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[Webinar held on May 5] The latest trends in US patent law and its impact on Japanese companies

[Online seminar co-sponsored by Crowell & Moring LLP / FRONTEO]

Following a previous talk at FRONTEO last November, Dr. Brian Paul Gairing and Michael H. Jacobs of the international law firm Crowell & Moring LLP will join the importance of intellectual property proceedings in the United States. I will give a lecture on the latest trends.Along with the impact of these developments on Japanese companies operating in the United States, we will also discuss recent developments in the field of US patent infringement damages for activities conducted outside the United States.In addition, in conducting such a study, I will explain the role of jurisdiction, place of judgment, and service when a Japanese company is subject to a US trial.Finally, we discuss cutting-edge topics in US patent law, including IPR estoppel and other important developments in the legal arena.


【Webinar Summary】

◆ Title: Recent Developments in U.S. Patent Law and The Impact On Japanese Corporations
◆Date: Thursday October 2022, 5 @ 12:10-30:11 (JST)
◆ Fee: Free webinar
◆ Webinar type: Zoom Webinar

◆ Speaker:
Brian Paul Gearing 
Crowell & Moring LLP

Brian Paul Gearing is a partner attorney at Crowell & Moring's New York office and is part of an intellectual property group specializing in patent litigation.Dr. Gearing has extensive experience in all stages of proceedings, from pre-litigation investigations to numerous jurisdictional appeals and ITC proceedings.He also has extensive experience in portfolio management, hostile licensing negotiations on patents, and invalidity and non-infringement opinion making in proceedings.Throughout his three years in Tokyo, he has unique experience in litigation and arbitration in the United States on behalf of clients based in the Asia Pacific region.Dr. Gearing served as a barrister in a number of important proceedings, winning judgments and settlements in favor of his clients, and performing well in witness cross-examination and motion claims in these proceedings.He has been involved in many lawsuits related to various technical fields, and specific examples of technical fields include material structure / mechanics, semiconductors, hard disk design / manufacturing, microprocessor technology, wireless communication, and network equipment / architecture. increase.We also provide legal advice to our clients regarding the introduction of new technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledgers and the development of innovative products such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets.Dr. Gearing has authored 3 papers in scientific publications and is also an inventor with two US patents.Prior to entering law school, I obtained a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted research on the structure and mechanics of various substances.After earning his PhD, he attended the University of California, Berkeley Law School and was a Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Michael H. Jacobs
Crowell & Moring LLP

Michael H. Jacobs is a co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Patent Prosecution Group. He focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright infringement litigation, post-grant patent proceedings, intellectual property portfolio management, patent procurement, counseling, and licensing. Mr. Jacobs has litigated patent disputes before district courts throughout the United States, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences), the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Jacobs has extensive experience with post-issuance proceedings at the USPTO, managing all aspects of these cases from the pre-declaration stage through final judgment and appeal. Mr. Jacobs' counseling work has involved assisting both large and small clients with the creation and implementation of intellectual property protection and procurement programs, as well as in evaluating infringement and validity issues for patentees and third parties. He has also worked with clients to develop creative solutions to managing intellectual property assets, including the development of portfolio-valuation tools. Based on his professional and academic experiences, Mr. Jacobs has a broad and deep technical background. As an attorney, he has worked on matters involving digital and analog circuits and systems, Internet and other computer-software applications, video-display devices, wireless communications, polymers, catalytic chemistry, tissue grafts, fibroblast mitogenesis, aptamers, and various mechanical systems. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an engineer on technologies including sonar signal processing, biomedical signal processing and instrumentation, and computer-assisted tomography. Mr. Jacobs' research work included mathematical modeling of evoked potentials, analog circuit design, and image processing.

◆ Office introduction:

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with offices in the United States, Europe, MENA, and Asia that represents clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, and transactional and corporate matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation and government-facing matters, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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