Non-Practicing Entities: How to Deal with Patent Trolls

  • August 16, 2016
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • GoToWebinar

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Professor Seth Oranburg, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Co-Founder and CEO of Kill the Patent Troll


How to Deal with Patent Trolls is an instructional webinar for practicing attorneys who want to learn what to do when their client receives a Letter of Demand or a Complaint claiming patent infringement. This webinar is also useful for proactive attorney who want to help their startups avoid these issues in the first place. Many of these patent-infringement claims come from so-called “Patent Trolls,” who are entities that do not make any products but hold patents just to sue others for infringing them. This litigious behavior hurts startups and stymies innovation, yet courts have a very hard time distinguishing between valid and frivolous patent litigation. With the public court system in turmoil, several private solutions have developed that made it easier for startup lawyers to fight patent trolls. This webinar introduces startup attorneys to problems and solutions regarding patent trolls. 

Moderator: Alvaro Ramirez Bonilla, Founder and President of Kill the Patent Troll


Biography:

Professor Oranburg teaches legal writing and researches business law issues at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Before joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2015, he taught courses on Corporations, Closely Held Business Organizations, and Electronic Discovery of Digital Evidence at the Florida State University College of Law. Professor Oranburg's practice experience includes corporate venture capital transactions in Silicon Valley, CA, and antitrust litigation in Washington, DC.

Professor Oranburg's business law research includes crowdfunding, securities regulations, and shareholder activism. His article A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism was recently published in the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, his article Bridgefundingis forthcoming in the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, and his articlesDemocratizing Startup Success and The Non-Pecuniary Value of Equity Crowdfunding are available on SSRN. He has also written for the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog and AboveTheLaw.com. Professor Oranburg has recently been quoted in articles about crowdfunding and shareholder activism in AboveTheLaw and CommPRO.biz

Professor Oranburg graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida with a double major in political science and English. Professor Oranburg is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

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