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Bill Schuurman, Partner, Vinson & Elkins to Speak at KCís Markman and Claim Construction Hearing in Patent Infringement: What You Need to Know Live Webcast

New York, NY, December 13, 2012 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Bill Schuurman, Partner, Vinson & Elkins will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Markman and Claim Construction Hearing in Patent Infringement: What You Need To Know.” This event is scheduled for May 1, 2013 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Bill Schuurman

Practice Areas: Bill is a seasoned patent litigator with experience in chemical, mechanical, medical, electrical, semiconductor, software, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology fields. Known for early development of winning strategies in patent litigations, Bill has an exceptional record of success in Markman hearings, trials, and appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Bill has been recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer in Chambers USA (2006-2012), Chambers Global (2006-2010) and IAM Patent Litigation 250 (2011-2012).

Career: South Texas College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1981; University of Cape Town, LLB 1964; BS 1962.

Publications: O'Connor's Federal Intellectual Property Codes Plus, co-author.

About Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP ( has grown to approximately 700 lawyers located in 16 offices around the world, creating a global team of multi-lingual lawyers in numerous practice areas, including an emphasis in the areas of intellectual property, technology, life sciences, and alternative energy sources.

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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