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2018 Bench & Bar® Conference

June 20 - 23, 2018
Hotel del Coronado
Coronado, California

Most popular sessions returning will include:

  • The Federal Circuit Perspective

  • The Supreme Court Review

  • The Townhalls

  • The Reviewed Adjudicators


     

 

Review the draft agenda below:

 

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Welcome Networking Reception

 

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

8:45 am - 9:00 am  FCBA President's Welcoming Remarks

Deborah Miron, President, Federal Circuit Bar Association

9:00 am - 10:00 am  Federal Circuit Perspectives

In the Bench and Bar®'s most celebrated panel, the Circuit itself offers insights on practice and skills particularly important in times of system change.

Moderator:  Robert Huffman, President-Elect, Federal Circuit Bar Association

Panelists:

Chief Judge Sharon Prost, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Circuit Judge Kimberly A. Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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

Circuit Judge Raymond T. Chen, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Circuit Judge Todd M. Hughes, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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

10:00 am - 10:15 am  State of the Court

State of the Court: Chief Judge Sharon Prost, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

10:15 am - 10:30 am  Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30am  Parallel Tracks

A. Excellence in Appellate Practice

Persuasion and its steady partner, credibility, inextricably tie to the components of each case. From peremptory writs to equitable tolling, appellate advocacy adjusts to the implications of change at the appellate level.

Moderator: Ginger Anders, Counsel, Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP

Panelists:

Mark Fleming, Partner, WilmerHale

Jeff Lamken, Partner, MoloLamken

Melissa A. Sherry, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Greg A. Castanias, Partner, Jones Day

B. International Practice Cross-Currents

As systems evolve, results and efficiency require awareness of the opportunities and pitfalls of parallel proceedings, as well as the limitations of comity. From judicial to administrative tribunals, effective advocacy responds.

Moderator: Lisa Kattan, Partner, Baker Botts LLP

Panelists:

Dax Terrill, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Ann-Marie Highsmith, Deputy Chief Counsel, United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Department of Homeland Security

F. Scott Kieff, Principal, McKool Smith

Chris Longman, VP, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Legal Ethics: Excellence in the Modern World

Professionalism in the Digital Age. The protection of confidences and warm zeal – today’s client secrets may well be tomorrow’s headlines as hacks and leaks become on-going threats. This panel explores how to maintain the highest standards against the great potential and the great risks of digital tools.

Moderator: David Hricik, Professor, Mercer Law School

Panelists:

Circuit Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Will Covey, Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Ann Marie Wahls, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm  FCBA Annual Meeting

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm  FCHS Lunch

 

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

6:30 am - 7:30 am  Fund Run

8:45 am - 9:45 am  Reviewed Adjudicators: The Challenges

The Parts of the Whole. As new fora come on-line and existing tribunals hone their contributions, the overall search for system efficiency becomes more pivotal. Within the separate roles, what are the similarities, differences, and comities which lubricate the parts of the whole? This cross-jurisdiction fact-finding panel drills down.

Moderator:  Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Panelists:

Chief Judge Timothy Stanceu, United States Court of International Trade

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

Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

District Judge Andrew J. Guilford, United States District Court for the Central District of California

District Judge Virginia M. Kendall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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

9:45 am - 10:45 am  The Client Perspective: The Challenges of Change (Cross-Spectrum)

Navigating the Currents of Change. Economic, technological, national, global, supply chains, legal remedy evolution – In the crucible of government contract, intellectual property, and trade, what are the challenges which most confront the client? For life sciences, biologics, pharma, and tech, what new tools are developing in the search for the steady keel of model predictably? What are the legal system implications of business model evolution and new competition?

Co-Moderator: David Killough, Microsoft Corporation

Co-Moderator: Laura Storto, Director, Associate General Counsel, Genentech Inc.

Panelists:

Bryan Sinclair, Sr. Director, IP Litigation, Cisco

Mark Stewart, Sr. Director-Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly

Cynthia Bright, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Inc., United States Litigation & Government Investigations

Duane Valz, VP and General Counsel, Zymergen

10:45 am - 11:00 am  Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Administrative Practice Considerations – The Rapids

With governance systems stretching to embrace new solutions to challenges, new administrative remedies and new rules add to the existing structure. That interface creates new skills demands and new efficiency challenges. Across the Circuit community, administrative tribunals respond and adapt.

