09/20/2014 | Lucas & Mercanti, LLP
With the September 16 enactment of the new U.S. patent law, the America Invents Act, Lucas & Mercanti partners and associates addressed professional audiences in the United States, Europe and Japan on the impact of the new law. The lawyers participated in a series of conferences, roundtables and seminars during September and October.
In Europe, programs were presented in Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm and Frankfurt. The program in Denmark was held at the U.S. Embassy and some 75 people attended. The program was co-sponsored by the Danish Institute for IP Rights Training (DIFI) and the Swedish IP Academy, and featured additional presentations by Lise Ryberg, Vice President of Corporate Patents & Trademarks at H. Lundbeck A/S, and other leading Swedish and Danish patent attorneys. The program in Stockholm was sponsored by the Association of IP Professionals in Swedish Industry. In recognition of the leading Swedish companies represented at the conference and the importance of the topic, the firm’s hour-long presentation was introduced by Frank Carrico, Senior Commerce Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Sweden.
Lucas & Mercanti partners Klaus P. Stoffel and Donald C. Lucas spoke at a seminar on the new patent law that was sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt. In-house counsel from major German pharmaceutical companies and large manufacturing companies attended.
In Japan, Lucas & Mercanti lawyers addressed legal and academic audiences in Tokyo and Nagoya and spoke at a program sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Osaka that was attended by more than 50 patent professionals from leading Japanese corporations.
Closer to home, Lucas & Mercanti managing partner Michal N. Mercanti was the lead off speaker at a seminar that was sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Westchester County/Southern CT Chapter. The program, attended by the New York area’s leading in-house counsel, was held in Stamford, Connecticut. Lucas & Mercanti is looking forward to replicating these educational programs and welcomes the active involvement of our colleagues. To learn more, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.661.8000.