We are committed to providing insightful commentary on IP developments from around the world to our Japanese clients. In light of that effort, we are continuing our free monthly webinar series, McDermott IP Focus. During these sessions, we will explore global developments in IP including disputes, transactions, and procurement, with a significant focus on what Japanese companies need to know during this ever-changing business landscape.

Over the course of the series, we will feature a variety of speakers from McDermott's offices around the world. These sessions are presented in English and a Japanese summary is provided orally. We hope you can join us!



Session 1: New Options for Trademark Enforcement in the US Under the Trademark Modernization Act

Thursday, February 2, 10:00am – 11:00am (JST)

Speakers: Jennifer Mikulina (Chicago) | Robert Zelnick (Washington, DC)

  • How trademark owners can benefit from the new expungement and reexamination proceedings
  • Practical advice to help navigate the changes to the application process, including new office action response times and trademark usage audits


Session 2: Pharma Brands v. Generics: Developments Affecting the Balance Between Exclusivity and Market Entry

Thursday, March 2, 10:00am – 11:00am (JST)

Speakers: Doug Carsten (Orange County)

  • How to navigate the changing dynamics of Orange Book listings
  • Avoiding pitfalls regarding skinny labels
  • Accounting for potential impact from recent cases, including on exclusivity from interpretation of the Orphan Drug statute


Session 3: Strategic Considerations Before Filing IPR Petitions

Friday, April 21, 10:00am – 11:00am (JST)

Speakers: David Tobin (Dallas) | Brian Oaks (Austin)

  • Fintiv guidance and other PTAB discretionary denial trends
  • Mitigating risks of estoppel in district court
  • Types of prior art to raise, including applicant admitted prior art (AAPA)
  • Challenging a patent's priority date at PTAB
  • Ability to file multiple petitions on same patent