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  • 29 October 2014 - 31 October 2014

    The Art and Science of Patent Searching

    Management Forum

    London

    The course is designed to benefit everyone from novice searchers to the most seasoned patent practitioner or search professional.  The course also provides unbiased, detailed information concerning the latest databases and tools of the trade.

    The course is suitable for:

    • Patent engineers
    • IP Managers
    • Patent agents
    • Patent attorneys
    • Licensing specialists
    • IP Strategists
    • Scientists
    • Inventors

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  • 5 November 2014 - 6 November 2014

    US Patent Practice

    Management Forum

    London

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME:

    • The latest changes in statutory law, including the provisions of the AIA
    • Claim construction - the different ways the USPTO and the courts determine claim meaning and scope 
    • Successful US claim drafting - tools, strategies and pitfalls 
    • Novelty and the transition to ‘First-to-File’ under the AIA
    • Double Patenting - a trap for the unwary corporate client
    • Fulfilling the Duty of Candor and avoiding the scourge of inequitable conduct
    • Patent prosecution:  Rules, Regulations and Best practices, including restriction and continuation practice
    • Direct and Indirect Infringement - including liability of suppliers and contractors
    • Patent Litigation - and how to protect against the liberal discovery in US courts

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  • 10 November 2014

    Effective Patent Administration

    Management Forum

    London

    BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

     

    • Gain an invaluable introduction to working with patents

    • Achieve a greater understanding of patent administration and where your role sits within the team

    • Improve your understanding of the filing requirements in key jurisdictions – what to do and when

    • Learn about electronic filing at the EPO

    • Understand how to calculate renewal payments – how to pay and when

    • Compare experiences with delegates from across Europe (from both private practice and industry)

    • Patent Administrators

    • Formalities Assistants

    • Paralegals

    • Other IP Support Staff

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  • 13 November 2014 - 14 November 2014

    Devil's Advocate Auditor - Executive Decision Making

    Management Forum

    London

    MAXIMISE YOUR RETURN ON DECISION MAKING

    Your organisation's Devil's Advocate Auditor will learn how to avoid falling into decision making pitfalls such as:-

    • Confirmation Bias
    • Risk Homeostasis
    • Illusory Correlation
    • The Delusion of Single Explanations
    • Fundamental Attribution Error
    • Conjunction Fallacy
    • The Illusion of Brian Plasticity
    • Shreckenberg's Self-Destroying Prognosis
    • The Hawthorne Effect
    • Munchausen Management Syndrome
    • Probablistic Contamination

    Application of Learning

    Devil's Advocate Auditors can enhance the quality of their employers decision making in terms of:-

    • Determining the soundness of business models of contemplated business partners or investment targets
    • Recommending methods to ensure that sufficient discussion and debate precedes proposed corporate transactions
    • Running business proposals through a gauntlet of risk management tools
    • Benchmarking the integrity of the data under review in the context of launching a new product
    • Gauging the point at which the acquisition data represents diminishing marginal returns
    • Assessing how much of the success of the person your client is considering partnering with, is due to skill versus luck
    • Pointing out decision making traps in consideration of contemplated acquisitions
    • Ensuring that business plans are vetted with appropriate precedents, as well as, against both analogues and antilogs

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND ?:

    • Directors

    • Policy Leaders

    • Team Leaders

    • Business Development Managers


    • Strategic Planners


    • Project Managers


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  • 17 November 2014

    Best Practices for Selling Your Patents

    Management Forum

    London

    THE FOLLOWING ARE AMONG THE TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED BY EXECUTIVES SEASONED IN PATENT SALES:

    • Preliminary Steps to Selling Patents
    • Selecting the Right Patent Broker
    • Negotiating Representation Agreements with Patent Brokers
    • Conducting Due Diligence on Buyers
    • The Role of Non-Disclosure Agreements
    •  Negotiating Purchase Agreements
    • Case Studies of Patent Sales
    • The Role of Litigation Finance
    • Continuing Obligations of Initial Patentee
    • Residual Rights and Grant-backs
    • Covenants not to sue

      WHO SHOULD ATTEND ?:

       • Inventors

      • Patent Owners

      • Licensing Professionals

      • Technology Transfer Professionals

      • IP Asset Managers

      • Patent Lawyers

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  • 19 November 2014 - 21 November 2014

