American Conference Institute will be holding a conference on "Patent Reform for Life Sciences Companies" in New York, NY, January 31st to February 1st, 2012. According to ACI, this is "the critical industry forum on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act."
The agenda features the following presentations:
- A keynote address by Robert Stoll, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO
- "The Timeline of Enactment: Identifying What Needs to be Done Now and Planning for Future Changes"
- "First to File: Developing an Updated and Comprehensive Intellectual Property Strategy in the New Race to the Patent Office Regime"
- "Examining the Consequences of Changes to Inventorship Provisions"
- "Prior Art and Public Disclosure: Identifying What Constitutes Prior Art Under the Revised Section 102"
- "Expediting the Examination Process by Strategically Using the Different Examination Tracks, Including the New Prioritized Examination Option"
- "The Ghost of Best Mode: Balancing the Seemingly Contradictory Provisions to Maximize IP Protection"
- "Preparing for Emerging Patent Challenges Under the New Post-Grant Review System"
- "The Different World of Inter Partes Review"
- "Examining the Potential Ramifications of Patent Reform on Hatch-Waxman Litigation and the Brand/Generic Wars"
- "Specific Considerations for Universities, Non-Profit Institutions and Micro-Entitites"
- "Analyzing the Potential Impact of the 'Miscellaneous Provisions' on Life Sciences Companies"
In addition, ACI is offering an optional pre-conference primer on January 30th: "Patent Reform 101: Overview of the Fundamental Provisions in the America Invents Act."
For more information or to register, please visit the conference website. To receive a $200 discount on registration fees, use discount code OBB 200.