The State of the Patent Art: A Report from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

By TAP Guest Blogger

Posted on January 4, 2016


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This is an intro to the 7-part series of reports from The 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.

The report is written by Kevin Hickey, Microsoft Research Fellow, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Berkeley Law School.

 

On December 10 and 11, 2016, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, in conjunction with the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, convened the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley (known as “APLI:SV”). The conference brought together an illustrious lineup of patent litigators, prosecutors, in-house attorneys, and scholars with deep and varied expertise to offer their insights on current issues in patent law. The result was a rich, informative, and nuanced discussion of nearly all aspects of patent law, including prosecution, litigation, procedure, legislation, ethics, and comparative perspectives. Particular attention was given to new legal developments and emerging trends in this always-changing area of intellectual property.

 

In a series of posts, I will be offering a report summarizing some of the highlights of APLI:SV. As the word “Advanced” in the conference name implies, APLI:SV operated on a very high level of sophistication. I will do my best to ground the presentations with appropriate background, but I will presume some basic knowledge of patent law.

 

A series of blog posts simply cannot do justice to all the fascinating debates nor the wealth of knowledge that was communicated over the course of this two-day conference. Readers who are interested in more details would do well to check out the conference website, which contains links to the slides of most of the presenters. These slides are a tremendous resource to learn more about these complex issues. Sometime soon, the website will also have links to audio recordings of the proceedings, for the listening pleasure of patent geeks everywhere.

 

Read more on the Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

 

This conference summary was written by Kevin Hickey. Mr. Hickey is the Microsoft Research Fellow, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Berkeley Law School.

 


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