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Intellectual Property Symposium

Friday, April 1, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) has been viewed as a blessing or a curse since its implementation. Its intention to invalidate bad patents and encourage innovation for the benefit of the general public has solved some problems its predecessor has left in its wake. However, the AIA is not without its own problems. This project aims to present recommendations to close the gap in pursuing a fairer and expedited patent review system.

This Symposium brings together industry experts to discuss the current climate of the patent industry. Along with the group’s data research collected through a survey circulated to hundreds of practitioners, judges, patent owners, litigators, and scholars of intellectual property law, this Symposium aims to present recommendations to move forward in patent reform.

Your participation greatly improves our results: please take our survey on your opinions of the Aftershocks of the AIA’s Post Grant Proceeding.


  • Gregg Anderson, Administrative Patent Judge for the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Hon. Paul R. Michel (Ret.), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Gene Quinn, Patent Attorney and President of
  • Mathew Littman, Owner of Mathew Littman Company; former Senior Director of Governmental Affairs at Broadcom
  • Gwilym Attwell, Principal at Fish & Richardson
  • Christopher Marchese, Principal at Fish & Richardson
  • Douglas W. Link, Associate at Lathrop & Gage, LLP
  • Kerry Taylor, Ph.D., Partner at Knobbe Martens
  • Patrick Doody, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Michael Doyle, Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property at CareFusion
  • Vera Ranieri, Intellectual Property Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Robert O’Connell, President at O’Connell Intellectual Property Law, APC; former Vice President of Qualcomm’s Patent Counsel Department


7:30 – 8:00       Check-In, Registration, and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10       Welcoming Remarks

8:15 – 8:30       Dean’s Introduction

8:30 – 10:00     Origins of the AIA’s Post Grant Proceedings: Intending to Create                          an Efficient Administrative Invalidity Process

10:00 – 10:15   Break

10:15 – 11:45   PTAB Adjudication Process: Lessons Learned Over Three Years

11:45 – 1:00     Lunch: Interplay of PTAB in District Court in Deciding Validity

1:00 – 2:15       Unintended Consequences of the AIA

2:15 – 2:30       Break

2:30 – 3:45       Stepping into the Future: Advancing Patent Reform with the Industry

3:45 – 4:00       Break

4:00 – 4:45       Presentation of the Student/Faculty Survey Results

4:45 – 5:00       Closing Remarks

5:00 – 6:00       Refreshments


Please note: Pre-Registration includes breakfast and box lunch.

  • FREE   All students with photo ID (includes from other institutions), TJSL faculty, TJSL staff
  • $30     TJSL Alumni, non-seeking MCLE attorneys
  • $40     General, non-seeking MCLE attorneys
  • $45     MCLE credit
  • $15     Sponsor Attendees seeking MCLE
  • $40     Walk-ins no lunch guaranteed


6 hours General MCLE Credit

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s intellectual property program is the highest in the country offering a concentration, a certificate through CLIP (Center for Law and Intellectual Property), clinics in both patent law and trademarks, and externships with premier intellectual property firms. Named as one of the top schools for intellectual property law and technology law by PreLaw magazine’s Winter 2016 edition, the IP program directed by Professor Julie Cromer-Young offers premier IP courses taught by top professors in the industry, and is one of only seventeen schools approved by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) to offer both patent and trademark law clinics.

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