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"Notice is King -- Recent CAFC Cases Addressing the Issue of Claim Construction."

In February, the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section will feature Jim Brogan of the Denver office of Cooley Godward.

Jim Brogan is regularly involved in patent infringement litigation and will speak on patent claim construction by courts. There have been a number of recent Federal Circuit cases that have had a significant affect on the interpretation of claim elements by courts. Jim will address these recent developments, and will discuss (1) when terms should be construed in accordance with their "ordinary meaning"; (2) how that meaning can be established; (3) when that meaning can be cast aside; and (4) how a proper claim construction analysis should proceed (at least for now). There will be some practice pointers for those drafting claims in the current environment. Also, for those that are not patent attorneys or that are not regularly involved in patent litigation, Jim will review the background and current judicial processes used for claim construction (e.g., Markman hearings).

Tuesday, March 18 , 2003

The Pinnacle Club
Club Room 555 17th Street, (37th Floor)
Denver, CO

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

$35.00 (including lunch) at the door or in advance (make checks payable to CBA)

Crispy Chicken Flautas with
Guacamole and Fruit or
Black Bean Quesadilla with Southwestern Rice

1 Hour General Credit (applied for)

Reservations must be made by Monday, March 17, 2003 by noon. To make a reservation, contact Pam Kleiner at Townsend and Townsend and Crew at (303) 571-4000 or by email at

Please provide your name (and spelling), phone number and menu choice. Payment should be made at check-in at the meeting to the Colorado Bar Association. Cancellations after noon, Monday, March 17, 2003, and no-shows will be billed for the cost of the luncheon.