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BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series | Tensegrity Law Group, “Can You Challenge Your Own Patent – And Why Would You Want To?”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court accepted a case posing a seemingly counterintuitive question: Can inventors challenge their own patents? The answer relates to another counterintuitive question: Can inventors be sued for infringing their own patents? The answer to both questions is yes, sometimes: If an inventor sells or “assigns” its patent, and then proceeds to develop a competing product, litigation may ensue and the inventor may try to claim that the patent was invalid to begin with. Can the inventor be stopped (“estopped,” we lawyers say) from challenging its own patent. Paul Erlich of Tensegrity will review the pros and cons of this issue, which arises more often than you might assume. By June, the Supreme Court will tell us the answer.
Paul Ehrlich, partner at Tensegrity Law Group, has extensive experience trying complex patent cases in U.S. district courts and the ITC. He successfully litigates cases at all stages, including through trial and injunction enforcement. He has served as trial counsel in billion-dollar matters for industry-leading companies. Mr. Ehrlich’s practice touches diverse technology areas, including mobile phones and other consumer electronics; computer networking; operating systems; database software; VOIP; memory manufacture and packaging; medical devices; Wi-Fi and location services; and Nobel-Prize-winning biotechnology.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students. This event is reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors.



Tuesday, January 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Event Category:


Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Online – Zoom

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