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George Mason University School of Law presents the Tenth Annual Symposium on Hot Topics in Patent Law co-sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. 
 
The full-day program addressing some of the hottest topics in patent law will be held at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. 

Located just outside of Washington, D.C., George Mason University School of Law has been ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It has an extensive intellectual property law program and features leading jurists on its faculty.  
 
This annual program includes a luncheon speaker, networking reception, and 6.0 hours of CLE credits (including 1 ethics credit) approved in Virginia. Confirmed speakers include The Honorable David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

George Mason University School of Law 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201 (Virginia Square Metro, Orange Line) 

Registration

Registration

Contact April Kemp 202-824-3272 or event@bannerwitcoff.com

AGENDA:

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome
Dan Polsby, Dean and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law  

9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
“Challenging Patent Validity After Microsoft v. i4i”
Megan M. La Belle, Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

9:55 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
“Functional Claiming and Functional Disclosure.”
Brian J. Brisnehan, Attorney, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. 

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (1.0 ethics credit)
“Therasense – Does It Make Sense? Is The Patent Law Doctrine Of Inequitable Conduct Now Fixed?”
Charles W. Shifley, Attorney, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. and Lisa Dolak, Syracuse University Law Professor

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (Sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.)
Keynote: “Intellectual Property Policy & the Landscape of 21st Century Growth”
Hon. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Thoughts from the Bench – Patent Reform”
Hon. Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

2:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
“Genes and Personalized Medicine After Myriad and Prometheus -- Caught In The Patent Eligibility Trap”

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, Partner, Foley & Larder, LLP and Jacqueline D. Wright Bonilla, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
"Patent Law Past and Prologue: A brief review of the last year and discussion of major patent law issues on the horizon"
David M. Young, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP and Stephen T. Schreiner, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reception