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The Knowledge Group Has Scheduled a Live Webcast on USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility: The Dos and Don'ts in 2016 and Beyond

New York, NY, November 06, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two -hour webcasts. It has scheduled a live webcast entitled: “USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility: The Dos and Don'ts in 2016 and Beyond.” This two-hour event is scheduled on November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET).

Event Synopsis:

In May 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an updated guidance on the patent subject matter eligibility of natural products and new set of life science examples. The guidance aims to further improve and develop the quality and consistency of determinations and rejections of subject matter eligibility. The examples are designed to help patent applicants and examiners resolve eligibility issues in life sciences areas including vaccines and diagnostics. The updated guidance is vital for companies pursuing patent claims to diagnostic methods, biomarker detection, and other life science-based technologies.

In this live webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth discussion of the recent developments in USPTO’s Subject Matter Eligibility. Speakers will also present key issues and legal insights with regards to this remarkable topic.

Key topics include:

Evolution of USPTO guidance
Pre-2012 through SCOTUS/CAFC impact through 2014 IEG
- July 2015 update
- May 2016 iteration
- Next steps (including roundtables)
The 101 Pendulum from a case law perspective
- Mayo v. Prometheus (2012)
- Ariosa v. Sequenom (2015)
- Genetic Technologies v. Merial (2016)
- RLM v.Cellzdirect (2016)
- Bascom v. AT&T Mobility (2016)

Practical strategies for using section 101 in litigation and IPR:
- Defensively: (1) When to make a 101 Motion (e.g., 12(b)(6) at start of case, judgment on the pleadings, 101 and claim construction, summary judgment); (2) Utilizing 101 in the IPR, CBM, PGR context; and (3) Using 101 to drive settlement.
- Offensively: (1) Tips on overcoming a 101 Motion thus preserving the patent; and (2) Section 101 and venue choice.


Amelia Feulner Baur, Ph.D, Founding Partner, McNeill Baur, PLLC
Mark Nelson, Partner, Dentons US LLP
Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, United States Patent and Trademark Office

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Congress brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts that study the impact of changing regulations and help businesses succeed through proper regulatory compliance.
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Thomas LaPointe, Jr., Executive Director
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