Changes in Patent Law


The Advanced Legal Studies program presents expert panelists sharing strategies and practice tips in a daylong seminar addressing "How Changes in Patent Law Alter Patent Prosecution, Litigation, and Licensing."

After being dormant for many decades, patent law has experienced substantial judicial, legislative, and administrative attention in recent years.

Patentable subject matter rejections under Section 101, especially in the area of process inventions, and obviousness rejections in general have become larger hurdles for an inventor to overcome in obtaining a patent. These changes have affected how patents are prosecuted. Patent infringement litigation and patent licensing also have been affected.

The Advanced Legal Studies seminar, sponsored with the Boston Patent Law Association and Suffolk University Law School's IP Law Concentration, offers an in-depth view of the ways to adjust for the decisions that have been made and the changes on the horizon.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

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