8th Annual Patent Adminstrative Law Conference

March 15, 2018
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, District of Columbia


American University Washington College of Law

Claudio Grossman Hall

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016



12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Catered Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm Opening Remarks

1:10 pm - 1:45 pm Keynote: Chief Administrative Patent Judge Ruschke invited as Keynote

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm PTAB: Executive Agent or Judicial Substitute?

Jonathan Stroud, Chief Legal Counsel, Unified Patents

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Networking Break

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Panel 1: The PTAB and the Public Interest


Scott McKeown, Partner, Ropes & Gray


Christen DuBois, Director & Associate General Counsel, IP, Facebook Inc.

Vanessa Bailey, Associate Director, IP Policy, Intel Corporation Inc.

David Schreiber, Head of IP & Standards Americas, Philips

Jean Vidal Font, Patent Attorney, IP Litigator, Ferraiuoli LLC

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Network Break

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Licensing SEP Patents Under the AIA

Kevin Jakel, CEO, Unified Patents

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm Panel 2: Discretion to Deny


James D'Ottavio, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, Ford Motor Company

Jason Skinder, Global Patent Counsel, Aptiv

Nakul Warrier, Director and Assistant General Counsel, Ricoh USA, Inc.

Carlos Garcia, Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly

4 50 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Cocktail Reception

Benefits of Membership

Sharpen your practice skills and develop meaningful professional connections while making a difference in the Federal Circuit. Enjoy rewarding and substantial preferential member pricing.




Webcast attendance (and CLE in applicable states) is complimentary with all FCBA memberships. Membership also gives reduced rate registration to our conferences (e.g. Bench & Bar) as well as partner affiliated regional events.

  • Bench & Bar Conference - Annual in-depth program exploring the spectrum of Circuit practice and justice considerations, gathering national leaders of the Bench and the Bar.
  • Horizons Seminar Series - Educational and Topical Webcasts – Educational nuts & bolts advocacy and subject matter areas as well as important, timely decisions.
  • Regional Programs - Programs for local audiences, involving leading corporate and litigation counsel and many levels of the Federal Bench. Examples include the Advanced Complex Litigation Series, Litigation Skills Training Series, MSPB Appeals Summit, and Federal Practice Summit.
  • Global Series - Launched in November 2010, the Global Series explores the search for best practices in legal systems around the world.  In the on-going dialogue, sessions already include:  Berlin and Munich, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; London, United Kingdom; Toronto, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; Geneva, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China.


FCBA Source - Publications

  • Journal - Published quarterly in collaboration with George Washington University Law School, the journal includes scholarly articles and recent case summaries, keeping you informed of developments and trends in the law in Circuit community. All past journals are available to members through the website. 
  • Circuit Case Digest - A monthly publication that provides a summary of all precedential opinions of the Federal Circuit issued the preceding month. All digests are available to members through the website.
  • Pro Bono Digest - This Digest provides useful pro bono information to the Circuit community.
  • Reviewed Adjudicators Digest - A monthly update on decisions of the tribunals reviewed by the Federal Circuit.  It covers the following matters of interest:
    • Merit Systems Protection Board
    • Patent Trial and Appeal Board
    • International Trade Commission
    • Court of Federal Claims
    • Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
    • Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
    • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Newsletter - The newsletter contains timely information including rules changes, personnel changes, hearing dates, and upcoming meetings and events of the Association.  All newsletters are available to members through the website.
  • Webcasts - Educational and Topical Webcasts – Educational nuts & bolts advocacy and subject matter areas as well as important, timely decisions such as In Re Bilski. More than a dozen webcasts are available yearly, and are searchable by subject matter.



Participation and Leadership Opportunities in all Circuit Community Practice Areas

Active Committees represent Circuit subject matter and practice areas, with input into Association programming and initiatives.  Multi-committee coalitions address topics such as rules, amicus, and other matters crossing subject areas.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Robust opportunities exist to participate in screening and representational roles for both veterans and government personnel pro se parties, as well as PTO.

Collaborations with other Bar Associations and Universities

The FCBA enjoys active relationships with a variety of other interested associations and academic institutions.

Sponsorship opportunities available.
Please contact for more information.
Press, bloggers, those associated with media publications will not be allowed to attend the event.

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