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Date(s) - 08/13/2014
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

SFIPLA webinar - Alice v. CLS

In this free webinar, panelists Robert Sachs and Marc Pernick will discuss prosecution and litigation strategies in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank.

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Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank represents the fourth time in the past five years that the Supreme Court has tackled the question of whether a patent was directed to patent-eligible subject matter.  This issue has vexed the Patent Office and the courts for decades, and it has an impact on virtually every area of technology – software, life sciences, e-commerce, computer-implemented inventions, etc.  In this presentation, our panelists discuss what the Alice decision means, what lessons we can (and cannot) draw from it, and what kind of effect it will have on patent prosecution and patent litigation going forward.


Robert Sachs is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP where he concentrates his practice on strategic patent counseling and prosecution for software technologies. Bob has extensive experience in developing patent portfolios for companies of all sizes, from startups to multi-nationals. He is the primary evaluator for standards essential patents on today’s most important audio, video, and communications technologies. Mr. Sachs is also the founder of the BilskiBlog (, focusing on the law of patent eligibility.

Marc Pernick is a litigator at Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP (MKW), a boutique technology law firm providing businesses with legal advice informed by its lawyers’ deep technological expertise.  Marc’s legal practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with particular expertise in patent cases. Before joining MKW, Marc spent 20 years at Morrison & Foerster, where he successfully litigated high-stakes cases involving a diverse array of technologies for clients like Apple, Konica Minolta, National Semiconductor, DISH Network, Novell, Fujitsu, and CyberSource. Marc led litigation teams in Northern California, East Texas, and Delaware. Marc spent 2013 traveling throughout Italy and Europe, with a home base in Rome.

MCLE Credit for SFIPLA Members:

SFIPLA is approved by the California State Bar as a provider of MCLE credit. Upon request and verification of attendance, SFIPLA will provide MCLE certificates to its members who attend this webinar.


Click here to register for this event. You will be directed to the Adobe Connect webinar site for Cogent Legal, the sponsor and host of this event.


This webinar is sponsored by Cogent Legal, a Bay Area provider of graphics and technology for litigation.