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Patent Litigation in the U.S.: What You Need to Know WB0940

In today's economic environment, patents have become an increasingly important asset for both individuals and corporations. More and more, individuals and corporations, including those in the automotive and aerospace industries, are recognizing the economic importance of patent rights, whether those rights consist of a single patent, a family of patents or an entire portfolio. Indeed, some companies do not make or sell products; their entire revenue is derived from the licensing of their patents. Suffice it to say, licensing revenue has become a significant source of value in the global intellectual property economy.

This web seminar focuses on the intricacies of patents, patent infringement litigation, and patent licensing. Participants will explore the important subjects of obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, maintaining U.S. and foreign patent rights, enforcing patent rights, defending against patent rights asserted by competitors, and licensing patent rights for revenue. After this course, you will effectively understand patents and ways to protect and monetize your company's valuable inventions. Your new knowledge will help your company maintain and enhance its position in the an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:
  • Explain U.S. patent rights, including how patents are obtained and maintained
  • Provide an overview of U.S. patent litigation, including recent changes under the The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)
  • Anticipate the scope of discovery in and avoid the potential business disruption arising from a U.S. patent case
  • Explain the basic legal principles for liability and damages in patent cases
  • Describe how patent disputes are resolved
  • Predict the fees and expenses associated with bringing and/or defending a patent case in the U.S.
  • Peek into the future of potential patent law reform

Who Should Attend

This course is geared toward executives, in-house counsel, in-house patent agents, and senior managers across industries, including automotive and aerospace. Participants may be both U.S. and non-U.S. -- anyone who needs help in understanding what to expect and what the practical realities are should they become involved in U.S. patent litigation.

This course complements the Patent Litigation Risk Management Toolkit web seminar, which provides practical guidance to help keep businesses out of patent infringement litigation.

Session 1
  • Overview of Patent Litigation
    • Recent headlines
    • Scope of patent protection
    • Issues the patent-owner has to prove
    • Issues the accused infringer has to prove
  • What is the Scope of Discovery?
    • Documents, including e-documents
    • Depositions
    • Third parties (e.g. customers, suppliers)
    • Confidentiality of discovery materials
  • How Are Liability and Damages Decided?
    • Jury
    • Judge
    • Mediator/Arbitrator
Session 2
  • How Long Does it Take from Filing to Trial?
    • District Courts
    • ITC
  • How Much Does it Cost?
    • Fees and expenses
    • Contingency fees
    • Recovery of fees and expenses
  • Practical Issues in Patent Licensing
    • Exclusivity considerations
    • Other permissable limitations
    • Royalty calculations
  • What Changes are on the Horizon?
    • Supreme Court
    • Patent law reform

Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Although WebEx Training Manager will automatically launch when you join the web seminar, you or your system administrator are encouraged to download the plug-in in advance to help ensure successful setup. Click here, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Multiple Seat Discount - 50% off more than one!

  1. If you participated in the SAE Patent Litigation Risk Management Toolkit web seminar within one year prior to the start date of this course and paid full list or member price, you may request a 50% discount off the list price of this web seminar.

  2. OR

  3. Register one individual at the appropriate list or member price, then register as many additional employees at half off the list price. To receive the discount, register all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first registrant. The offer is good for only the same web seminar and offering dates. All registrants will receive a personal account and opportunity for CEUs.

Registration by phone with SAE Customer Service is required to take advantage of these discounts. Discounts cannot be combined.

If you cannot attend, you may register a substitute in your place or transfer your registration to a future offering. A full refund is issued if you notify SAE at least 14 days prior to web seminar start date. If canceled less than 14 days prior, the full fee is charged. For $50, you may process a one-time transfer to a future offering within one year of canceled web seminar. Canceling may reduce group discounts. To cancel, transfer or send a substitute, call SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (US & Canada only) or 1-724-776-4970.

William Cory Spence

Cory Spence As the founding partner of SpencePC, Mr. Spence assists individual and business clients in obtaining their best possible outcome in contentious legal matters. He has experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving all areas of intellectual property law. He has litigated claims in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. Additionally, Mr. Spence has experience with patent monetization strategies and complex, international patent infringement litigation involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, including Asia. He is a registered patent attorney and published author and frequent speaker on patent monetization and other intellectual property issues. Prior to forming Spence PC, Mr. Spence spent twelve years practicing law with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, IL and Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biophysics (“Physics in Medicine”), and a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

Fees: $425.00
SAE Members: $340.00 - $383.00

.4 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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To register, click the Register button above or contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 4 Hours
April 2-4, 2019 (2 Sessions) - Live Online
  • Session 1 - April 2 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - April 4 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
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