Federal Circuit Bar Association's 2021 Bench & Bar® Conference


Fish Principals Ahmed Davis and Deanna Reichel will speak at the Federal Circuit Bar Association's 2021 Bench & Bar® Conference on June 23-24. Panel details are below.

Diversity: A Focus on Practical Benefits of Diversity
Wednesday, June 23 | 2:45 – 3:45 PM ET

We know from outside legal practice the challenges people of color face, and the importance of addressing those challenges in society. This panel - which is comprised of a United States District Court Judge, and law firm and in-house counsel - will explore the critical practical importance of diversity and inclusion throughout the profession. The panelists will discuss data that shows the benefits of inclusion and ways in which you can make your business better by employing it.


  • Ahmed Davis, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Erin Marie Boyd Leach, Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


  • The Honorable Cathy A. Bencivengo, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • James Donald Smith, In-House Counsel, Ecolab Inc.
  • Jee Young You, Director of Litigation, Adobe Inc.
  • Maria Melendez, Chief Diversity Officer, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Reese Nguyen, Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

Section 101 Review: Life Sciences & Biotech
Thursday, June 24 | 12:15 – 1:15 PM ET

Claimed methods in life sciences patents can cover a wide variety of subject matter with important implications for validity under the judicial exceptions to section 101. This panel will consider claims to diagnostic, pharmaceutical preparation, patient treatment, and other methods in the context of current Section 101 analysis.

Jill Schmidt, Assistant General Counsel, Genentech, Inc.


  • Deanna J. Reichel, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Amy Nelson, Senior Counsel for Patent Policy and Litigation, United States Patent Trademark Office
  • Samoneh "Sammy" Kadivar, Senior Associate, Baker Botts LLP
  • Matthew Powers, Partner, Tensegrity Law Group

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