Group 7 and the Seattle IP Inn of Court welcomed international guest speakers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the University of Washington School of Law. Dominic Keating, director of the USPTO IP Attaché Program, provided background on the IP Attaché program. IP Attachés Michael Mangelson, China, Laura Hammel, South America, Susan Wilson, European Union, Komal Kalha, India and South Asia, and Deborah Lashley-Johnson, WTO and WIPO, each spoke on issues in their respective regions. Dr. Jan B. Krauß, German patent attorney and University of Washington School of Law Guest Lecturer, rounded out the panel, focusing on Brexit. Professor Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law, moderated the panel. Thank you to all the panelists, Professor Chon and to Group 7 for a special presentation on international IP issues!
Group 6 presented a panel discussion entitled “Diversity on Trial Teams – A Judicial and In-House Panel Discussion.” The Honorable Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington, Isabella Fu (Associate General Counsel with Microsoft) and Stephen McGrath (Principal Corporate Counsel, Patents & IP at T-Mobile) participated in the panel. Thank you to the panel participants and Group 6!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court hosted the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court and the Hon. Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court for the annual joint meeting of the Inns. The Bryan Inn of Court presented a skit entitled “The Perils of the Pro Se Litigant (including questionable ethics of opposing counsel).” A panel discussion on the “Practical and Ethical Considerations with Pro Se Litigants” followed the skit. The Honorable Philip K. Sorenson, Honorable Kevin Hull and Honorable Karen Donohue participated in the panel discussion, moderated by Eric Newman. Thank you to the Bryan Inn for their skit and to the panelists for their comments!
Welcome to the beginning of the 2017-2018 Seattle IP Inn of Court year! The Seattle IP Inn of Court held an orientation for new members before the meeting began. Welcome, new members!
The Honorable James L. Robart gave the evening’s presentation, entitled “SEP’s and Royalties, ‘Where the FRAND Are We?'” Thank you to Judge Robart for his presentation! Thank you, too, to Group 1 for arranging for Judge Robart to speak to us.
The Seattle IP Inn of Court enjoyed a beautiful view of Puget Sound at its year end party! Incoming President Warren Rheaume presented Past President Mark P. Walters with a plaque recognizing his service to the Inn. Thank you to the Inn’s members for their participation and contributions during the 2016 – 2017 year!
Group 7 members and patent trial lawyers Paul Swanson (Lane Powell) and David Tellekson (Fenwick & West) provided our CLE presentation. Paul presented on the Pros and Cons of Litigating Patent Cases in the Eastern District of Texas. David presented on the patent venue case then pending before the S. Ct., TC Heartland, and Its Potential Ramifications. Thank you Paul and David!