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Patent Law 2020: Understanding the Critical Issues and Best Practices for Your University’s Patent Portfolio

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, February 13, 2020

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There are already many obstacles to overcome on the path to patenting an invention.

While your TTO struggles to maintain compliance with new legislation and the latest USPTO guidelines and procedures, you also must be prepared to understand and prepare for future changes, evolving legal interpretations, and precedential decisions that can drastically affect how your patent applications are reviewed, approved and challenged. Eligibility guidelines and inter partes reviews are in the hot seat again, and Congress has opened the door to limit pharmaceutical patents in an effort to reduce drug costs.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with patent law expert Tyson Benson of the Bejin Beineman law firm in Southfield, Michigan. Join Mr. Benson for this timely webinar when he will discuss the most critical legal issues now facing your TTO and the latest best practices in light of recent and coming changes to patent law:

Patent Law 2020: Understanding the Critical Issues and Best Practices for Your University’s Patent Portfolio

Here’s a brief look at just some of the critical topics Mr. Benson will cover:

  • What is the future of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) following the Federal Circuit decision deeming PTAB judges were unconstitutionally appointed?
  • How technology transfer offices should evaluate their invention disclosures in light of the USPTO’s updated guidance and procedures.
  • What is Congress likely to pass in terms of patent reform and pharma pricing legislation, and how will it affect your licensing and start-up efforts.
  • Current status and future prospects for university sovereign immunity in patent challenges.
  • Impact of U California’s series of infringement suits against GE and major retailers over its lightbulb patents, and the UC system’s effort in those suits to foster a “national response to the existential threat to university technology transfer”
  • Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions and their impact on:
    • Subject Matter Eligibility
    • On-Sale Bar
    • Doctrine of Equivalents
    • Method of Treatment Claims
    • Obviousness 
    • and much more!

Meet Your Program Leader:

Tyson BensonTyson Benson
Of Counsel
Bejin Beineman

Mr. Benson is a patent attorney with over a decade of intellectual property experience.  His intellectual property law practice is primarily devoted to the procurement, management, and protection of patent rights for his clients’ most important technologies.

As a patent attorney who began his career as a Computer Engineer, he understands the importance of innovation and has the technical expertise to serve clients from virtually any industry. He has served clients ranging from start-ups to universities to Fortune 500 companies and has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of: automotive systems, electric vehicles, blockchain technologies, machine learning, integrated circuit technologies, semiconductor device fabrication, software, hardware, e-commerce, telecommunications, medical devices, and the mechanical arts. He has drafted multiple claim sets that have withstood scrutiny during Inter Partes review proceedings.   

He also assists clients in managing their patent portfolios, performing due diligence investigations of intellectual property portfolios, evaluating the validity and enforceability of patents, and providing litigation support. Mr. Benson regularly presents on intellectual property related topics and has been featured in multiple publications for his insight on the nuances of patent law.

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