Willful or Not? Proof of Recklessness and Opinions of Counsel after In re Seagate (Palo Alto Presentation)

9/11/2007

IP Due Diligence, Life Sciences + Healthcare, and Patent Litigation

Palo Alto, CA

Michael R. Ward

Michael R. Ward

Seminar

September 11, 2007
11:30 am - Noon Registration
Noon - 2:00 pm Program
Lunch will be served

Crowne Plaza Cabaña Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA

Almost every patent case today alleges willful infringement, and the Federal Circuit has just rewritten the rules on what constitutes "willfulness." Its en banc decision in In re Seagate defines "willfulness" as objective recklessness, at a minimum. The decision also limits the scope of the waiver of the attorney-client privilege upon production of an opinion of counsel so that communications with trial counsel remain protected. As a global leader in intellectual property law, Morrison & Foerster is pleased to offer clients and friends a seminar on the decision’s consequences for the legal and business community. Our leading patent prosecutors and IP litigators will share their views on the decision’s practical ramifications for patent law. They will discuss:

  • Where the new definition of willfulness comes from and what it means.
  • How one proves or disproves willfulness now.
  • What a company should do if it gets a demand letter tomorrow.
  • Under what circumstances opinions of counsel are still useful.
  • What waiver issues remain for a party producing an opinion of counsel.
  • Whether this decision, with others, will change the economics of patent litigation

This program will also be presented in the following locations:

San Diego, September 13th
Northern Virginia, September 20th

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