Annual IP Symposium Hosted by McAndrews, Held & Malloy to Address Ever-Changing Landscape of Patentability and Patent Enforcement


Complimentary, All-Day Event on June 11 Will Offer Practical Insights into

Current Issues and Recent Legal Developments

CHICAGO – June 8, 2015 – McAndrews, Held & Malloy will host its sixth annual Intellectual Property Symposium on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The complimentary event typically draws nearly 100 IP leaders and lawyers from Chicago and around the United States and abroad. Attendees are eligible to earn up to six hours of MCLE credit (including ethics).

This year, speakers and panel participants will provide practical insights into the constantly evolving landscape of patentability and patent enforcement. Presentations will address a variety of topics including strategies for pursuing and defending IPRs; recent pertinent Supreme Court decisions; IP developments in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology sector; and updates in trademark litigation and opposition proceedings.

The Symposium will also feature two corporate panel discussions featuring in-house leaders from Stryker Corporation, Mesoblast, Inc. and Akorn Pharmaceuticals. The full agenda is listed below, and can also be found here.

“McAndrews is committed to providing our attorneys, and the legal industry as a whole, with the education they need to continue to recommend the best possible strategies and counsel to clients,” said Robert A. Surrette, firm President and shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy. “The McAndrews IP Symposium provides a collaborative platform where attendees obtain cutting-edge IP information, exchange ideas and share best practices.”

McAndrews presenters include Surrette and firm Chairman Timothy J. Malloy, as well as shareholders Alejandro Menchaca, Thomas J. Wimbiscus, Aaron F. Barkoff, Ronald DiCerbo, Scott P. McBride and Sandra A. Frantzen.

The 2015 IP Symposium will be held at the firm’s office at 500 W. Madison, 35th Floor, in Chicago.

Confirmed Agenda

9:00 am – 9:45 am       Registration/Breakfast

9:45 am – 9:55 am       WELCOME
Robert A. Surrette, Esq. – President – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

10:00 am – 10:30 am   New Developments in Willful Infringement

Alex Menchaca, Esq. – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

10:30 am – 11:00 am  Supreme Court IP Review
Robert Surrette, Esq. – President –McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

11:00 am – 11:30 am  Strategic Considerations for Inter Partes Review

Tom Wimbiscus, Esq. – McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd,

11:30 am – 12:15 pm  Corporate Panel Discussion

USPTO IPR Utilization: Where Are We Today?

Moderator:  Tom Wimbiscus, Esq. – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Adam Strauss – Stryker Corporation

Professor Jonathan Masur – University of Chicago

Scott McBride, Esq. – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm    Challenging the Validity of an EP Patent

Georg Schnappauf – ZSP Patentanwälte

                                    Susanne Schollweck – ZSP Patentanwälte

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm      LUNCH

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm      Lunch Presentation

ANDA and Biosimilar Litigation Update

Aaron Barkoff, Esq. – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm      Important Trademark Cases of the Last Year

Ron DiCerbo – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm      What IP Practitioners Should Know About the ARDC

                                    Melissa Smart – Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm      Corporate Panel Discussion

Hot Topics in the Pharmaceutical Space

Moderator:  Sandra Frantzen, Esq. – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Ljiljana Minwalla – Mesoblast, Inc.

Jenny Petering – FB Rice Law Firm

Rekha Hanu – Akorn Pharmaceuticals

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm      CLOSING

                                    Tim Malloy, Esq. – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm      COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Entertainment provided by Chitown Jazz Trio


About McAndrews, Held & Malloy
McAndrews, Held & Malloy boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, agents and technology specialists in the United States. Founded in 1988, the firm offers deep bench strength in matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. McAndrews attorneys have underlying scientific-based degrees and extensive prior experience in technology and IP-focused professions, and they routinely handle cases that involve innovative and cutting-edge technologies in specialized industries. While best known for their record of litigation successes, the firm also offers services in IP procurement, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, IP/technology opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, development and licensing, M&A support, due diligence, design rights and joint ventures. Clients include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups and world-renowned universities. For more information, visit