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John P. Fry, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP to Speak at the KG’s Event

New York, NY, February 25, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that John P. Fry, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Emerging Issues: Patent Trolls and Deceptive Tactics - Impacts and Implications Explored!” This event is scheduled for March 3, 2016 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm (ET).

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About John P. Fry
John Fry is a Partner in Morris Manning and Martin’s Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, as well as the practice group leader. Mr. Fry practices primarily in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition and trade secret litigation with a secondary emphasis on the strategic acquisition and management of intellectual property, particularly in the international context, and on complex patent, trademark and copyright license agreements, technology and software development agreements and concept evaluation agreements. He also counsels clients on antitrust issues, particularly in the area of the antitrust implications of intellectual property enforcement and licensing. Mr. Fry’s practice covers a wide variety of industries, including information technology, electronics, electrical distribution, telecommunications, manufacturing and chemical. In 2010, Mr. Fry retired as a Captain from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of combined Active and Reserve Service.

About Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
Morris, Manning & Martin (MMM) is an AmLaw 200 law firm with national and international reach. The firm is dedicated to the constant pursuit of its clients’ success. To provide clients with optimal value, the firm combines market-leading legal services with a total understanding of clients’ needs to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and opportunity.

MMM enjoys national prominence for its intellectual property, litigation, technology, real estate, corporate, healthcare, energy & infrastructure, capital markets, environmental, insurance, and timberland & forest products practices. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Savannah, Beijing and Washington, D.C. and an alliance with GCN in São Paulo, Brazil.

Event Synopsis:

Non-practicing entities also known as patent trolls have been a common problem faced by many companies seeking business development and innovation through patentable technologies. More importantly, a recent distressing trend shows that more and more small developers and companies are being targeted by these trolls. These companies may be forced to pay disproportionately high settlements or damages to the trolls or close down because of the costly expenses associated with defense.

In November 2015, a legal analytics company reported a huge rise on patent lawsuits, with many of them filed by patent trolls. Last year's spike was likely tied to several changes made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, most especially the elimination of Form 18. The form let plaintiffs file a patent lawsuit without naming the specific claims or products that are infringed. Without Form 18, parties who sue for patent infringement will likely be required to provide more detailed contentions in the initial complaint.

While changes to patent law and practice may have turned the tables somewhat, innovators should still be cautious since a number of new cases were filed by patent trolls after the elimination of Form 18 on December 1, 2015. The panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will help you better understand how patent trolls make their way through court battles and be able to strategize a winning defense against their deceptive tactics.

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