Upcoming AUTM Webinar Examines Avoiding the Trap of Inequitable Conduct

On March 4, an AUTM webinar will discuss, “Inequitable Conduct: How to Protect Your Patents from this Unenforceability Trap”. This presentation will take place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time this Thursday. Panelists will include David Hricik of Northwestern University’s Mercer Law School, William Covey of the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment Discipline, and Warren D. Woessner, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. If this topic piques your interest, please join us for this discussion.

The synopsis for our presentation is as follows:

Patent litigants are still pleading and prevailing on the “inequitable conduct” defense to infringement. Following Therasense, may IP attorneys fell into a state of complacency about the acts required and the consequences for them – and for their clients – of pushing beyond advocacy and into the dangerous waters of inequitable conduct or its companion equitable defense, egregious misconduct. However, recent decisions have demonstrated that these equitable remedies can destroy both the value of the implicated patents and the reputations of the individual and their firms. Through a discussion of recent case law, participants will discover how to avoid an inequitable conduct ruling and the consequences should an attorney be found “guilty”.

Learning Objectives:

        • Describe how the Therasense standard for inequitable conduct has been applied by the courts to render valuable patents unenforceable
        • Explain how to avoid an inequitable conduct ruling against your attorneys or inventors
        • List the possible consequences for attorneys who are found “guilty” of inequitable conduct

Cost to attend is $150 for AUTM Members or $225 for non-members. Click here to register.

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