Moderator: Hon. Michelle K. Lee, Herman Phleger Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School, Former Under Secretary and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Panelists:

Erin Joffre, Counsel, United States International Trade Commission

Nathan Kelley, Solicitor, United States Patent Trademark Office

Christopher Bullard, Attorney Advisor, United States Customs and Border Protection, Intellectual Property Rights Branch

Cheryl Mason, Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeals

Steve Bauer, Partner, Proskauer Rose

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  District Court Practice: Developments and Challenges

Efficiency. Economy. Venue. Time to Decision. Judicial Vacancies. Adjustment to a new administrative tribunal. The great district court locomotive of the federal judicial system passes these windows as it leaves the station every day. The Nation’s leading practitioners mentor on the impact of these stresses on successful district court practice.

Moderator: Laura Masurovsky, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Panelists:

Rachel Clark Hughey, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C.

Sonal N. Mehta, Partner, Durie Tangri

Jim Sherwood, Counsel, Google Inc.

Victoria Maroulis, Partner, Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Vaishali Udupa, Associate General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

3:00 pm - 4:00pm  TRADE SECRETS

Moderator: Robert R.L. Kohse, Associate, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Panelists:

Natalie A. Bennett, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Sean Moriarty, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Lupin

Eman Sojoodi, Senior IP Counsel, Dell

Keith O’Doherty, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

 

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

8:45 am - 9:45 am  Townhalls

The International Trade Commission - "All Things" ITC

A unique blend of trade analysis and adjudication and of legislative, executive, and judicial, ITC practice encounters winds from all directions. Extraterritoriality, country of origin, biologic written descriptions, SEP, evolving industries: Whether Section 337 practice or trade remedies, maintaining a steady course requires careful attention to detail and change.

Facilitator: Andrew Thomases, Partner, Ropes & Gray, LLP

Panelists:

John Fuisz, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Deanna Tanner Okun, Partner, Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP

Stefani E. Shanberg, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

PTAB: “All Things” PTAB

As it turns 5 years of age, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has met the combined goals of “immediate stand up” and “immediate production of quality decisions.” Both real world laboratory and adjudicator, PTAB, its judges, its support staff, and its practitioners improvise and systematize. Experts on and in this unique administrative tribunal school us not only on PTAB’s growth but also on the overall adjustment of the parts of the whole to PTAB.

Facilitator: W. Karl Renner, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Panelists:

Chief Judge David Ruschke, United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Molly Silfen, Associate Solicitor, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Erin Greenfield Mehta, Counsel, Hulu, Counsel, Litigation & Patents

Brian Murphy, Partner, Haug Partners LLP

David McComb, Partner, Haynes and Boone LLP

Biologics and Biosimilars: The Front Lines

The BPCIA has ushered in a new era of biosimilar cases both in district court and IPR proceedings. Together with biologic-biologic litigation, this panel examines recent trial and appeal decisions, and their impact on patent litigation and the biopharmaceutical industry.

Co-Facilitator: Jennifer H. Wu, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Co-Facilitator: Angus Chen, Partner, Haug Partners LLP

Panelists:

Eldora L. Ellison, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Lisa Jakob, Legal Director, Merck & Co

Siegmund Gutman, Partner and Chair, Life Sciences Patent Practice

Paul Naik, Senior Vice President, Seattle Genetics

9:45 am - 10:00 am  Networking Break

10:00 am - 11:00 am  Parallel Tracks

A. MADE IN USA

From government contracting to international trade, markets, clients, and practitioners recognize the significance of “Made in USA” policies and systems. Panelists study the implications of this evolution through the lens of applicable case law.

Moderator: David T. Ralston, Jr., Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Panelists:

Jean Heilman Grier, Principle for Trade, Djaghe LLC, Former Senior Negotiator, United States Trade Representative's Office Represented

Jack Kelly, Senior Counsel, GE Aviation

B. Emerging Issues – The Tech New Horizons

Building on the “Shape of Things to Come” series, Tech New Horizons now drills down into specific areas of legal jurisprudence exposed to change in the face of rapid technological advancement.

