The Patent System: Transformative Times

April 9, 2018
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts

Join the Federal Circuit Bar Association in Boston for a discussion about the evolution of the patent system and the biggest issues facing patent policy and litigation today.

Registration Information Coming Soon!

Contact Tori Wright, our Program and Sponsorship Manager, for information about sponsorship at or at 202-536-4160.


Draft Agenda:









2:30 – 2:55

Dockser Lobby

Northeastern Univ

66 Forsythe St

Boston, MA



2:55 – 3:00

Dockser 240


Rory Pheiffer, President, BPLA

3:00 – 3:50

Dockser 240

Judges Panel :

”View From the Bench”

(Venue, Local Patent Rules, Damages, Appeals from PTAB & District Cts, Dockets)

J. Stearns, D Mass

J. Lourie, CAFC



Ron Cahill, Nutter

4:00 – 4:40

Dockser 240

“Fireside Chat with Chief Judge of the PTAB”

C. J. Ruschke, PTAB

Monica Grewal, WilmerHale

4:50 – 5:30

Dockser 240

In-House Counsel Panel: “Perspectives on Decision-Making and Strategy”

(Section 101, MTDs vs CBMs, Oil States, venue, PTAB and/or District Ct)

TBD (Life Sciences)

TBD (Tech)



Prof. Jessica Silbey, Northeastern University

5:30 – 7:00

Dockser 241







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