Richard D. Kirk (Dick), a director at Bayard P.A. and head of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, moderated a panel at a recent event for The Sedona Conference® (“TSC”) discussing summary judgment in patent cases in connection with an upcoming TSC publication on “Best Practices in Patent Litigation.”
The panel included Judge Barbara Lynn from the Northern District of Texas and Judge Ronald Whyte from the Northern District of California, and patent attorneys Eric Hutz of Novack Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, LLP (Wilmington, DE) and Henry Gutman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLC (New York, NY).
TSC is a charitable, 501(c)(3) non-partisan research and educational institute dedicated to the advancement of law and policy in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation and intellectual property rights. TSC’s Working Group SeriesSM was established to pursue in-depth study of tipping point issues in the above-mentioned areas of law, with the goal of producing high-quality, non-partisan commentary and guidance of immediate, practical benefit to the bench and bar.
Dick is part of the TSC Patent Litigation Best Practices Working Group, which is dedicated to developing industry standards for managing patent litigation cases following enactment of the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act. Group members include judges, litigators representing both sides of patent disputes, and Patent Office and the International Trade Commission members. This working group is writing a book on Best Practices in Patent Litigation that will be published in late 2014. Dick’s chapter on Summary Judgment may be released ahead of the book’s formal publication.
Dick is a past president of the Delaware State Bar Association and former chair of its Intellectual Property Section. He serves on the District of Delaware’s Rules Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections. He has been recognized as a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property in Delaware by Chambers USA since 2006. Dick is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
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