23rd Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute

23rd Annual APLI logoAgenda

Dec 8- 9
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Building
Stanford University

As always, you can count on the two days of in-depth discussions on patent law with panels of leading experts that you’ve come to expect at APLI. This year, however, we are debuting a new programming format for Day 2.

The Day 2 agenda will consist of two separate, custom-designed tracks:

Litigation and Prosecution

Each track will be held in a separate room, so you can attend sessions tailored to your practice and focus on content that is important to you. Sessions for each track will include:


Litigation Track

  • Litigation and speaking roles–PTAB & District Court practices (DEI)
  • Mediation, arbitration, and settlement strategies
  • Fintiv
  • Venue and intra-district assignments-impacts on litigation strategies and best practices
  • IP licensing and settlements; troublesome terms
  • Global litigation strategies and developments
  • Daubert and damages
  • Litigation ethics


Prosecution Track

  • Spec drafting and 101–a litigator’s plea to prosecutors
  • Filing strategies in light of EU unitary system
  • A litigator’s view of claim drafting
  • Key updates on U.S. patent prosecution techniques
  • EPO prosecution and management best practices
  • Prosecution conflicts (ethics)
  • Beyond IPRs, Appeal practice for prosecutors
  • Inventorship and inclusiveness; best and worst practices (DEI)


APLI is also honored to announce our Keynote Speaker:

Kathi Vidal, USPTO Director

We will also hear from former acting USPTO directors:

Terry Rea and Joe Matal

We hope you can join us and look forward to welcoming you to an all new APLI!


General Public: $975
Academics, Nonprofits, NGOs, and Government: $100
Current Berkeley and Stanford Law Students: $50
Sponsor-Hosted In-House Counsel (with registration code): complimentary

NOTE: If you are an in-house attorney and interested in a complimentary registration, we will try to match you with a sponsor. Email us at bclt@law.berkeley.edu 

CLE will be offered. 12.50 total hours of CLE credit will be offered for this event.

Hotel Accommodations: there is currently limited availability of sleeping rooms at the nearby Sheraton Palo Alto at a conference rate of 15% discount off the best rate at the time of booking (+ taxes and fees). To make a reservation at this rate, email Sheratonreservations@pahotel.com and mention you are booking with Stanford.

Parking: We have purchased EA, ES or SO spaces on levels 3 & 4 of Wilbur Field Garage only. You must fill out this form to register your vehicle or else you will receive a parking ticket. The Wilbur Field Garage is an underground parking garage located at 560 Wilbur Way, Stanford, CA 94305. The entrance is on Wilbur Way, accessed from Campus Drive. This garage is about a 5-6 minute walk to Paul Brest Hall.





Thank you to all sponsors for supporting our community of in-house practitioners!



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Co-organized with Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.