Patent-Litigation Lessons for Copyright Cases

When: April 6, 2022 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT - This event has passed


In Sony Corporation v. Universal City Studios, its classic 1984 decision on VCR time-shifting, copyright fair use, and secondary liability, the Supreme Court called out a “historic kinship between the patent and copyright laws.” More than three decades on, with high-tech industries at the forefront of the U.S. economy, patent and copyright litigation continues in full force. Using Sony as a jumping-off point, our program continues the dialog between patent and copyright, focusing on ways in which patent-litigation strategies and tactics can inform copyright litigation.

Our cross-disciplinary panel brings together practical perspectives from academics, in-house counsel, and law-firm litigators. The panel will examine the ways in which courts handle patent-eligibility questions, particularly at the outset of patent cases, and ways in which copyright cases may deploy similar strategies. The panel will also closely examine an increasingly nuanced patent-litigation domain—treatment of the related questions of contributory, induced, and willful infringement—and share lessons on how to translate and apply these doctrines to the copyright world. Lastly, in the damages area, patent law’s extensive jurisprudence on reasonable-royalty methodology provides many carry-over insights for copyright damages, particularly in areas like the hypothetical negotiation and use of benchmark licenses. 

Join us for 90 minutes of intriguing, outside-the-box thinking. 



Samir Pandya is Head of Intellectual Property Litigation for SAP SE, global enterprise software company that is the world’s third-largest publicly-traded software company by revenue. A graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Samir spent six years as an intellectual-property litigator in private practice, before joining SAP’s legal department in 2007. For more than 15 years, Samir has managed SAP’s global portfolio of patent, copyright, and other intellectual property cases.

Katrina Quicker is the founder and managing member of Quicker Law, LLC—an intellectual property law boutique based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to starting her own firm in 2021, Katrina practiced intellectual property law for over 20 years at AmLaw 100 firms. She has litigated more than 100 patent infringement cases on behalf of companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, computer and electronics, mechanical, and consumer products industries, and has tried multiple cases in federal district court and before the International Trade Commission.  A registered patent attorney, she also actively manages, files, prosecutes, and maintains her clients’ worldwide portfolios of patent and trademark applications and registrations. Beyond patents, she also regularly litigates trademark, copyright, domain name, and trade secret matters, licensing disputes, and franchise disputes, as well as a variety of commercial disputes. She was part of the trial team that represented the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia in the copyright litigation that spanned 12 years relating to Georgia State University’s use of e-reserves system at the student library.

Michael Risch is the Vice Dean and a Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he teaches and studies on intellectual property and internet law, with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets and information access. His articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Florida Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and Stanford Technology Law Review, among other journals. His work has been cited by the Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Villanova faculty in 2010, Michael was an Associate Professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he founded the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Program and its Entrepreneurship Law Clinic; an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School; and a partner at intellectual property boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California. He remains of counsel with its successor, Computer Law Group LLP. His practice centers around expert testimony; intellectual property litigation, licensing, auditing and protection; complex civil litigation; start-up and entrepreneurial counseling, and alternative dispute resolution.

Monté Squire is a partner in Duane Morris’ intellectual property practice group, where he specializes in representing and advising both large and small companies in all aspects of intellectual property litigation. Monté  has extensive experience litigating patent cases across a broad range of technologies and industries, including computer software, internet technology, biomedical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor technology, aeronautical equipment, and mobile navigation technology. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Monté served as an Administrative Patent Judge for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he heard and presided over patent trials and appeals involving cutting-edge inventions and emerging technologies.  Monté is the past chair of the Delaware State Bar Association Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section and past president of the Delaware Barristers Association (an affiliate of the National Bar Association), and past member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the District of Delaware. Monté also clerked on the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and is a former managing editor of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

Aleksander Goranin (moderator) is an intellectual-property litigator at Duane Morris LLP. Alex specializes in copyright and patent litigation, particularly in the areas of enterprise software, internet, telecommunications, and medical devices. He brings over 20 years of trial and licensing experience to the resolution of technology-driven disputes. Alex has also taught intellectual property courses at the Villanova University School of Law and, before entering private practice, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He currently co-chairs the Copyright Society’s Pennsylvania Chapter.




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The Copyright Society is an Accredited Continuing Legal Education Provider in Pennsylvania, New York and California. Instructions for verifying attendance will be emailed to registrants prior to the program.

California:  1.5 participatory credit

New York: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice / This intermediate program is transitional and appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Pennsylvania: 1.5 general credit


CLE Credit Details

The Copyright Society is an Accredited Continuing Legal Education Provider in Pennsylvania, New York and California. Instructions for verifying attendance will be emailed to registrants prior to the program. California: 1.5 participatory credit New York: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice / This intermediate program is transitional and appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Pennsylvania: 1.5 general credit