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Litigator Eric C. Cohen Moderates FCBA Webcast on FTC Study of Patent Assertion Entities
November 01, 2016

CHICAGO—Eric C. Cohen, an intellectual property litigator at Brinks Gilson & Lione, will moderate a panel discussion in the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) webcast, "An FTC Study—Patent Assertion Entity Activity,” on November 16, 2016.

On October 6, 2016, the FTC released its case study of patent assertion entities (“PAEs”).  The study covered the period from January 2009 to mid-September 2014.  The FTC study recommended several changes to patent litigation to protect against nuisance lawsuits while protecting the legitimate assertion of patent rights.

The distinguished panel includes Suzanne Munck, deputy director of the Office of Policy Planning and chief counsel for intellectual property at the FTC; the Hon. Paul R. Michel (ret.), former Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; David J. Kappos, partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and Suzanne Michel, senior patent counsel at Google, Inc., and former deputy director for the Office of Policy Planning at the FTC. Among other things, the panelists will discuss whether recent case law developments and changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have lessened or eliminated the need for the changes suggested in the FTC report.

Eric Cohen has more than 35 years of experience in intellectual property litigation before federal courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and recently, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He represents clients with innovations in the telecommunications, electronics, computer software, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. An active member of the intellectual property legal community, Cohen lectures and writes frequently, and serves on the FCBA’s board of directors.

The FCBA is a national bar organization for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Association was organized to unite different groups who practice within the legal community of the nation’s highest patent court, and offers a forum for dialogue between bar and court, government counsel, private practitioner, and corporate counsel.

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