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IP Symposium at UNH Law Will Help Global Companies Prepare for New Patent Laws

The University of New Hampshire School of Law will host the inaugural Robert Shaw International Intellectual Property Symposium on April 25 in Concord, NH.

The event, held in UNH Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, will provide practical advice to help global companies protect their businesses and gain competitive advantages as the changes from the America Invents Act continue to be implemented.

The event is sponsored by Sughrue Mion, PLLC, a global intellectual property law firm with leading industry expertise on the recent changes to patent law.

UNH Law has earned a strong reputation as a global leader in pioneering legal education, particularly with intellectual property.

We have one of the largest full-time IP faculties in the field, housed in our beautiful new Franklin Pierce Center for IP.

This event, with the generous support of Sughrue, is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of the late Professor Robert Shaw by sharing his passion for the global practice of IP.

John Broderick
Dean, UNH School of Law


The event will feature keynote speaker Judge Arthur Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.) and Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at UNH Law. In addition, a plenary session and two panel discussions will feature Chief Judge James Donald Smith of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; Bruce Kisliuk, deputy commissioner for patent administration at the U.S. Patent Office; Tadashige Itoh, president, Itoh International Patent Office; and many leading intellectual property attorneys and corporate counsels for some of the largest international corporations.

Speakers will discuss how the AIA will affect law from the perspectives of the U.S. judiciary and federal courts as well as those of other countries. Attendees will also hear from the intellectual property counsel at Siemens, Endo Pharmaceuticals, General Electric, and many more major international corporations, who will offer post-AIA implementation patent litigation strategies.

We are proud to support UNH Law with this event. We know how complex patent issues can be for global companies, and how important it is to ensure a company's property rights.

Many of our attorneys have worked as examiners in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and have an insider's knowledge of practice before it – from administration to examination to appeal.

In addition, more than 95 percent of our attorneys are licensed to practice before the USPTO, which will be even more important as more procedures move out of the courtroom and into the PTO with the changes brought about under AIA.

William H. Mandir, JD '87
Partner, Sughrue Mion, PLLC


CLE accreditation is currently pending for CA, NH, NY, VA, NJ, and PA.  For more information and to register to attend the event, visit the Alumni Community or contact Jacqueline Lawrie.

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