March 16, 2022 CLE: Patent Invalidation Procedures and Practices: a Comparison between US and JP law

Please join us for a live panel discussion addressing the current practices and evolving standards around patent invalidity challenges. During this 90-minute session, panel members will provide a review of options available for bringing invalidity challenges, comparing and contrasting the practices in both Japan and the US. Requirements for filing, timing and procedures leading up to patent invalidation proceedings before the JPO and the USPTO will be discussed, as well as post decision options. Questions and active participation will be welcome.


Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Note new time for this CLE only: 4:00 – 5:30 pm, PDT

CLE: Up to 1.5 Credits of CLE, pending approval


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About the Panel Members:


Keisaku Ishihara, Vice Director-General of JPAA Tokai, Managing Partner of Nagoya International Patent Firm, Aichi, Japan
Keisaku Ishihara is a registered patent attorney in Japan and is the managing partner of Nagoya International Patent Firm, the largest IP firm in Aichi prefecture. In addition to prosecutions, Keisaku handles litigations and negotiations of patents, designs, and trademarks. His areas of expertise regarding patent include mechanical engineering, control engineering, mechatronics, and business method. Keisaku has been actively involved in many committees at the JPAA. He is now playing the role of the Vice Director-General of JPAA Tokai Branch for the fiscal year 2021.


Hiroyasu Ninomiya, Member of JPAA, Founding Partner of NYT Partners, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroyasu Ninomiya is a registered patent attorney in Japan and a founding partner of NYT Partners, a boutique IP firm in Tokyo, Japan. Hiroyasu’s experience includes preparation and prosecution of mechanical and software-related patent applications as well as post grant procedure and litigation. Hiroyasu has been actively involved in many international activities at the JPAA, and he has given lectures at various foreign IP associations on behalf of the JPAA.


John Whitaker, Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
John Whitaker counsels clients on technology protection and the enforcement of intellectual property rights, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He routinely represents technology clients in the software and medical device industries, and he also helps artists and authors protect their original works. John’s technical experience includes work in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet communications technologies, autonomous vehicles, cryptography and steganography, network communications and security, online advertising, operating systems, productivity software, medical devices, and others. John has represented clients at the U.S. Patent Office and in federal courts around the country, assisting them in enforcing and defending their intellectual property rights.