NJIPLA News


2015 Jefferson Medalist - The Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley

Short Hills, June, 2015 - The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) named the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as its 2015 Jefferson Medalist.  The NJIPLA presents the Jefferson Medal annually to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law.  Previous Medalists include judges, members of Congress, Patent and Trademark Office officials and leaders of the intellectual property bar.

"This year's Jefferson Medalist, the Honorable Kathleen O’Malley, is one of the most respected and appreciated judges in the field of intellectual property." stated Jon Chiodo, President of the NJIPLA.  "She has taken a firm but fair stance at the Federal Circuit, delivering opinions that are sensible and well-received.  Her understanding and appreciation of patent law is evident in her reasoned and legally sound decisions.  She has proven herself to be a wonderful asset to the field of intellectual property, and will continue to do so in the future.  We recognize Judge O’Malley’s contributions to the field of intellectual property with the presentation of the NJIPLA's highest honor: the 2015 Jefferson Medal."

Judge O'Malley was honored at the Jefferson Medal Dinner on Friday, June 5th at The Hilton at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ.


Joint Patent Practice Seminar Returns to New York

New York, May, 2015 - The 31st Joint Patent Practice Seminar returned to the New York Marriott Marquis on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  32 speakers on five panels covered: USPTO Practice, Pharmaceuticals/Life Sciences, High Tech, Litigation, and Supreme Court Cases.  Featured speakers include:







The Honorable Jimmie Reyna, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 
Drew Hirshfeld, USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
The Honorable Thomas Giannetti, USPTO Lead Administrative Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Markus Meier, Assistant Director, FTC

This program was sponsored by Joint Patent Practice Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and co-sponsored by Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association and Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. 
 

2015 Patent Litigation Seminar


Jeremy Lowe, Brian Buroker, Immac "Casey" Thampoe, the Hon. Paul Michel, Jon Chiodo, William Jay, Lisa Pensabene

Iselin, March, 2015 - The Patent Litigation Seminar continues to be one of the most popular events sponsored by the NJIPLA.  This half-day CLE program, designed to meet the requirements for 4.5 CLE credits in NJ/NY & 4.0 CLE credits in PA, was held on Wednesday, March 18th at the Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark.

Presentations included:

Will Congress and the Supreme Court End America's Lead in Health Science Technology and Sap the Strength of Our Industries? The Hon. Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge (Ret.) - United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The New Standard of Review:  The Supreme Court’s Decision in Teva v. Sandoz and the Return of the Fact/Law Distinction in Claim Construction William M. Jay, Goodwin Procter, LLP

Alice Arrived and Look What Happened:  A Review of the Supreme Court’s June 2014 Decision and its Impact on Patents
Brian M. Buroker
, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The Rule Against Double Patenting in the Post-Gilead Era -- How We Got Here and What Will Happen Next
Jeremy Lowe
, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Biosimilars Litigation: What’s Happening on the Dance Floor?  Lisa M. Pensabene, O'Melveny & Myers LLP


Intellectual Property Protection in China From A to Z

Iselin, February, 2015 - The NJIPLA and NYIPLA recently sponsored Intellectual Property Protection in China From A to Z – a full-day CLE event focusing on all IP issues related to China.  This unique CLE event was held on Thursday, February 12th at the Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark and featured prominent speakers from the USPTO’s “China Team”, the ITC, Homeland Security and  U.S. and Chinese patent IP law experts.  Featured speakers included:

The Honorable Randall Rader, Chief Judge (ret.), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The Honorable F. Scott Kieff
, Commissioner, ITC

Mark Abate, Partner, Goodwin Procter
Matthew Bassiur, Vice President, Pfizer Global Security
Mark Cohen, Senior Counsel, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Alan Zhiyong Fan, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property Rights Department, Huawei Technologies
Dean Garner, Assistant General Counsel - Patents, Johnson & Johnson
Alexander J. Hadjis, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
David Kappos
, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Heather Lin, Senior Partner, NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd.
Tim Smith, Executive, Rouse

Dax Terrill, Attorney Advisor, IP Rights Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Peter Thurlow
, Partner, Jones Day
Dick Thurston
, Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, TSMC
(ret.)
Ben Wang, Head of Patents, Unilever China
Lisa Wang,
Founder, Wang Intellectual Property Law
Duncan Willson
, Attorney Advisor, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Alex Yip, Senior Corporate Counsel, Alcatel-Lucent                            


The seminar covered all aspects of IP Protection in China or around Chinese IP, including topics such as Chinese IP practice, enforcement within Chinese borders, handling Chinese infringements within the U.S and strategizing for the future of China
and IP.


