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Getting Your (Patent) House in Order: Preparing for Biosimilar Challenges
Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

We will discuss concrete steps you can take now to prepare for a future biosimilar challenge, including:

  • Identifying all potentially-relevant patents
  • Conducting due diligence of your patent estate to ensure ownership, exclusive licensee status and assertion rights
  • Understanding issues relating to obviousness-type double patenting, terminal disclaimers, and patent term
  • Pursing additional coverage through pending patent applications

Who Owns That Patent? Do Your Interactions with Others Jeopardize Your Patent Ownership?
Sponsored by McNeill Baur

Patent rights form the backbone of many companies’ business plans and yet companies often do not adequately consider the risks to their patent estate when they interact with third parties. This panel will discuss how third-party interactions can jeopardize a company’s exclusive patent ownership. We will review recent inventorship caselaw and surprising ownership-altering results after interactions with third parties. We will also discuss:

  • different factual situations you can find yourself in and how to manage agreements with third parties;
  • how potential inventorship and ownership scenarios impact drafting strategies;
  • evaluating third party patents and detecting inventorship/ownership problems (FTO, litigation); and
  • depending on the interest of speakers, we may role play a negotiation.

A Penny For Your Thoughts: Secrets and Strategies for Managing Litigation Budgets
Sponsored by O'Melveny & Myers LLP

How do biotechnology companies and their law firms control legal spend while ensuring results?  This panel will feature in-house and outside counsel perspectives on the art of budgeting.  Our panel will explore best practices around staffing, reserves, creative AFAs (is the billable hour really dead?), how to deal with surprises, and common cost drivers.  With interactive audience discussion, we will ask: how can those spending a king’s ransom become better bargain shoppers?

What You Need to Know About IP Transactions with Universities & Nonprofits
Sponsored by Venable | Fitzpatrick

We will discuss unique challenges engaging in IP transactions with universities and nonprofit organizations, including license agreements, indemnity provisions, and litigation concerns.  Panelists will include participants from private and public universities and nonprofits.


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