2019 IPO Annual Meeting

/2019 IPO Annual Meeting
2019 IPO Annual Meeting 2019-10-21T14:18:09-04:00

Speaker Materials

Attendees can access speaker materials on the IPO Annual Meeting App. Accecss to the app was emailed directly to attendees. If you do not remember your login credentials, you can email MobileSolutions@psav.com for another copy. This is not the same login/password as your IPO account.

Keynote Speaker

António Campinos

European Patent Office

Keynote Speaker

Hon. Andrei Iancu

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Keynote Speaker

Cathy Engelbert

Women’s National Basketball Association

The IPO Annual Meeting offers a mix of educational programs led by leaders in the IP Industry, CLE Credit, committee meetings, networking functions, exhibits, and more. This must-attend event brings together IP professionals from corporations, law firms, government, academia, and service providers from around the world to discuss strategies, trends, and best practices.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information or to sponsor, contact Clara Stanfield. See our sponsorship document for more info.

Wednesday Dinner Reception
Tuesday Welcome Reception
Wednesday Breakfast & Breaks
Thursday Breakfast & Breaks
Welcome Reception
Thursday Luncheon
Meeting Pocket Program
Fun Run & Walk
Charging Devices in Expo Hall
Charging Devices in General Sessions
Hotel Room Key Card
Conference Notepads
Networking Brunch (Hosted by Women in IP Committee
Networking Brunch (Hosted by Women in IP Committee
Networking Brunch (Hosted by Women in IP Committee
Networking Brunch (Hosted by Women in IP Committee
Networking Brunch (Hosted by Women in IP Committee
Monday Evening Reception & Hotel Keycard Sponsor

Media Partnerships

IP Expo

For more information or to exhibit, contact Clara Stanfield.

Committee Activities


Tuesday, September 24

The following Standing IP Committees will host business meetings at the Annual Meeting.

3:00PM – 6:00PM:  Asian Practice Committee


  • Canadian Practice Committee
  • European Practice Committee
  • Emerging Technologies Committee
  • Software Related Inventions Committee
  • Standard Stetting Committee
  • U.S. Patent Law Committee
  • U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee
  • Women in IP Committee


  • Corporate IP Management
  • Copyright Law & Anti-Piracy
  • Damages & Injunction
  • Industrial Designs
  • International Patent Law & Trade
  • International Trademark Law & Practice
  • IP Licensing
  • Latin American Practice
  • Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues
  • Trade Secrets
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • U.S. Post Grant Patent Office Practice
  • U.S. Trademark Law
  • U.S. Trademark Office Practice


Wednesday, September 25


Effective Management of Parallel Proceedings to Ensure Consistency, Credibility and Success

Organizing Committees:  U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice, Litigation, and U.S. International Trade Commission

Patent litigation increasingly requires counsel to manage parallel proceedings across multiple forums.  With different burdens, standards, and procedural frameworks, this can be challenging.  Speakers will address strategic case management approaches to minimize risk, maintain credibility, and ensure consistency of positions.

Double Patenting – Are You in Double Trouble?

Organizing Committees:  Pharma & Biotech Issues, Canadian Practice, European Practice, Latin American Practice, and U.S. Patent Office Practice

Double patenting issues can arise for many types of applications (including divisionals, continuations, priority, convention filings), and the different practices within and across patent offices can cause serious difficulties for applicants trying to protect commercially important inventions; particularly outside the U.S. where terminal disclaimers are not available.  This session will cover key issues on double patenting and common pitfalls to avoid.

Dawn of a New Era: Licensing and Standards in the Coming Age of 5G

Organizing Committee: IP Licensing and Standard Setting

With the coming advent of the 5G communications protocol and its broad applicability, those looking to leverage its enhanced communication speeds and capacities need to understand licensing and transactional principles in the wireless space, as well as the impact of standard essential patents.  Speakers will explore the background and intersection of 5G and standard essential patents, as well as licensing considerations involving disparate technologies and business models throughout the IoT world and other industries impacted by 5G, from automotive to healthcare, to consumer products.

Trademark Issues in Pop Culture: Ripped from the Headlines

Organizing Committee:  U.S. Trademark Law

A panel discussion will dive into press and media treatment of trademark and copyright issues – what they get wrong, what they get right, and what really happens behind the scenes.  In addition, panelists will explore how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office addresses trademark filings based on “hot topics” from real-life events.

Wednesday, September 25


The On-Sale Bar after Helsinn:  From the Supreme Court to Practice

Organizing Committee: U.S. Patent Law

This session will cover the state of the law with regard to the on-sale bar, including insights on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the en banc Federal Circuit decision in Medicines Company v. Hospira, and recent district court decisions. The panel will discuss best practices for corporate and outside counsel.

Protecting Medical Cannabis Innovation – Up in Smoke?

Organizing Committees:  Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues and U.S. Patent Office Practice

This session is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

This session will provide a brief overview of IP, general legal, and business considerations in relation to cannabis/cannabis-derived medicines.  The panel will also discuss trademark, trade secret, and privacy considerations for medical cannabis.  

IP Protection for Data

Organizing Committees:  Open Source, Software Related Inventions, and Trade Secrets

This session will address the different ways that data and databases are protected under U.S. law, including the benefits and disadvantages of different IP frameworks and a contrast with data protection laws outside the U.S.  Speakers will discuss how data is being used to drive U.S. businesses and the strategic choices that such businesses are considering to protect their data or making data available as part of the open data movement, in which advocates promote the application of open source software principles to the collection and distribution of data.

Is the New EU Copyright Directive Going to Break the Internet?

Organizing Committees:  Copyright Law & Anti-Piracy and European Practice

The session will examine whether the recently passed EU Copyright Directive concerning payments that will be due to creators by content sharing platforms constitutes a minor and fair rebalancing of negotiating power or a paradigm shift that will “break” the Internet.  The panel will describe the new law, discuss its future national implementation and interpretation of its terms, compare the situation in the EU with the U.S. DMCA, and discuss the implications for international commerce.

CLE Info

Additional information about Continuing Legal Education Information (CLE) can be found here. For questions about CLE, please contact Susan Lusk at susan@ipo.org.


Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Online Reservation Link
Central Reservation: + 1 (800) 228-9290

The deadline for IPO’s Room Block has passed.  Attendees can contact the Marriott Marquis or
the Courtyard by Marriott,  which is directly across the street from the Marriott Marquis to make a reservation.


Attendee List policy

Registration constitutes agreement by registrant for IPO to list registrants name, organization, and location on the attendee list (paper and electronic). Anyone that registers after Friday, August 30 2019 will be listed on the Final Attendee List, which will be available on the mobile app after the meeting.

Consent to Use Photographic Images Policy

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, IPO meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant for IPO to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the registrant’s or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by Friday, August 30, 2019, will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received on or after August 31, 2019. These deadlines for cancellation apply to all registrants. Course materials via the mobile app will be available to those unable to attend who cancel on or after August 31. Refunds will not be given for no-shows. If a registrant is unable to attend, another person may substitute upon written request. Please note that fees are not transferable to another IPO meeting. Name badge sharing or splitting is strictly prohibited.

IPO reserves the right to cancel this event without liability, and the total amount of any and all liability of the organizers will be limited to a refund of the registration fee. Any fees associated with cancellation of travel or housing reservations are the exclusive responsibility of conference attendees.