Co-Moderator: Sarah Harris, General Counsel, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Panelists:

Chris Nalevanko, Associate General Counsel, Zoox Inc.

Adam Eltoukhy, Counsel, Palantir Technologies

Terri McHenry, General Counsel, Verily

11:00 am - 12:00 pm  The Supreme Court Review

Overlooking a landscape of commercial, technological, administrative, and judicial transformation, the Supreme Court’s docket attempts to bracket change against existing law. In this final 2018 Bench and Bar® panel, leading practitioners parse the Court’s own efforts at managing and stabilizing change against a rapid transformative backdrop.

Moderator: Greg Garre, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Panelists:

William M. Jay, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Nicole A. Saharsky, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Kannon K. Shanmugam, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP

John D. Vandenberg, Partner, Klarquist Sparkman, LLP

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.
 


Programs

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.

Materials

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.



Learn more about member benefits and apply to be a member today!

Leaders Circle Bench & Bar Registrations

Join the 2018 Leaders Circle

Federal Circuit Bar Association Leaders Circle sponsors benefit from and help guide the Association’s premier national outreach. Leaders Circle participants, both firms and corporations, stand among the most skilled in the profession. With their acumen, Leaders Circle sponsors engage core developments significant to the Federal Circuit justice community through over 20 committees (ranging from Amicus to Patent Litigation, International Trade, Government Contract, Patent and Trademark Office).

Leaders Circle sponsors “Make a Difference.” Moreover, while doing so, they provide unique interactive professional opportunities and recognition for the members of their organizations and for their designees. Levels tailored to a variety of circumstances are available.

 

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Annual Benefits Bundling (Webcasts, Regional Programs, Summits, Conferences, Annual Dinner)
  • Premier Quality (Substantive and policy engagement, planning, and participation opportunities (including, e.g., the annual Bench & Bar® Conference)
  • Publications
    • The Federal Circuit Court Case Digest, The Federal Circuit Court Journal, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association Newsletter
  • Sessions
    • Skills Excellence (broad spectrum of professional webcasts, telecasts, and sessions)
  • Session Planning Participation
  • Watch List - The weekly Watch List includes selected items of subject matter interest - policy, judicial, national, regional, and international.
  • Reviewed Adjudicators Digest - Track key decisions first. This digest highlights selected decisions of tribunals reviewed by the Circuit. Tribunals already include PTAB, COFC, CAVC, ITC, MSPB, CBCA.
  • Pro Bono Digest - Participate in the Association’s several active pro bono outreaches - general, government personnel, veterans, and PTO patent prosecution.

 

Leaders Circle Benefits
 

National Leaders

$32,000

Six Bench & Bar® Registrations -
Includes lodging for the 3 nights of the conference

Six registrations at any FCBA
sponsored or co-sponsored
regional event

Ten webcast seats for members
of your firm or your firm's designees

Six one-year new memberships

One reserved table (eight seats)
at the Annual Dinner

Recognition at national and regional
FCBA sponsored or co-sponsored events

Sustaining Leaders

$21,000

Four Bench & Bar® Registrations -
Includes lodging for the 3 nights of the conference

Four registrations at any FCBA
sponsored or co-sponsored
regional event

Eight webcast seats for members
of your firm or your firm's designees

Four one-year new memberships

Four reserved seats at the Annual Dinner

Recognition at national and regional
FCBA sponsored or co-sponsored events

Supporting Leaders

$12,000

Two Bench & Bar® Registrations -
Includes lodging for the 3 nights of the conference

Two registrations at any FCBA
sponsored or co-sponsored
regional event

Four webcast seats for members
of your firm or your firm's designees

Two one-year new memberships

Two reserved seats at the Annual Dinner

Recognition at national and regional
FCBA sponsored or co-sponsored events

 

Join the 2018 Leaders Circle!

Please contact Tori Wright to learn more about Leaders Circle benefits at wright@fedcirbar.org or call (202) 536-4160.

