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- Judicial Intern Program
- Legislative Update
- WIPO Program
- Practical Tips Program
The January 2005 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section website . The printed version was sent to members' mailboxes in early January.
Free Update Webinars
"Online Brand Theft Nightmares and How to Stop Them"
Guest Speaker: Kari Moeller, Counsel, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Date: January 12, 2005
Time: 11:30-12:30 EST
"Reverse Whois Update: New Ways to Discover, Pursue and Catch Online Crooks"
Guest Speaker: Antony Gold, Partner, Eversheds, and WIPO Arbitrator
Date: January 26, 2005
Time: 11:30-12:30 EST
Attorneys and brand managers are invited to participate by phone in either or both webinars sponsored by MarkMonitor. On Jan. 12, hear how in-house counsel protects brands such as CNN and TBS against the latest online brand infringement and theft techniques. On Jan. 26, hear a WIPO arbitrator's insights on how to build an airtight online infringement case. Receive a complimentary white paper upon registration, "Pursuing Brand Infringements Online."
Click on webinar title above to learn more and register, or visit www.markmonitor.com.
SAVE THE DATE!
20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
April 14-16, 2005
The 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference is the gold standard of intellectual property law educational programming, and offers something for all IP practitioners.
The educational programming has been extended to 2-1/2 days, and will feature panel discussions on a broad range of IP-related topics including:
- Database Protection
- ITC vs. Rocket Docket
- Negotiating Settlements
- Patent Reforms
- Political Parody
- Trade Secrets
Science & Techonolgy
The ABA Section of Science and Technology will again co-sponsor the conference and will be presenting:
- Using Intellectual Property to Combat Bioterrorism
- Privacy, Copyright, Security, Advertising...
The Perfect Storm
- And co-sponsoring a number of the other sessions
Thursday, April 14
Special IP Dinner
Friday, April 15
Complete information, registration, and a PDF version of the conference brochure are now available online at www.abanet.org/
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Slated for March
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering a special half-day program on Mediation and Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 30, 2005. Co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, the program will feature keynote speaker Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General of WIPO and founder of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center ( http://arbiter.wipo.int/
center/index.html ). Prior to the program, a special tour of the UN Secretariat will be available to participants. Visit www.abanet.org/
intelprop/2005wipo for details.
Practical Tips on
IP Law Program at Spring Meeting
Intellectual property law is a complex practice area requiring a broad array of skills. This Practical Tips program is designed to enhance these skills and enable IP practitioners to handle the many tasks that routinely arise in this increasingly important area of practice. Unlike programs that deal principally with cutting-edge issues and recent court decisions, the Practical Tips program features top professionals from the IP field who provide practical advice on dealing with the “nuts and bolts” of everyday IP practice.
This particular Practical Tips program focuses on patent and trademark litigation. The program will feature prominent IP law practitioners speaking on topics such as patent non-infringement, invalidity, patentability, licensing of patents and trademarks, prosecution, litigation, discovery, and pre-trial and trial matters. This precursor to the 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference will take place on April 13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. Visit www.abanet.org/
intelprop/2005ptips_dc for more information.
| ||Judicial Intern Opportunity Program |
Applications for the 2004-2005 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program are now being accepted. The program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and financially disadvantaged law students. Students selected to the program will intern with state or federal judges in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, in Houston and Southern Texas, and in Miami, FL. Interns will receive a stipend of $1,500 for the entire summer.
The Section of Litigation runs the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program in partnership with the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. Therefore, in addition to the 90 Litigation internships, five internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago and Houston. Students can indicate their interest on their application.
Students applying to the program must submit a completed application form, legal writing sample and a statement of interest. Detailed program information, frequently asked questions and a copy of the application are available at the program website at www.abanet.org/litigation/jiop.
All applications must be postmarked by January 28, 2005. Screening interviews to better determine student qualifications are being done on a rolling basis. Every attempt will be made to screen students where they attend school and in person. Only qualified students will be sent on for judicial interviews. Judicial interviews will begin in January and will continue until all positions are filled. The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program.
On December 8, President Bush signed into law H.R. 4818, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005. This massive spending bill, which will fund most of the federal government for the next year, also contains substantial increases in user fees charged by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The fee increases will apply immediately to fees paid on or after December 8.
On the funding side, the bill provides $1.54 billion for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for fiscal year 2005, which began October 1. This represents an increase of $322 million above funding for the current year. The PTO had sought these increases in fees and funding on the grounds that they are needed to improve quality, reduce pendency, and speed office automation.
The final bill enacts the fee increases averaging 15-20 percent that were contained in H.R. 1561, the House-passed fee bill, but provides that these fee changes will expire after two years. The bill does not contain anti-diversion language such as that contained in H.R. 1561. It does appropriate to the PTO all but $20 million of fee collections anticipated in FY 2005, including $219 million that is anticipated to be raised by the fee increases. The ABA and the Section had urged Congress not to enact the fee bill without also including a statutory end to diversion.