Patent Law Institute

Hosted by the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies in association with the
American Intellectual Property Law Association


May 13-17, 2013

The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies in association with the American Intellectual Property Law Association is holding a one-week intensive training program, which will address important developments in patent law.  Designed for practicing lawyers and leaders whose work requires a deep understanding of the fast-moving area of patent law, this program focuses on practical strategies for navigating the new procedures set out in the America Invents Act. Participants also will develop a comprehensive understanding of the case law that is shaping patent and intellectual property litigation. The faculty includes Duke Law scholars, legislative and executive branch officials, experienced lawyers, and prominent United States judges -- a unique combination of knowledge, insight, and experience that distinguishes this accelerated learning program from traditional educational programs.

Topics of Focus
  • AIA: Policy rationale, major provisions, and legislative history
  • Recent case law developments in patent validity: impact on prosecution, licensing, and litigation
  • Claim construction, infringement, and remedies
  • Patents, licensing, standards, and antitrust, including treatment of reverse payment settlements
Duke Law Certificate and CLE Credit

All participants who satisfactorily complete the 5-day program will be awarded a Duke Law Certificate of Training in Intellectual Property Law.  Program participants are required to attend lectures to the instructors’ satisfaction. 

The Judicial Studies Center is requesting 29 hours of CLE credit for the program.

  • Arti Rai: Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke University
  • Mark Webbink: Duke Law Senior Lecturing Fellow and former Red Hat General Counsel
  • Kenneth Sibley: Duke Law Senior Lecturing Fellow and Partner, Myers, Bigel, Sibley and Sajovec
  • Tom Irving: Partner, Finnegan, Henderson
  • Barbara Fiacco: Partner, Foley, Hoag
Guest Speakers
  • Randall Rader: Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Thomas S. Ellis, III: District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia
  • James Smith: Chief Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Deanna Tanner Okun: Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg and Former Chair, U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Joseph Matal: Associate Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark Office, former United States Senate Judiciary Committee staff
  • Julie Carlson: Federal Trade Commission
  • James W. Dabney: Partner, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Jorge Contreras: Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Cafeteria-style option: Monday-Tuesday $1,200; Wednesday $900; Thursday $900; and Friday $900

5-day program $3,000 


May 13 – 17, 2013


Duke Law School main campus
Durham, North Carolina

Webcast of Program - Friday, May 17 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Webcast of Program - Friday, May 17 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.