23rd Annual All Hands Meeting


On Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Michael McKeon (DC) and Frank Scherkenbach (Silicon Valley, Boston) will speakat the 2011 All hands Meeting at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA.This unique event, produced in cooperation with the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, is a longstanding tradition of in-house legal departments at technology and life science companies. The Hon. Melina Haag, United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, will provide the Keynote Address at this year’s banquet luncheon. Fish & Richardson is also a sponsor of the event. For more information or to register, please click here.

2.20 pm – 3.05pm

Thriving in Markman Hearings

It is said that Claim Construction/Markman often imparts more certainty into cases allowing for possible resolution through motions for summary judgment or settlement. But, how can Markman be used more effectively to achieve short term (Motions for summary judgment or settlement) or long term (trial/appeal) goals. What are leading practitioners seeing as procedural or substantive trends in Markman proceedings? When are they deciding that the "uncertainty" in sticking with "ordinary meaning" and not construing terms will play to their advantage? How can Markman be used effectively to invalidate claims under Section 112 (for example, definiteness)? What are trends in the law that will impact your cases?