Strafford Publications is hosting the above-titled webinar on January 17, 2012:
Patent infringement actions brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs) have dramatically risen in recent years. In such suits, the defendants face the additional challenge of not being able to apply competitive pressures. Recent developments in the legal landscape change how counsel approach NPEs.
The America Invents Act (AIA) limits an NPE’s ability to join unrelated parties. In September, an NPE could file one suit against 200 entities, but the AIA would require as many as 200 separate filings in that case. While those 200 cases could be consolidated for discovery, they could not be consolidated for trial.
Patent counsel must understand recent court decisions and new procedures in some courts, as well as patent reforms under the AIA to combat NPEs in suits.
Our panelists, including R. David Donoghue, Partner at Holland & Knight, will provide guidance to IP counsel on the significant recent developments that impact how companies deal with non-practicing entities. We will also discuss settlement and defense strategies in patent suits with NPEs.
The panel will review these and other key questions:
What effect will the America Invents Act law have on NPEs?
What new court procedures and decisions have developed that impact NPE litigation?
What strategies can be employed to minimize the threat of patent litigation?
Learn more and register here.