McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP a Proud Sponsor of 2016 IP Counsel Cafe Spring Meeting

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2016 IP Counsel Cafe Spring Meeting entitled, “Patent Protection in Flux: Emerging Trends and How to Respond.” It is set for May 3-4, 2016 in Palo Alto, California.

Our ability to obtain, defend, and enforce patent rights has changed drastically in the last five years. Since the America Invents Act was passed, the U.S Supreme Court has issued several decisions that are reshaping patent law. Meanwhile, the USPTO has issued rules and guidelines in response to legislative and court mandated changes. Although these changes are ongoing, we now have enough data to identify emerging trends and new strategies for protecting our IP. Join us to find out how companies are tackling these trends and building stronger IP portfolios for today and tomorrow. Hear from IP Counsel at nearly 60 leading companies.

MBHB partner Bradley Hulbert is the moderator for the luncheon and panel presentation taking place from 12:45-2:15 p.m. on Tues., May 3:

Techniques for Building a Strong IP Portfolio

The ongoing changes in patent law have created new challenges for IP portfolio building. This panel will address:

  • How to maintain financial backing to protect innovations under the cloud of Alice and recent decisions, so that you will not end up with holes in your patent portfolio?
  • How to prosecute in light of PTAB so you can withstand PTAB challenges?
  • As more patents are invalidated in today’s environment, how do you communicate the importance of continued prosecution and filing to your business folks?
  • How to rank, rate and manage your portfolio?
  • How to decide how many patents and what technologies to file?


  • Bradley Hulbert, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP


  • Archana Bhuta, Director of IP, Pebble Tech
  • Jeff Draeger, Vice President, Director of Patent Group, Intel
  • Teddy Joe, Senior IP Counsel, Zynga
  • Lisa McFall, Deputy General Counsel, IP, Workday
  • Taher Savliwala, VP of IP & Product Legal Strategy, Quixey 


About IP Counsel Cafe

IP Counsel Café is committed to keeping you at the forefront of IP law. To that end, we conduct extensive research and work closely with the legal community to gather market intelligence and design informational tools that meet your professional and business development needs. Unique and forward-thinking, we address industry challenges in a new light. Things move fast in the world of IP law. 

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