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2015 BIO IP & Diagnostics Symposium Agenda
(subject to change)
 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Registration                                                                                                             
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level
1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA  22314
 
Please pick up your conference badge and materials in the Salon AB Foyer on the lobby level.  Please note, pre-registration is strongly encouraged, as some registration categories may close prior to the event.
 
 
Session 1: Strategies for Prevailing on Subject Matter Eligibility Before the PTO and in Litigation
8:15 am – 9:30 am
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level
Sponsored by: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
 
The panel will discuss the state of law and the current patent environment. Panelists will discuss overcoming challeneges and strategies to work within the framework provided by the PTO and set by the courts.
 
Moderator: Don Zuhn, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
 
Panelists:
  Kevin Noonan, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
  Gloria Fuentes, Legal Director, Patents, Merck
  Eric Citron, Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
 
 
Session 2: The Next Phase - How USPTO and PTAB are Identifying Patent Eligible Subject Matter
9:30 am - 10:45 am
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level
Sponsored by: Brinks Gilson & Lione
 
This panel will provide an overview of how Examiners and the PTAB are identifying patent eligible subject matter in the fields of diagnostics and diagnostic methods.  The panel will also discuss decisions by and cases currently pending at the PTAB and claims recently allowed by Examiners.
 
Moderator: Jennifer Fox, Counsel, Brinks Gilson & Lione
 
Panelist:
  Hon. Michael P. Tierney, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, Trial Section, U.S. Patent &
    Trademark Office, Patent Trial & Appeal Board
  Bernard Brown, Counsel, Brinks Gilson & Lione
  David Hoffman, Sr. Corporate Counsel, IP & Transactions, Genomic Health, Inc.
 
 
Networking Break
10:45 am - 11:00 am
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level
 
 
Session 3: Diagnostic Tests-What’s Left to Patent?
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level
Sponsored by: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
 
Panelists will briefly discuss the legal history and the role of the “diagnostic conclusion” as a claim element. They will discuss the cumulative impact of recent case law on diagnostic claims reciting natural phenomenon, and Section 101 prosecution strategies to obtain diagnostic method claims in view of the case law and the PTO Guidance.
 
Moderator: Warren Woessner, Attorney & Founding Shareholder, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
 
Panelists:
  Benjamin Jackson, Vice President Legal Affairs, Myriad Genetics
  Leslie Fischer, PhD, Senior Patent Attorney, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
 
 
Working Luncheon & Session 4: Potential Impacts of Regulatory Changes
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level
Sponsored by: Covington
 
Panelists will focus on the regulatory environment for diagnostic tests. The panel will discuss FDA’s role in regulating LDTs, companion and complementary diagnostic tests, and their regulatory approach to NGS tests.
 
Moderator: Krista Carver, Partner, Covington
 
Panelists:
  Ellen Flannery, Partner, Covington
  E. David Litwack, PhD, Policy Advisor, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health,
    Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  Allen Nunnally, Associate General Counsel, IP & Corporate, Foundation Medicine, Inc.
 
 
Closing Remarks
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hilton Old Town Alexandria Hotel - Salon AB, Lobby Level