PatCon 8: The Annual Patent Conference

PatCon 8: The Annual Patent Conference

Date and Time

Thursday, March 1, 2018 — Saturday, March 3, 2018


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Overview | Costs & Registration | Schedule | Participants | MCLE
Conference Hotel Rate | Location & Directions | Sponsors

Conference Overview

The Patent Conference is the largest annual conference for patent scholars in the world. The conference is a cooperative effort among the University of Kansas School of Law, Northwestern Law School, University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.

In 2010, the founders of PatCon—law professors David Olson, David Schwartz, Ted Sichelman and Andrew Torrance—realized that the growth and importance of research in the area of patents required an exclusive forum that would enable participants to share their research with other experts and explore links across the legal and business side of patents.

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Costs and Registration

Register here

Registration Type Cost
Premium Registration (includes all Friday and Saturday events): $295*
Premium Registration for Students/Professors (requires .edu email address): no charge
Friday-only Registration: $195*
Friday-only Registration for Students/Professors (requires .edu email address): no charge
Saturday-only Registration: $95*
Saturday-only Registration for Students/Professors (requires .edu email address): no charge

* After February 1, 2018 the price for Premium Registration will be $375; the price for Friday-only Registration will be $275; and the price for Saturday-only will be $125.

Registration for Thursday's event is through SDIPLA.

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Thursday, March 1

The opening reception is co-hosted with SDIPLA and will be held on Thursday evening, March 1, at the Marriott in Carmel Valley. Registration for the opening reception is through SDIPLA.

Friday, March 2

The opening day of the conference will feature panels of judges, USPTO personnel, attorneys, scholars, and others from industry in a dialogue on the patent system and a keynote lunch address. Download the abstracts for the Scholars Concurrent Sessions at the top right of this page.

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:30 – 10 a.m. Opening Keynote: Carter G. Phillips, Partner, Sidley Austin; former Assistant to the Solicitor General
10 – 11 a.m. Judges Panel: The Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo & William V. Gallo, Southern District of California
11 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Industry Panel: Counsel from Fish & Richardson, Knobbe Martens, Microsoft, Perkins Coie, Sheppard Mullin
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speech: Andrei Iancu, Nominee for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent & Tradmark Office (Tentatively Confirmed); Managing Partner, Irell & Manella
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 – 3 p.m. Patentability of Medical Diagnostics:  Dirk van den Boom, CEO, Juno Diagnostics, former CEO of Sequenom; Brian Sun, Director, Intellectual Property, Prometheus Laboratories;  Matthew Bresnahan, Partner-Elect, Wilson Sonsini; Prof. Joshua Sarnoff, DePaul University School of Law; Prof. Jeffrey Lefstin, Hastings School of Law
3 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. USPTO Economists Presentation: Andrew A. Toole, Chief Economist; Asrat Tesfayesus, Economist
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Scholars Concurrent Session #1

  • TBD
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Conference Dinner at La Gran Terraza, USD (by invitation)
Saturday, March 3
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Scholars Concurrent Session #2

  • TBD
10:45 – 11 a.m. Break
11 – 12:30 p.m.

Scholars Concurrent Session #3

  • TBD
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Scholars Concurrent Session #4

  • TBD
3 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Scholars Concurrent Session #5

  • TBD

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The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this event is approved for a total of 12.25 hours of general credit.

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Conference Hotel Rate

A special hotel rate is available at The Hilton Garden Inn Old Town/Sea World
Reserve your room online to take advantage of the special rate.

A special hotel rate will also be available at The Hacienda .

·         Enter dates, # of people

·         Enter group code: University

·         Click on Book Now! Hotel Direct Reservations

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Location & Directions

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Peace & Justice Theatre
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110

From the North

  • Use I-5 South
  • Exit Sea World Dr. & Tecolote Rd.
  • Proceed left at stoplight toward Morena Blvd.
  • Turn right on Morena Blvd.
  • Left on Napa
  • Left on Linda Vista Rd.
  • Turn left on Marian Way for West Entrance to campus

From the South

  • Use I-5 North
  • Exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say: Morena Blvd. use I-8 East)
  • Stay to the right and follow signs for Morena Blvd.
  • Take the first right onto Linda Vista Rd.
  • Turn left on Marian Way for West Entrance to campus

From the East

  • Use I-8 West
  • Exit at Morena Blvd.
  • Go right onto Linda Vista Rd.
  • Turn left on Marian Way for West Entrance to campus

From all directions, once you enter the West Entrance, stop by the parking kiosk for a complimentary visitor permit. Proceed up the hill to the Institute for Peace & Justice, which will be the first building on your right side (across from Mother Rosalie Hill Hall). Limited parking is available in the garage under the building. Parking is always available in the West Parking Structure (enter to the left after the kiosk).

Check-in is located in the rotunda.

Campus Map

Mass Transit

For attendees wishing to use mass transit, please be advised that schedules and services are limited; consulting schedules in advance is highly recommended. The most convenient hub is the Old Town Transit Center, which is served by bus, the San Diego Trolley, and the Coaster commuter train. The Old Town station is served by USD shuttle buses.

USD shuttle bus information
Old Town Transit Center information

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