Micah Block and Ashok Ramani to Speak at California Lawyer's 2019 Patent Disputes Forum
April 17, 2019
Menlo Park, CA


Davis Polk partners Micah Block and Ashok Ramani will be among the speakers at California Lawyer's 2019 Patent Disputes Forum.

Block will be a speaker on the "Patent Eligibility and FRAND: Recent Developments and the Impact of Agency Action" panel. This session will explore hot topics in the field of Section 101, standard-essential patents, and the impact of agency action on patent enforcement.

Ramani will be a speaker on the "Willful Infringement: More Than Two Years After Halo, How are Practioners Advising their Counsel on Willfulness Issues?" panel. Topics discussed include:

  • In-house counsel from different industries will ask practitioners what advice they are giving to their clients on willfulness. 
  • Does the advice vary depending on whether the client has received a notice letter or request for license, is conducting clearance searches or if the client has been sued? 
  • As to the latter, does it matter if the client had pre-suit notice of the patent? 
  • When does the risk of a finding of willful infringement justify obtaining an opinion of counsel? 
  • What considerations should companies weigh? 
  • How can companies get creative?

The program will be held on April 17, 2019, in Menlo Park, California.

For more information, please visit the event website.