McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP a Proud Sponsor of 2017 IP Counsel Cafe Spring Meeting

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2017 IP Counsel Cafe Spring Meeting entitled, “The Decline of IP Protection in America: Did We Go Too Far To Eradicate Weak Patents?.” It is set for May 10-12, 2017 in Palo Alto, California.

Is it time to abolish Section 101? Consider this: U.S. patent applications increased by 1.8% in 2015. Meanwhile, patent applications in China and the European Patent Office increased by a whopping 18.7% and 4.8% respectively.

Companies struggle to secure new patents in the U.S., while the validity of their existing patents continue to be challenged. Our ability to obtain and defend patents under Section 101 was frustrated by the Supreme Court’s decisions in Mayo, Myriad and Alice. While the Enfish decision has offered some relief, we still face much uncertainty around patent-eligible subject matter.

What are the unintended consequences of the effort to eradicate weak patents in the U.S.? What are the implications for our global IP strategy, particularly as patent value creation continues to accelerate in Asia and Europe? Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how companies are ramping up for this new patent landscape.

MBHB partner Bradley Hulbert is a featured speaker for the luncheon and panel presentation taking place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Wed., May 10:

Portfolio Management, Competitive Intelligence and Risk Mitigation Tools

We will discuss how to understand what’s in an established portfolio and determine which assets are important. We will also consider tools for helping IP Counsel with innovation management, application drafting and analyzing office actions. Finally, we will examine the role of data analytics and how it can enable you to empower your IP Department.


  • Jasminder Brar, Director of Strategic Development and IP, Titan Medical
  • Bradley Hulbert, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
  • Kanda Ishihara, Senior Corporate Counsel, Veritas Technologies


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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