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IP Roundtable Lunch

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Polsinelli PC, 1401 Eye St NW, Washington DC

Roundtable Discussion of Changing Winds on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter – Thursday, February 21

Presented by the Intellectual Property Section of the South Asian Bar Association of DC (SABA-DC)

Click here to register. Please register by February 18, 2019. 

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm; lunch will be served at 12pm noon; program starting at 12:30pm

Location: Polsinelli PC, 1401 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Metro Stop: McPherson Square (Orange/Blue/Silver)

Join experienced practitioners, in-house counsel, and PTAB judges as we parse the USPTO’s latest guidance on patentability and eligibility of subject matter in various practice areas such as financial technologies, artificial intelligence, chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, life science, and business methods. SABA-DC members and IP practitioners of all practice groups are encouraged to attend, network, and share your questions and thoughts on the changing landscape for patent eligibility. We anticipate arrivals, lunch, and networking from 12:00-12:30pm and the program running from 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Kalyan Deshpande, Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Judge Deshpande, subsequent to his graduation from college, worked for Accenture. During and after law school, he worked at the early-stage food services company Viands Concerted, LLC. He then joined the USPTO as a Patent Examiner before joining the Board in 2008 as a Patent Attorney, following which he became a Judge. Judge Deshpande received a J.D. from the Ohio State University, Michael Moritz College of Law and a B.S. in Engineering from the Case Western Reserve University.

Q. Todd Dickinson, Senior Partner, Polsinelli (former Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO)

During his 35-year career, Mr. Dickinson has also been Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, with overall corporate responsibility for all IP, including the management of extensive patent and trademark portfolios. Todd has also served as the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), where he played a key role in the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and the subsequent PTO rules, including all aspects of post-grant review. Mr. Dickinson received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a B.S. from Allegheny College.

Rama Elluru, Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Judge Elluru has been handling post-grant proceedings since the AIA went into effect in September 2012.  Before joining the Board, she practiced IP law in the Washington D.C. area, during which time, her main focus was patent litigation in district courts and the ITC.  Prior to private practice, she had an extensive career as a law clerk, including at the ITC and the Federal Circuit, where she clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost.  Judge Elluru obtained a J.D. from the Washington and Lee School of Law, an M.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Trinity University.

Rajiv Shah, Assistant General Counsel – Patents, Johnson & Johnson

Mr. Shah currently serves as Group Leader – Cardiovascular and Metabolism (CVM) at Johnson & Johnson and is a member of its Intellectual Property Management Committee as well as the CVM Senior Leadership Team.  Mr. Shah provides counsel and legal support to Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical franchise in areas including collaboration and alliance related matters.  He has worked on a number of significant transactions and is a core member of a number of research and development teams. Mr. Shah received a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, an M.S. in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Shankar Krithivasan, Counsel, Polsinelli

Mr. Krithivasan is a member of Polsinelli’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science group and assists clients in patent preparation and prosecution in technologies including artificial intelligence, telecommunications, semiconductors, cloud computing, and software. Mr. Krithivasan leverages his prior experience as a processor design engineer in a well-known semiconductor and telecommunications company, where he also worked in-house in the patent department. Mr. Krithivasan received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.



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