successfully tried multi-million dollar patent and trademark cases for Fortune 500 companies. These victories led Super Lawyers to name him one of the top IP litigators in Missouri and Kansas. Also recognizing his litigation skills, Washington University School of Law, Scott’s alma mater, invited him to serve as an adjunct professor. In this role, Scott teaches trademark litigation to upper level law students and LLMs. His numerous successes include defending companies against patent infringement allegations brought by license acquisition companies (patent trolls), and obtaining attorneys’ fees for his clients. As a registered U.S. patent attorney, Scott also helps clients manage their patent portfolios during prosecution and provides strategic advice pertaining to portfolio development and enforcement. At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he has extensive experience representing companies in Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Kevin D. Conneely, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Kevin is an experienced litigator, practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation with a focus on patent, trademark and copyright trials and arbitrations. Serving clients in a broad array of industries including consumer goods, software and communications, medical devices, business methods, and nutritional supplements, Kevin has handled a diverse case load throughout the country in state and federal trial courts, in arbitration proceedings, and on appeal. As a seasoned patent litigator, Kevin is well-suited to represent clients in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s new post-grant review (PGR) and inter-partes review (IPR) contested case proceedings.