Lessons for Technology Companies Teleforum
September 16, 2009

September 16, 2009

Lessons for Technology Companies from a David and Goliath Patent Battle: i4i vs. Microsoft

Experts discuss a $290-million patent decision favoring a Toronto company against Microsoft. Learn how to build stronger patent portfolios to take control of innovative technology while protecting your company's freedom to sell its products and services.

September 25, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - Noon EST

Toronto based i4i Inc.'s recent patent infringement victory over Microsoft may have significant ramifications in the business and computer worlds. A U.S. Federal Court in Texas has decided that MS Word and some other Microsoft products infringe an i4i patent. The court ordered a $290 million payment to i4i and also ordered Microsoft to stop selling the infringing software. Microsoft is appealing the decision.

Participants to the Teleforum will hear experts discuss the decision, the options for the appeal court and what software companies can do to build a strong patent portfolio designed to capture competitors, or alternatively to avoid building infringing software.

Feature Speakers

Bhupinder Randhawa, B.A.Sc. (Comp. Eng.), J.D., is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP. His practice focuses on protecting innovations in a wide range of electronic, software and mechanical technologies. As co-chair of the firm's Licensing & Transactions Practice Group, Bhupinder helps clients transfer technology into and out of their companies and assists clients with developing licensing programs for widely licensed technologies, including patents relating to industry standards. Prior to law school, Bhupinder was a software engineer developing computer-based control and automation systems. Bhupinder is a member of the Ontario bar and registered to practice before the Canadian and U.S. patent offices. He can be reached in either Toronto or Mississauga at 416.957.1630 or brandhawa@bereskinparr.com

Victor Krichker, B.Sc. (Civil Eng.), LL.B., Registered Canadian and U.S. Patent Agent and Canadian Trade Mark Agent, partner and leader of the High Technology and Software Practice Group of Bereskin & Parr LLP. Before joining Bereskin & Parr, Victor practiced intellectual property law at several Canadian intellectual property law firms. In addition, he held the position of Intellectual Property Counsel for a Canadian wireless software company. Victor is a member of the Ontario bar and registered to practice before the Canadian and U.S. patent offices. He can be reached in either Toronto at 416-957-1699 or vkrichker@bereskinparr.com.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bereskinparr.com

Bereskin & Parr recently published an overview article of the i4i vs. Microsoft decision. Also, please sign-up for Bereskin & Parr enewsletters and invitations.

Who will benefit from the call?
Any executive in the private and public sector involved with patents, IP, business strategy or business development.

Administrative fee:
Participants are asked to pay an administrative fee of $25 (members) or $50 (non-members) in advance to participate; participation includes access to a recording of the session.

How do I sign up?
Just go to link http://www.clearservice.com/cata and fill out the electronic form for this teleforum. You should receive a confirmation email, call-in details will be provided closer to the date of the call via email. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Boucher at eboucher@cata.ca. Payment in advance is required.

About Bereskin & Parr
Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm and serves clients in more than 100 countries. With more than 260 people, including more than 70 lawyers, patent and trade mark agents, and technical consultants, Bereskin & Parr and its award-winning professionals are consistently rated in Canada as the benchmark for intellectual property law. The firm has offices in Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo Region and Montréal.

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