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McAndrews, Held & Malloy to Host Fourth Complimentary Symposium on Relevant Developments in Intellectual Property Law

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Popular Annual Event to Focus on the Intersection of IP Law and Sound Business Practices

Intellectual property protection and sound business practices will intersect at McAndrews, Held & Malloy’s fourth annual Intellectual Property Symposium on Wednesday, October 17, 2013. The complimentary event, which is attended by innovative IP leaders from Chicago and throughout the United States and abroad, will provide strategic and practical approaches to litigating at the Patent Office, growing and developing patent portfolios, and managing the costs of litigation, among other topics. By attending the event, intellectual property attorneys, agents and specialists have the opportunity to earn seven hours of MCLE credit, including one IL ethics credit.

“This year’s symposium will be unique to previous ones in that it will focus on the increasingly important relationship between the worlds of business and law,” said Scott P. McBride, a patent litigator at McAndrews, Held & Malloy. “Attendees will learn more on the practical “how-to,” and be able to take what they learn in this one-day event and apply it immediately to the recommendations they provide on AIA-related procedures and the latest IP laws.”

Presenters from McAndrews, Held & Malloy include firm President Robert A. Surrette, Chairman Timothy J. Malloy and shareholders Herbert D. Hart III, Scott P. McBride, Christopher V. Carani, George Wheeler, Sandra A. Frantzen and Gerald C. Willis. In addition, during the in-house panel discussions, General Counsel at Stryker Corporation, Whirlpool and Mars, Incorporated have been invited to share their insights on these topics.

“With AIA provisions going into effect earlier this year, new developments in U.S. and global IP law are more important than ever for attorneys to understand and convey to clients,” said Christopher V. Carani, a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy. “The symposium in October aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive look at cutting-edge IP information in an efficient, effective and thoughtful manner.”

Discussion topics, speakers and a tentative agenda for the 2013 IP Symposium are listed below. To reserve a place, please call or email your name, company name and address to Maggie Daly at or call (312) 775-8016.

Tentative Agenda (Final Agenda TBA)

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Opening Remarks from Robert A. Surrette, President, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Common Myths About PTAB Trial Practice by Herbert D. Hart III, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. AIA: Litigating at the Patent Office by Scott P. McBride, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Corporate Panel Discussion – AIA: To Litigate at the Patent Office or Not
Moderator: Scott P. McBride, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Invited Panelists: Mark Bach (Navistar, Inc.), Patricia Ades (JM Huber Corp), Jason Barron (Corning), Kirk Goodwin (Whirlpool) and Patrick Desmond (US Gypsom)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Strategic Consideration for Product Design and Enforcement by Christopher V. Carani, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Lunch & Remarks by Wendy Muchman of the Illinois ARDC (Invited)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Developing/Growing Patent Portfolios by George Wheeler, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Corporate Panel Discussion – Managing Litigation Costs: A Discussion Regarding the Effective Use of Outside Counsel Guidelines

Moderator: Thomas J. Wimbiscus, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Invited Panelists: Peter Cicala (Shire), Toni Hickey (Cummins), Ann Chen (Mars), Adam Strauss (Stryker), Russ Garrison (Stepan) and Heather Gerard (Promega)

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Section 112: Complying with the Written Description and Enablement Requirements by Sandra A. Frantzen, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. How Safe Are Your Trademarks by Gerald C. Willis, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

3:45 – 3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks from Timothy Malloy, Chairman, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Light Appetizers

About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

McAndrews, Held & Malloy boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, agents and technology specialists in the United States. Founded in 1988, the firm offers deep bench strength in matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. McAndrews attorneys have underlying scientific-based degrees and extensive prior experience in technology and IP-focused professions, and they routinely handle cases that involve innovative and cutting-edge technologies in specialized industries. While best known for their record of litigation successes, the firm also offers services in IP procurement, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, IP/technology opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, development and licensing, M&A support, due diligence, design rights and joint ventures. Clients include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups and world-renowned universities. For more information, visit

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