Next Wednesday, November 11, from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm, I am participating in a roundtable discussion about the Northern District’s new Local Patent Rules hosted by Applied Discovery.  Blog readers have already read a lot about the Local Patent Rules — click here, here and here for some of the Blog’s analysis of the Rules.  But this panel will add valuable perspective from other members of the Chicago patent bar.  I am especially looking forward to the insights of friend and former colleague David Callahan of Kirkland & Ellis.

Here is Applied Discovery’s description of the event and registration information:

Applied Discovery is pleased to offer a roundtable forum led by local experts discussing the practical consequences of the rules and the effects the rules could have on patent litigation in the Northern District of Illinois.  Virginia Henschel, vice president for e-discovery affairs at Applied Discovery will be moderating the panel.  Ms. Henschel’s distinguished career prior to Applied Discovery includes serving as counsel for Sunoco, Inc., where she managed all facets of ESI for litigation, including designing and managing defensible data collection and production for large, complex legal matters.

If you have not already registered, there is still time to join us for a spirited analysis of the new Rules with opinions from plaintiffs, defendants and the bench. 

• An overview of the Rules and the specific new obligations placed on patentees, accused infringers, and declaratory judgment plaintiffs.

• The effects of the new Rules on patent filings in the Northern District of Illinois.

• Scheduling deadlines and new requirements.

• Changes in the discovery process.

Mark Ouweleen, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

• David Donoghue, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

• David Callahan, P.C., Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Union League Club
65 West Jackson Boulevard, Room 710

Chicago, IL 60604

(Business Attire Required)

RSVP BY 11/6
If you wish to attend, please email Jennifer Towell at as soon as possible. Space is limited.