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The Elimination and Creation of Defenses in the Wake of AIA

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: June 14, 2012

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The Smith-Leahy America Invents Act (AIA) is the most sweeping change in patent law in almost 60 years.  Legal, licensing and tech transfer professionals have a huge stake in quickly getting up to speed on the new law’s complex new rules, as well as the equally complex implications those rules have for patent strategy and practice.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics has teamed up with U.S. and European Patent Attorney and AIA Monitor blog author Robert Lelkes for this important program:

The Elimination and Creation of Defenses in the Wake of AIA

Mr. Lelkes will bring you up-to-date on the specific area of the Act that impact the elimination and creation of certain defenses and provide you with practical strategies for protecting your patents. 

You’ll come away with a solid understanding of what these changes in defense options mean for your organization and its IP portfolio, and what you must do to adapt while ensuring your valuable innovations continue to be optimally managed and protected.

Here’s what we’ll cover during this 90-minute program:

  • Enhance university income from patents via preservation of the university exception to the prior use defense
  • Preserve ownership of inventions via the new derivation proceedings
  • Protection of the patentability of claims in foreign countries
  • Timing and claim content considerations to eliminate or create applicability of first-to-file, the new grace period definition, and the new post grant proceedings 
  • And more…

Your Expert Presenter:

Robert Lelkes is a U.S. and European Patent Attorney with Steffin Lelkes Azod, LLP, Munich, Germany. Mr. Lelkes has spent half his 24-year career in U.S. private practice and the other half in Europe, including four years as senior in-house patent counsel for the European headquarters of The Dow Chemical Company. His practice is focused on patent and know-how related transatlantic transactions, global patent strategy and procuring and challenging patents in the U.S. and Europe. Among others, he represents a technology transfer organization and technology start-ups. Mr. Lelkes is also the author of AIA Monitor (, a blog documenting implementation of the AIA, and he is a frequent speaker on various aspects of U.S. patent reform.

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