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Intellectual Property Law Section: Lessons Learned from Post-grant Proceedings Under the America Invents Act

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Finnegan: 901 New York Ave, Washington, DC 20001
SABA-DC is launching a new section, the Intellectual Property Law Section! The SABA-DC IP Law Section, comprised of Washington, D.C. area attorneys practicing in all areas of IP law, will:
  • provide a professional networking forum for IP law attorneys;
  • assist, guide, and mentor South Asian IP law attorneys in; and
  • conduct continuing legal education programming for IP law attorneys.

The first event, focusing on lessons learned from post-grant proceedings under the American Invents Act (AIA), will be held this Thursday, January 30. The AIA provides many new procedures to challenge patents, including post-grant review proceedings, inter partes review proceedings, and the transitional program for review of covered business method patents. Many of these procedures are being utilized quite often following their September 2012 implementation. Please join our panelists as they discuss lessons learned since implementation of these new procedures and strategies and considerations.


Naveen Modi, a partner at Finnegan, practices all aspects of patent-related work, including litigation (U.S. district court, U.S. International Trade Commission, and appellate), client counseling, post-grant proceedings, interferences, patent prosecution and opinions. He has conducted all types of discovery, drafted briefs, prepared and examined witnesses, and argued in court. He has been involved in dozens of post-grant proceedings, including advising clients on concurrent litigation. His practice encompasses a range of technical areas, including medical devices, software, networking, business methods, semiconductor devices, and electronics. Mr. Modi devotes a portion of his time to pro bono matters. He successfully represented an individual in his request for asylum before the Immigration Court.

Samhitha Muralidhar, an associate at Finnegan, focuses her practice on complex patent litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Her practice involves a range of technologies, including matters in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and electrical fields. Ms. Muralidhar has been involved in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation activities to appellate work before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her litigation experience includes conducting offensive and defensive discovery, drafting a wide range of motions (including dispositive motions and post-trial briefs), preparing fact and expert witnesses, taking and defending witnesses in court, and handling day-to-day litigation activities. In addition to litigation, Ms. Muralidhar has counseled clients regarding patent opinions, prosecuted patents, and has been involved in post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Date:                 Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time:                Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where:              Finnegan

                           901 New York Avenue

                          Washington, DC 20001         


Lunch will be provided.

For more information about this section or to RSVP, please contact Rahul Das at  RSVPs must be received by January 29, 2014.


Our goal is to address the needs and concerns of the South Asian American legal community in Washington, D.C. while providing our members with the knowledge and support necessary to reach their personal and professional goals.

You can find us here:

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035

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