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Patent Office Post-Grant Contested Proceedings
July 24th, 12 – 1:00pm

Lisa Dolak is a Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. She will review the implementation of new USPTO post-issuance review proceedings implemented pursuant to the American Invents Act. Conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences), new proceedings include inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional post-grant review for covered business method patents, and derivation.

In the webcast Professor Dolak will:
  • Provide an overview of the new USPTO contested proceedings:
    • inter partes review,
    • post-grant review,
    • transitional post-grant review for covered business method patents, and
    • derivation proceedings;
  • Review the procedures governing PTAB practice at each stage of the new proceedings; and
  • Identify and discuss the challenges and opportunities the new proceedings present for petitioners and patent owners, including the key considerations each should consider.
Professor Dolak’s research interests include issues at the intersections of patent law and judicial procedure, patent law and the media, and patent law and legal ethics. Her current research projects focus on media coverage of the U.S. patent system, the effects of the evolving inequitable conduct doctrine on the practice of patent law, and a reconsidered theory of subject matter conflicts. She served as law clerk to the Hon. Paul F. Michel, retired Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and currently serves as a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council. She is a registered patent attorney and teaches courses on patent law, Internet law, and practice and procedure in the federal courts.

Commercializing University Technologies: Outside Looking In
Fall 2013

Jack Rudnick is an experienced corporate and intellectual property attorney with a specialty in advising emerging technology clients about complex contracts and patents. He will discuss strategies for industry seeking to work with universities including how to identify and access resources at universities such as intellectual property, research equipment and talent. 

Mr. Rudnick is of Counsel at
Hiscock and Barclay LLP, advising the Emerging Technology Team which provides a suite of services designed to support technology-based and start-up technology companies. As former vice president and general counsel to Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, NY and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs at Blue Highway , he has a wealth of experience working with industry and universities in commercializing new technologies. Mr. Rudnick is also an adjunct professor with the Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse University College of Law, where he also lectures.

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 US Commercial Service – Connecting to Global Markets
June 19th, 12 – 1:00pm

US Commercial Service offers a number of services to companies that export, or are considering exporting. These include planning, development and implementation of export programs and strategies. This webcast will provide information on this U.S. Department of Commerce program and the support it provides with regard to expanding trade and providing information to US companies. Areas that will be addressed include identifying and exploring appropriate export opportunities in overseas markets, information about market conditions, trade opportunities, and details of problems affecting trade in regions all over the world and the analysis of trade statistics.

John Tracy is an International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to his position with Commerce he worked for an international logistics, freight forwarding and Customs brokerage company in Rochester, NY, for a Hong Kong-based steamship line in New York, and managed international logistics for a chemical manufacturing company in New Jersey. He has a B.S. in Economics from Clarkson University and an M.S. in International Transportation Management from the New York Maritime College. He holds a Chartering Certificate from the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents and is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).