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Three panels of distinguished judges and lawyers engaged in intriguing discussions on issues and trends in patent litigation.

This edition of Viewpoints™ has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 3.75 credit hours. As an accredited course approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE, the State Bars of California, Illinois, and New York should accept your Viewpoints™ attendance for CLE Credits. Please check your licensing state bar website for more information.


Viewpoints™: A Conversation Series
Patent Litigation: Trial and Appellate Issues and Trends

April 7, 2017, 10:30 AM - 2:35 PM
Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


Reception to follow


Co-sponsored by





Schedule of Events


Welcome

Brad Toben, Dean, Baylor Law School


Introduction

Jim Brookshire, Executive Director, Federal Circuit Bar Association


10:30 – 11:45 AM

Managing Complex IP Litigation: Case Management –
Effective and Efficient Litigation


Panel:
Nicholas Groombridge, Partner, Paul Weiss, NYC
Doug Cawley, Partner, McKool Smith, Dallas, TX
Ruffin Cordell, Partner, Fish & Richardson, DC

Moderator:
Harry "Gil" Gillam, Partner, Gillam & Smith, Marshall, TX



Lunch is available from 11:45 AM – 2:35 PM to those who have RSVP'd and may be taken into the panel discussions.


12:00 – 1:15 PM

Case Management and Abusive Litigation

Panel:
Hon. Barbara Lynn, Chief Judge
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Hon. Leonard Stark, Chief Judge
United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Hon. Rodney Gilstrap, Judge
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo, Judge
United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Moderator:
Nicholas Groombridge, Partner, Paul Weiss, NYC


1:20 – 2:35 PM

Developments in IP Adjudication –
Perceptions of the Appellate Bench


Panel:
Hon. Sharon A. Prost, Chief Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. William C. Bryson, Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. Richard G. Taranto, Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. Kara F. Stoll, Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Moderator:
Hon. Rodney Gilstrap, Judge
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas



Reception



About the Panelists


Managing Complex IP Litigation Panelists


Nicholas Groombridge

Nicholas Groombridge
Partner, Paul Weiss, NYC

A partner in the Litigation Department, Nicholas Groombridge focuses exclusively on intellectual property litigation matters. Over the past 25 years, Nicholas has been extensively involved in all aspects of patent litigation. He has been lead counsel in numerous patent infringement actions in federal district courts and has successfully argued many cases in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Nicholas has litigated a wide array of patents ranging from pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer electronics, specialty chemicals, automotive parts, financial services, medical devices, as well as software and web services. He is a frequent speaker on developments in patent law. He currently teaches courses on patent litigation at Columbia Law School and NYU School of Law. He has been quoted on intellectual property law issues in leading business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Fortune.



Doug Cawley

Doug Cawley
Partner, McKool Smith, Dallas, TX

For more than forty years, Doug Cawley has been engaged in the trial of complex cases and has handled major intellectual property matters throughout the United States and across the globe. He has served as lead counsel in six patent infringement trials that have earned him numerous awards. Mr. Cawley is ranked as a leading intellectual property lawyer by Chambers USA and is included in the Lawdragon 500 listing of "Leading Lawyers in America." In September 2015, he was profiled in Law360's "Trial Aces" special feature, which recognized the Top 50 trial lawyers in the United States. Mr. Cawley is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property Law. He is a frequent speaker on patent litigation at seminars throughout the country.



Ruffin Cordell

Ruffin Cordell
Partner, Fish & Richardson, DC

Ruffin Cordell is a Principal of Fish & Richardson in the firm's Washington, DC, office. A member of the award-winning intellectual property litigation group, his practice emphasizes all aspects of intellectual property litigation. He appears regularly as lead counsel before federal district courts throughout the country, and has extensive experience before the International Trade Commission in Section 337 proceedings. In 2012, Mr. Cordell was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Over his career, he has handled hundreds of patent and trade secret cases. Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Mr. Cordell served as a Patent Examiner in computer interface device technology at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also been named one of The Best Lawyers in America, a "Top 50 Under 45" attorney in IP Law & Business, and a Legal Times' "Leading IP Lawyers in D.C."



Harry

Harry "Gil" Gillam
Partner, Gillam & Smith, Marshall. TX

A native of Bryan, Texas, Harry "Gil" Gillam settled to practice in East Texas because "I knew this was where I could go and practice among the best." A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Gil's clients include businesses and professionals in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. Nationally known law firms and in-house counsel from Fortune 500 companies turn to Gil for his insights and acumen in the courtroom. Decades of trying cases in the courts of the Eastern District have deepened his roots here, but he's often called upon to represent clients in matters across the country. Regardless of whom he's representing or where the case takes him, however, he says, "the principle is the same. The courthouse is one place where no matter who's involved, in a court of law, before a judge and a jury, you stand on equal footing."


Case Management and Abusive Litigation Panelists


Hon. Barbara Lynn

Hon. Barbara Lynn
Chief Judge
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1976. She was in private practice from 1976-99 at the law firm Carrington Coleman in Dallas, Texas. She was the firm's first female associate and then became the firm's first female partner prior to joining the bench. In 1999, Lynn was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas vacated by Harry Barefoot Sanders, Jr. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 17, 1999 and received her commission on November 22, 1999. On May 1, 2016, she became the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas, the first woman to hold the position.



