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“Patentable Subject Matter After the Bilski Oral Argument” Webcast – November 19, 2009.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 12, 2009

The American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) is cosponsoring a program on November 19, 2009, titled “Patentable Subject Matter After the Bilski Oral Argument”.  Per the WCL website:

A Telecast by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Washington College of Law, American University and the Federal Circuit Bar Association

November 19, 2009, 4:30-6:30 pm
Washington College of Law, Room 603

In Bilski v. Kappos, the U.S. Supreme Court will address limitations on patentable subject matter in the context of a business method invention, analyzing a body of case law in such a way that some say could wrongly call into question the validity of many other patents and types of claims, while others argue it is not restrictive enough. The oral argument – and the subsequent decision – will be studied by a broad range of members of the patent community who are seeking to determine its effects on innovation, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. PIJIP and the FCBA will host a panel of experts to discuss the case shortly after the Court hears the oral argument.
The panelists for this program include: Raymond T. Chen, Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Counsel for Respondent, J. Michael Jakes, Finnegan Henderson, Counsel of Record for Petitioners, Nancy Linck, Rothwell, Figg, Counsel for Amicus Curiae BIO, and Randolph Moss, WilmerHale, Counsel for Amici Curiae Bank of America et al. A period for questions will follow. Thomas C. Goldstein, Akin, Gump, Counsel for Amicus Curiae American Bar Association and Professor Joshua Sarnoff, Washington College of Law, American University, Counsel for Amici Eleven Law Professors and the AARP will moderate.
In addition to on-site attendance, the FCBA will also broadcast the program live via the web on November 19, 2009 as a part of its regular Horizons series.    

This likely will be an excellent panel discussion of the recent oral arguments in Bilski v. Kappos.  More information on the program, and details how to participate, may be found here.