Orrick Library Seminar: Major Trends and Developments in U.S. Patent Law

The Orrick Library Seminar Series

Seminar | March.20.2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo

日本語:Orrick Library Seminar: 近時の米国特許法の主な動向と進展

Orrick’s Global Japan Practice is hosting a series of “Orrick Library” seminars to explore legal issues in various fields in Japan as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

Alex Chachkes, partner in Orrick’s New York office and member of the Intellectual Property Group, will join by video and discuss the recent major patent law decisions from the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, and how they have affected the way U.S. patents are litigated in the federal courts and reviewed before the Patent Office.

The 90-minute long seminar will cover the following:

  • the most significant patent law decisions of the past year
  • how the Supreme Court’s decision in T.C. Heartland has changed the litigation landscape
  • how the Courts have shifted on what constitutes “ineligible subject matter” for a patent
  • trends in patent filings, both in terms of volume and venue
  • how IPR practice and procedure has changed over the past year, in light of recent decisions

There will be time set aside for questions.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Registration from 8:45 am)
Place: Orrick Tokyo Law Office (Map)
Speakers: Alex Chachkes, Partner, New York Office
Language: English
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: March 18 (Monday)

* Tokyo Litigation and IP Partner Shinsuke Yakura (Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association) will also join and offer additional perspectives in Japanese.

* * Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the States of New York and California.  This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.

For questions, please contact Aya Mori.

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents


Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He has broad experience in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.

His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.