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When: Thursday, October 19th 2017
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Where: Pepper Hamilton
125 High Street
19th Floor, High Street Tower
Boston, Massachusetts  02110
United States
Contact: David Thibodeau

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 BPLA Case Law Committee

Pepper Hamilton
125 High Street, 19th Floor, High Street Tower
Boston, MA 02110

Begins at 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Discussion Leader:  Reza Mollaaghababa, Esq., Partner at Pepper Hamilton
Moderator:  David Thibodeau, Esq., Partner at VLP Law Group

We will discuss the defense of sovereign immunity at the PTAB, which has been successfully raised by state universities to dismiss IPR challenges against university patents.  The leading cases are Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc. (IPR2016-01274; 01275; and 01276 (Jan. 25, 2017)) and Neochord, Inc. v. University of Maryland (IPR2016-00208 (May 23, 2017).  Recently, the Irish drug company Allergan has attempted to avail itself of the same avenue by assigning its key patents for the dry-eye drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York.  Attendees are requested to review the Orders in the Covidien and Neochord cases.


Click Here for Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc.

Click Here for Neochord, Inc. v. University of Maryland


BRIEFS FILED 10/13/2017

Joint Stipulation of Dismissal

 Plaintiffs Opposed Motion to Join Party Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure

Plaintiffs Memo ISO Motion to Join the Tribe as Party
Defendants Brief Opposing Joinder of The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe as a Co-Plaintiff




No cost but registration required.  Photo ID needed for access to building.


Coffee provided

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Committee Co Chairs

James Lampert, WilmerHale, Retired

Yvonne Lee, WilmerHale

N. Scott Pierce, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Valarie Rosen, Cabot Corporation
David Thibodeau, VLP Law Group


Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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