 

2018 Leaders Circle Sponsors
 


 

 

Individual Bench & Bar Registrations

 


 

Email requests for cancellations or substitutions must be sent to soneill@meetingmastersinc.com. Cancellations requested on or before May 23, 2018 will receive a refund, less a $75 processing fee. Cancellations requested between May 24, 2018 and May 30, 2018 will be processed less a $500 administrative fee. Substitutions are allowed through Jun 14, 2018.
After May 30, 2018 no refunds will be processed.
 

Become a 2018 Sponsor

Registration Sponsorships are useful in sending a group of individuals to the conference.

Sponsorship options available here and below:

 

4–Person Registration Sponsorship Package

$19,000


As a Registration Sponsor, the organization will benefit from the following:

  • 4 conference attendee registrations (includes lodging for 3 nights, but not travel)
  • 7 New One-Year Memberships (cannot be used for renewals) with membership year ending on June 30, 2019
  • 1 invitation to attend the Sponsors Luncheon and participate in planning for the 2019 Bench & Bar conference
  • Recognition at the Bench & Bar® Conference at signage at registration, in conference materials and conference app,on conference registration website, FCBA website, and FCBA publications.

2–Person Registration Sponsorship Package

$11,000


As a Registration Sponsor, the organization will benefit from the following:

  • 2 conference attendee registrations (includes lodging for 3 nights, but not travel)
  • 5 New One-Year Memberships (cannot be used for renewals) with membership year ending on June 30, 2019
  • 1 invitation to attend the Sponsors Luncheon and participate in planning for the 2019 Bench & Bar® Conference
  • Recognition at the Bench & Bar® Conference at signage at registration, in conference materials and conference app,on conference registration website, FCBA website, and FCBA publications.

 

Corporate Scholarship Sponsorship Package

Limited to corporations
$3,000


$1,000 of this sponsorship will be donated to our law school Scholarship fund

As a Corporate Scholarship Sponsor, the organization will benefit from the following:

  • Bench & Bar® Conference registration
  • Lodging for the three nights of the conference (any additional nights lodging either before or after the conference are at the expense of the speaker)
  • Recognition at the conference registration desk through signage and recognition in conference materials and conference app
  • 1 One-Year Membership (cannot be used for renewals) with membership year ending on June 30, 2019
  • Recognition on the FCBA website, in our monthly newsletters and at all events where scholarships are awarded                                                                                



    For additional information on the Bench and Bar Conference and to become a Sponsor,
    please contact Tori Wright at wright@fedcirbar.org or call (202) 536-4160.
 

 

Travel and Accomodations Information

Hotel Information

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
 

A limited number of rooms will be blocked out for conference attendees. 

  • Please note: The contracted hotel rate is $319 per night. Hotel price does not include resort fee of $18 per night and applicable state and local taxes and fees. If you require a room for additional nights not included below, please contact Shelly O'Neill at (703) 801-4245.
  • Government/Academic/Corporate Speakers:
    • Option 1 includes full Conference registration and three nights of lodging during the Conference (June 20, June 21, and June 22). When registering, please complete the hotel questions as indicated.
    • Option 2 includes one day pass to the Conference (the day of your panel) and one night's lodging. When registering please complete the hotel questions as indicated.
  • Registration Sponsors: Sponsorship includes lodging for the 3 nights of the Confernece (Wednesday 6/20, Thursday 6/21, and Friday 6/22 only). Additional nights and/or upgrades from a standard room will incur additional cost for the attendee.
  • Leaders Circle Sponsors: Sponsorship includes lodging for the 3 nights of the Confernece (Wednesday 6/20, Thursday 6/21, and Friday 6/22 only). Additional nights and/or upgrades from a standard room will incur additional cost for the attendee.
  • For room upgrades, please e-mail soneill@meetingmastersinc.com.
  • To become a sponsor, please contact Tori Wright at wright@fedcirbar.org or (202) 536-4160.

Register Now!

 

Law School Scholarship Program

 

Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Educational Fund award a number of scholarships to current or incoming law students. The scholarship recipients in the past have become valuable members of the Circuit Community. Scholarship donations are encouraged for the enrichment of the future of the legal profession. For details, visit the Scholarship page.  To make a donation, visit the Donations page.  For inquiries, please contact Tori Wright at wright@fedcirbar.org

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