February 2008

Register today for the 23rd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, April 10-12. Advance early bird registration rates are available until March 26. The conference will provide a comprehensive continuing legal education opportunity for all IP practitioners. More than continuing legal education, this conference is a unique IP experience.

The program sessions cover the range of IP topics, including patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, ethics, and more. Corporate counsel issues, a trial skills track, a Science & Technology Law Track, a special co-sponsored session with the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and a hot topics panel help round out the program sessions for a comprehensive coverage of IP continuing legal education.

Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Federal Circuit, will discuss patent law reform legislation as our guest luncheon speaker on Thursday, and Eve Burton, General Counsel of Hearst Corporation will discuss IP challenges and solutions at a multimedia company, as our guest luncheon speaker on Friday.

A special reception this year will be held at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, at the Dolley Madison House in downtown Washington, DC. All conference participants are invited to join us for this special reception following the day’s programming on Thursday. Built in 1830, the Dolley Madison House was inhabited by Dolley Madison from 1837 until her death in 1849, and is now a part of the National Courts complex.

As in the past, The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law again joins us as a conference co-sponsor and is coordinating a track of programming which includes topics such as User-Generated Content, Gaming and Virtual Worlds, Drafting Software Licenses for Virtual Machines, and Patent Policies for International Standards Development.

A selection of Section committees is planning to hold meetings in conjunction with the conference. Watch our website for a list of meetings slated, and plan on participating in one or more committee gatherings to increase your opportunities for involvement within the Section and discuss IP topical issues of personal interest in a small group setting.

The Section’s Committees on Women in IP Law and Minorities in IP Law will host a cocktail reception following the day’s programming on Friday, April 11.

This conference is definitely a “don’t miss” compendium of activities and events for all IP lawyers. The 23rd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference is April 10-12, 2008 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, in Arlington, Virginia. For complete conference information, program schedule, and online registration, visit the website at www.abanet.org/intelprop/spring2008.
A wide array of prominent speakers
Featured speakers will include federal judges such as:

  • Hon. Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Hon. Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Hon. Reggie B. Walton, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Hon. Gregory Sleet, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • Hon. Kathleen McDonald O’Malley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

In addition to our esteemed judges, the panels will be joined by a number of government officials including:
from the U.S. Copyright Office:

  • Robert Kasunic, Principal Legal Advisor, Office of the General Counsel

from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office:

  • Hon. J. David Sams, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Lynne Beresford, Commissioner for Trademarks
  • Hon. Gerard F. Rogers, Administrative Judge, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Hon. Michael R. Fleming, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences
  • Robert A. Clarke, Deputy Director – Office of Patent Legal Administration
  • Robert W. Bahr, Senior Patent Attorney – Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
  • Michael W. Baird, Managing Attorney, USPTO

from the Department of Justice:

  • John T. Lynch, Deputy Chief Computer Crime and IP Section

from the International Trade Commission:

  • Hon. Charles Bullock

from the Federal Circuit:

  • James Amend, Chief Circuit Mediator
  • Wendy Dean, Circuit Mediation Officer

and from the U.N.

  • Jeffrey Kovar, Legal Advisor, U.S. Mission to the UN and other International Organizations

A special Corporate Counsel Track will offer practical tips of geared to corporate counsel and feature:

  • Wes Anson, CONSOR Intellectual Asset Management
  • Dwight Olson, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, TAEUS International Corporation

Other featured corporate counsel on panels throughout our conference include:

  • Robert Armitage, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Duff Berschback, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Jennifer J. Millones, DIAGEO North America
  • Travis P. Boozer, Sprint-Nextel
  • Marc Sandy Block, IBM Corporation
  • Kent Baker, Qualcomm Incorporated
  • H.L. Silets, Warner Brothers Pictures
  • Jonathan Gottlieb, Fox Group Legal
  • Zahavah Levine, YouTube LLC
  • Tara M. Rosnell, Procter & Gamble
  • Stephen Mortinger, IBM Systems & Technology Group
  • Andrew S. Zaffron, Sony Online Entertainment
  • Eve Burton, Hearst Corporation
  • Matthew Scott, United Media
  • A. Kate Huffman, The Dial Corporation, A Henkel Company (invited)

Prominent academics include:

  • Professor Christopher A. Cotropia, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Professor John R. (Jay) Thomas, The George Washington University Law School
  • Professor Gregory N. Mandel, Temple University School of Law
  • Professor John Golden, University of Texas School of Law
  • Professor Susan Brenner, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Professor James Gibson, University of Virginia Law School

Industry Representatives include:

  • Fritz E. Attaway, Motion Picture Association of America
  • Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, National Music Publishers Association
  • Robert M. Rozen, Directors Guild of America
  • John Paul, Licensing Executives Society International
  • Brian Redding, Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society
Join our conference to hear over 100 of the top IP professionals in corporate, government, private practice and academia.

Chair-Elect Considers Nominations for Leadership Positions

Section Chair-Elect Gordon Arnold is currently considering applications and nominations for division and committee chair appointments. A recommendation form for these positions can be found on the Section website, along with complete information on procedure. All current members are invited to make recommendations, including placing their own names forward, for these positions.

To make a recommendation, visit www.abanet.org/intelprop/newappts/appointments1.html.

Please make your recommendations by February 29.


Nominating Committee Announces Candidates

William L. LaFuze, Chair of the Section Nominating Committee, reports that the following candidates have been nominated for the 2008-2009 year:



GordonAccording to Section bylaws, Gordon Arnold, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for the 2008-2009 Association year.


DonChair-Elect: Don W. Martens , Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Martens is currently Section Vice Chair and chair of the Section’s Task Force on Patent Law Reform. In the past, he has served on the Section Council, and as Committee Chair for committees 402 – University Intellectual Property Law, 852 – Special Committee on Site Selection, 602 – Arbitration and Other Alternative Procedures, 604 – Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Chair for Division I – Patents, Division VI – Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Related Issues, and Division IV – Related Legal Issues.


Todd DickinsonVice Chair: Q. Todd Dickinson , Fairfield, CT. Mr. Dickinson is a current member of the Section Council. He also serves as the Section’s Liaison to the WIPO Standing Committee on Patents. He is immediate past Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a position he held from 2001- 2003.

Joe PotenzaPublications Officer: Joseph M. Potenza , Washington, DC. Mr. Potenza is nominated for the newly created (pending Section and Board of Governors approval) officer position of Publications Officer. He currently serves as the Chair of the Content Advisory Board of the Section and as a member of the Section Council. Among many past positions he has held, he is a former Secretary of the Section, former Division Chair of Division VI, former Chair of Committees 108 – Patent System Policy Planning, 510 – Young Lawyers, 601 – Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure, 801 – Summer IPL Conference, 805 – Spring Conference, former Liaison to the Section of Business Law, and a former Chair of the Section of Science & Technology Law, and a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publications Oversight.


Jack GoldsteinSection Delegate to the House of Delegates: Jack Goldstein
Mr. Goldstein has been nominated for a renewed three-year term as Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates with a term expiration in 2011. Mr. Goldstein has served as a Section Delegate to the House of Delegates since 1999. He is a past Chair of the Section, a past Council member, past Division Chair of Division IV – Related Legal Issues and of Division I - Patents, and past Committee Chair of Committees 410 – Trade Secrets and Interferences, 401 – Data Rights of Contractors with the Government, 108 – Patent System Policy Planning, 802 – ABA Annual Meeting, 501 - Committees, 852 – Site Selection, 555 – Section Awards, and the Special Committee on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Robert LindefjeldSecretary: Robert O. Lindefjeld , Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Lindefjeld was re-nominated to his position as Secretary. He has served on the Section Council, and as Committee Chair for committees 104 – Patent Inter Partes Proceedings and 805 – Spring CLE.



Theodore DavisFinancial Officer: Theodore H. Davis, Jr., Atlanta, GA. Mr. Davis was renominated to his position as Financial Officer. He is a former Council Member and has served in the past as Committee Chair for committees 201 – Federal Trademark Legislation, 202 – International Trademark Treaties & Laws, 204 – State Trademark Laws and Chair for Division II – Trademarks and Unfair Competition and Division IX – Publications.


Members of the Section Council for a four-year term ending in 2012:


Antoinette TeaseAntoinette M. Tease, Billings, MT. Ms. Tease is currently a member of the Council, serving the balance of the term vacancy created by Don Martens when he was elected to the position of Vice Chair in 2007. She is also the Vice Chair of the Content Advisory Board of the Section.



Gary GriswoldGary L. Griswold, St. Paul, MN . Mr. Griswold is a past Division Chair of Divisions IV, VII, and X, as well as a past Committee Chair of Committees 108 – Patent System Policy Planning, 401 - Confidential Rights of Contractors with the Government, 404 - International Technology Transfer, 409 – Antitrust Matters, and 553 - Special Committee on Corporate Practice.


Philip SwainPhilip C. Swain, Boston, MA . Mr. Swain is a member of the Books Editorial Board, and the Section’s Liaison to the SOC Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. He is a past Committee Chair of Committees 502 – Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 601 – Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure, and 604 - Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure and served on the Nominating Committee in 2004-05


Donna GiesDonna Gies, Minneapolis, MN . Ms. Gies is currently the Chair of Division III – Copyrights. She is a former Division Chair of Division VII – Information Technology, and has served as Committee Chair for Committees 301 – Copyright Legislation, 304 – Visual Arts and Dramatic Works, 702 - Databases.


In addition to Chair William L. LaFuze, Houston, TX, the Nominating Committee is comprised of E. Anthony Figg, Washington, DC, Cyntha E. Kernick, Pittsburgh, PA, Theodore H. Davis, Jr., Atlanta, GA and Mark Whitaker, Washington, DC.

Elections for open positions will be held at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City on Saturday morning, August 9, 2008 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during the Section’s Annual Business Meeting.

Additional nominations for any position may be made by petition signed by not less than 100 members of the Section, listed by their ABA ID number. The 100 names must be representative of at least three states and must indicate that the individual has agreed to the nomination. The petition must be sent to the Chair and the Secretary of the Section and must be received by these individuals not less than four months before the Opening Assembly of the Annual Meeting. The Opening Assembly will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2008.


ABA Journal
Reinventing Patent Law

An article in the recent ABA Journal, “Reinventing Patent Law,” questions whether the pendulum is swinging for a system that has long favored the rights of patent holders. Featuring the Section’s own Donald R. Dunner, Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, and Don W. Martens, Section Vice Chair. more...


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