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Robert A. McFarlane, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP to Speak at KC’s Markman and Claim Construction Hearing in Patent Infringement: What You Need to Know Live Webcast

New York, NY, December 26, 2012 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Robert A. McFarlane, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP 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 Rob McFarlane

Rob McFarlane is a litigation partner and registered patent attorney focused on patent litigation, trade secret and other intellectual property and technology-related disputes and counseling. He is a Stanford-educated engineer and has litigated patent infringement matters in courts throughout the country involving a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor fabrication and power technologies, microprocessor design, computer hardware and memory devices, optics and optoelectronics, circuits, textile chemistry, oil exploration and refining, optical character recognition maritime operations, and consumer products. He is experienced in both bench and jury trials and has conducted examinations of fact and expert witnesses in federal district court, arbitration and administrative proceedings.

Rob teaches patent law as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, has been a guest lecturer in intellectual property at the University of San Francisco, and has served as an instructor of copyright law in an LLM program jointly offered by Santa Clara University and Korea's Seoul National University.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Mr. McFarlane was a litigation partner with Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP where he practiced as a patent litigator for 13 years and then Chair of IP and Patent litigation at Carroll, Burdick and McDonough LLP.

About Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett ( is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, we are well known in Northern California and have earned a national reputation in many of our practice areas

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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