Ethics in IP

Iselin, December, 2014 - On December 10, 2014, NJIPLA was proud to offer Ethics in IP, a Program relating to ethical issues arising in the practice of intellectual property law.  This half-day seminar,  a new offering from the NJIPLA, featured an impressive slate of speakers discussing USPTO rules of professional conduct, practitioner response to OED ethics investigations and more. Featured speakers included:

William R. Covey, Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO
Ira Levy, Goodwin Proctor
Michael E. McCabe, Jr., Funk & Bolton
Frederick L. Whitmer, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton

Ethics in IP, held at the Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, was designed to meet the requirements for 3.0 CLE Ethics credits in NJ / NY and 2.0 CLE Ethics credits in PA.  Program attendees were able to earn up to three full ethics credits just in time for end of the year CLE certification.


NJIPLA Named David J. Kappos as 2014 Jefferson Medalist

David J. Kappos, 2014 Jefferson Medalist, joined by previous Jefferson Medal recipients at the 2014 Jefferson Medal Dinner.  Shown (front row):  Ralph Oman, Judge Pauline Newman, Judge Garrett Brown (Ret.), David Kappos, Dr. Triantafyllos Tafas; (second row) Judge Richard Linn, Robert Armitage, Michael Kirk; (third row) Philip Johnson

Short Hills, June, 2014 - The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) was pleased to name David J. Kappos as the 2014 Jefferson Medalist.  Mr. Kappos, the former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Following a 64 year tradition, the NJIPLA presents the Jefferson Medal annually to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law.  Previous Medalists include judges, members of Congress, Patent and Trademark Office officials and leaders of the intellectual property bar.

"This year's Jefferson Medalist, David J. Kappos, is one of the world's foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property." stated Mark Abate, President of the NJIPLA.   "He has been widely credited with transforming the US Patent and Trademark Office and implementing a 21st Century patent system.  The capstone of his achievement was the passage and implementation of the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of the patent law since 1952.  We recognize his contributions to the field of intellectual property with the presentation of the NJIPLA's Jefferson Medal."

Mr. Kappos was honored at the Jefferson Medal Dinner on Friday, June 6, 2014.  The event was held at The Hilton at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ.


Update on Biopharma IP Issues in Growth Markets: Russia, China, India, Korea and Brazil

New Brunswick, May, 2013 - The NJIPLA and NJCCA cosponsored the Update on Biopharma IP Issues in Growth Markets: Brazil, China, India, Korea & Russia on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick.

This program provided a broad overview from a panel of subject matter experts on current IP issues affecting BioPharma companies and government initiatives to address them. Members of the panel compared experiences across the five growth market countries in answering questions from the audience.

Speakers included:
RUSSIA - Dmitry Klimenko, PhD, Patent Attorney, Biotechnologist
                 Evgeny Alexandrov, PhD, Senior Lawyer, Gorodissky & Partners (Moscow, Russia)
CHINA - Yong Zhao, Assistant Counsel, Intellectual Property Group, Merck (Rahway, NJ)
INDIA - Pravin Anand, Managing Counsel, Anand & Anand (Delhi, India)
KOREA - Jay J. Kim, Kim & Chang (Seoul, Korea)
BRAZIL - Otto Licks, Partner, Licks Advogados (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Speakers Panel - moderated by Gabriel Kleiman, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer (New York, NY).


