The cost and complexity of patent litigation can be daunting and prevent enforcement of valuable IP or vigorous defense against assertions that threaten crucial technologies. This CLE will offer ways to optimize value by crystallizing the most complex issues into concrete advice, guided by the precision of trial focus. This course is approved for 3.0 Standard CLE credits in the state of California.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Santa Clara Convention Center
Meeting Rooms 209/210
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. How to Move a Billion Dollars to Your Side of the Table Before Trial
Aaron Fahrenkrog, Robins Kaplan LLP

Lawyers love trials but clients often do not. This presentation will explain trial strategies and techniques that have been used to obtain a billion dollars in patent settlement payments in litigation but prior to trial.

This informative and entertaining presentation will use and reenact real-life examples, compelling graphics, presentations, and litigation strategies that were used to obtain results that typically are only obtained after going through the crucible of a jury trial.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Advanced Patent Damages: A State of the Art Analysis of Patent Damage Law
Breton Bocchieri, Robins Kaplan
Aaron Fahrenkrog, Robins Kaplan
Ted P. Tatos, Director, Empirical Analytics
Christine Yun Sauer, Robins Kaplan

Common opinion holds that the Federal Circuit has devalued patents by making standards for proving patent damages uncertain and arbitrary. We disagree. This presentation will discuss the current state of patent damages law and how to ensure that damage theories are admissible in real-world patent trials and sustained on appeal.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel: Managing Patent Litigation
Michael Lachuk, Litigation Consultant and former Deputy General Counsel, Director IP Law Group, SAIC
E. Earle Thompson, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Western Digital
Hon. James Ware (Ret.), JAMS
Moderated by Breton Bocchieri and Aaron Fahrenkrog, Robins Kaplan

Managing a patent litigation case can be like trying to steer a runaway train. Learn how to effectively manage a patent case from our panel of seasoned veterans of the patent litigation wars as well the eminent wisdom of a view from the bench. Topics will include effective use of early neutral evaluation and alternative dispute resolution.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by Friday, September 28. Space is limited for this complimentary event. If you have questions, please contact Emily Lawson at or 612.349.8276. This course is approved for 3.0 Standard CLE credits in the state of California.