Patent Damages Event Recap

As reported, the Greater Washington, DC Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) had a great Patent Damages Symposium on February 23, 2017.  Here is a link to some pictures from the event:

Many thanks to the speakers and host firm, Sidley.

I and the DC Chapter of LES are planning for World IP Day, April 26, 2017, and for the LES Spring meeting here in Washington, DC.  We are planning a shindig for the evening of May 8th in connection with the Spring meeting.  Stay tuned.

Ray Van Dyke

Dale Lazar Speaks of Alice and 101 Challenges to DC LES CHAPTER

As noted earlier, I wrote a blog piece on the Alice decision, Alice Doesn’t Patent Here Anymore, Thanks to those who read it..  On November 18, 2015 in Washington, DC, the Licensing Executives Society ( is again having prominent IP attorney and my friend Dale Lazar talk about the impact of Alice and what practitioners can do in the face of this ongoing tragedy.

The link is 

This meeting constitutes my additional efforts as the Greater Washington, DC Chapter Chair to promote the organization and otherwise help the IP profession and practitioners with practical programs – here for patent prosecutors.  For those in DC, Virginia and Maryland, please feel free to contact me if you have a speaker in mind or a topic that needs addressing. With the eclectic wants of the Greater DC membership, we have seen it all, and welcome more!

Next month,  on December 17, at the LES Chapter Holiday party in DC, Senior Group Patent Counsel, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. will talk of settlement techniques he has developed in this age of questionable patent validity.

For those outside of the DC Metro area, thanks for reading about us!  If you have any suggestions or want to speak when you visit the area in future, please email me.  Conversely, I am open to invitations to speak elsewhere.

Ray Van Dyke, 202.379.3903,

Greater Washington, DC Chapter Chair for LES,

And Patent/IP practitioner.

Ray at the White House

Ray was lucky enough to be at the White House during the Holiday Season.  Here are few photos of his visit.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and Joyous New Year filled with innovation and success from everyone here at Van Dyke Law.


In Front of the Official White House Christmas Tree at the Blue Room entrance.


Ray with the iconic portrait of JFK.


The Lincoln Portrait in the State Dining Room is flanked by a Christmas Tree on one side and a nativity scene on the other. Tables are set for refreshments.


Outside, the White House is directly behind Ray and the Old Executive Office Building is to the right of the photo.