Robert Irani, Partner, Bennett Jones to Speak at KC’s Patent Term Adjustment: 2015 Final Rules Live Webcast

New York, NY, May 16, 2015 –(– The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Robert Irani, Partner, Bennett Jones will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Patent Term Adjustment: 2015 Final Rules Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for May 27, 2015 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET).

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About Robert Irani

Robert is both a United States and Canadian lawyer, earning both a U.S, and Canadian law degree. Robert is also a registered Canadian Patent Agent and a United States Patent Attorney, qualified to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in patent and trademark matters.

Robert concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property law, counseling clients on a variety of intellectual property related matters. With a particular emphasis on the practice of U.S. and Canadian patent law, Robert regularly conducts freedom-to-practice, invalidity, and infringement investigations, that cover a wide range of technologies, including those in the mechanical, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy and oil and gas industries.

Robert ranked first in his graduating class at the University of Detroit Mercy. Robert’s other academic awards include the Bereskin & Parr Award in Industrial and Intellectual Property, the CALI Award in Copyright Law for attaining the highest grade, the CALI Award in Patent Law for attaining the highest grade, the University of Detroit Mercy Book Award in Copyright Law and the University of Detroit Mercy Book Award in Patent Law.

In addition to his memberships with the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar and the Law Society of Alberta, Robert is admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

About Bennett Jones

Bennett Jones is home to more than 380 lawyers and business advisors in ten offices – Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Doha, Dubai, Washington, DC, Bermuda, and Beijing. The firm’s professional practice encompasses virtually every sector of business, industry and government. Operating as an integrated unit across its geographic locations, the firm’s business practice is to assign lawyers to work on client files who have the skills and experience that best meet clients’ needs.

The firm’s ranks are filled with leaders in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, energy and natural resources, corporate finance and banking, bankruptcy and restructuring, commercial litigation, climate change, environment construction, technology and intellectual property, tax, competition, international trade and public policy.

Event Synopsis:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a final rule regarding the effect of filing a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) on Patent Term Adjustment (PTA). In the case of Novartis v. Lee, the Federal Circuit generally agreed to limit the PTA after the filing of an RCE. The Federal Circuit also held that the time from patent application allowance to issuance is not equivalent to the time spent in examination since that period ends when a Notice of Allowance (NOA) is issued. The patent statute nominally guarantees that a patent will issue within three years of filing. If the USPTO delays in issuing the patent, the patentee will be awarded PTA of a day for each day of delay by the USPTO.

Key topics include:

Patent Term Adjustment (PTA)
Novartis AG v. Lee: Consequences
Revisions in the Rule
Request for Continued Examination (RCE)
Potentiality to Create Precedent
B-term Delay
Recent Regulatory Updates
Non-Compliance Risks

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