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The MSBA's Computer & Technology Law Section Presents


"The America Invents Act"

The United States Congress is close to passing the most sweeping changes to the patent statutes in the last 50 years.  This CLE will highlight the most important of these changes, including the "first to file" system versus the current "first to invent system"; the revised and expanded patent opposition procedures; and patent marking requirements.  This CLE will also provide practical suggestions for advising clients on how to adapt and change to the new patent laws. 


Kenneth E. Levitt, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Ken is a partner in Dorsey's Intellectual Property Group and a registered patent attorney. For about four years, while a Dorsey partner, Ken functioned as general counsel for a small cap medical device company, until the company was acquired by a Fortune 500 company. In that role, in addition to providing substantive legal and business advice, Ken managed the company’s legal department and also handled a variety of IP, SOX, litigation management, HR, and other issues.

Ryan Fortin, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Ryan Fortin is an associate in Dorsey's Technology and Patent Groups. Mr. Fortin practices in the area of patent litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of technologies. He also practices in the areas of patent preparation and prosecution.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit to be applied for



Date:   Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time:   11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. | CTLS Council Meeting
12:00 p.m. | CLE Program & Lunch
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

The Computer & Technology Law Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., followed by the CLE Program and lunch at noon.


Computer & Technology Law Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Computer Section Members):  $15.00
Join the Section and attend for FREE
: $30
Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00
Law Students:  Free

Participation by web and audio is available. Request instructions when you register or contact Tram Nguyen at on or before September 9, 2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336