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2014 Patent Disputes Forum


8:15am – 9:00am Registration and breakfast

9:00am – 9:05am Introduction by Ashok Ramani and other Co-Chairs

9:05am – 10:05am The Patent System: Does It Need to Be Fixed? How Would You Fix It?

Our country was founded on innovation and invention has always been highly encouraged. Thus, the bar for patents is low. But is it too low? Join our panel to look the recent issues with today's patent system, how it has positively and negatively evolved, and to discuss possible remedies for this ever-growing area. Topics to include: 

  • The Cost of Patent Litigation's Explosion
  • The Federal Court's pro-patent bias
  • Current Efforts to Reform Patent Law

Moderator Ashok Ramani, Keker & Van Nest LLP


  • Keith McNally – Ameranth (Pending)
  • Dave Djavaherian, Associate General Counsel at Broadcom

10:05 am –11:05am Best Practices for Avoiding and Resolving Patent Disputes: Licensing, Legislation, and Business Partnerships

The panel will present useful insights on how to circumvent disputes, and tips on how to resolve the disputes if you find yourself unable to avoid them.

Moderator Jeff Joyner - Greenberg Traurig LLP


  • Jeff Kichaven - Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation
  • Derrick Brent – Massimo Corporation

11:05 am – 11:20 am Networking Break

11:20 am – 12:30 pm Patent Trial Best Practices: Judge and Bar Perspectives

Featuring leading attorneys and prominent jurists will address strategies in litigation and patent disputes, giving you the rare, up-close chance to ask questions and get their candid views in a relaxed setting.

Moderator Bill Abrams - Steptoe & Johnson LLP


  • Hon. Andrew J. Guilford - Central District of California USDC
  • Erik Puknys – Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Patent Law Before the Supreme Court in 2014


Gene Paige - Keker & Van Nest LLP

2:30 pm – 3:30pm Recent Developments Regarding Induced Infringement, Damages and Injunctive Relief

Listen in as the panel discusses current cases and offers insight into the intricacies of one of the most important aspects of our conference.

Moderator Sanjeet Dutta - Steptoe & Johnson LLP


  • Terry Garnett - Goodwin Proctor LLP
  • Leo Lam - Keker & Van Nest LLP
  • Leslie Schafer, Ph.D. – Econ One Research, Inc.
  • Kim Schenk - Principal, CRAI, International 

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Networking Break

3:45pm – 4:45pm Ethical Concerns for IP Lawyers

The USPTO has specific concerns to which IP lawyers must adhere. Find out why and how IP lawyers have different rules from other attorneys and what you must do to stay current and stay out of trouble!