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Register Now for the 2007 Corporate Patent Seminar

Registration is now open for the 44th annual Corporate Patent Seminar!

November 11-14, 2007 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort


The Corporate Patent Seminar is for corporate patent professionals. It is organized by an ad hoc non-profit association of senior corporate patent professionals dedicated to the effective and healthy exchange of ideas and experiences in the area of intellectual property law and corporate practice. Because of the nature of Corporate Patent Seminar's Roundtable Discussions and format, attendance is limited. Registrations received above our attendance cut off will unfortunately have to be returned. To ensure your place at this years seminar please register early!

In addition to having a series of talks on topics of interest for in-house IP counsel, this year's annual meeting will include the following features:

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS are one of the principal hallmarks of the CORPORATE PATENT SEMINAR. 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. Indeed, our annual program strongly encourages open, active discussion among the attendees.

PARTICIPANT WORKSHOP: This year, we are building on our participatory tradition by following up presentations and a roundtable discussion on Invention Generation with a participatory Workshop applying of Invention Generation techniques.

The program tends to be the most beneficial to senior corporate patent counsel. Many have commented that our meetings of peers present great value by sharing ideas and exploring relevant issues with leaders of other corporate patent departments. In this informal atmosphere, concerns arising in the shop of one counsel can be addressed by the experiences of others. All attendees find the opportunities to offer and receive help and have other high-minded interactions, such as conduct benchmarking for current in-house practices, among other exchanges, particularly helpful.

To facilitate the open and frank discussions that are the heart and strength of the Corporate Patent Seminar, all attendees tacitly agree by their participation that all comments and views of other attendees will be held in confidence.

Here are just a few of the comments from attendees at the CPS 2006:

  • “This seminar absolutely provides the most bang for the buck. Just compare the costs.”

  • “I have heard several design patent speakers before and this was the best by far.”

  • “The smaller size really provides an opportunity to build new contacts and the addition of international attendees/speakers is a real plus.”
Planned program topics for the 2007 CPS include:

Portfolio Valuation
New Asian Patent Developments
New PCT Rules
New US Rules
New EPO Rules
Electronic Patent Office (US e-filing, PCT-SAFE, EPO e-filing)
Parallel Trade
Invention Generation and Enhancement
Techniques and Tools
Invention Generation and Capture Roundtable Discussion and Workshop
Speakers/Moderators for the 2007 CPS include:

Timothy Guffey - Global Patent Services Manager, The Procter & Gamble Company
Stephen F. Jones - Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Gregory T. Kavounas - Sr. Patent Counsel, IMPINJ
Steven Krefman - Senior Counsel, Patents, Whirlpool Corporation
Steven G. Kibby - Senior Corporate Counsel, Caterpillar, Inc.
Dean Olson - Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.
Carl Oppedahl - Partner, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC
Lanny Vincent - President, Vincent & Associates, Ltd.

About the facility:

The Marriott Hilton Head Beach & Golf Resort, One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 is a beautiful facility located on the coast of South Carolina at One Hotel Circle. The nearest airport is Savannah, Georgia. It is in the heart of great golf country, and this time of year the temperature is a mild 70-80°F. They have reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott, and your reservation will be included by your completing and forwarding a registration as long as our reserved block of rooms is available. Note that the program registration fee does not include the cost of the hotel lodging.

Call or e-mail this years chairs with any questions and register early.

Chairs: Dean Olson, Gregory T. Kavounas and Steven Krefman

Site Committee Chairs: Timothy B. Guffey and Steven G. Kibby

Publicity Committee Chairs: Gerard J. Hughes and Domenic Leo

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the following:

For the most up-to-date information about the seminar, please visit their website at
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