The 8th Annual Patent & Administrative Law Conference

Co-hosted by



American University | March 15, 2018


AU Washington College of Law, Federal Circuit Bar Association, & Unified Patents Inc.


12:00–1:00 Catered Lunch

1:00–1:10 Opening Remarks

1:10–1:45 Keynote: Christen DuBois Director & Associate GC, IP Litigation Facebook, Inc.

1:45–2:00 PTAB: Executive Agent or Judicial Substitute? Jonathan Stroud, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Unified Patents

2:00–2:15 Networking Break

2:15–3:15 Panel 1:  The PTAB and Public Interest

Moderator: Scott McKeown – Partner, Ropes & Gray

Panelists:    Vanessa Bailey – Associate Director, IP Policy Intel Corporation Inc.

  David Schreiber – Head of IP & Standards Am. Philips

  Jean Vidal Font – PTAB Litigator Ferraiuoli LLC

3:15–3:30 Networking Break

3:30–3:50 Licensing SEP Patents Under the AIA: Kevin Jakel, CEO, Unified Patents

3:50–4:50 Panel 2: Discretion to Deny

Panelists:   Carlos Garcia – Patent Counsel Eli Lilly and Company

Jim D’ottavio – Senior Counsel, IP Ford Motor Co.

Jason Skinder – Global Patent Counsel Delphi Tech.

Nakul Warrier – Director and Asst. General Counsel Ricoh USA, Inc.

David Killough – Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

4:50–5:00 Closing Remarks

5:00–6:00 Networking Food and Drink



Thank you to our sponsors! 

platinum Sponsors

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Silver sponsors


lunch sponsor


Dinner sponsor


Cocktail reception


networking break


Sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact for more information.

Press, bloggers, those associated with media publications will not be allowed to attend the event.


The conference will be held at the Claudio Grossman Hall at American University. A map of the campus is provided below.


CLE Resources

CLE credit will be available at this event. Related resources will be posted here before the event.

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