Patent Infringement: Leveraging Opinion Letters to Reduce the Risks of Liability and Enhanced Damages
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide patent counsel with an analysis of the evolving role of attorney opinions in defense of patent infringement claims and the potential use of written opinions of counsel. The panel will also discuss the waiver of the attorney-client privilege and provide best practices for developing opinions of counsel.
- Willful infringement, inducement of infringement, and use of opinions of counsel
- The "totality of the circumstances" standard for determining willfulness
- Importance of competent opinion of counsel in defending against willful infringement allegations and induced infringement claims
- Reliance on opinions of counsel
- Updating opinions
- Recent developments and their impact on how to use opinions
- Scope of discovery
- Privilege waiver for opinion counsel and trial counsel
- Privilege waiver for in-house counsel
- Other in-house personnel and in-house investigations
- Waiver of work product immunity
- Court treatment
- Best practices for employing opinions of counsel
- Implications for an opinion of counsel practice
- Rethinking defending against willfulness claims
- While, even under Halo, there is no affirmative duty to get an opinion, how to best proceed if monitoring others' patents
- When should corporate counsel seek outside opinions to protect themselves from willful infringement claims?
- Cost-benefit analysis (cost of single opinion vs. amount at stake in a patent lawsuit)
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What is the practical impact of recent decisions on utilizing opinions of counsel in defense of willful infringement and induced infringement claims?
- How does the "totality of the circumstances" standard impact legal advice on proactive clearance analysis for product planning and strategic portfolio development?
- Under what circumstances should corporate counsel seek outside opinions of counsel to protect their client from infringement claims?
Thomas J. Scott, Jr.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Personalized Media Communications
Mr. Scott is responsible for the firm’s legal and licensing activities and staff. He formerly chaired the... | Read More
Mr. Scott is responsible for the firm’s legal and licensing activities and staff. He formerly chaired the Intellectual Property Practice Groups at Goodwin Procter and Hunton & Williams. Mr. Scott focuses on all aspects of intellectual property including patent prosecution, litigation and licensing, appellate practice, and technology licensing.Close
April E. Weisbruch
McDermott Will & Emery
Ms. Weisbruch focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, particularly in managing large-scale IP litigation... | Read More
Ms. Weisbruch focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, particularly in managing large-scale IP litigation and counseling. She works with clients in wide-ranging technology sectors, including pharmaceuticals, software applications, medical devices, organic chemistry, and ballistics. She represents clients in all phases of patent litigation, from the filing of a complaint through appeal, as well as in the highly specialized post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). She has extensive deposition, hearing, and trial experience in US district courts throughout the country and the US Court of Federal Claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the PTAB. Her litigation experience includes traditional "competitor" litigation, litigation against non-practicing entities, ANDA litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, and Sec. 1498 litigation against the United States of America.Close
Eleanor M. Yost
Ms. Yost represents clients in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark, appeals,... | Read More
Ms. Yost represents clients in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark, appeals, opinions, licensing and transactions. She also litigates high-stakes intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the USPTO prosecution. Ms. Yost is the lead author of PTAB Post Grant Proceedings: A Tactical Guide for Practitioners and serves on the Board of Directors of the PTAB Bar Association.Close