Jones Day's 2018 Speaker Series: IP Roundup - Strategic Enforcement Considerations

Jones Day Pittsburgh
500 Grant Street, Suite 4500
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-2514

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Where to file and what to enforce — two critical decisions that are not always so simple. What venue is best for brand owners in the wake of the many circuit splits and recent holdings regarding fee shifting in the patent and trademark office? What about the PTAB — particularly in view of two pending U.S. Supreme Court cases? Are PTAB judgments sticking on appeal, and how are they being handled on remand? Additionally, we will discuss the explosive growth of FinTech (financial technologies) and the re-emergence of patents in the financial services industry, along with the drafting and enforcement considerations to be weighed.


Meredith M. Wilkes, Partner, Intellectual Property Practice (Cleveland)

Meredith co-leads the Firm's global Trademarks, Unfair Competition & Copyrights group. Praised by clients as "highly skilled and utterly trustworthy," she is a lead trial lawyer who has focused on high-stakes trademark, trade dress, trade secret, false advertising, and design patent litigation, leading matters for global brands in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. for more than 20 years. In addition to trying Lanham Act cases, Meredith counsels clients on brand selection and clearance strategies worldwide, from searching to filing to enforcement. Her practice encompasses a broad spectrum of goods and services, from health and wellness to cosmetics to consumer goods to apparel and luxury brands.

Matthew W. Johnson, Partner, Intellectual Property Practice (Pittsburgh)

Matt is one of the Firm's primary contacts on practice before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where the patentability of issued patents can be challenged. Currently co-chairing the Firm's PTAB Litigation subpractice and involved in proceedings at the Board, including trials for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review since the first day of their availability in September 2012, Matt regularly represents clients as both petitioners and patent owners at the Board. He further works as an advocate for clients in appeals from Board proceedings at the Federal Circuit. Matt is the administrator of Jones Day's PTAB Litigation Blog (

Joshua R. Nightingale, Associate, Intellectual Property Practice (Pittsburgh)

Josh practices all aspects of patent-related work in the electrical and computer areas, including client counseling, patent prosecution, appeals before the Federal Circuit, and U.S. district court litigation. He is also actively involved with the PTAB Litigation group at Jones Day and has represented clients in more than 12 post-grant trials at the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Josh represents clients as both petitioners and patent owners in inter partes review (IPR) and other contested proceedings before the PTAB.

Richard A. Graham Jr., Associate, Intellectual Property Practice (Pittsburgh)

Rich practices all aspects of intellectual property-related work, including client counseling, trademark prosecution, licensing, transaction due diligence, assisting in patent prosecution, supporting appeals before the Federal Circuit, and litigation before U.S. district courts. He is actively involved in patent prosecution and counseling, assisting in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. patent applications on behalf of domestic and foreign clients, with an emphasis on the electrical and computer areas, including optics, lasers, encryption and encoding, FinTech, content licensing, semiconductors, electrical circuits, computer software, and telecommunication technologies.


This program has been approved for 2.00 hours of general credit by the Pennsylvania CLE Board. This program has also been approved for 2.00 hours of general credit by the State Bar of California and 2.00 hours of areas of professional practice credit (including transitional credit) by the New York State CLE Board. Jones Day is a Pennsylvania CLE Board accredited provider, a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider, and an accredited provider in New York. Application for CLE credit in other states will be made as needed.


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