McAndrews Held & Malloy Attorney Sharon A. Hwang to Discuss Implications of Recent Supreme Court Decisions at PLI Patent Litigation Conference


McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Sharon A. Hwang will speak at Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) Patent Litigation 2015 Conference on October 8-9, 2015, in Chicago. At the conference, leading patent professionals will share recent developments and changes, and successful litigation strategies in patent law.

In her session, Hwang will focus on key Supreme Court decisions and the subsequent impact of those decisions on the legal and business industry. Hwang will address Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness (lowering of burden of proof), Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandog, Inc. (involving “clear error” and de novo review), and Alice Corp v. CLS Bank (determining whether a business method is patentable). She will speak alongside Brent A. Hawkins, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery.

The PLI Patent Litigation 2015 Conference will draw attendees from all forms of patent practice, including patent litigators and attorneys, general business litigators and patent prosecutors. Topics range from U.S. Patent Office proceedings and issues arising from NPE disputes to joint defense and indemnification, and ethical issues in patent litigation. Speakers are top-level attorneys from big-name firms and corporations, and judges. Attendees are eligible to receive 12 CLE-IL Credits.

For more information on this conference, and to register, click here.

At McAndrews, Sharon A. Hwang focuses her practice on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling. She represents patentees and defendants in high-stakes patent litigation in federal courts and in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Her practice spans such diverse technologies as medical devices, implantable defibrillators, orthopedic implants, drug eluting stents, surgical navigation systems, drift tube linear accelerators, digital cellular telephones, interactive television systems, and complex communication systems. In 2007, Hwang was selected as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the United States by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Hwang was recently elected to McAndrews’ Executive Committee, and she spearheaded the launch of the firm’s Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, which encourages diversity in the field of intellectual property law. Sharon is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, and she currently serves on the Boards of the Chicago Committee, the Chicago Legal Clinic, the Chinese American Bar Association, and the Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation. She previously served as the President of the AABA-Chicago.

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