2013 Patent Litigation Seminar

Iselin, March, 2013 - The NJIPLA was pleased to feature an outstanding panel of speakers and topics at the annual Patent Litigation Seminar on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Retired CAFC Judge and former Jefferson Medalist, the Hon. Arthur Gajarsa (now with WilmerHale) delivered the keynote address entitled "The Federal Circuit v. The Supreme Court". Panelists also included:
Darryl Joseffer - Chair, King & Spalding's Appellate Practice;
Laura Masurovsky - Head of Finnegan Henderson's Litigation Section;
Jeff Kushan - Chair, Sidley Austin's Washington D.C. Patent Practice Group;
Eric Grannon - Prominent Antirust Litigator at White & Case; and
Hans Sauer - Deputy General Counsel, Biotechnology Industry Organization
The program, held at the Woodbridge Hilton, was approved for 5.0 NJ & 4.0 PA CLE credits (including 1.0 ethics credit).


Second Annual Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update

Iselin, January, 2013 - The Second Annual Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update took place Thursday, January 24, 2013. This CLE program featured talks and panels concerning recent changes in the law affecting electrical, telecom and computer inventions and the patent prosecution and litigation practice relating to those inventions.

"We were delighted to provide this second annual program to educate intellectual property attorneys about the latest developments in patent law under the America Invents Act and recent rulings in patent litigation that impact legal practice in the electronics, telecom and software sectors," said Robert E. Rudnick, Program Chair. "We were particularly pleased to offer a panel this year addressing issues our clients face in view of patent infringement claims raised by Non-Practicing Entities." The NJIPLA is committed to offering its members a robust platform to share ideas and keep informed about changes in the law, recent rulings in the patent litigation field and the corresponding impact to our practice as well as other issues faced by our clients.

This program, offering 4.5 CLE credits in New Jersey & 4.0 CLE credits in New York and Pennsylvania, was held at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, NJ.


26th Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update

Iselin, December, 2012 - Over 100 intellectual property attorneys and in-house counsel participated in NJIPLA's 26th Annual Pharmaceutical & Chemical Patent Practice Update on December 5th.

The Honorable Faith Hochberg of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey headlined the event with A Judge's Perspective on Emerging Issues Under the AIA. Other speakers included James Dabney, Esq. (New York, NY) discussing his Nov. 7th Supreme Court argument in Already v. Nike, Robert Schulman, Esq. (Washington, DC) discussing a trio of new cases rewriting the law of anticipation, Bruce Wexler, Esq. (New York, NY) on patentable subject matter, Kimberly Prior, Esq. (Nutley, NJ) on obviousness, Paul Ragusa (New York, NY) on antitrust aspects of life cycle management and Sona De, Esq. (New York, NY) on ethics.

This continuing legal education seminar was held at the Woodbridge Hilton. Attendees received 4 hours of CLE credit in Pennsylvania and 4.5 hours in New Jersey and New York, including 1 hour of ethics CLE.


Gibbons Institute / NJIPLA Tenth Annual Fall Lecture Series

Newark, October, 2012 - The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science Technology, Seton Hall University School of Law and the NJIPLA were pleased to present the Tenth Annual Fall Lecture Series, Tuesday, October 16th. The Honorable Kathleen O'Malley, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presented "Views from the Bench". Attendees earned 1.5 NJ/NY CLE.


2012 Jefferson Medal Dinner

Short Hills, June, 2012 -The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) awarded the 2012 Jefferson Medal to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr. (Ret.), Chief Judge, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Chief Judge Brown was presented with the Jefferson Medal on June 8, 2012 at the annual Jefferson Medal Dinner at The Hilton at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ.

Following a 62 year tradition, the NJIPLA presents the Jefferson Medal annually to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law. Former Medalists include judges, members of Congress, Patent and Trademark Office officials and leaders of the intellectual property bar.


Patent Litigation at the ITC

Newark, April, 2012 - The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall University School of Law and the NJIPLA were pleased to cosponsor Patent Litigation at the ITC - Views from the Government, In-House Attorneys and Outside Counsel on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

This CLE event included:
Introduction to Patent Litigation at the ITC
  • James (Tripp) Fussell, Spangler & Fussell P.C.
Government Panel
  • David Opderbeck, Esq., (Moderator), Director of the Gibbons Institute, Seton Hall Law
  • The Honorable Theodore R Essex, Administrative Law Judge, United States International Trade Commission
  • Rett Snotherly, Esq., Investigative Attorney from the Office of Unfair Import Investigations
  • United States International Trade Commission
  • William J. Washington, Esq., Attorney, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
In-House Panel
  • Tony V. Pezzano, Esq., (Moderator), King & Spalding
  • Edward Murray, Esq., Managing Counsel, IP Litigation, Merck and Co., Inc.
  • Jaime Siegel, Esq., Senior IP Counsel, Sony Corporation of America
  • Elaine Drager, Esq., Law Vice President, Intellectual Property & Standards, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Gabriel Kralik, Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Patent Counsel & Corporate Secretary, PPC, Inc.
  • Vaishali Udupa, IP Litigation Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company


