Patent Resources Group (PRG) Spring 2019 Advanced Courses Program

Fish will once again teach two courses at Patent Resources Group (PRG) Spring 2019 Advanced Courses Program, April 7-12, in Sarasota, Florida.

Fish's Betsy Flanagan (TC), Corrin Drakulich (Atlanta), and Ben Thompson (Atlanta) will teach the Patent Infringement Litigation course, April 7-9. In this course, experienced patent trial lawyers will discuss the practical and strategic keys to success when pursuing or defending against a patent infringement claim. The course will stress the early development of a cogent theme, and use of that theme to guide claim construction, fact and expert discovery, and trial presentation.

Fish will lead attendees through all phases of a patent dispute, including pre-suit investigation and planning, the claim construction process, fact and expert discovery, the critical nature of trial preparation, the elements of an effective trial presentation, and post-trial activities. The course will provide updates on recent developments affecting patent trial practice, including venue, willful infringement and enhanced remedies, and motions for partial summary judgment.

The course also covers strategies for managing patent litigation, including budgeting and coordinating federal court litigation with parallel proceedings. Attendees will complete the course with insights they can use to get an edge in current or future patent litigation matters.

Fish's second course, Pharma and Biotech Patents: A Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA (Biosimilars) Immersion Course Encompassing Prosecution Strategies, FDA Regulation, Post-Grant Challenge, and Litigation, will be taught by Janis Fraser (Boston), Megan Chacon (San Diego), Terry Mahn (DC), and Dorothy Whelan (TC), April 10-12.

This course will let you hone the skills needed to prosecute, evaluate, challenge, and enforce pharmaceutical and biotech claims in an ever-changing legal and economic climate. Learn cutting-edge strategies for putting pharmaceutical and biotech patents, US regulatory law and dispute resolution techniques to work for your company’s benefit. This "immersion" course is taught by an experienced team who puts it all together for you. It will be valuable not only for attorneys but also for any corporate decision maker who needs to understand how the Hatch-Waxman and biosimilars legislation shape complex patent and regulatory decisions for his or her company.

The course starts with a broad survey of the Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA legislation provisions that underpin the strategies to be discussed throughout the course. The course then conveys both fundamentals and advanced legal strategies in three major areas: (1) pharmaceutical and biotech patent prosecution; (2) litigation and appeal; and (3) post-grant challenges such as inter partes review and post-grant review. These topics are taught as a seamless whole by four principals from Fish & Richardson who utilize frequent cross-references to highlight the interplay among all the topics.

For example, relevant patent case law (including the most recent biotech and pharma cases) is discussed from different viewpoints in the context of prosecution and enforcement. An expert on the Hatch-Waxman and biosimilars laws will provide a coherent overview of these complex provisions; another lecturer will explain these laws' critical importance to patent enforcement in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields; and others will show how these laws inform strategy in prosecution and post-grant challenges. Strategies for managing the life cycle of patented drugs is a theme that echoes throughout the course.

For more information about PRG and the Advanced Courses Program, click here.

Patent Resources Group (PRG) Spring 2019 Advanced Courses Program
April 7-12, 2019
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
100 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL