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If you are interested in how patent reform legislation now being considered in Congress may affect you, please register for the next BioCrossroads Frameworx on Thursday, May 22 from 8:00 a.m. and 10 a.m.  A presentation of data will be delivered by a panel of experts including:

  • Doug Norman, Vice President and General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Mark Janis, Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Research, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University.
  • Sharon Barner, Vice President and General Counsel of Cummins, Inc.
  • Brion St. Amour, Head of IP, Indiana University Research and Techonology Corportaion
  • Greg Coy, Partner and Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group, Krieg DeVault

The discussion will be moderated by Bruce Artim, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs at Eli Lilly and Company.

Less than three years after the enactment of the landmark patent reform law, “The American Invents Act,” Congress is once again considering making significant changes to the U.S. patent code.  Last December, “The Innovation Act”, H.R. 3309, passed the House of Representatives by a 325–91 vote.  Action has now shifted to the United States Senate which is expected to take up the issue in the upcoming months.  Many of the proposed changes relate to patent litigation with a stated purpose of reducing harm caused by so-called “patent trolls.”   There is concern voiced by many, however, that some of the proposals adversely affect the interests of many stakeholders in the patent system, including innovators at universities and many life science product manufacturers.  The panel of experts will discuss such key issues as heightened pleading requirements, attorneys’ fees awards and recovery, discovery stays, bad faith demand letters, and standards of review for PTO administrative hearings.
This Frameworx session will take place at D’Amore  on the 48th floor of the Chase Tower at 111 Monument Circle in Indianapolis.  Networking over coffee, tea, and muffins will start at 8:00 a.m. and remarks start at 8:30.  Parking is available on the street level and in the garage located on Pennsylvania between Ohio and Market. 

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