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Steven J. Pollinger, Principal, McKool Smith to Speak at KC’s Markman and Claim Construction Hearing in Patent Infringement: What You Need To Know Live Webcast

New York, NY, December 10, 2012 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Steven J. Pollinger, Principal, McKool Smith will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Markman and Claim Construction Hearing in Patent Infringement: What You Need To Know LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for May 1, 2013 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Steve Pollinger

Steve Pollinger is a Principal in McKool Smith’s Austin office. He is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney who has achieved courtroom victories in cases involving diverse technologies in broad range of industries, including software, electronics, and medical devices, among others. Mr. Pollinger holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering, which allows him to understand the disputed technologies and to reduce the disputes to explanations and themes that are readily understood and compelling in the courtroom. He previously served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and speaks frequently on intellectual property litigation matters.

About McKool Smith

With more than 175 trial lawyers working across offices in California, New York, Washington, DC, and Texas, McKool Smith ( has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch “Top 100 Verdicts” over the last five years than any other law firm. In 2012, the firm was named intellectual property “Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, and previously was recognized as “IP Firm of the Year” by Law360. McKool Smith represents clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

Event Synopsis:

The Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc. in 1995, affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1996, established that claim construction is an issue of law to be determined by the court. Nine years later in Phillips v. AWH Corp., the Federal Circuit reaffirmed the “bedrock principle” that “the claims of a patent define the invention to which the patentee is entitled the right to exclude”, and that the claims are “of primary importance” and in construing the claims, the analytical focus must begin and remain centered on the language of the claims themselves. In the progeny of subsequent cases, the Federal Circuit has reaffirmed that the claims of a patent are “of primary importance” in defining the invention, and the analytical focus of claim construction must center on the language of the claims themselves. Markman hearings are critical in patent cases to establish the meaning and scope of the claims which, in turn, often facilitates the subsequent determination of infringement or claim validity. Markman hearings are therefore critical in resolving disputes in patent litigations.

The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key experts to discuss significant topics involved in the claim construction process, including the guiding principles which judges use, the practices of judges in various jurisdictions, the practices in multi-defendant litigations, and the relevance of prior constructions of the same patent claims. Moreover, the speakers will also address the best practices in preparing for Markman hearings in patent infringement cases.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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