The Catholic University of America

Ethical Issues in Patent Law
March 29, 2007

Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law
9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Sponsored By:
Venable, L.L.P.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.


9:00 am Welcome

Veryl Miles, Dean, Catholic University of America

9:15 am The Effect of First to File on Innovation

Moderator: Susanna Fischer, Catholic University of America

Speakers: Charles Gholz, Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt

Harold C. Wegner, Foley & Lardner

Linda R. Cohen, University of California Irvine

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Texas, Virginia, Delaware: Litigation in Your Choice of Forum

Moderator: Megan LaBelle, Catholic University of America

Speakers: Judge T.S. Ellis, III, United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia

William Coston, Venable

Mary B. Graham, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell

Gregory A. Castanias, Jones Day

12:00 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Chief Judge Paul Michel, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

1:30 pm Lobbying, Legislation and Limitations: Propounding Patent Issues

Moderator: Elizabeth Winston, Catholic University of America

Speakers: Chief Judge Edward J. Damich, United States Court of Federal
Claims, Catholic University of America

David W. Jones, Counsel, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property,

Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate

Jonathan Band, Jonathan Band, PLLC, Technology Law and


2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm The Practicalities of Being an Ethical Patent Practitioner

Moderator: James McKeown, Crowell & Moring

Speakers: Thomas L. Stoll, Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor,
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Suzanne Michel, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property,

Federal Trade Commission

Jeffery Langer, Student, Catholic University of America

4:15 pm Closing Reception