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Center for International Legal Studies

From Acquisitions to Utility – International Issues in Intellectual Property

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States, Monday, 22 January - Thursday, 25 January 2018

Faculty Confirmation/Registration


Rick Holzer

Chirag Patel

Preliminary Draft Schedule

Monday, 22 January 2018

An Update from the USPTO

Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, Denver, Colorado, United States

7:30-9:30 AM


Rick Holzer, Holzer Patel Drennan, Denver, Colorado, United States
Freedom to Operate for Patents

Konrad Sechley, Gowlings, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Patentable Subject Matter: A Comparative View of Diagnostic Claims in Canada, the US and Europe

4:30-6:30 PM

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Valuation and Trade Secrets

Chirag Patel, Holzer Patel Drennan, Denver, Colorado, United States
IP Valuation

Daniel Gardenswartz, Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, San Diego, California, United States
Trade Secret/Non-Compete Agreements

7:30-9:30 AM


Rafael Manterola Icaza, Rivadeneyra Treviño y De Campo SC, Mexico DF, Mexico

Joshua Rievman, Cohen Tauber Spievack & Wagner, New York, New York, United States
New York: A Forum for Litigating International Disputes

Alberto Mansur, Mansur y Ruiz Ortega, SC, Mexico, DF, Mexico
Litigating IP Issues in Mexico

4:30-6:30 PM

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dispute Resolution

Steve Champlin, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
The Court of Arbitration for Sport: Yes, The Court Decides IP Cases!

Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Graf & Pitkowitz, Vienna, Austria

7:30-9:30 AM

Dispute Resolution

Mark Nadeau, DLA Piper, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Christof Siefarth, GÖRG, Cologne, Germany,
Alternative Resolution of IP Disputes: Arbitration, Mediation, Expert Determination

4:30-6:30 PM

Topics of discussion include (but are not limited to) Due Diligence and Intellectual Property, Know-How and Trade Secrets; International Harmonization; Employees and Intellectual Property, Confidentiality and Competition; Data Protection and Privacy Law; Valuation of Intellectual Property; Litigating IP Issues (case law update, strategy, war stories); Alternative Resolution of IP Disputes: Arbitration, Mediation, Expert Determination; Licensing Considerations and Strategies for Intellectual Property; Where to Keep IP: Holding Entities and Venues, Registration, Tax, and Investment Protection Considerations; The Future of EU Digital Single Market Initiative; IP Obstacles and Opportunities with a view to Brexit; IEEE’s new standard essential patent (SEP) royalty policy; Standard-Essential Patents: The International Landscape

The retreat provides three days of early morning and late afternoon sessions at the

Sessions are certified for 2.4 hours CLE and/or 2 hours CPD credit per 120-min conference session attended (total hours 7.2 CLE or 6 CPD).

The flat fee for attendance is US$600 and includes professional program and materials and all breakfasts and afternoon coffee breaks.
Accommodation suggestions are best found at
Dress: business casual (or ski gear :-) )

Registered Delegates and Faculty

Daniel E. Gardenswartz, Mark A. Nadeau,