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Date(s) - Tue 10/16/2018
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Winston & Strawn LLP

Functional claiming is a topic relevant to patent prosecution and litigation alike.  While claims written in functional language may appear broad on their face, in reality they can be interpreted quite narrowly.  This presentation will provide guidance on the use of functional patent claims based on Federal Circuit and PTAB decisions, including:

  • What claims qualify as functionally claimed;
  • How best to use functional claiming, and avoiding the pitfalls; and
  • How the use of means-plus-function claim language can impact issues related to:
    • The broadest reasonable interpretation and §103;
    • Nonce terms and §112; and
    • Patent eligibility.



Daniel Hegner is a Member and Intellectual Property Law Attorney at Bejin Bieneman PLC. Much of his patent experience pertains to preparation and prosecution of electrical, software, and mechanical applications in the fields of automotive connectivity and safety systems, autonomous vehicle driving and controls, fuel systems, mobile telecommunications, light and optical devices, small engine carburetors, and defense industry special projects.  In addition to his professional pursuits, Dan has devoted a substantial portion of his career to public service, chairing World IP Day Detroit for several years, as well as serving as President and other executive roles of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association.


Date:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Time:  12:00 pm-1:15 pm

Place:  Winston & Strawn LLP, 101 California Street, 38th Floor, SF, CA 94111

Price and Registration:

Ticket Type Price (Before Ticketing Fees)
In-Person In-House Counsel Free
In-Person SFIPLA Member (Law Firm) $35
In-Person Non-Member $40
Student $10

Click here to register and pay on-line, or mail your RSVP, desired ticket type, and check made payable to SFIPLA to us at the address on our contact page.


Thank you to our sponsor, Winston & Strawn, for hosting this meeting.

The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association is an approved provider of California MCLE credit, and certifies that the above activity meets the requirements for one hour of participatory credit.