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May 28
Intellectual Property Strategies in the Wake of Alice

Intellectual Property Strategies in the Wake of Alice

Following the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank, software remains eligible for patent protection. However, many existing patents have been invalidated as unpatentable “abstract ideas” under the Alice framework and experience shows that it is now much more difficult to obtain software patents from the USPTO.
We would like to invite you to a panel discussion that will address Alice’s impacts in its first year and strategies for filing and defending patent claims in its wake. Our distinguished panel will include:
  • Mel Chan, named partner of Aka Chan LLP, and a prominent patent prosecutor who has extensive experience in prosecuting patents in the post-Alice world.
  • Dana Rao, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe Systems Inc. and signatory to an important amicus brief in the Alice case, who will provide insight on how software corporations are navigating IP claims after Alice.
  • Robert McFarlane, litigation partner and Technology Practice Chair with Hanson Bridgett LLP, who will address post-Alice litigation strategy.

The panel will be moderated by Professor David Franklyn, Director of the McCarthy Institute at the University of San Francisco School of Law and Russell Petersen, a registered patent attorney who specializes in patent infringement matters as Senior Counsel at Hanson Bridgett LLP.

Pre-registration is required.
Space is limited.

MCLE credit
will be available for California only

May 28, 2015
5:30 – 6:00 pm Registration & Networking Reception, 6:00 – 7:15 pm Program

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Hanson Bridgett
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

June 02
San Francisco's Central SoMa Plan: Development Opportunities and New Directions in the Plan
San Francisco's Central SoMa Plan: Development Opportunities and New Directions in the Plan

This program will discuss the latest developments in the upzoning that is nearing completion that will allow a great deal of new office, residential and retail development in SoMa centered around the new 4th Street underground MUNI line under construction. It will focus on development opportunities within the area of the Plan, including those already subject to acquisition agreements..

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 am Program


M. Brett Gladstone, Esq.
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Tony Crossley
Senior Vice President, Colliers International
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Tracey Grose
Vice President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
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Program Moderator

Jeff Chu, Esq.
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Cost is $25
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For more information contact Michelle Klopp at


June 02, 2015
8:30am - 11:00am

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Practising Law Institute
685 Market Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA

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