Participation in the Intellectual Property and Innovation American Inn of Court
On March 24, 2015, David Aker, Of Counsel to the firm, participated in “A Modern
Day Markman Hearing Concerning the Classic Wright Brothers Patent” in Utica, New
York. The proceeding, conducted at the Hotel Utica, before United States
District Court Chief Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles, was designed to provide
attorneys with knowledge of the procedure used to determine the meaning of terms
in a patent claim. Mr. Aker was invited to participate, in part due to his
knowledge as a commercial pilot. He acted as expert witness Samuel Pierpont
Langley, a celebrated scientist of the time, and underwent direct examination
based on questions and answers he wrote, and a rigorous cross examination. Mr.
Aker is also an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching patent law and related
courses, and a co-author of Patent Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (4th
Edition), published by the Practising Law Institute.