Upcoming Events

    • August 22, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar


    • Christoper Bezak, Partner, Sughrue Mion, United States
    • Daniele Ethier, Partner, ROBIC, Canada
    • Richard Gibbs, Partner, Marks & Clerk, United Kingdom
    • Moderator: Ellen Smith, Partner, Sughrue Mion, United States


    Post-filing evidence is generally allowable to support deficiencies in a patent application, such as those related to lack of enablement or inventive step, or in a granted patent, for example, when the patent is undergoing an invalidation action.  However, not every jurisdiction treats this practice similarly.  This webinar will provide an overview of practice in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  


    Christopher Bezak is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Sughrue Mion, in the Electrical and Internet E-Commerce & Software Practice Groups, with industry background in Information Technology and Computer/Telecommunications networks.  Mr. Bezak’s practice areas cover complex subject matters including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet technologies, and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) in telecommunications (3G/4G/etc.) and audio/video encoding.  And Mr. Bezak’s practice areas include patent opinion, counseling, and due diligence, and patent application drafting and patent prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in ex parte appeals and Inter Partes Review (IPR) post-grant challenges, as well as in U.S. District Courts. 

    Danièle Ethier is a registered patent agent and a partner at ROBIC, a Canadian based intellectual property law firm. Danièle specializes in intellectual property with a focus on patent procurement and opinions in the life sciences sector. She has extensive experience in protecting innovations relating to pharmaceuticals and biologicals. Prior to joining ROBIC, she held the position of Director, Intellectual Property at Virochem Pharma. Danièle also held a similar position, in the global intellectual property group of Shire Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for managing an important patent portfolio in a variety of core areas including antiviral and vaccine technologies. Danièle graduated from Université de Montréal with a Bachelor in Biochemistry (B. Sc.).

    Richard Gibbs has over 15 years of experience in the IP profession; in that time he has gathered an extensive portfolio across all types of client – from large multinational companies to universities, SMEs and start-ups and individuals. With experience of all forms of IP, Richard advises in the field of biotechnology and has particular expertise in technologies relating to genetic testing (pre-natal diagnosis), antibodies, stem cells, vaccines, biologics, virology, bacteriology, diagnostics and molecular biology. He has worked with all of Scotland’s major universities and is a regular speaker at IP conferences and events.

    Richard joined the patent profession after a period as both a research scientist and a university lecturer having obtained an honours degree in medical microbiology and a doctorate in immunology and microbiology from the University of Edinburgh. Richard is now the Managing Partner of the firm's Glasgow office and has a lead role in the management of the firm’s life science group. In recognition of his achievements, Richard is mentioned by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars as “recommended for life sciences patent work”.

    • September 22, 2019
    • September 24, 2019
    • Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town


    Full refunds will be issued only if a cancellation is received in writing by Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Cancellations received after that date will be subject to a service charge of $75.00 USD. No refunds will be issued for program cancellations requested after 12:00 Noon EST on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Send cancellation notices by e-mail to admin@aipf.com.


    For hotel reservations, please contact the Embassy Suites by Hilton: All reservations must be made individually through the hotel's Reservation Department online through this link or by calling 1-800-EMBASSY and using the reference group code ALY. *You must mention the AIPF 2019 Annual Meeting to receive the discounted rate of $239.00 USD for single or double occupancy per night (excluding taxes). This rate is available until the room block is sold-out or until 5:00pm on August 30, 2019.

    • September 23, 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • September 25, 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Westin, San Diego, CA

Past Events

June 27, 2019 Litigation Lending - What is it and Practical Tips for Lawyers
May 20, 2019 AIPF Breakfast at INTA's Annual Meeting
March 27, 2019 Road Testing the US Guidelines for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
March 13, 2019 Digital Disruption: IP Practices for the 21st Century
December 06, 2018 Ambush Marketing and Right of Publicity During Major Sports Events
November 17, 2018 Inclusive Innovation Forum
October 14, 2018 LES 2018 Annual Meeting
September 26, 2018 2018 Annual Meeting
September 23, 2018 IPO 2018 Annual Meeting
August 15, 2018 Patents and the IOT
May 21, 2018 AIPF Breakfast at the INTA Annual Meeting
May 09, 2018 I Need Your Advice! Tips, Traps and Strategies for International Patent Litigation
March 27, 2018 Challenges for IP Boutiques in the Recruitment and Retention of Personnel in the Millennial Age
February 14, 2018 Trademark Committee Virtual Roundtable
February 06, 2018 Functional Claiming
September 13, 2017 2017 AIPF Annual Meeting
July 26, 2017 Key Recent Trends in Calculating Patent Infringement Damages
June 20, 2017 When Good Lawyers Go Bad: Common Ethics Mistakes By IP Practitioners
May 22, 2017 AIPF Breakfast at the INTA Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 The Dark Side of Domain Names
April 12, 2017 Nuances of North American Patent Law
March 28, 2017 Trademark Committee Virtual Roundtable
February 21, 2017 A Primer on the Updated 2017 TTAB Rules in Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings
January 25, 2017 After Final Patent Prosecution Strategy
December 07, 2016 Recent Law Change Concerning Chinese Patent Infringement Disputes: Interpretations (2) of SPC
November 04, 2016 Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives at Salt Lake City, UT
November 02, 2016 Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives at San Diego, CA
October 31, 2016 Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives at San Jose, CA
October 26, 2016 The XYZ's of 3D Scanning: Making Reality Virtual
September 26, 2016 Patent Protection and Administrative Enforcement in China
September 14, 2016 2016 AIPF Annual Meeting
September 11, 2016 2016 IPO Annual Meeting
August 16, 2016 Non-Practicing Entities: How to Deal with Patent Trolls
July 21, 2016 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
July 14, 2016 Trademark Committee Virtual Roundtable
May 05, 2016 Technology Risk Management and Cyber Liability for Law Firms and Their Clients
April 19, 2016 Best IP Protection Strategies for Wearable Tech Development
February 23, 2016 Patent Issue-Spotting for Trademark Lawyers
January 13, 2016 Navigating Influence: The Key to Sustaining Your Legal Practice
November 19, 2015 Lessons Learned from Recent Data Breaches, and Ten Critical Steps to Reduce Your Risks of Becoming the Next Target
October 28, 2015 Ensuring Your Partner Pay Plan Works: Evaluating Contributions of Originators and Producers of Legal work and Consequential Non-revenue Producing Activities
September 30, 2015 2015 AIPF Annual Meeting
September 27, 2015 2015 IPO Annual Meeting
August 19, 2015 Innovating with Universities
July 14, 2015 Effective Office Action Responses & Discovery Conferences in TTAB Proceedings
June 17, 2015 Overview of Patent Quality with the USPTO
June 09, 2015 USPTO's Future of Urban Innovation Summit - June 9th in NYC
May 20, 2015 Trial Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Part II
May 04, 2015 AIPF Breakfast at the INTA Annual Meeting
October 22, 2014 WebIP Hour: The Streisand Effect: IP Litigation in the Wild West of Social Media
September 28, 2014 AIPF 2014 Annual Meeting

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