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SABA-DC IP Section Presents - Patent Eligibility Update: The Aftermath of Alice

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Bookoff McAndrews, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 450

The SABA-DC IP Section Presents

Patent Eligibility Update:  The Aftermath of Alice

Patent owners and practitioners continue to endure the aftershocks of the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.  The courts, citing Alice, continue to invalidate a record number of claims based on patent eligibility, and the Patent Office is rejecting wide swaths of patent applications for software, business methods, and even hardware-based inventions.  Patent applicants are facing uncertainty, delays, and rising costs as the Patent Office continues to revise its Section 101 guidance and reach for an articulable standard of patent-eligible subject matter.  There are, however, some early signs that the way forward may be clearing.

Please join us for an interactive discussion on the latest developments in patent eligible subject matter in the courts, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and the Patent Office.  Chris Agrawal, partner at Bookoff McAndrews, and Rishi Nangia, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at The Advisory Board, will lead a discussion on the latest decisions, and provide practical tips for advancing computer- and software-related cases through the Patent Office.  

When:  Wednesday, November 4th, Noon to 1:30 PM
Where:  Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 450
Washington DC 20037

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.

Please RSVP to Rahul Das at by noon on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


Chris Agrawal is a partner at Bookoff McAndrews.  Chris advises technology companies on obtaining patent protection and analyzing patent-related risks and opportunities. Chris develops and implements patent strategies that promote client goals, including securing market exclusivity and freedom to market new products and services.

Chris prosecutes patent applications across a wide range of mechanical, computer, software, and Internet-related technologies. He has handled the prosecution of numerous patent portfolios, including those of Internet start-ups, growing industrial companies, and publicly-traded consumer companies. Before practicing law, Chris worked as a U.S. patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rishi Nangia is Senior Intellectual Property CounseI at the Advisory Board.  He has experience in the high tech and software industry, providing: 1) corporate legal advice for commercial transactions; 2) patent law expertise prosecuting, commercializing and litigating patents; 3) general business advice; and 4) development and management of start ups.


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