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When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00-1:15 PM
Where: University Club
111 Lyon Street NW
10th Floor
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49503
United States
Contact: Claudette Henry
616-454-5550 ext. 101

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Functional Claiming: Pitfalls and How-To's


Recent decisions under 35 U.S.C. Sections 101, 112, and 103 come into focus when viewed through a common lens: this presentation discusses the convergence of federal court and PTAB decisions questioning function language in patent claims. We take a practical look at the evolving challenges to functional claiming, providing tips to assist the practitioner in taking advantage of U.S. law permitting functional claim language, but at the same time avoiding functional-claiming pitfalls.


Speaker: Daniel Hegner - Bejin Bieneman, PLC

Daniel Hegner earned both a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Dan is a Member and IP attorney at Bejin Bieneman PLC. Much of his patent experience pertains to preparation and prosecution of electrical, software, and mechanical applications in a wide variety of fields. Dan contributes to the firm's blog B2 IP Report and also presents on substantive IP topics for the firm's monthly webinar.

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