McAndrews Announces Blockbuster Agenda and Panelists For Intellectual Property Law Symposium


Leading Lawyers from Top Corporations Will Offer Insights on The Intersection of IP Protection and Sound Business Practices

Chicago, IL – Sept. 19, 2013 – Leading lawyers from some of the most prominent corporations in the country – including many in the Fortune 500 – will top the agenda at McAndrews, Held & Malloy’s fourth annual Intellectual Property Symposium on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the firm’s offices at 500 W. Madison, 35th Floor, Chicago.  Attended by innovative IP leaders from Chicago and throughout the United States and abroad, this complimentary event will feature remarks by senior in-house counsel including:

Patricia Ades – J. M. Huber Corporation Heather Gerard – Promega
Mark Bach – Navistar Kirk Goodwin – Whirlpool
Ann Chen – Mars Toni Hickey – Cummins
Patrick Desmond – USG Corporation Adam Strauss – Stryker
Russ Garrison – Stepan

Unlike previous events, discussions will focus on the increasingly important connections between the worlds of business and law.  Speakers will provide strategic and practical, “how-to” approaches to a variety of relevant topics, including common myths about PTAB trial practice, litigating at the Patent Office, and strategic considerations for product design and enforcement, among other subjects. Attendees can earn seven hours of MCLE credit for the event, including one Illinois ethics credit.

“We are pleased to have such esteemed presenters at this year’s event,” said Robert A. Surrette, firm President and shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy. “These panelists represent some of the most exceptional minds in IP law today, and their remarks are sure to deliver to attendees important insights they can apply immediately to AIA-related procedures and new developments in U.S. and global IP law.”

In addition to corporate speakers, presenters from McAndrews, Held & Malloy will include Robert A. Surrette, Chairman Timothy J. Malloy and shareholders Herbert D. Hart III, Scott P. McBride, Christopher V. Carani, George F. Wheeler, Sandra A. Frantzen and Gerald C. Willis.

“The increasing impact of IP law on business, and vice versa, make this symposium a must-attend event for intellectual property attorneys, agents and specialists alike,” said Troy A. Groetken, a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy.  “With both transactional and litigation panels in the lineup, this cutting-edge educational session will provide critical information for any practitioner looking to stay on top of quickly moving developments in our field.”

Discussion topics, speakers and a confirmed agenda for the 2013 IP Symposium are listed below. To reserve a place, please call or email your name, company name and address to Maggie Daly at or call (312) 775-8016.

Confirmed Agenda

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Opening Remarks from Robert A. Surrette, President, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Common Myths About PTAB Trial Practice by Herbert D. Hart III, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. AIA: Litigating at the Patent Office by Scott P. McBride, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Corporate Panel Discussion – AIA: To Litigate at the Patent Office or Not
Moderator: Scott P. McBride, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
Panelists: Mark Bach (Navistar, Inc.), Patricia Ades (J.M. Huber Corp), Patrick Desmond (USG), Heather Gerard (Promega) and Kirk Goodwin (Whirlpool)
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Strategic Consideration for Product Design and Enforcement by Christopher V. Carani, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Remarks by Wendy Muchman of the Illinois ARDC
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Developing/Growing Patent Portfolios by George Wheeler, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Corporate Panel Discussion – Managing Litigation Costs: A Discussion Regarding the Effective Use of Outside Counsel Guidelines
Moderator: Thomas J. Wimbiscus, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
Panelists: Toni Hickey (Cummins), Ann Chen (Mars), Adam Strauss (Stryker) and Russ Garrison (Stepan)
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Section 112: Complying with the Written Description and Enablement Requirements by Sandra A. Frantzen, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Rethinking Reverse Payments After FTC v. Actavis by Robert A. Surrette, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. How Safe Are Your Trademarks by Gerald C. Willis, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
4:15 – 4:20 p.m. Closing Remarks from Timothy Malloy, Chairman, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
4:20 – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Light Appetizers


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

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