You have likely heard about the sweeping changes to the United States patent law system ushered in by the America Invents Act enacted on September 16, 2011. The Act represents an entirely new paradigm for the acquisition and defense of rights to protect your intellectual property, including adoption of a first-inventor-to-file system, acknowledgement of prior user rights, and new procedures for challenging the validity of patents. Please join us as Dorsey attorneys specializing in patent law discuss how these changes, the most significant in this area since 1952, will impact your business and intellectual property portfolio.

We will provide guidelines for important changes you should make now to ensure that your business is best positioned as the Act’s provisions are implemented. We look forward to a robust discussion of these new developments and answering questions you may have about the Act’s impact on your business. We hope you will join us.
Please contact Connie McEachern with any questions about this program.


  • Kimton Eng is a partner and the head of the Seattle patent group. His practice focuses on the management and development of patent portfolios for high technology clients. He represents clients primarily focused in the electrical arts, where he has a technical background.
  • Douglas Stewart is a partner in the intellectual property litigation group. He focuses on patent infringement litigation and counseling. He represents a wide range of technology companies as both plaintiff and defendant and has a breadth of experience assisting international technology companies with U.S. patent issues.
  • Jennifer Lane is a senior associate in the patent group. Her practice emphasizes strategic patent portfolio development and management to achieve clients’ business goals. She has particular experience counseling research scientists in small companies and research laboratories in patent protection strategies for core research and product platforms.

CLE Information: Dorsey & Whitney LLP is an Accredited CLE Provider in Seattle and this program will be accredited for 1.5 WA Professional Practice CLE credit.

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