Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Sedona Conference on Global Patent Litigation

The Sedona Conference will be hosting its 16th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation October 24-25 in Washington, D.C.  This year's theme is "Global Strategies for Managing Both Multifront Domestic and International Litigation of IP Assets."  Here is the description of the conference, from its webpage:
As markets and technology grow increasingly interconnected around the world, patent owners are re-orienting their strategies for patent protection to reflect global realities. At the same time, changes in the legal landscape, both in the U.S. and abroad, are giving rise to both new risks and new opportunities for patent enforcement. And with the coming Unified Patent Court in Europe, new guidelines from national competition authorities, and domestic legislative initiatives, even more changes are on the way.
Co-chairs Monte Cooper of Orrick and Mark Selwyn of WilmerHale and a distinguished faculty of judges, regulators, and counsel from around the world will lead the dialogue on topics identifying and explaining the emergence of alternatives to the traditional model of U.S. District Court litigation, comparative approaches across different international patent regimes, and the interplay between international competition policy and IP enforcement.
How should patent owners account for these new global realities in developing strategies for protecting their IP rights?
What strategies should defendants employ, both individually and in collaboration with any joint defense groups, in response?
How can the U.S. courts efficiently manage multi-district litigations (MDLs) and "pseudo-MDLs" (cases filed by patent owners against multiple defendants in multiple U.S. jurisdictions that are subsequently consolidated)? And how can the U.S. courts, the USPTO/PTAB, the USITC, and foreign courts efficiently manage the disputes before them? Are there opportunities for coordination? Should there be?
The detailed agenda can be found here.  As the above description suggests, there will be several sessions relevant to patent remedies in the U.S. and other countries, including sessions on damages, injunctions, FRAND, and the impact of competition law.  Should be an interesting event.

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