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

1:00–1:15 Opening Remarks

1:15–1:50 Keynote: Christen DuBois Director & Associate GC, IP Litigation Facebook, Inc.

1:502:05 Networking Break

2:05–3:15 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

  Victor Rodriguez – Member Attorney Ferraiuoli LLC

  David Killough – Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

  Jason Skinder – Global Patent Counsel, Aptiv (f/k/a Delphi)

3:15–3:30 Networking Break

3:30–3:50 Licensing SEP Patents Under the AIA: Shawn Ambwani, COO, Unified Patents

3:50–4:50 Panel 2: Discretion to Deny

Moderator: Ashraf Fawzy – Senior Patent Counsel, Unified Patents

Panelists:   Carlos Garcia – Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

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

William Fink – Vice Chief APJ, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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

Suzanne Michel – Senior Patent Counsel, Google

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 sponsorS


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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