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IP Law in Medical Devices

Wednesday, December 12, 2:00-3:00 PM
No.5 Conference Room, Meeting Room B

Organizer: David Black, Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Session Abstract:

Intellectual property (IP) is a critical component in the highly competitive medical device industry. Two seasoned patent attorneys will provide their perspective on how to build an IP portfolio while managing a budget, enforcement, and due diligence. US and Chinese perspectives will also be compared and contrasted during this overview of intellectual property law in medical devices.


Ken LiaoDouglas Portnow, Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Doug Portnow is a registered patent attorney and a Principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. His practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, IP due diligence and strategic counseling in the medical device and mechanical technologies. Prior to joining Schwegman, Doug was a Member at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and an associate at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton). Before entering the legal profession, Doug worked for over a decade in the medical device industry holding engineering and management positions at start-ups and publicly traded companies commercializing critical care products, vascular grafts, surgical instruments, stents, stent delivery systems, RF ablation catheters, embolic protection devices, and heart failure implants. Doug has been recognized as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers.

Ken LiaoDeshan Li, Executive Vice President, Senior Partner, Patent Attorney, Unitalen Attorneys at Law

Dr. Li joined a large patent and trademark law firm in 1996. As a patent attorney, attorney at law and director of the Electrical Department of that firm, Dr. Li has been very active in patent procurement and patent enforcement and accumulated extensive practical experience. He has successfully dealt with quite a number of difficult patent prosecution and litigation cases. Dr. Li's practice focuses on the technical fields of image processing, telecommunication, computer science and automation etc. He also counsels clients on patent validity, patentability and infringement issues. In 2007, he joined Unitalen and is responsible for the management of foreign patent business.

He has been actively engaged in patent theory and practice research and published many articles in influential IP magazines, such as "Intellectual Property". He is the co-author of "Chinese Patent Course". In addition, he publishes the translation work, "Business Patent Strategy". He also speaks frequently about the Chinese patent law and practice in international conferences and seminars.

Dr. Li has been invited as a patent law expert by SIPO to join the amendment of the Patent Law and its Implementing Regulations of China. A research group instructed by Dr. Li has conducted extensive study on "Patent Law Treaty" and got high praise from SIPO.


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