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Thompson Coburn's Intellectual Property group will host an in-depth webinar on Thursday, June 27, that will analyze next steps for corporate entities following a recent Congressional and presidential interest in aggressive patent assertion entities.

By some estimates, these "non-practicing entities" cost the U.S. economy $29 billion per year in legal expenses and licensing fees. The escalating cost of these matters has caught the attention of the Obama administration, Congress, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), all of whom are currently considering a number of reforms intended to reduce these perceived litigation abuses.

What is the scope of this problem, and what’s coming next? Thompson Coburn’s one-hour webinar, "Washington Responds to Patent Assertion Entity Legislation," will address these questions and more.

IP partners Michael Parks, Jason Schwent, Kal Shah, and Lobbying & Policy chair Ken Salomon will lead the webinar.

The session will:

  • Examine possible legislation intended to address this abusive litigation and protect end users from infringement actions.
  • Discuss efforts to clarify the authority of courts with respect to these claims.
  • Address the president's call for executive actions directing the USPTO to implement internal reforms to curb litigation abuses.
  • Outline effective strategies and tactics - based on years of experience in these matters - for dealing cost-effectively with these matters.

The session will at noon CDT, and is complimentary. Click here to register. Join us for a live-tweet of the session by following @TCLE_live and using the hash tag #PAElit.