28th Annual JPPCLE

New York, April, 2012 - The Joint Patent Practice Seminar was honored to host Judge Sharon Prost, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, as the keynote luncheon speaker at the 28th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar. She spoke on Center of the Universe: Patent Law Moves to the Forefront on Tuesday, April 17th at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The 28th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar was a full-day CLE program featuring 28 top experts who shared their insights and expertise on the latest developments in IP law – including the Supreme Court’s Prometheus decision and the America Invents Act. Topics included:


America Invents Act: New PTAB Duties and the Umbrella Rules for PTO Contested Case Litigation
A Review of Federal Circuit Decisions on Section 101 After Bilski and the Supreme Court in Mayo v. Prometheus Utility Models in China: Easy to Register and Increasingly Used in Litigation


This program was sponsored by Joint Patent Practice Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and co-sponsored by Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association and Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.


2012 NJIPLA Patent Litigation Seminar

Iselin, March, 2012 - The 2012 NJIPLA Patent Litigation Seminar was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, NJ. Featuring presentations by leading practioners, the program was approved for 5.0 NJ CLE credits and 4.5 PA and NY CLE credits (including 1.0 ethics credit).

This year's agenda included talks by Paul Berghoff (Inequitable Conduct after Therasense), Kara Stoll (en banc review of Akamai and McKesson), William McElwain (Written Description after Ariad), Richard Bress (Supreme Court's review of Mayo v. Prometheus), Barbara Fiacco (Biosimiliar Patent Litigation Strategies) and Lewis Ho (Patent Litigation in China).


The Inside Track to the Proposed Rules for Implementation of the America Invents Act

Trenton, February, 2012 - The NJIPLA and PIPLA were pleased to cosponsor The Inside Track to the Proposed Rules for Implementation of the America Invents Act.  Guest speakers included David Kappos, Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office, Philip S. Johnson, Chief IP Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, and Kenneth Nigon, Shareholder, RatnerPrestia.

This event was approved for 1.5 CLE (including 0.5 Ethics Credits) in NJ, PA, DE.


Biopharma IP Issues in Emerging Markets: Brazil and India

Newark, January, 2012 - The NJIPLA was pleased to host the first of a series of CLE programs dedicated to biopharma IP issues in emerging markets, at the Newark Club on January 18th.

Over the next five years, the biggest area of growth for biopharma products is expected to be in emerging market countries, including the "BRIC" countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. To help biopharma IP practitioners in the NY/Philadelphia corridor prepare for this new era, the NJIPLA plans to sponsor an annual CLE series that will highlight hot IP issues in emerging markets of particular interest for the biopharma industry.

Rajita Sharma of Finers Stephens Innocent LLP provided updates on a variety of topics, including Sections 3(d) and 3(e) of the Indian Patent Act: Court and Patent Office interpretations and their implications for patenting biopharma invention. Attorneys João Luis Vianna and Gabriel Leonardos of Momsen, Leonardos & Cia presented information on several topics including views of the Brazilian Patent Office on patentability of selection inventions, polymorphs, and 2nd medical uses as well as ANVISA's role in examining biopharma patent applications.

This program was approved for 2.0 CLE credits in NJ and 1.5 CLE credits in PA.


25th Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update

Woodbridge, December, 2011 - The 25th Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update was held on Wednesday, December 7th at the Woodbridge Hilton from Noon - 5:30 p.m. Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office, delivered the Headline Address AIA/Patent Reform; Implications for Pharmaceutical Patents. Attendees earned 4.5 NJ/NY CLE (including 1.0 Ethics credit) and 4.0 PA CLE (including 1.0 Ethics credit).


Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update

New Brunswick, November, 2011 - Over 90 intellectual property attorneys, in-house counsel and members of the judiciary participated in NJIPLA Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update on November 9, 2011. This CLE program was the first of its kind in the New York metro area, featuring talks and panels concerning recent changes in the law affecting electrical, telecom and computer inventions and the patent prosecution and litigation practice relating to those inventions.

“We were delighted to provide a comprehensive program to educate intellectual property attorneys about the latest developments in the electronics, telecom and software sectors," said Mark J. Abate, partner in Goodwin Procter's Patent Litigation Practice who helped organize the program. "The NJIPLA is committed to offering its members in New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia a robust platform to share ideas and keep informed about the impact of new legislation and rulings in the patent litigation field."

This program, offering 4.5 CLE credits in New Jersey & 4.0 CLE credits in New York and Pennsylvania, included such presentations as: The Prosecution of Patent Applications in the Electrical Arts, Electrical, Telecom and Software Patent Law Update and Litigation of Electrical, Telecom and Software Patents Before the USITC. Guest speakers included James Dwyer, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Computer Architecture, Software, Networking and Multiplex Communications Arts, USPTO and the Honorable Robert K Rogers, Jr., Administrative Law Judge, USITC.


Ninth Annual Fall Lecture Series

Newark, October, 2011 - The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science Technology, Seton Hall University School of Law and the NJIPLA were pleased to present the Ninth Annual Fall Lecture Series, Tuesday, October 25th. The Honorable Joel Pisano, District Court Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey discussed What's Left of "Inequitable Conduct" After Therasense, and the Standard of Proof for Obviousness following Microsoft v i4i: Observations from the Bench. Attendees earned 1.0 NJ/NY CLE.


Patent Law and Pharmaceuticals Symposium

Newark, October, 2011 - The Patent Law and Pharmaceuticals Symposium 2011 took place on Wednesday, October 12th. Leaders of the judiciary, academy, private practice, business, and government considered some of the top issues in IP law affecting the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. Attendees earned 5.0 NJ/NY and 4.0 PA CLE. This event was cosponsored by Paul Weiss, Rutgers Institute for Professional Education, Rutgers School of Law – Newark and the NJIPLA .


2011 Jefferson Medalist - Herbert C. Wamsley

Short Hills, June 2011 - NJIPLA was pleased to recognize Herbert C. Wamsley, Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, as the 2011 Jefferson Medalist. In a 60 year tradition, the NJIPLA annually presents the Jefferson Medal to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law. Mr. Wamsley was presented with the Jefferson Medal on June 3, 2011 at the annual Jefferson Medal Dinner at The Hilton at Short Hills.


David Kappos and Q. Todd Dickinson Speak at February Event

Newark, February, 2011 - David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), fielded questions from Q. Todd Dickinson and the audience of patent practitioners who attended NJIPLA’s February event in a talk show like format. Mr. Dickinson, who is a former USPTO Director and current Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, took the role of talk show host, presenting questions pertinent to the evening’s topic of The Future of America’s Innovation Economy: Progress and Challenges at the USPTO.  Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, and Seton Hall University School of Law, cosponsored this event along with NJIPLA.


Chief Patent Counsel Roundtable and Honorable William G. Young's Keynote Address Help Make 24th Annual PCPPU a Success

Woodbridge, December, 2010 - The NJIPLA is proud to announce that over 100 intellectual property professionals attended its 24th Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update, held December 8, 2010. The Honorable William G. Young of The United States District Court For the District of Massachusetts delivered the Keynote Address. A wide range of intellectual property topics affecting the pharmaceutical and chemical industries were presented by Professor Michael Carrier of Rutgers Law, Timothy Witkowski of Boehringer Ingleheim, Thomas Hoffman of Novartis, and Robert Schulman of Hunton & Williams.

The Chief Patent Counsel Roundtable discussed how to make the patent system more responsive to manufacturer’s business needs. Participants in the roundtable were:
Phil Johnson, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
Reza Green, Chief Patent Counsel, Novo Nordisk Inc.
Jeffrey Myers, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Pfizer Inc.
Sherry Knowles, former Chief Patent Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline; currently Principal at Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies.

NJIPLA was fortunate to once again have such a distinguished group of speakers participating in this year’s event.

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