Hon. Leonard Stark

Hon. Leonard Stark
Chief Judge
United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Leonard Philip Stark is a Rhodes Scholar who earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1996. From 2002-07, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Wilmington. In 2007, the judges on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware selected Stark to be a United States magistrate judge in Wilmington. On March 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Stark to fill the vacancy created when President George W. Bush elevated Judge Kent A. Jordan to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2006. The U.S. Senate confirmed Stark on August 5, 2010, and he received his commission on August 10, 2010. He became Chief Judge on July 1, 2014.



Hon. Rodney Gilstrap

Hon. Rodney Gilstrap
Judge
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Rodney Gilstrap received a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1978, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1981, where he was associate editor of the Baylor Law Review. He later served as president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association. He is notable for presiding over more than one quarter of all patent infringement cases filed in the country. On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Gilstrap to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Judge Gilstrap was confirmed on December 5, 2011 and he received his commission on December 6, 2011.



Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo

Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo
Judge
United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Cathy Ann Bencivengo earned her law degree in 1988 from University of Michigan Law School. In 1988, Bencivengo joined the law firm DLA Piper as an associate and became a partner in 1996. She remained with DLA Piper until becoming a federal magistrate judge in 2005. In 2005, the judges on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California selected Bencivengo to be a federal magistrate judge. On May 11, 2011, President Obama nominated Bencivengo to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, to replace Judge Jeffrey T. Miller, who took senior status in June 2010. She was confirmed by the Senate on February 9, 2012 and she received her commission on February 10, 2012.


Developments in IP Adjudication Panelists


Hon. Sharon A. Prost

Hon. Sharon A. Prost
Chief Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Sharon Prost was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and assumed the duties of Chief Circuit Judge on May 31, 2014. Prior to her appointment, Judge Prost served as Minority Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel, and Chief Counsel of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate from 1993-2001. She also served as Chief Labor Counsel (Minority), Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources from 1989-93. She served for fifteen years in five different agencies of the executive branch including the Department of Treasury, National Labor Relations Board, and General Accounting Office. Judge Prost received a B.S. from Cornell University in 1973, an M.B.A. from The George Washington University in 1975, a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University in 1979, and an LL.M. in tax law from The George Washington University School of Law in 1984.



Hon. William C. Bryson

Hon. William C. Bryson
Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

William Bryson was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1994. Prior to his appointment, Judge Bryson was with the United States Department of Justice from 1978-94. He was with the Office of the Solicitor General from 1978-79 and 1986-94, and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1979-86. He was an Associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin from 1975-78. Judge Bryson served as law clerk to the Honorable Henry J. Friendly, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1973-74, and as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court of the United States, from 1974-75. Judge Bryson received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973. Judge Bryson assumed senior status on January 7, 2013.



Hon. Richard G. Taranto

Hon. Richard G. Taranto
Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Richard Taranto was appointed by President Barack H. Obama in 2013. Judge Taranto practiced law with the firm of Farr & Taranto from 1989 to 2013, where he specialized in appellate litigation. From 1986-89, he served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, representing the United States in the Supreme Court. He was in private practice from 1984-86 with the firm of Onek, Klein & Farr. Judge Taranto served as a law clerk at all three levels of the federal court system. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1983-84; for Judge Robert Bork of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1982-83; and for Judge Abraham Sofaer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1981-82. Judge Taranto received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981 and a B.A. from Pomona College in 1977.



Hon. Kara F. Stoll

Hon. Kara F. Stoll
Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Kara Stoll was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama on November 12, 2014, and assumed her duties on July 17, 2015. She practiced law with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner from 1998-2015, and became a partner in 2006. While in private practice, she specialized in patent litigation with an emphasis on appeals. Judge Stoll was an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School from 2008-15 and at the Howard University School of Law from 2004-08. From 1997-98, she served as a law clerk to The Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1991-97. She received a J.D. from the Georgetown University School of Law and a B.S.E.E. from Michigan State University in 1991.


Venue Information


The Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-737-1234


Discover our historic city from Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Enjoy easy access to all the attractions of our nation's capital from our ideal location in the heart of this popular downtown neighborhood. Walk to the Smithsonian Museums and the National Mall, tour government centers, visit monuments and museums, cheer on the Nationals or the Capitals - all just minutes from our Capitol Hill hotel.

Parking Information

The Hyatt Regency offers valet parking for conference attendees and visitors of the hotel and restaurant, self-parking is not available.

Hourly valet parking rates:
0 to 2 hours - $33.00
2 to 10 hours - $43.00
10 to 24 hours - $56.00

Valet parking at Hyatt Regency Washington is based on availability. Additional downtown Washington DC parking garages are located near the hotel to accommodate overflow parking. Please contact Hyatt Regency at 202.737.1234 or qualitywasrw@hyatt.com for more information.


Questions?


Contact Stephen Rispoli, Assistant Dean of Pro Bono Programs and Student Affairs at Baylor Law School at Stephen_Rispoli@baylor.edu.