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Robert A. McFarlane, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP to Speak at the KC’s event

New York, NY, April 21, 2016 --( 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 Group’s webcast entitled: “Sweeping Developments in Patent Reform Agenda: The Innovation Act and the PATENT Act - A 2016 Perspective LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for May 16, 2016 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm (ET).

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About Robert A. McFarlane
Robert A. McFarlane is a registered patent attorney, litigation partner, and Chair of Hanson Bridgett’s Technology Practice. His practice focuses on patent, intellectual property, and technology-related disputes and counseling. Rob is a Stanford-educated engineer who has litigated patent infringement matters involving a wide array of technologies in courts throughout the country. He is experienced in both bench and jury trials and has argued cases in the Federal Circuit and California Courts of Appeals. Rob has been teaching patent law and patent ligation as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law since 2008.

Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett in 2011, Rob spent the majority of his career as a litigation partner and patent litigator with Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP.

About Hanson Bridgett LLP
Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett has more than 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento and the East Bay. Our clients range from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to individuals, including a number of public retirement systems and public agencies in California. More information on Hanson Bridgett can be found at

Event Synopsis:
The patent system has seen dramatic changes over the years with the objective centered on seeking for game-changing patent reforms. Even after the passage of the American Invents Act (AIA) in 2011, certain groups continued to press the Congress for additional reform that addresses patent protection against Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), most commonly known as patent trolls. In response, the Congress sponsored legislations directed towards patent reform once again. Among these legislations are the Innovation Act and its Senate counterpart, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act.

Re-introduced in February 2015, The Innovation Act includes, among other things, heightened pleading requirements, more limits on early discoveries and greater judicial latitude for awarding fee-shifting. The PATENT Act introduced in April 2015 shares similar provisions as seen in the Innovation Act. Additionally, both the Innovation Act and the PATENT Act include provisions on customer stays and demand letter content.

Since the latter half of 2015, there has been a discussion of possible further amendment to the bills in addition to the mentioned provisions. While these bills promise to strengthen patent rights while simultaneously aiming to discourage patent trolls, there are still criticisms that emerge in response to the bills’ proposals. Critics assert that the proposed reforms will undermine the patent system and harm U.S. competitiveness. Nevertheless, companies should stay attentive to the ongoing patent reform issues and should continue to assess the value of their patent portfolio in the present legal environment.

In a two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will discuss the significant and latest issues in Sweeping Developments in Patent Reform Agenda: The Innovation Act and the PATENT Act.

Key issues that will be covered are:

Overview of the Innovation Act and the PATENT Act
Significant Provisions:

Heightened Pleading Requirements
Limited Early Discoveries
Fee Shifting
Customer Stays
Demand Letter Content
AIA Amendments

Recent Legislative Updates

About The Knowledge Group /The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group 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 for an event, please visit:
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