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Michael J. Sacksteder, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP to Speak at the KCís Event

New York, NY, May 11, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Michael J. Sacksteder, Partner, Fenwick & West 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 Michael J. Sacksteder
Michael Sacksteder is Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Fenwick & West – a team of more than 50 top-notch litigators with diverse legal and technical backgrounds at one of the foremost technology law firms in the country. Mr. Sacksteder has led patent litigation teams for high-profile clients such as Intuit, Symantec, Supercell, and He has successfully served as trial counsel in some of the most active patent litigation courts around the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern District of California, and he has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his work in district courts and the Federal Circuit, Mr. Sacksteder has substantial experience with post-grant proceedings, such as inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Clients have relied on him in litigation matters in a wide variety of technological fields, including computer hardware, software, networking, and security, semiconductors and semiconductor processing, polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

About Fenwick & West LLP
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. The firm crafts innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For information, visit

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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