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Archived updates for Friday, October 13, 2006

LAST CHANCE for the Corporate Patent Seminar

The 2006 Corporate Patent Seminar

November 12 -14, 2006 (Sun. - Tues.)

Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort (near Savannah Int'l Airport)

$650 per seminar attendee or $850 per attendee plus spouse/guest (includes rooms, a cocktail reception and dinner on Sunday and Monday evenings, a continental breakfast on both Monday and Tuesday, and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday)

Register here by October 18, 2006

The CORPORATE PATENT SEMINAR is an ad hoc association of senior corporate patent professionals (meaning no dues, no officers, and no formal membership) dedicated to the effective and healthy exchange of ideas and experiences in the area of intellectual property law and corporate practice.

Program topics and speakers for this 43rd Annual Meeting include:

An Introduction to Intellectual Property Task-Based Billing by
William F. Heinze – Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

Opinions of Counsel - Infringement/ Validity; content and handling by Christopher P. Isaac– Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, Reston, Virginia

Automated Patent Portfolio Analysis and Categorization by
Steven K. Sampson IP Analytics, Caterpillar, Inc, Peoria, Illinois

Electronic Patent Office (US e-filing PCT-SAFE, EPO e-filing) by Carl Oppedahl – Oppedahl and Olson LLP, Dillon, Colorado

Best practices: Patent Management Boards for Invention Screening, annuity decisions – A CPS Roundtable Discussion led by Dean Olson (Moderator) – Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer, Inc., Groton, Connecticut

Design Patents, Trade Dress, EU Community Design Utility models – Compare & Contrast by Perry Saidman – Saidman Design Law Group, Silver Spring, Maryland

European Opposition Practice by Stephen F. Jones –
Partner, Baker & McKenzie, London, United Kingdom

Patent Application Analysis Tools - Patent Optimizer by Michael Hudelson – Director of Sales and Marketing, LexisNexis, New York, New York

Competitive Intelligence and Provisional Rights; Defensive Publication Strategies, CPS Roundtable Discussion led by
Steven G. Kibby (Moderator) – Senior Corporate Counsel, Caterpillar, Inc, Peoria, Illinois

The program topics are timely and especially valuable for senior counsel with administrative and/or supervisory responsibilities. In addition to having a series of talks on topics of interest for in-house IP counsel, a hallmark of our annual meeting is our roundtable sessions. Each day, we set aside time to discuss openly our best practices and current issues for managing corporate patent departments. Indeed, our annual program strongly encourages open, active discussion among the attendees. Each participant is encouraged to contribute his or her experiences and insights on a defined subject related to the overall program in discussions held toward the conclusion of each of our seminar sessions.

We encourage all participants to bring forms, samples, or slides to use during these informal group discussions. This year we will continue the tradition of poster sessions where participants will have an opportunity to present a poster to educate the rest of the group on a topic of interest. If you plan to present a poster, let us know.

We look forward to having you join us in Hilton Head this year and invite you to bring your spouse or a guest. The Marriott Hilton Head Beach & Golf Resort is a beautiful facility located on the coast of South Carolina at One Hotel Circle. It is in the heart of great golf country, and this time of year the temperature is a mild 70-80 degrees. The cost of the room is included in the conference fees.

Register by October 18, and feel free to contact this year's program chairs for more information:

General Co-Chairs Tim Guffey and Gerry Hughes, (tel: 513-634-0796; fax 866-771-9393) (tel: 281-834-0109)

Program Co-Chairs Steve Kibby and Dean Olson, (tel: 309-675-5140) (tel: 860-441-4904)

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