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Alice v CLS Bank: Through the Looking Glass, or Through a Glass Darkly?

When: July 23, 2014 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Sheraton Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

Sponsored and hosted by: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Software patents – a target for some, a rallying cry for others – have been a focus of debate across all sectors of patent practice, from procurement, to post-grant review, to litigation. The Supreme Court's recent decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, affirming the plurality (not majority) Federal Circuit opinion, is the judiciary’s latest contribution to that debate.

This presentation will focus not only on analysis of the Supreme Court opinion, but also on implications and practice tips for patent practitioners and litigators.

Frank Bernstein, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Michelle McLeod, Associate, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Sunjay Mohan, Head of the Global Patent Group, SAP


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Registration and Networking lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Program

Early, by Friday, July 18, 2014, 9 PM

LES Members: $45

Non-Members: $50

After Friday, July 18, 2014, 9 PM

LES Members: $50

Non-Members: $55

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If you experience any problems with the online registration process, please contact James House at

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, July 21, 12 PM

After July 21, 12 PM, contact James House at

No refunds after Friday, July 18, 2014

Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit.

Frank Bernstein, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Frank Bernstein is the partner in charge of the Palo Alto office of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, one of the largest purely intellectual property firms in the United States. For nearly three decades, Frank has handled litigation, counseling, and prosecution matters relating to computers, software, electronics, wireless technologies, semiconductors, and e-commerce. He has conducted numerous trials and Markman hearings in district courts throughout California and around the country.

Frank's effectiveness as a litigator informs his ability to render pre-litigation validity and infringement opinions, negotiate license agreements, handle patent reexams, build and grow patent portfolios, and win favorable decisions in patent arbitrations. He also advises clients on the protection of software-related intellectual property in areas including patent, copyright and trade secrets, as well as on licensing issues related to open source software. Recognized as being one of America’s Top Patent Prosecutors of 2011 by Patent Buddy, a peer review based legal referral guide, Frank also prosecutes patents in a variety of electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines, as well as computer software and business method patents. He is co-chair of the firm’s Asia Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Michelle McLeod, Associate, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Michelle McLeod’s current practice focuses primarily on patent matters, including both patent prosecution and patent litigation. She has patent experience in a wide range of electrical and computer engineering technologies including wireless and wired communications, computer hardware and software, integrated circuit design and electronic design automation, image and audio coding systems, data storage, testing equipment, consumer electronics, and e-commerce. Ms. McLeod has been involved in litigation disputes including both plaintiff side and defendant side litigation in district court cases, proceedings before the International Trade Commission, pre-litigation counseling, and appeals.

During her undergraduate education, Ms. McLeod interned with the Biological Research Project at NASA Ames Research Center.

Sunjay Mohan, Head of the Global Patent Group, SAP
Sunjay Mohan is an in-house legal counsel and executive with more than 13 years of experience in the area of intellectual property with special emphasis in patent portfolio growth strategies, patentmonetization, patent analytics, IP risk management, patent prosecution and patent litigation.

At SAP, Sunjay has multiple global responsibilities in portfolio management, patent strategy, and patent prosecution areas. Sunjay has been responsible for many different innovations in each of these areas.

Currently, Sunjay is a member of SAP's Patent Steering Committee, which is responsible for determining, and implementing overall strategy, and policy related to growing SAP's patent portfolio including designing and disseminating analytics, intelligence and risk reports to influence growth strategies of individual portfolios.

Sunjay also manages a team of patent professionals in SAP North America, responsible for SAP’s global portfolio of patents related to Database, Platform and Mobile technologies.

Prior to his current role, Sunjay built, trained and managed SAP’s in-house patent prosecution group. The group was started in SAP Labs locations India and Bulgaria starting in 2008, and has now grown to a team of nearly 20 people providing IP related services to SAP worldwide including patent drafting, patent prosecution, IP counseling and IP training.

Prior to SAP, Sunjay was with the law firm of Klarquist Sparkman in Portland, OR. There, he counseled clients in the area of intellectual property, with a focus on obtaining worldwide patent protection and patent litigation. His clients included Microsoft, Infosys Technologies, Wacom, and Mentor Graphics.