ILT 55th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law

Enjoying this morning’s sessions at the IP seminar at CAIL in Plano.  Good morning updates on subject matter areas, and right now I’m listening to EDTX Judges Mazzant, Johnson and Love on the judges panel.  This afternoon is a in-house counsel panel, followed by three ethics presentations (which attendees are telling me they really like having on the first day).

Slides are locked and loaded for tomorrow’s presentation on TC Heartland, and I will post both the paper and slides shortly.

Tomorrow is, of course the two track morning, with prosecution in the big room, and litigation in the hall classroom, following by lunch presentation on jury presentation in patent cases.  That, in turn, is followed by panels on (1) 101; (2) IP in China; (3) New Frontiers in IP; and (4) IPRs.

A “physical place” from which the defendant “actually engaged in business”

Finally wrapped up my paper on TC Heartland this morning for next week’s seminar – will have it posted with the associated slides after I prepare the slides tomorrow afternoon (isn’t that what Saturdays are for?) One of the last cases I added was one of the most interesting, since it involved a court’s finding that a third party’s business location qualified as a regular and established place of the defendant, which is shaping up to be the Holy Grail of venue findings.

“A Difficult Standard to Meet” – Imputing Places of Business Among Corporations

I am in mad scientist mode this afternoon, frantically combing my office for cases, articles, blog posts and other factoids for my paper The Effect of TC Heartland on Patent Venue for next week’s ILT seminar in Plano, and noticed this little Halloween gem from an EDTX judge on the potentially crucial issue of when you can impute a “regular and established place of business” from one corporation to another. You know, sort of like … well, you get the idea.

40th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

I am spending what I assume is a beautiful day outside in Austin moderating the afternoon’s sessions at UTCLE’s annual civil litigation conference.  So far this afternoon I have enjoyed Frank Guerra talk about opening and closing statements, followed by Brittany Stanton and Josh Sandler talking about demonstrative evidence.  It is perhaps a comment on litigation today that Frank had 30 minutes for the crown jewel of trials, while Brittany and Josh are luxuriating in 45 minutes for demonstratives.  But both are great. After the break we’ll have sessions on difficult witnesses and jury selection, followed by ethics Jeopardy, which is always fun (but more fun if you have a ringer in the audience advocating for the wrong answers – we do that at EDTX bench/bars, and it’s always fun watching attendees when that happens.. There’s another day and a half of good stuff to come, with updates in numerous fields.