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Impact: Critical Changes in Patent Law


This webinar will cover the most recent cases and legislation to significantly impact patent law and the patent system.

  • Keker & Van Nest Partner Ashok Ramani will moderate the panel.
  • Rohit Singla, who persuaded the Federal Circuit to accept TheraSense v. Becton Dickinson for en banc review, will discuss the case’s impact on evaluating fraud.
  • Experienced patent litigator Sonal Mehta will address how Bilski affects what you can and can not patent.
  • Vaishli Udupa and Rajiv Sarathy will provide the in-house and patent prosecutor’s perspective on the American Invents Act, the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952.

Mr. Ramani focuses on patent and trade-secret matters. He has represented clients in federal and state courts as well as before the US International Trade Commission in Section 337 investigations. Mr. Ramani's notable results include securing two nine-figure settlements (one of which followed a successful ten-week jury trial), obtaining preliminary injunctions against former employees on trade secret misappropriation claims, and achieving mid-trial voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff (with Mr. Ramani's clients and the other defendant paying nothing).

Rohit Singla , litigation partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, focuses on antitrust and intellectual property issues in high-technology sectors. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries and technologies, including software, entertainment, video - games, pharmaceutical, medical devices. Mr. Singla also has an active appellate practice, having argued appeals in the Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits. Mr. Singla, as lead appellate counsel, persuaded the Federal Circuit to accept Thera - Sense v. Becton Dickinson for en banc review to reconsider the law of inequitable conduct. The Federal Circuit’s 2011 opinion in TheraSense has been widely recognized as one of the most important patent-law decisions of the past few years.

Sonal Mehta, partner at Weil Gotchal & Manges, focuses on patent litigation involving a wide range of technologies, from networking and telecommunications to user input and user interface hardware and software to video game systems. Ms. Mehta’s public service commitments include teaching Patent Litigation at her alma mater UC Berkeley School of Law, and presenting programs on patent litigation at Federal Judicial Center workshops for federal district and magistrate judges. Ms. Mehta also serves as Vice-Chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Patent Litigation Committee and is past Co-Chair of the organization’s Legislation and Law Clerks and Students Committees.

Vaishali Udupa, IP Litigation Manager in Hewlett-Packard's Litigation Group, oversees patent infringement matters, including disputes in the International Trade Commission and with numerous non-practicing entities. Prior to joining HP in June of 2011, Vaishali was an associate at Jones Day for 8 years and Pennie and Edmonds for 2 years. She has represented clients in U.S. district courts and before the ITC. She has first-chair trial experience in IP and non-IP matters. She also has broad experience with patent prosecution matters and the preparation of legal opinions on freedom to practice, invalidity, and noninfringement.

Rajiv Sarathy, patent partner at Perkins Coie, applies his 13 years of software industry experience— including 9 years as a software development engineer and manager at Microsoft Corporation—and his MBA education to counsel companies on intellectual property matters. Rajiv focuses on patent procurement, infringement and validity analysis, IP licensing, IP counseling, and IP dispute management. Rajiv has also assisted clients with reexaminations, Section 337 actions at the International Trade Commission, and other enforcement activities. Additionally, he has experience with strategic planning for patent portfolios, preparation of patent invalidity and non - infringement opinions, analysis of patents for participation in patent pools, patent clearances, and due diligence of patent portfolios.