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    "America Invents Act - The First Significant Changes in Patent Law in 60 Years": Mary Jo Boldingh & Xavier Pillai, Attorneys

    March 16, 2012
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Cafe La Cave
    2777 Mannheim Rd
    Des Plaines, IL 60017

    Chemistry is an inventive enterprise. Chemists making new materials and processes not only transform the world but create valuable intellectual property, which must be managed effectively for maximum benefit. To help chemists understand the patent world and update us on the recent America Invents Act, two patent attorneys with extensive chemistry experience will give a presentation at the March Public Affairs meeting of the Chicago ACS. Please join us for an evening exploring the interplay of chemistry, business, law, and society.

    Attorney Mary Jo Boldingh is special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm's IP Litigation and Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practices. She earned an A.B. in Chemistry from Loyola University, a M.S. in Chemistry from Northwestern university, and a J.D with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

     Attorney Xavier Pillai is with Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. He earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from Case Western Reserve university, and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.


    • 5:30 - 6:30 PM · Job Club 
    • 5:30 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour:  Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres served butler style. Cash Bar
    • 6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner
    • 7:30 PM · Public Affairs Progra

    Abstract: The America Invents Act (PL-112-29), which was signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011, made significant changes to the U.S. patenting system. This law made significant changes in the patent law for the first time in nearly 60 years. The Public Affairs Meeting will focus on the importance of this legislative action for the future of science and technology in this country and the world in the coming years.

    Both of our speakers are patent attorneys and experienced chemists and will review those changes in the patent process that are of significant interest to scientists and inventors. Both Mary Jo and Xavier have extensive backgrounds in chemical practice, process and characterization, all of which are important to the patent process. (see below for more biography)

    Dr. Michael G. Koehler, our chair-elect, will be our moderator for the program this evening.

    • DINNER:
    • Soup of the day
    • Squillo salad with walnuts and cranberries
    • Entrée:  choose one
      • Breast of chicken combination (sautéed breast of chicken with fresh mushrooms & shallots with a sherry cream sauce and sautéed breast of chicken with shiitake mushrooms with a marsala wine sauce)
      • Seared salmon with a ginger sauce
      • Fresh vegetables with Pasta
    • Anna potatoes
    • Medley of fresh vegetables
    • Chef selection dessert



    Atty. Mary Jo Boldingh

    Mary Jo Boldingh is special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm's IP Litigation and Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practices.

    Ms. Boldingh's practice focuses on intellectual property, including patent litigation, validity and infringement opinions, and patent prosecution. Her experience includes work in chemical technologies such as catalysis, metal oxide absorbents, polymers, biotech processes, and infant formula, and in other technologies such as telecommunications, Internet-based marketing systems, and handheld digital assistants. She has been involved in numerous prominent cases in a variety of industries and has a special interest in efficient dispute resolution.

    Prior to graduation from law school, she worked as a laboratory chemist at the UOP Research Center in the automotive catalysis area and as a computational chemistry consultant at both G.D. Searle & Co. R&D and at AlliedSignal Engineered Materials Research Center, focusing on drug design and fuel properties, respectively.

    As a recognition of her legal experience, Ms. Boldingh has been Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

    She received her A.B. in chemistry from Loyola University in 1980, her M.S. in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1985 and her J.D. with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1991.

    Ms. Boldingh is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (Board of Managers, 2010-2012), and the American Bar Association, and is a past member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. In addition, she was a long-time member of the board of directors of the Chicago-based social service agency Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc., and served on the board of trustees of the Science and Arts Academy, a school for gifted children in Des Plaines, Ill.

    Ms. Boldingh is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the Northern District of Illinois, the Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Second Circuit, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Atty. Xavier Pillai

    Xavier Pillai received his Ph.D. in polymer science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio in 1984. He joined the staff of AlliedSignal Co as a polymer chemist, where he conducted research as a polymer chemist. He received his legal training at Chicago-Kent College of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1994.

    Dr. Pillai is currently active in patent prosecution and client counseling, with a particular emphasis in the chemical arts. Areas of particular interest include organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, process chemistry, pharmaceuticals including small molecules and macromolecules, vaccines, diagnostics, high polymers, lithography, membranes and filters for use in biomedical applications, ink jet printing ink compositions, marking compositions, and liquid crystal compositions. He directs patent procurement in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and several other countries, providing opinions on patent infringement, patent validity, and patent challenges.

    Prior to joining Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., Mr. Pillai worked as a research scientist at Allied Signal, Inc. in the area of polymer membranes for water desalination and gas separation applications. During his research for his Ph.D., he carried out synthesis and evaluations of polymers and copolymers containing oxazoline monomers and ethylene oxide monomers for electrical battery separator applications. He is the named inventor of seven U.S. patents and has ten publications on polymer synthesis and polymer membranes.

    He is a member of and actively engaged in:

    • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), (Member, Patent Law and Chemical Practice Committees)
    • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
    • American Chemical Society
    • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

    As a member of the American Chemical Society, he serves as a member of the Division of Chemistry and the Law, serves on the Executive Committee, and in 2011 was chair of the Division of Chemistry and the Law. He is an associate member of the Council Committee on Patents and Related Matters, and has been very active as a presenter and speaker before numerous groups having an interest in science and legal matters.

    He is a member of the Illinois Bar (1994), the DC Bar (2000), and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has obtained a significant number of patents and publications during his career as a practicing research chemist.

    He is expert in the languages of Tamil and Hindi.





    $37.00 Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Cash at the door: $35 member/ $37 nonmember/ $20 student/retired/unemployed