Law and Technology

55th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Online registration for the conference is now closed. If you would like to still register for this conference, please register onsite at the registration desk.

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Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
ILT: +1.972.244.3410
Fax: +1.972.244.3401


Conference Co-Chairs

Brian J. Gaffney
Assistant Vice President, Sr. Legal Counsel - IP Litigation
AT&T Services, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

Michael C. Smith
Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP
Marshall, Texas

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  • Patent, Copyright and Trademark Annual Updates
  • A Series of Ethics CLE Presentations, including a session on Inequitable Conduct with Thomas L. Irving
  • A Judicial Panel and an In-House Counsel Panel
  • 101 Update and 101 Legislation
  • Split Sessions for Patent Prosecutors and Patent Litigators, with discussions focusing on:
    • PTAB Practice and an Examiners Roundtable
    • Claim Drafting
    • TC Heartland
    • Willfulness After Halo
  • China and New Frontiers in IP
  • Jury Presentations in Patent Cases
  • A Networking Breakfast on Doing Business in Cuba, presented by the Women in IP Task Force
  • A Networking Breakfast presented by the DBA with a Trivia Competition


Note: Early registration pricing is available through October 30, 2017.

  • $595 - Regular Registration Fee (Regular Price: $645)
  • $0 - ILT Advisory Board Member (Regular Price: $0)
  • $485 - ILT Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee (Regular Price: $525)
  • $485 - DBA IP Section New Lawyers’ Committee Member (Regular Price: $525)
  • $485 - Government Employee (Regular Price: $525)
  • $50 - Law Student (Regular Price: $50)
  • $0 - DFW Women in IP Group Member - I will attend only the breakfast session on November 13. (Regular Price: $0)
  • $150 - I cannot attend, but want to order the materials. (Regular Price: $150)

Schedule and Faculty

Monday, November 13

7:15 am

Networking Breakfast - Doing Business In Cuba: Fantasies, Realities and Hopes

Presented by the Women in IP Task Force – State Bar of Texas

A discussion of practical and ethical considerations of retaining counsel and doing IP work and other business ventures in Cuba for Americans in light of changes to the relationship between the US and Cuba, including challenges faced by women and minorities as well as those created by infrastructure and differences in the legal systems.


  • Elise Selinger, Conley Rose, P.C., Plano, Texas


  • Jorge Espinosa, Espinosa Martinez Law, Miami, Florida

8:45 am


  • Brian J. Gaffney, Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel – IP Litigation, AT&T Services, Inc., Dallas, Texas
  • Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, Marshall, Texas

The IP Year in Review and Judicial Panel

Module Chair: Jay K. Tatachar, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Dallas, Texas

9:00 am

Patent Year in Review

  • Gale R. "Pete" Peterson, Law Offices of Gale R. Peterson, San Antonio, Texas

9:45 am

Copyright Year in Review

  • Kevin J. Meek, Baker Botts L.L.P., Austin, Texas

10:15 am


10:30 am

Trade Secret Update

  • Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr., Brackett & Ellis, P.C., Fort Worth, Texas
  • J. Heath Coffman, Brackett & Ellis, P.C., Fort Worth, Texas

11:15 am

101 Update

  • Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

12:00 pm


12:15 pm

Luncheon Judges Panel


  • Phillip B. Philbin, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • Theodore Stevenson, III, McKool Smith, Dallas, Texas


  • The Hon. Amos L. Mazzant, III, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman, Texas
  • The Hon. John D. Love, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler, Texas
  • The Hon. Kimberly C. Priest Johnson, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Plano, Texas

1:15 pm


1:30 pm

In-House Counsel Panel

  • James Beebe, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Houston, Texas
  • Annora Bell, Counsel - Corporate Law, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Irving, Texas
  • Evelyn Chen, Senior Legal Counsel - Litigation, Ericsson Inc., Plano, Texas
  • Rosalyn Mitchell, Managing Counsel, ,Toyota Motor North America, Plano, Texas
  • Betty E. Ungerman, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Lennox International Inc., Richardson, Texas


Module Chair: Nathaniel St. Clair,, II, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

2:30 pm

Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Legal Professionals: A Lawyer’s Duty to Protect Client Confidences

  • Shawn E. Tuma, Scheef & Stone, L.L.P., Frisco, Texas

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Ethical Issues in Litigation Financing


  • John C. Lindgren, President and CEO, IPVALUE Value Management, Inc., Santa Clara, California


  • Michael Gulliford, Founder & Managing Principal, Soryn IP Group, New York, New York
  • Katharine A. Wolanyk, Burford Capital, Chicago, Illinois

4:15 pm

Inequitable Conduct is Alive and Well – Regeneron v. Merus

  • Thomas L. Irving, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, D.C.

