ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
November 2004
    In this issue:

- IPL's New Look

- Spring Conference

- WIPO Program

- Gray Markets Brownbag

Chair's Bulletin

The November 2004 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section website . The printed version was sent to members' mailboxes in early November.


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
For further information on the Conference and information on registration, please watch our website as information becomes available.


New Brand Protection Whitepaper
“Pursuing Brand Infringements Online” ~ Why Policing the Internet for Brand Abuse is No Longer Optional.  This paper examines brand holder duty to policing marks online, the legal remedies available (TCPA, ACPA, UDRP), and the implications to revenues, reputation, customers and brand strength, due to lack a of policing.  To request a copy of the whitepaper, please click here .

   WIPO Program
Slated for March

The World Intellectual Property Law Organization is offering a special half-day program on ADR, Licensing, and International Litigation 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, Assistant Director General of WIPO. Following the program, a special tour of the UN Secretariat will be available to all participants. Watch the Section website for details as they become available.

Committees to
Sponsor Gray Markets Brownbag Program

Committee #409 – Antitrust Matters, along with the ABA Antitrust Section’s Intellectual Property and International Committees and the ABA Section of International Law’s International Antitrust Law Committee are sponsoring a brown bag lunch titled “Gray Markets: What restraints can firms place on the reimportation of products?”

A panel of experts will discuss the rationale for and legality of import restraints that are imposed by U.S. manufacturers on their foreign customers that prevent these customers from reselling products that they purchased in foreign countries in the U.S. Restraints involving products that contain substantial intellectual property rights, such as pharmaceuticals, will receive particular attention, as well as ongoing cases.

The program will take place on Tuesday, November 16, from 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m., at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, in Washington, D.C. Participants can attend in person, by phone, or by satellite. For details and to RSVP, e-mail info@ei.com.

 Section Develops
New Look

This issue of eNews marks the debut of the Section’s design makeover. The new, streamlined approach to Section publications, e-mail transmissions, and eventually, the Section website, will help build a unified message of who the Section of Intellectual Property Law is and how it hopes to portray itself. This “branding,” in marketing terms, will give the Section a recognizable logo and overall image – for members, potential members, and other groups and organizations with which the Section interacts. Further design enhancements will be rolled out in the coming months.

Help Jumpstart Committee Activities at the Spring Conference

Join the Section April 14-16 at the 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, for an opportunity to meet with committee and division chairs in person. This is the time for brainstorming and planning for the rest of the year’s committee activities and projects. Section members are invited to sign up for committees onsite if they haven’t already done so, or they can access a committee preference form directly from our website.

   Contact Information
Section of Intellectual
Property Law
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
p 312-988-5598
f 312-988-6800
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