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Takeaways from Chisum’s Washington, D.C. September 2015 Seminar

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

washington-dcOn September 24-25, 2015, the Chisum Patent Academy held a two-day seminar at the offices of Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, DC to discuss and debate current developments in U.S. patent law. The roundtable seminar group was limited to ten persons; sessions were led by treatise authors and educators Donald Chisum and Janice Mueller.

Our attendees comprised an outstanding group of experienced patent professionals from law firms, corporations, and government agencies in the D.C. area and elsewhere on the East Coast. With many hot-button topics to discuss, our attendees had plenty to discuss and debate! The complexity of the U.S. patent system and its numerous traps for the unwary were recurring themes.

Here’s our recap of the takeaways from the D.C. seminar:

  • Supreme Court and Federal Circuit En Banc Blockbusters; Claim Interpretation Post-Teva; Patent Eligibility and the Ongoing Fallout from Alice; Dealing with System and Method Claims Including Divided Infringement Issues; Exhaustion and Related Uncertainties Spawned by Quanta:


Senate Confirms Finnegan Partner Kara Stoll to Federal Circuit

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Kara Stoll

Without a single “nay” vote, and with at least some noting that she will be the first woman of color to join the Fed. Cir., the Senate has confirmed Kara Fernandez Stoll, a litigation partner at Finnegan, to fill the seat vacated by Judge Rader’s resignation at the end of June. Soon-to-be Judge Stoll holds an BSEE degree from Michigan State and worked as an Examiner in computer/electronics art units before joining Finnegan.

As an EE, Stoll must have taken some chemistry, and she lists medical devices as an area of expertise on her resume. She also represented WARF in the Consumer Watchdog appeal, which, although the focus of the appeal was standing, involved a challenge to stem cell patents. The Fed. Cir. has been in need of more Judges with technical backgrounds. Judge Lourie was a chemist and Judge Moore holds an EE degree, but that’s about it. Congratulations to Ms. Stoll and to President Obama, who has appointed a number of Fed. Cir. judges with excellent qualifications.

IP LAW 360 – Senate Confirms Finnegan Atty To Fed. Circ. Seat



Q. Todd Dickinson Resigns as Executive Director of AIPLA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

After six years as AIPLA Executive Director, Q. Todd Dickinson has announced that he will step down. While he was an effective leader at AIPLA, Todd (the “Q” doesn’t stand for anything) made his mark as the first effective Director of the USPTO in some time, and many thought he would be a good choice to lead the Office a second time when Obama took office.

Former SLW Officer Named USPTO Regional Director

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Russell Slifer, a former officer at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, has been named as the USPTO Regional Director for its Denver office.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, wrote on her blog “Director’s Forum”:

The other big news is that we have hired a Regional Director for the Denver office—Russell Slifer, who has practiced intellectual property law for the last 20 years. For the past eight years, Russ served as the Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho. He also was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than nine years in private practice in Minnesota helping high technology clients, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies, build patent portfolios to protect their innovations. Russ is active an active member in the legal and innovation communities. These experiences make Russ an ideal person to serve as the inaugural leader of our new satellite office for the Rocky Mountain region, and I look forward to him transitioning in as part of our senior leadership team.

Schwegman offers its congratulations to Russ.