McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP a Proud Sponsor of 2015 BIO IPCC Conference

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2015 IPPC Conference set for April 15-17, 2015 in Saint Louis, MO. The Conference began in 2004 as a service to BIO members – members of the BIO IP Counsels Committee, core R&D companies, and BIO member law firms and other service providers. The conference had two parts:

  • One or two in-person committee meetings where members receive updates from BIO and also have the opportunity to discuss recent challenges and experiences among industry colleagues.
  • Educational sessions sponsored by expert law firms in the IP sector to keep BIO members up to date on the latest industry issues and events.


In 2009, the meeting was opened to BIO non-members, including core R&D companies, government, academia, and service providers. The conference still consisted of educational sessions and a committee meeting, as it does today.

MBHB partners Kevin Noonan, Ph.D. and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D. are featured presenters for a presentation taking place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wed., April 15:

Pre-Conference Workshop: Can Congress Fix the Patent Law Mess?

Patent law has changed dramatically over the past few years, and few would say for the better. Most of these changes have been caused by the judiciary, and particularly the Supreme Court, which has acted to restrict patent law both substantively and procedurally. Can (and should) Congress do anything to change things? The panel will discuss proposals to address statutory subject matter, patent term adjustment, post-grant review standards and patent litigation standards).

Moderator: Donald Zuhn, Ph.D., Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP


  • Kevin Noonan, Ph.D., Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
  • Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator, U.S. Patent & Tradmark Office
  •  Len Smith, Chief Business and Legal Officer, Heliae


About the BIO IPCC Conference

The biannual BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference offers timely, relevant educational sessions on the latest issues in the biotech IP sector, informal networking events designed to promote discussion and foster relationships among industry colleagues, and practical tips for attendees to use the next day. Over 100 attendees representing biotech and pharma companies, law firms, academia and government come together from the U.S. and abroad to attend this one of a kind event.

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