    EU and US Patent Applications

    Management Forum

    London

    Specification and Prosecution Strategies for a Single Application

    THE PROGRAMME WILL COVER:

    Key major differences between EPO and US practice

    Best practices for specification drafting for both the EPO and USPTO

    • Maximising scope of protection
    • Reducing potential objections
    • Minimising costs and maximising flexibility
    • EPO and USPTO definitions of prior art and priority

    Prosecution procedures and timelines

    • EPO and USPTO views on what constitutes a proper rejection and how to respond
    • Arguments on non-technical (EPO) and ineligible (US) subject matter
    • Prosecution history estoppel in the US
    • Expediting prosecution & grant

    Worked examples followed by a plenary session

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    • Patent professionals and other executives who are responsible for patent applications that are filed in, and prosecuted before, both European and US Patent Offices
    • Manager overseeing and evaluating the multinational patent prosecution

    SEMINAR LEADERS

    Bradley Hulbert, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Chicago

    David Meldrum, D Young & Co LLP, London

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  • 20 November 2014

    Enhanced Negotiating Strategies

    Management Forum

    London

    Whatever your profession or industry, negotiating is key.  At some point we all need to negotiate with partners, customers, suppliers, employees and regulators.  In today’s climate negotiating is tougher than ever, with each party needing more out of the deal. 

    This one day seminar will increase your negotiating skills by:

    • Providing a thorough overview of best practices for managing negotiations 
    • Delivering insight into key negotiating tenets
    • Outlining solid tactics to minimise concessions
    • Helping you to defend yourself against various negotiation tactics

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  • 24 November 2014

    Advanced Approaches for Managing Outside Patent Counsel

    Management Forum

    London

    This seminar is directed to the techniques that experienced in-house and outside patent counsel agree both increase the likelihood of favourable outcomes and reduce costs.  It will help you to:-

    • Decide what you want/need from your outside patent counsel
    • Choose outside patent counsel, considering their potential roles:  Hired gun, partner and extension of the in-house team
    • Evaluate outside patent counsel rigorously but fairly for prosecution, litigation, licensing and design-around options
    • How to organise yourself for effective management of outside patent counsel
    • Establish the correct fee arrangement for your firm
    • Save money and time in patent prosecution, licensing and litigation
    • Work with counsel to identify what inventions to file applications on - and where and when to file (and abandon) internationally
    • Assess litigation plans

    The course includes discussions on how corporate managers can better choose outside patent counsel and then work with them to achieve the corporate objectives. You'll learn from experts what 'works' in evaluating outside patent counsel and managing their performance.

    The seminar will include a discussion of typical law firm business models and how to avoid having them lead to bad results for you as a client, as seminar will include ongoing opportunities for you to ask questions and discuss individual concerns.

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  • 27 November 2014

    International Licensing, Manufacture Under Licence and Technology Transfer Agreements

    Management Forum

    London

    By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

     • Understand and draft international licensing agreements generally and manufacture under licence agreements in particular

    • Draft and negotiate key terms more effectively

    • Understand and advise on cross-jurisdictional concerns and key terms

     Who Should Attend:

     Those with little or no experience of cross-border commercial contracts such as:

     • Solicitors

    • In-house counsel

    • Trainee solicitors

    • Attorneys

    • Lawyers

    • Commercial and contract managers

    • Business development managers

    • Licensing executives with little or no experience of drafting and negotiating international licensing agreements


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  • 28 November 2014

    Cross-Border Commercial Contracts - Advanced Masterclass

    Management Forum

    London

    This workshop-based day-long seminar which is cross-jurisdiction in focus aims to equip delegates with the essential skill-base and requisitive substantive legal and business knowledge needed in order to effectively advise on, negotiate and draft key cross-border commercial contracts.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND ?:

     

    This seminar is targeted at lawyers and non-lawyers with varying levels of experience in the context of cross-border commercial contracts, such as:

     

    • Lawyers

    • Solicitors

    • Trainee solicitors

    • Attorneys

    • Commercial and contract managers

    • Business development managers

    • Project managers

    • Members of corporate IP departments

    • IP and business consultants

    • Licensing, finance and business executives

    • Legal personnel

    • In-house and external counsel

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