2020 Institute Agenda

2020 Institute Agenda


February 16-18, 2020 in Naples, Florida

5th Annual Conference run by the Naples Roundtable

Origins of the Original “Phoenix List”:   “Upon the creation of the Federal Circuit [in 1982], Chief Judge Howard Thomas Markey created a ‘Phoenix List’  to fulfill what he saw as the “duty of [the new court] of clarify the law of patents itself [which] will require the resolution of numerous apparent conflicts [amongst the circuits] lurking in past decisions and decisional approaches of various courts.”  William C. Rooklidge & Matthew F. Weil, En Banc Review, Horror Pleni, and the Resolution of Patent Law Conflicts, 40 Santa Clara L. Rev. 787, 802 (2000)(citing Howard T. Markey, The Phoenix Court, 10 Am. Pat. L. Ass’n Q.J. 227, 232  (1982)). Following Chief Judge Markey’s lead, The Naples Roundtable identifies current issues in need of clarification. These issues focus our attention, foster our discussion, and inspire us to work toward making the U.S. patent system an “engine of innovation.”

Sunday, February 16, 2020

11:00 am to 1:00 pm Networking Event

5:00 pm to 7:15 pm Beachfront Reception and Opening Dinner

Monday, February 17, 2020

8:15 am to 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am to 9:15 am Opening Remarks

Gary Hoffman, President
David Kappos, Chairman, Advisory Board
Andy Baluch, Chairman, Amicus Committee
Senator Patrick Leahy (invited)

9:15 am to 10:45 am

Phoenix Issue I.  PTAB:

  • Should the IPR Model be used to assess all issues of patentability whenever a defense to infringement is patent invalidity?  And if so, then how should the IPR process be changed to accomplish this objective?
  • Have the recent changes in the PTAB Rules and Decisions had a positive impact in strengthening the patent system?  What further administrative changes in the IPR process should the PTO consider?
  • Would the changes proposed in the recently introduced “STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of 2019”improve or strengthen the patent system?

Discussion Leaders:
Andrew Baluch (Moderator), Teresa Summers, William Atkins, Robert Stern, Terry Stanek Rea, Russ Slifer, Michael Morin

10:45 am to 11:15 am Break

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Phoenix Issue II.  Is there a current conflict between the goals and implementation of the patent laws and antitrust laws that is impeding the effectiveness of the U.S. patent system’s ability to promote investment in developing and marketing new technology? 

Discussion Leaders:
David Kappos (Moderator), Director Andrei Iancu, Judge Paul Michel, Koren Wong-Ervin, Monte Cooper, Stan Fisher, Craig Martin
Makan Delrahim (invited)

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Phoenix Issue III.  Can the Courts and the parties agree on how to determine patent damages and valuation for licensing of SEP/FRAND patents?  Is there a need to clarify the current law and adopt a consensus approach? If so then what form should the model take?

Discussion Leaders:
Ken Adamo (Moderator), Judge James Holderman, Leah Waterland, Melissa Finocchio, Brian Nash

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Phoenix Issue V. International Patent Issues — What should be the future direction of harmonization efforts in connection with the substantive law among the top 5 patent offices (the IP5).  What are the priority areas for substantive law harmonization? Compare patent validity challenges in the Federal German Patent Court, JPO, CNIPO to provide a comparison on stats and trends globally?

Discussion Leaders:
Hal Wegner (Moderator), Judge Roger Hughes, Heinz Goddar, Shoichi Okuyama, Otto Licks, John Scott

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Break

4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

Phoenix Issue IV.  Section 101 –Will Congress find a politically viable legislative fix to address its Mayo/Alice jurisprudence or alternatively should the Supreme Court provide a way to clarify and correct the issues and if so, then how should the Court do so?   If the cert on this issue is taken by the Supreme Court, then what recommendations should be presented to the Supreme Court as a ground for resolution? Has the recent Federal Circuit en banc decision in Athena Diagnostics Inc v Mayo Collaborative Services set up the 101 question for review by the Supreme Court and if so then what new test should the Court develop?

Discussion Leaders:
Bob Stoll (Moderator), Kathi Vidal, Robert Armitage, Warren Woessner, Richard Rainey, Steve Lieberman, Phil Johnson, Phil Warrick

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

8:00 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Phoenix Issue VI.  Is the patent litigation being abusively utilized today or have “Troll” actions been significantly curbed?   Have IPRs, recent Court decisions, changes in venue selection and the more frequent award of attorneys’ fees helped?  What actions should be taken to improve the quality of the patents that are issued?

Discussion Leaders:
George Pappas (Moderator), Judge Kent Jordan, Paul Berghoff, Steve Auvil, Krish Gupta

10:15 am to 11:30 am

Phoenix Issue VII. Damages and injunctions – Are the current tests for obtaining injunctions after eBay supportive or an obstruction to innovation?  What is the impact in investing in and promoting and marketing new technologies? Does the current damages law put too great a burden on plaintiffs or too little to reach the right result? Are Daubert motions being properly used by the parties and the Courts? Have the limits on damages impacted innovation in the U.S.?

Discussion Leaders:
Matt Powers (Moderator), Mike Dzwonczyk, Philipp Rastemborski, Eric Hutz, Patrick Coyne, Yar Chaikovsky

11:30 am to 11:45 am Break

11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Phoenix Issue VIII. Coping with issues arising from Litigation Funding; Does such funding models play a roll in encouraging and rewarding innovation?

  • Ethics and issues around litigation funding in view of the old issues of barratry, champerty, usury, and maintenance
  • Discovery Issues
  • Disqualification Issues
  • Waivers
  • Conflicts

Discussion Leaders:
Patrick Arenz (Moderator), Judge Paul Michel, Heather Kliebenstein, Clyde Siebman, Aaron Nathan

Additional Judges Accepted:

Judge Linn
Judge O’Malley
Judge Plager
Judge Braden
Judge Chesler
Judge Conti
Judge Lifland