5:00 pm


5:00 pm

Reception for all participants and faculty

Tuesday, November 14

7:45 am

Breakfast Roundtables: IP Trivia breakfast

Start the day with some friendly competition and an opportunity to learn some interesting IP facts. The Dallas Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee will be hosting an IP-focused trivia breakfast. Attendees will be divided into teams by table and each team will answer trivia questions on intellectual property law—from hard-hitting substantive legal questions to IP in pop culture. Answers will be provided and the winning team will be announced.


  • Austin Champion, Griffith Bates Champion & Harper LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • Craig Carpenter, Thompson & Knight LLP, Dallas, Texas

Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation

Module Chairs:

Patent Prosecution: Christa Brown-Sanford, Baker Botts L.L.P., Dallas, Texas
Patent Litigation: Scott W. Hejny, McKool Smith, Dallas, Texas

Patent Prosecution

9:00 am

Hot Topics in Patent Prosecution

  • Brian K. Prewitt, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Austin, Texas

9:45 am

Patent Drafting – Claiming Strategies for 2018 and Beyond

  • Thomas W. Kelton, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Richardson, Texas

10:30 am


10:45 am

PTAB Judges Panel

Moderator: Christa Brown-Sanford

  • The Hon. Georgianna Witt Braden, Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas, Texas
  • The Hon. Daniel J. Galligan, Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas, Texas
  • The Hon. Amber Hagy, Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas, Texas

11:30 am

Examiner Roundtable

Moderator: Christa Brown-Sanford

  • Jacob Choi, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas, Texas
  • Kwin Xie, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas, Texas

Patent Litigation

9:00 am

The Effect of TC Heartland on Patent Venue

  • Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, Marshall, Texas

9:45 am

How to Use PTAB Procedures to Support Litigation

  • Terry Rea, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C.

10:30 am


10:45 am

Willfullness after Halo

  • Sarah Guske, Baker Botts L.L.P., San Francisco, California

11:30 am

PTAB at the CAFC

  • Sharon A. Israel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Houston, Texas

12:15 pm


12:30 pm

Lunch: Jury Presentation in Patent Cases


  • Brett C. Govett, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Dallas, Texas


  • Johanna Carrane, JuryScope, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Jill Huntley Taylor, Ph.D., Dispute Dynamics, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jason Bloom, M.A., Bloom Strategic Consulting, Inc., Dallas, Texas

1:30 pm


The State of the Patent System

Module Chair: Robert A. Vincent, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Dallas, Texas

1:45 pm

101 Legislation

Moderator: Professor David O. Taylor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas


  • Joshua Landau, Patent Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Washington, D.C.
  • Scott Partridge, Baker Botts L.L.P., Chair, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Houston, Texas
  • Robert R. Sachs, Fenwick & West LLP, Vice Chair of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Section 101 Legislation Task Force

2:45 pm

The Grass is Greener in ………………… China?

  • Damon C. Matteo, CEO, Fulcrum Strategy, Palo Alto, California
  • Erick Robinson, Director of Patent Litigation, Beijing East IP Law Firm, Beijing, China

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Opportunities/New Frontiers in IP

  • Marc A. Hubbard, Hubbard Johnston, PLLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Wei Wei Jeang, Grable Martin Fulton PLLC, Dallas, Texas

4:30 pm

IPR Panel

  • Jeffrey A. Lamken, Molo Lamken LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Amir C. Tayrani, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, D.C.

5:15 pm


CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 15.25 hours, including 2.25 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 928013355. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, ILT will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. ILT conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Overnight Accommodations

  • Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park
    5805 Granite Parkway
    Plano, Texas 75024

There are a small number of rooms at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park with a group rate of $169 plus applicable fees/taxes for 11/12/2017 - 11/15/2017.

Please make your reservations by 5:00pm CST on 10/20/2017. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online or attendees may call: Hilton Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS; or hotel directly at 1-469-353-5000 and mention the group code: "AIL", and/or the conference name "ILT – IP Law". A valid credit card is required to make reservations

Sponsorship Opportunities

General Conference Sponsor - $3,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand IP professionals
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website, with link back to company/firm website
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • Up to 3 guests at the Reception
  • Recognition at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the Conference

Conference Reception - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand IP professionals
  • Company/firm logo displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website, with link back to company/firm website
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • Up to 3 guests at the Reception
  • Recognition at the Reception
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the Conference

Exhibitor - $1,000 each
(Non-law Firms only)

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page

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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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