George Mason University School of Law presents the Ninth 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  recently was 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) pending in Virginia.

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
9:000 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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

Registration and Agenda

Contact April Kemp 202-824-3272 or


Time Topic Presenter

9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Daniel Polsby
Dean and Professor of Law,
George Mason University School of Law
9:10 to 9:55 a.m. The Patent Reform Act of 2010- The Process, Provisions, and Potential Impact on Patent Practitioners Herbert C. Wamsley
Executive Director,
Intellectual Property Owners Association
9:55 to 10:40 a.m. Winning or Preventing Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages Andrew W. Carter
Chief Operating Officer
   & Managing Director,
Ocean Tomo
10:40 to 10:50 a.m. BREAK BREAK
10:50 to 11:50 a.m. Supplemental Examinations to Consider, Reconsider, or Correct Information: Ethics and Disciplinary Implications (1.0 ethics credit)

Lisa A. Dolak
Syracuse University College of Law

11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. LUNCH
A View from the Bench—The Evolution of the Federal Circuit

The Honorable Sharon Prost
Circuit Judge,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Survey of BPAI Decisions on Obviousness: Winning and Losing Arguments and Practical Tips for Success Jonathan Jaech
Connelly Bove Lodge & Hutz, LLP
2:00 to 3:10 p.m. Panel Discussion: Analyzing In Re Bilski

Christopher Cotropia
University of Richmond School of Law
Matthew J. Kelly
Director and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel,
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Charles Miller
Banner & Witcoff, LTD.
Laura Bradford, Moderator
Assistant Professor,
George Mason University School of Law

3:10 to 3:20 p.m. BREAK BREAK
3:20 to 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Re-examination Strategies and Tactics

The Honorable Michael R. Fleming
Chief Administrative Patent Judge,
Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences,
United States Patent and Trademark Office
 Matthew A. Smith
Foley & Lardner LLP.
Charles Shifley
Banner & Witcoff, LTD.
John J. Doll, Moderator
Former Director,
United States Patent and Trademark Office

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  RECEPTION following the program   Sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, LTD.