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    Patenting Inventions Course 3/3: International Battery Patent Battles

    In the first three months of 2021, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced two investigations related to patented battery technology. Later in 2021, the ITC is scheduled to issue decisions in two additional investigations relating to lithium-ion battery cells. This talk will present a case study highlighting the impact of the ITC on the battery industry.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Why is the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) a popular venue for battery litigation?
    • What types of disputes can be litigated before the ITC?
    • Recent activity in ITC battery litigation

    Todd Ostomel – Partner at Squire Patton Boggs
    Adam Hess – Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

    Todd Ostomel helps entrepreneurs develop intellectual property portfolios for protecting inventions directed to inorganic and organic chemicals, chemical processes, electrochemical devices and materials, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Todd focuses on patent prosecution and portfolio management, patent opinions, due diligence, and trade secret counseling.

    Adam Hess serves as lead counsel in federal district court litigation, in Section 337 investigations at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and in international arbitration, including before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Europe and before several US arbitration bodies. He works with Customs and Border Protection on matters concerning the enforcement of ITC exclusion orders.

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    Solid-State Batteries – The Key Enabling Technology in Advanced Electric Vehicles

    The ‘EV Everywhere Grand Challenge’ has led to extensive research and development of battery technologies with high energy density. To date, state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries (SOA LIBs) based on alkali metal ion intercalation cathodes and anodes have been widely adopted in plug-in hybrid and niche high performance electric vehicles. However, concern with the ultimate limits of SOA LIBs related to their energy density, weight and safety suggests the need for alternatives over the long term. Solid-state batteries (SSBs) have been recognized as an ideal solution that can enable energy densities beyond those of SOA LIBs by utilizing Li metal anode and high voltage cathode, while delivering long cycle life and improved safety. As the key component of SSB, solid-state electrolyte (SSE) replaces the porous separator/ liquid electrolyte to act as a physical barrier and mechanically suppress the formation and penetration of Li dendrites. However, successful development and commercialization of SSBs requires fundamental research related to enhancing the SSE ionic conductivity, stabilizing the     electrolyte/ electrode interfaces, cell and pack manufacturing methods, development of battery management systems, and efficient battery pack designs. In this webinar, the practices and principles that have been proposed for dealing with core problems related to SSBs as well as future research avenues that will encourage the adoption of SSBs in real application will be discussed.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • The microstructure role and SSE composition on the Li+ conduction behavior
    • Design and development of an effective electrode-electrolyte interface in SSBs
    • Mechanistic origins of Li dendrite growth in SSEs and approaches to mitigate the dendrite penetration
    • Manufacturing challenges related to mass production of SSBs

    Asma Sharafi – Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company

    Asma Sharafi is a Research Engineer working in Electrification Subsystem and Power Supply Department at Ford Motor Company. Prior to joining Ford, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering. Her primary focus is development of pioneering strategies to improve the durability and increase the energy density of batteries for their implementation in electric vehicles.

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    Next-Generation Batteries in Korea – Key Players and Legal Issues

    Korean battery companies are among the world’s leaders in the field of lithium-ion batteries. However, whether these companies can maintain their leadership with next-generation batteries (such as solid state batteries) is currently unclear. We analyze the patent portfolios of the major Korean battery players to better understand what next-generation battery technologies they may be developing, and draw some conclusions regarding which players and technologies may be best placed to succeed. We also look at various legal and regulatory issues that are critical to understand when working with Korean companies and employees, particularly in view of new and proposed Korean regulations aimed at preventing leakage of cutting-edge battery technology to foreign companies.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Review of major Korean battery market players (Samsung SDI, LG Energy Solution, SK Innovations)
    • Analysis of solid state battery patents with focus on Korean players
    • Potential winners in the next-generation battery market
    • Legal issues in working with Korean battery companies or employees

    Inchan Andrew Kwon – Foreign Attorney at Kim & Chang
    Sung-Eun Kim – Patent Attorney at Kim & Chang

    Inchan Andrew Kwon is a US-trained and licensed patent attorney who advises technology, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech clients regarding patent prosecution and patent disputes in Korea, as well as related legal issues including trade secrets, licensing, regulatory compliance, and international trade.

    Sung-Eun Kim has been involved in evaluating intellectual property protection and in providing strategic advice to clients, specializing in the areas of materials for electronics, such as secondary batteries and OLED materials, polymer science, and fiber science.

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    IP Landscape, Strategies & Protection for Li-Ion Battery Solid-State Electrolytes and Silicon-Based Anodes

    The audience will learn about recent key inventions in the areas of solid electrolytes and silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries that constitute the state of the art. Exemplified by a look at two new-comers (startups) and two incumbents, attendees will further learn about how to approach IP strategy & protection for their R&D programs.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • IP landscape, strategies & protection
    • Solid-state electrolytes for Li-ion batteries
    • Silicon-based anodes

    Howard Lim – Associate Attorney, Fenwick & West LLP
    Pirmin Ulmann – Co-Founder & CEO,

    Howard represents technology-based clients in patent litigation matters and postgrant proceedings, such as inter partes reviews. He has technical experience in the area of lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and LCD and OLED display technologies. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Howard had a substantial career in the lithium-ion battery industry working for Panasonic and Sanyo Electric Company developing new products in the areas of electric vehicle and energy storage technologies.

    Pirmin is co-founder and CEO of, a battery innovation & patent monitoring service that is based on a novel machine learning approach. He obtained a diploma in chemistry from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2004 and a PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in 2009. Thereafter, he was a JSPS Foreign Fellow at the University of Tokyo (Japan). From 2010 to 2016, while working at a major battery materials manufacturer in Switzerland, he was a coinventor of 7 patent families related to lithium-ion batteries. He holds the credential Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) and has co-authored scientific publications with more than 1,600 citations.

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