The Sixth Annual Best Practices in IP Conference in Tel Aviv, which covered global best practices for issues affecting companies' IP, was another great success. Attendees benefited from top-notch educational opportunities and introductions to innovative companies.
The day started with a fascinating plenary keynote address by Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President
1. International concern about eligibility in the United States persists.
After the keynote, the rest of the morning was dedicated to this issue, split between two different sessions - a roundtable on eligibility and obviousness, and a mock Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) hearing involving a MedTech claim straddling the eligible/non-eligible boundary. While the roundtable included a European perspective from Stephen McDonald, an IP portfolio manager from the University of Manchester, the onus fell on the U.S. members of the roundtable to explain the current trend in the United States. The mock hearing was mostly dedicated to arguments on both sides of the eligibility debate concerning the claim on appeal.
2. The PTAB Judge's Perspective.
If Trenton Ward, former PTAB Judge and now
3. Legal budgets are being scrutinized everywhere.
Every company around the world is concerned about its legal budget. Several afternoon sessions were dedicated to this issue in some shape or form. From conveying to a company the role and importance of IP
As always, we are looking forward to our next visit to Israel and the 2019 version of Best Practices in IP Conference. This was our third year attending and presenting at this important and informative conference. Due to its size and composition of attendees, it provides both an opportunity to learn as well as teach. As always, we were privileged to be invited to attend.
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