Patent Bootcamp: Three McAndrews Attorneys to Train Attendees on Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation


McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholders Sharon A. Hwang, Christopher P. Singer, Ph.D., and George Wheeler will lead small-group sessions at this year’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp, May 9-11, in Chicago, hosted by the Practising Law Institute. Wheeler will also present a lecture entitled, “Claim Drafting 2017.”

The event, which is designed for patent attorneys, patent agents, technical advisors, and patent liaisons, will feature lectures each morning followed by small-group sessions that allow for one-on-one time with experienced patent prosecutors. Daily lectures will provide a review of the patent preparation and prosecution process and explain how to:

  • Prepare a patent application that satisfies the statutory requirements for patentability;
  • Prosecute an application to obtain allowance of an enforceable patent;
  • Use reissues, reexamination supplemental examinations, inter partes review, post-grant review and other post-issuance proceedings;
  • Anticipate patent litigation issues during the patent prosecution process; and more.

To register for PLI’s Bootcamp, click here.

Christopher Singer, Ph.D., concentrates his practice on securing patent rights in life science technologies, such as biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. His experience encompasses patent prosecution and global patent portfolio management, including due diligence, patent validity and infringement, freedom-to-operate, technology landscape and patentability analyses. Singer’s patent prosecution expertise extends over the full range of biological and chemical technologies.

Sharon Hwang practices in all areas of intellectual property law at McAndrews, with particular emphasis on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling. She advises clients on the acquisition and development of intellectual property portfolios, and has represented parties in high-stakes patent litigation in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court for more than 20 years. Hwang represented Stryker in all phases of the Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. case. In June 2016, the Supreme Court sided with Stryker and Halo in a pivotal patent lawsuit over enhanced damages. In addition to her work at McAndrews, Hwang serves as the President of the Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the public interest and community services relating to the Asian Pacific American community in the Chicagoland area.

George Wheeler has counseled corporate clients for more than 25 years in a wide variety of patent matters, securing hundreds of patents in industries such as chemical, mechanical and medical technologies. He specializes in patent analysis, both for patentees and for opponents of patents, and prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios. His work also includes more than 25 post-grant patent review proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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