ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
March 2005

In this issue:

- 20th Annual IPL Conference

- Merck v. Integra TeleConference

- New IPL Valuation Primer

- 2005 Summer IPL Conference

- CLA Conference

- Licensing Foundation Colloquium


Chair's Bulletin

The March 2005 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section website . The printed version was sent to members' mailboxes in early February.


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Free Update Webinar

"New IP Cybercrimes and Scams You Need to Know About ...
and Prevent"

Date: April 6, 2005
Time: 11:30-12:30 EST

Attorneys and brand managers are invited to participate by phone in this webinar sponsored by MarkMonitor. The U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies encounter new intellectual property cybercrimes and scams every day that you should also know about. Hear about some of the latest from the federal agencies that fight them. Learn about strategies the government is using to catch criminals and assist with civil enforcement, as well as how tools such as advanced Reverse Whois are helping companies protect their brands. Click on webinar title above to learn more and register, or visit www.markmonitor.com.


Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law Program

April 13, 2005
Crystal Gateway
Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

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. For the 8th year, the Practical Tips program is being sponsored by the Section's Young Lawyers Committee, and is being offered in cooperation with The District of Columbia Bar Intellectual Property Law Section.

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.

More Information
Complete information, registration, and a PDF version of the conference brochure are now available online at www.abanet.org/

20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

April 14-16, 2005
Crystal Gateway
Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

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

More Information
Complete information, registration, and a PDF version of the conference brochure are now available online at www.abanet.org/


2005 Summer IPL Conference Program
Just Announced

The spectacular line-up of events and CLE offerings for the 2005 Summer IPL Conference in San Francisco has just been released. This conference is an absolute must for Section members and their families. It provides opportunities for all intellectual property practitioners, members, non-members, the new and the experienced, to gain insights into new developments, debate current issues and share ideas with others interested in improving the protection of intellectual property nationally and internationally.

The educational programs will feature the latest developments in IP law presented by leading authorities in the field. The Business Session will include reports from the Section's substantive committees for analysis, debate and adoption of resolutions that will be the foundation of Section and ABA positions, Congressional testimony, and statements to the PTO and international IP bodies on intellectual property law issues for years to come. CLE credit will be available for both the educational programs and the Business Session.

Go to www.abanet.org/
for more information and to register.

CLA Hosts 2005 World Computer and Internet Law Congress

The Section is co-sponsoring the Computer Law Association's 2005 World Computer and Internet Law Congress May 5 and 6 in Washington, DC. Enrich your practice and knowledge base by attending this unique legal summit focusing on real-world advice and guidance by top information technology experts. Panels of internationally recognized legal, IT, and business experts will provide practical, hands-on strategies for managing risk. Topics will include internet issues, intellectual property, hot topics in outsourcing, security, privacy and related corporate governance issues, and emerging legal issues in bio-informatics.

Learn more about the
program and register at www.cla.org/claconfs.htm.

The Licensing Foundation Holds its Annual Licensing
Survey Colloquium

The Licensing Foundation invites you to attend its Annual Licensing Survey Colloquium. A panel of national experts will be on hand to provide an insider's look at the field of licensing, with new findings from this year's survey of players from all aspects of the field. The Colloquium will be followed by the Annual Licensing Foundation Dinner featuring a discussion with the Honorable Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Posner, also a professor and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago's Law School, will discuss antitrust concerns and the real economic impact of intellectual property, and will welcome your comments and questions. Both events will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place in Chicago. For more information and to register, visit www.licensingfoundation.org or call (703) 836-3106.


T he 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference is just five weeks away - register today to take advantage of the discounted advance registration rate! This year's conference will be in Arlington, Va., April 14-16, and features a plethora of cutting-edge CLE programs from some of the world's leading IPL practitioners and authorities, in addition to ample opportunities to network with fellow dedicated IPL professionals.

The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about the intricacies of Chinese IP law, and to discover the issues that IPL professionals in China currently are facing. The speaker panel for this program includes the Honorable Judge Zhonglin He of China's Supreme People's Court. Judge He is one of the 13 judges in the intellectual property tribunal of the Chinese Supreme Court, China's highest IP tribunal.

Also on the docket this year are programs specializing in trademark, patent, and copyright issues in addition to overarching IPL topics, such as "Intellectual Property and Virtual Worlds," "Using Intellectual Property to Combat Bioterrorism," and "Liabilities on the Internet: Congress Grapples with P2P Technology."

For full details on the conference and to register online, go to www.abanet.org/
. To find out about the one-day Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law program, taking place just before the conference at the same hotel, go to www.abanet.org/intelprop/

Section Offers March TeleConference on Merck v. Integra

Join our expert panel as they discuss the pending Supreme Court decision in Merck v. Integra, where the Court's question revolves around what types of experiments are "safe" under the FDA safe harbor rule of 271(e)(1). The question may extend to when researchers can use patented research tools for their experiments.

At issue is experimentation and experimental use of patented inventions in the development of new drugs. The pure experimental use argument for non-infringement was abandoned on appeal in favor of a defense under the FDA safe harbor rule of 271(e)(1), and our panel will examine the merits of that rule as it applies to intellectual property law.

Learn more about this teleconference and register online at www.abanet.org/

Hot off the Press:
IPL Valuation Primer

I n today’s increasingly complex and highly regulated business environment, the accurate and complete valuation of intellectual property is essential. The Section has just released Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Valuation: A Primer for Identifying and Determining Value. Written by experts in the area, this primer answers some of the most frequently asked questions about identifying the value of the primary types of intellectual property and other intangible assets. It also looks at the primary, traditional, and not-so-traditional methods of valuing these assets, and includes case studies and situations where valuation is required.

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Valuation answers some of the most frequently asked questions about IP and valuation, including: 1) What is a piece of intellectual property, and what is an intangible asset? 2) When are they the same and when are they different? 3) What are the different groups of intellectual property and how are they described and valued? 4) Do pieces of intellectual property have value? 5) Do they all have value? If not, why not? 6) Is it true that sometimes a given piece of IP can have great value and at other times no value at all, and if so, how can this be?

To learn more about the primer and to order your copy at a special (limited time only!) discounted price, go to

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