Consero IP Forum for Life Sciences 2019

Fish Principals Gwilym Attwell (Delaware) and Todd Garcia (Boston) will moderate two panels, while Gwilym will serve as Forum Chair, at Consero’s IP Forum for Life Sciences on December 8-10 in Newport Beach, CA.

Fish is a proud supporter of this three-day invitation-only event, where attendees can network with senior in-house counsel and learn proven strategies to improve their business. Panel details are below.

December 8, 1:30 - 2:30PM
Crafting & Implementing Your Strategic IP Game Plan

  • How have you strategically developed your IP strategy?
  • How do you stay current with your company’s inventive activity? What protections have you put in place both internally and externally?
  • How do you communicate the importance of the overall IP strategy at all levels of the business, particularly to those who lack a legal background?
  • How do you make sure, on an ongoing basis, your IP strategy and the overall corporate strategy remain coordinated?
  • In what ways do you use outside counsel to implement your strategy?

Moderator: Todd Garcia, Principal, Fish & Richardson


  • Gene Kim, Senior VP, Legal & IP, Triplett Therapeutics
  • Sapna Mehtani, Head of IP & Alliance Management, Brammer Bio
  • Harriet Strimpel, Chief IP Counsel, New England Biolabs
  • Bruce Wu, Director, Global IP, Illumina
  • George Xixis, VP, Legal Affairs & IP, Decibel Therapeutics

December 9, 9:00 - 10:00AM
A View From The Trenches Of The PTAB: Strategies For Patent Owners (& Patent Applicants)

Since 2012, about 10,000 Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post-Grant Review (PGR) petitions have been filed to challenge the validity of patents. Gwilym Attwell will discuss high-level strategies critical for Petitioners and Patent Owners. He will detail strategies for success drafting petitions which are most likely to be instituted or for preparing Preliminary Patent Owner Responses most likely to lead to denial of institution. Throughout the presentation he will discuss practical lessons for drafting patent applications that maximize the Patent Owner’s chance of success if eventually challenged at the PTAB.

  • For Petitioner: Petitions that maximize likelihood of success:
  • What to do pre-filing; and
  • How to deal with multiple petitions.
  • For Patent Owner: Strategies to prevent institution:
  • Points of attack in the Preliminary Patent Owner Response.
  • Discuss factors considered by the PTAB when determining whether estoppel under 314 or 325 applies.
  • How to design a patent portfolio unattractive for challenge and/or likely to survive attack.

Moderator: Gwilym Attwell, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Consero IP Forum for Life Sciences
December 8-10, 2019
Fashion Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA