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Patents Committee

The Patents Committee is composed of both in-house and outside counsel. The Committee focuses on emerging patent law issues that arise from, for example, judicial decisions and legislation. In addition to its monthly meetings, the Patents Committee holds a variety of events, including roundtable discussions, pro bono workshops, sessions with judicial clerks, and continuing legal education (CLE) courses to keep the community updated on the various revisions to patent law.

A few of the topics recently addressed by the Committee include the America Invents Act, Supreme Court decisions on the presumption of patent validity and business method patents, the scope of patentable subject matter, and patent damages. In the coming year, the Committee plans to discuss the many pending Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions of interest and the implementation of the America Invents Act.


Recent Reports

Amicus Brief: Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International (U.S. Supreme Court, January 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Patent Eligibility

Amicus Brief: Lighting Ballast v. Philips Electronics (U.S. Court of Appeals Supreme Court Federal Circuit, June 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Claim Construction

Amicus Brief: In Re Seagate Technology LLC, filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, March 2007 ( PDF )
Subject area: Infringement, Willfulness of

For the full list of committee reports click here