Course announced:

The Patent Resources Group announced its fall line of advanced courses including Making the Most of Arbitration and Mediation in IP and Technology Cases.  The course is scheduled in Palm Springs CA for October 15 and 16, 2017.  To register, please go to:   We hope to see you there!

Making the Most of Arbitration and Mediation in IP and Technology Cases.  Mediation and arbitration for IP and technology disputes is now commonplace.  Success with those processes, however, requires counsel to understand them, and be skilled using them in a wide variety of cases.  This fast-paced, practical two-day course will help counsel learn how to use mediation and arbitration as tools to resolve their clients’ most important IP and technology disputes.  A faculty with decades of experience mediating and arbitrating such disputes will cover all aspects of these processes.  For mediating cases, participants will learn when to mediate, how to select the “right” mediator, how to prepare for the mediation session, effective advocacy and strategies in mediation, and how to ensure a mediated settlement “sticks.”  For arbitrating cases, participants will learn tips for drafting arbitration clauses, how to select the “right” arbitrator, how to prepare for important aspects of the arbitration process, effective advocacy and strategies, and how to confirm or challenge the award.  Don’t miss an opportunity to acquire or improve your mediation and arbitration know how! 

About the faculty:

Harrie Samaras is a full time arbitrator and mediator in U.S. and international IP and technology disputes.  She began her career as a patent examiner, then served as a staff attorney and law clerk to Chief Judge Helen W. Nies at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Harrie has served as outside counsel focusing on IP litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  She also has corporate experience in the IP realm, serving as Director of Intellectual Property Litigation for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company, and as Vice President Intellectual Property, Legal for a business unit in a pharmaceutical company.   Harrie is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is a frequent speaker and writer on ADR topics.  Harrie is the Editor and an Author of ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Cases (2nd edition), published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.   

David Allgeyer, of counsel with the Minneapolis office of Lindquist and Vennum, has over 35 years of experience litigating, arbitrating and mediating intellectual property, corporate and commercial disputes in federal and states courts and arbitration hearings throughout the United States. He has been appointed to arbitrate over 65 intellectual property and commercial matters and serves as a mediator in patent and other intellectual property and commercial cases. He has mediated or arbitrated disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and intellectual property licensing, as well as related issues of unfair competition, and contractual and warranty obligations.   He frequently speaks and writes on ADR and IP topics.  David is the author of Arbitrating Patent Disputes:  A Practical Guide, to be published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law in August 2017.



David Allgeyer was recently named by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center as a leading technology neutral.  For more information, please visit:

Using Arbitration to Resolve Patent Disputes: The Right Thing for the Right Case


Patent litigation can be really expensive. The 2015 Report of the Economic Survey, for example, reports an average cost of $873,000 for patent cases with less than $1 million at risk and $2 million for cases with $1 million to $10 million at risk. Many patent disputes cannot bear that sort of expense.
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