“The Changing Nature of Patent Law”


Alan Marco
Chief Economist, USPTO

Derek Aberle

President, Qualcomm

Also featuring prominent judges and practitioners from the Southern District of California, local law firms and companies, plus leading patent law professors.

Topics include the latest information on inter partes review procedures and outcomes, patentable subject matter, joint infringement, functional claiming,indefiniteness, damages, and first-inventor-to-file at the PTO and in the courts.


  • Breakfast and Registration (8:45–9:15 a.m.)
  • Welcome (9:15–9:30 a.m.)
  • Opening Keynote (Derek Aberle, Qualcomm) (9:30–10:00 a.m.)
  • Patent Pilot Judges Panel (Hon. Janis L. Sammartino, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; Hon. William V. Gallo, U.S Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California) (10–11 a.m.)
  • Industry Panel featuring prominent local attorneys (11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • Lunch Keynote (Alan Marco, USPTO) (12:30–1:30 p.m.)
  • Academics Panels featuring Profs. Dan Burk,Jay Kesan, Mark Lemley, Lisa Ouellette, and Ted Sichelman (1:45–4:15 p.m.)


The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 5.5 hours of general credit.

Fri., Jan. 15, 2016

MCLE (5.5 hrs)


$225/$175 early-bird (by Dec. 18)

(No charge for students/professors)



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