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International Patent Law

  February 15, 2012  
CfPA - The Center for Professional Advancement, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25-26 June 2012

Who Should Attend
This course would be profitable to those who are interested in the nature and extent of patent rights, how they are acquired, and how they may and may not be used. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Engineers 
  • Inventors
  • Managers in industry, government and educational

The American Invents Act (AIA) was enacted into law on September 16, 2011, with different provisions of the law taking effect at different times. The new law is arguably the most significant change in US patent law in almost 60 years. The AIA include important changes in the law including a change to a “first to file” system from a “first to invent” system, more expansive definition of prior art and post grant opposition procedures.

In addition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the focal point for the legal criteria by which US patents are enforced. The Court’s rulings on recent multi-million dollar patent infringement awards illustrate how important it is for the business manager to understand how the patent system works.

The newly enacted law together with recent US Supreme Court decisions and new USPTO rules will effect how to approach protecting intellectual property.

With the great increase in the cost of technology development and the rapidity of technical progress in global markets, protection of intellectual property on a worldwide basis is of critical importance. This course will provide inventors, and those who manage inventors with a working knowledge of the U.S. and international procedures for the protection of intellectual property by patents. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the extent and limits of protection afforded by the patent laws, important differences between U.S. and European patent procedures, the U.S. post grant procedures, the ways in which inventors can assist in obtaining patent protection, and the use of patents as a company asset. The relationship between patents and trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks will also be discussed. Instruction will include an explanation of problem areas in obtaining and maintaining patent rights. Correcting common misconceptions about patent systems and pointing out recent changes in the patent laws will also be emphasized.

Organized by: CfPA - The Center for Professional Advancement
Invited Speakers: Burton A. Amernick; Partner, Law Firm of Connolly, Bove, Lodge & Hutz LLP

Burton A. Amernick is a partner in the law firm of Connolly, Bove, Lodge, & Hutz LLP and is currently active in private practice, specializing in patent and trademark causes. He was a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before beginning private practice.

Mr. Amernick received the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and the J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was admitted to the Heuisler Honor Society. Mr. Amernick is admitted to the bars of the State of Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Claims, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the author of Patent Law for the Non-Lawyer: A Guide for the Engineer, Technologist and Manager, Chapman and Hall; “Essentials of Patent Law,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 81, No. 19, pp. 1450-1454; “Protection of Intellectual Property,” Food Product Development: From Concept to the Marketplace, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Chapter 16; and “Patents,” Encyclopedia of Food Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons.

Mr. Amernick is a Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney and was named as a 2011 top prosecutor by Patent Research Review, a publication of Sunlight Research, LLC., www.sunlightresearch.com.
Deadline for Abstracts: n/a
Registration: Please click here for registration information.
E-mail: sberg@cfpa.com
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