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Professor La Belle to Speak at Major IP Law Conference


Catholic University law school Professor Megan La Belle is a panelist at the 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, held Nov. 10- 11, 2014 in Plano, TX.
Her remarks are titled “Discovery in Patent Litigation: Local Patent Rules and Potential Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”
The topic is described this way:
“Discovery in patent litigation is often protracted and expensive, which can lead to unwarranted or premature settlements. Recognizing this problem, many federal courts have implemented local rules to streamline discovery and reduce costs for patent litigants. Additionally, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has recently proposed various amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including provisions regarding proportionality and cost-shifting, that could have important implications for discovery in patent litigation.”
Intellectual Property professionals attending the conference will discuss, among other subjects; the year in review, living with the new 102, discovery in patent litigation, AIA post-grant proceedings, and copyright clearance issues.
The conference is sponsored by nine national law firms with significant IP practices. Professor La Belle is co-coordinator of the Intellectual Property Concentration at the Columbus School of Law. She also co-directs the law school’s IP track within its Master of Legal Studies degree program.