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IP Center Hosts Symposium on International IP Practice and the America Invents Act

IP Center Hosts Symposium on International IP Practice and the America Invents Act

UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property hosted, on April 25, the inaugural Robert Shaw International IP Symposium. Focused on "International IP Practice and the America Invents Act", the event featured a distinguished faculty of federal judges, senior practitioners, and international patent counsel who discussed the risks, implications and potential strategies for assisting clients and companies in an age of significant change for U.S. and international patent practice.

Alan Kasper, Judge Gajarsa, and Judge Reyna at Shaw IP Symposium

After welcoming remarks by John Broderick, Dean of UNH Law, and William Mandir of Sughrue Mion, UNH Law Prof. Jon Cavicchi offered a tribute to the late Professor Robert Shaw, who founded the Franklin Pierce Law Center Patent Practice Program.

The Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa (ret.), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at UNH Law, delivered the keynote address.

This symposium brought together a fascinating mix of top intellectual property professionals from around the world to discuss the impact of the America Invents Act on international patent prosecution and litigation.

There were lots of lively exchanges and many who attended were notable alumni from our school, including several from China, Korea and elsewhere.

This is truly the type of event that highlights the global nature of IP practice today and the leading position that UNH Law occupies in that world.

Professor Mary Wong
UNH Law’s Faculty Chair of Global IP Partnerships

Judge Gajarsa also served on the first panel, “Views from the Judiciary,” where he was joined by the Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Alan Kasper of Sughrue Mion provided an opening overview of the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA) and moderated the discussion of how the AIA will be interpreted and ultimately evaluated by the federal courts.

Prof. Emeritus Karl Jorda at the dedication of the Conference Room in his honor.A luncheon honoring Professor Emeritus Karl Jorda featured tributes from his former UNH Law colleagues Bill Murphy and Bill Hennessey. Afterwards, the Jorda family participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Karl F. Jorda Conference Room in the IP Center.

The first afternoon session, “International Perspectives on the AIA,” brought together a panel of international patent experts who discussed the practical impact of the AIA from the perspective of both the foreign company and the foreign practitioner. Moderated by Richard Beem, Managing Partner of the Beem Patent Law Firm, the session featured:

  • Jin Zhang speaking at the Shaw IP Symposium Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert, Germany
  • Joshua B. Goldberg, Management Committee, Nath, Goldberg & Meyer
  • Young Wook Ha, Managing Partner, Ha & Ha, Korea
  • Jin Zhang, IP Counsel, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (USA/China)
  • Douglas Zhang, Global Patent Counsel, General Electric (USA/China)

The second afternoon session, “Patent Litigation Strategies & the AIA,” featured a panel of corporate and outside counsel who explored the impact of the AIA provisions on Federal District Court litigation as well as strategies for resolving disputes outside of litigation. The panelists were:

  • Kenneth Burchfiel, Partner, Sughrue Mion
  • Guy Donatiello, Vice President, IP, Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Gary Ganzi, Managing IP Counsel, Siemens Corp
  • William Mandir, Partner, Sughrue Mion
  • Jeff Hawley, UNH Law (moderator)

The Robert Shaw International IP Symposium was proudly supported by Sughrue Mion, PLLC.