A strong patent portfolio can be a company’s most valuable jewel—a weak one, its Achilles heel. In 2007 alone, patent holders acquired billions of dollars through verdicts, settlements and patent licensing revenues. Patent litigation in the United States has increased dramatically in the last 20 years, doubling in the 1990s and steadily increasing since then.

Protecting and commercializing a company’s other intellectual property assets—such as software, content and trademarks—through licensing and other transactions are also critical to its success.

Join Katten on July 16, 2008, at Gan Oranim, Tel Aviv for an informative discussion by U.S. and Israeli intellectual property lawyers experienced in the latest trends in identifying, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in the United States and Israel. 

Panel topics include:

  • What intellectual property rights exist in the United States and how are they obtained
    • Patents: Are you adequately identifying and protecting your company’s inventions? Our panel will discuss types of patentable matter, prosecution basics, timing issues, international practice and strategic portfolio maintenance.
    • Trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights: Are you adequately identifying and protecting company trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights? Our panel will discuss strategies for protection and enforcement, including likelihood of confusion, registration and employee confidentiality agreements.
  • Exploitation of IP rights: How to avoid the 10 biggest traps in licensing your IP, strategies for maximization of licensing revenues and other strategic considerations in exploitation of an IP portfolio
  • Antitrust issues: Avoiding antitrust problems in licenses and settlement agreements
  • Patent, trademark and copyright litigation in the United States: Federal Court System, International Trade Commission practice, damages and remedies available, discovery
  • Costs of litigation: Details regarding costs of IP litigation and cost control strategies
  • Avoiding infringement: Clearance analysis, design-around options and tactical
    considerations to avoid a lawsuit
  • IP and M&A: Identification, valuation and transfer of IP, due diligence in M&A transactions, tax concerns
  • Open source software and Internet issues: Issues and risks of use of open source code
  • Tax issues in IP transactions: Pitfalls and opportunities

Panelists include Katten partners Robert Breisblatt, Samson Helfgott, Justin Krieger, Elliot Press and Bruce Vanyo; and Dan Geva, Shaul Grossman, Michal Halperin and David Mirchin from Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein.