Myers Bigel Selected to Present “In-House Guide to Patent Strategy” at March 11 RTAC Association of Corporate Counsel Session

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, has been selected to present “In-House Guide to Patent Strategy” to members of the Research Triangle Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel March 11. The program will be held at the North Carolina State Bar Headquarters in downtown Raleigh and will provide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for qualified attendees.

“We are pleased the Programs Committee has chosen our firm to provide relevant information for in-house law practice dealing with intellectual property competitive intelligence,” Managing Partner David Purks said.

The upcoming Myers Bigel presentation will provide insight into strategies for in-house counsel for patent strategy under the America Invents Act (AIA). Specific topics will include:

• Identifying new inventions, filing considerations both domestic and foreign; and types of prior art that may impact the patenting decision;

• Considerations when deciding whether to file for patent protection in view of recent caselaw, and alternatives to patent protection;

• An overview of the timing, costs, strategy and procedures of AIA procedures for challenging or defending the validity of U.S. patents; and

• Strategies for responding to non-practicing entities (“NPEs”) under the AIA and under North Carolina’s new statute.

Leading the program will be Lynne Borchers of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group; James Cannon from the Mechanical Group; and David Hall from the Electronics/Computer Group. All three are registered patent attorneys and have experience and focus on technology in addition to their legal backgrounds.

Borchers, for example, holds an electrical engineering degree and worked as an electrical engineer at Grumman Aircraft Systems and at Riverside Research Institute in the areas of design and integration of radar and electronic countermeasures systems; Canon was a plastic parts designer and analyst prior to receiving his law degree; and Hall is a former legal counsel with technology giants Cree, Inc. and Ericsson.

Myers Bigel is active in many organizations in addition to Association of Corporate Counsel, including the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association; NC Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Bar Association; Association of University Technology Managers; Licensing Executives Society; and the Carolina Patent Trademark & Copyright Law Association, among others.

The firm regularly presents CLE opportunities for the legal community as part of their ongoing efforts to share best practices in patent law. This is Myers Bigel’s first presentation to members of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

The Association is a global bar association promoting the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. The organization boasts a worldwide membership of more than 36,000 in-house lawyers at more than 10,000 corporations and non-governmental groups in 90 countries.

The Research Triangle Area Chapter serves 440 members in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and surrounding areas, including all of eastern North Carolina, providing a wide range of educational programs. More information is available online at www.acc.com/chapters/nc.

Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit www.myersbigel.com.

About Myers Bigel
Award-winning Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is a nationally ranked intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with real-world industry experience. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, representing corporate and university clients around the world in acquiring, protecting, and exploiting patent assets, including patent preparation, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Dedicated to best practices in patent law, Myers Bigel is consistently recognized over the years by legal media and industry organizations as one of the top performing law firms in the country for securing the highest quality patent grants from the USPTO for its clients, offering a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. For more information visit www.myersbigel.com.