Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 – 4:30 pm

Researching Inventions and Existing Patents 
L. Murray

   Collecting information about inventions
   Patentability searches
   Clearance searches

Managing and Preserving U.S. Patent Rights 
M. Haggerson

   Maintaining the patent
   Licensing patent rights
   Assigning patent rights
   Handling patent issues in corporate transactions
   Handling patent infringement issues

Preparing and Prosecuting US Patent Applications 
R. Sovesky

   Preparing US patent applications
      • Identifying the invention and the inventors
      • Drafting the patent application
      • Reviewing sample applications
   Prosecuting patent applications

Preventing Patent Disputes and Litigation 
S. Altman, L. Tanglen

   Create procedures to properly secure IP rights from the start  
     (Employee contracts, joint development agreements, cross-license)
   Alternative arrangements to court
      (Licensing, joint ventures,mediation, arbitration, settlement)
   Mitigating losses (Insurance, attorney opinions)
   Know your business and competitors
      (Freedom to operate searches,literature review, etc.)

Current Issues in Patent Law 
R. Sovesky, R. Capriotti

   35 U.S.C. 101: Moving forward
   Venue: The impact of TC heartland
   Foreign lost profits


Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5S Pennsylvania CLE Hours
     6.5 Ohio CLE Hours
     7.5 New York CLE Hours
     7.5 New Jersey CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public offers 6.5 PDHs/continuing education hours to professional engineers in most states, including Pennsylvania. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this course for 6.5S credits for attorneys. The Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved this seminar for 6.5 general CLE hours for attorneys.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. This traditional format course offers 7.5 CLE hours, consisting 7.5 Areas of Professional Practice hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a New Jersey CLE Service Provider (No. 164), and this course offers 8.0 CLE hours to New Jersey attorneys.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Susan Altman

K&L Gates LLP, PittsburghMs. Altman helps clients properly structure contracts in ways that foster long-term, positive commercial relationships, whether through subscription agreements, licensing, strategic alliances, or outsourcing transactions. In addition to assisting clients with IT and business process outsourcing activities, Ms. Altman has negotiated commercial contracts across the breadth of global supply chain networks, from manufacturing to distribution and retail, and has supported the commercial launch of numerous cloud-based services. She has also negotiated licenses of intellectual property rights in the software, IoT, FinTech, data analytics, artificial intelligence, medical device, and biotechnology industries. She addresses privacy and data protection in commercial contracts, including many transactions in the financial services and healthcare industries. Ms. Altman is a frequent lecturer on commercial and technology issues affecting companies on the edge of tomorrow.

Roberto Capriotti

K&L Gates LLP, Pittsburgh
Mr. Capriotti focuses his practice on intellectual property law, primarily in the preparation, prosecution, and litigation of high technology patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He also counsels clients on intellectual property strategy, portfolio development, and transactional matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Capriotti held various positions as a patent agent and as an electronics design engineer where he designed microprocessor embedded systems including telecommunication devices, sensors, and instruments for various industries including energy measurement and distribution systems.

Michael Haggerson

K&L Gates LLP, Pittsburgh
Mr. Haggerson’s patent procurement practice includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications for a range of technologies including surgical cutters/staplers, ultrasonic surgical instruments, electrosurgical instruments, digital medicine, ingestible sensors, software and computer systems, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. Mr. Haggerson also has experience in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including preparing inter partes review petitions targeting patents in various technical fields, including autonomous vehicles and software. Mr. Haggerson also has experience counseling clients on freedom to operate and patent invalidity issues involved in surgical techniques and other technological fields. He has a background in biomedical engineering and focuses his practice on patent procurement and portfolio management.

Laurén Shuttleworth Murray

K&L Gates LLP, Pittsburgh
Ms. Murray has extensive experience in patent preparation and prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for both utility and design applications. She participates in all aspects of the patent procurement process including obtaining and reviewing invention disclosures, performing patentability searches, drafting applications, preparing filings including responses to office actions, and interviewing examiners. Ms. Murray’s practice also involves patent invalidity, clearance, and freedom-to-operate analyses; due diligence studies; and drafting substantive filings for post-grant procedures such as petitions for inter partes review. In addition, Ms. Murray works on trademark portfolio development and maintenance. She has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting trademark applications.

Robert J. Sovesky

K&L Gates LLP, Pittsburgh
Mr. Sovesky’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law relating to procurement, licensing, clearance, enforcement, management, and counseling. Mr. Sovesky is experienced with representation of companies of varying sizes, including fortune 100 companies and fledgling startups. Examples of Mr. Sovesky’s experience include procurement and management of patent portfolios, technology roadmap counseling, white space guidance, innovation evaluation, and freedom-to-operate analyses. Mr. Sovesky’s technical concentration is in the chemical, biotech, materials science, and mechanical areas. Examples of his technical concentration include 3D printing, metallurgy, polymers, polymerization coatings, enzymology, hydrocarbon processing, catalysis, and photovoltaic cells.

Lucas J. Tanglen

K&L Gates LLP, PittsburghMr. Tanglen practices commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex insurance coverage matters. His experience representing insurance policyholders includes mass tort product liability matters, intellectual property claims, and directors and officers (D&O) coverage, among many other types of insurance-related representations. His litigation experience includes taking the depositions of insurers’ corporate designees and drafting numerous critical court filings, including motions for summary judgment, appellate briefs, motions to compel discovery, and declaratory judgment complaints.

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Currently, our self-study products DO NOT qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA or CLARB credit.

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