October 2004

In this issue:

October 2004 Chair's Bulletin available

Register for Practical Tips on Enforcing and Defending Patents (October 22, 2004)

Register for Internet File-Sharing Teleconference (October 21, 2004)

Register for Patent Reform Program (October 21, 2004)

Mark your calendars with these upcoming meetings

Reminder: Turn in your committee membership enrollment forms!


Free Online Web Seminar:

" Protecting Brands: Finding and Stopping Online Brand Infringement"
Guest speaker: Amazon.com: Ms. Rebecca Watt, Paralegal. October 20th at 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT). Join us as we discuss detecting and stopping online infringement with the right strategies, evidence and tracking techniques. For more information and to register please click here:

October 2004 Chair's Bulletin
The October 2004 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section website at
www.abanet.org/intelprop/bulletin/October_2004.doc. The printed version is at the printer and will be reaching members' mailboxes in mid-October.

Register for Practical Tips on Enforcing and Defending Patents
The Section's Young Lawyers Committee will host another one-day session of the successful "Practical Tips on Enforcing and Defending Patents" program on October 22 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. The program is being held in cooperation with Suffolk, as well as local Boston IP organizations.

This program, now in its seventh year, has been well received in cities across the nation. It is designed to enhance intellectual property practice skills and enable IP practitioners to handle the many tasks that routinely arise in this increasingly important area of practice. The program features top professionals in the IP field that provide practical advice on dealing with the "nuts and bolts" of everyday IP practice.

This particular Practical Tips program focuses on the enforcement and defense of patents in court. As a special benefit to those attending the program, a number of "model" documents typically used in patent litigation will be made available for future reference and possible adaptation for later use. These documents have been prepared by some of the nation's leading patent litigation attorneys and cover a wide variety of subjects, including: litigation checklists, sample discovery requests, protective orders, case management orders, jury instructions, and trial/appellate papers. CLE credit will be available for those attending this program.

For further details, and to register for this one-day program, visit the Section website at www.abanet.org/intelprop/2004ptips_boston/home.html, or call 312-988-5598.

Register for Internet File-Sharing Teleconference
Join the American Bar Association and the Section of Intellectual Property Law for this NEW TeleConference Series CLE, "Recent Developments in Copyright Law: MGM v. Grokster and the future of Internet file-sharing." One of the most publicized issues in copyright and Internet law involves the trafficking in copyrighted content, such as music files, through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Recently, the entertainment industry suffered a reversal when the Ninth Circuit, in MGM v. Grokster, Ltd., affirmed a lower court judgment dismissing claims of contributory and vicarious infringement against providers of software that es-tablishes the "next generation" of P2P networks on which copyrighted material is exchanged. The Grokster decision not only represents a setback for the entertainment industry as it tries to grapple with the problem of online infringement, but also opens the door for Supreme Court review of the legal status of P2P networks. Michael Page, who represented Grokster, and Matthew Oppenheim, who represented the Recording Industry Association of America, will analyze the legal issues that were before the Grokster court, the Court's decision and its impact, and the future of file-sharing.

$85 for Members of the Section of Intellectual Property Law
$125 for ABA Members
$150 for all other registrants
Additional registrants who use the same phone line pay only $60.

The teleconference will take place Thursday, October 21, 2004, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT.

***States Not Accrediting ABA TeleConferences: DE, IN, PA, KS, OH

Online at www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t04dcl1.html
By Phone: 800-285-2221 and Select Option "2," M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Register for Patent Reform Program
Join the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, and the Patent Trademark and Copyright Section of the Bar Association of DC, for "Administrative Reform and the Role of Expertise in the Patent System." Judge Timothy Dyk and a panel of experts will discuss reform of the patent system's administrative structure.

$35 for Sponsoring Organization Section Members
$45 for all others
$10 for students

The program will take place Thursday, October 21, 2004, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT, as part of the 2004 Administrative Law Conference at The New Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Visit www.abanet.org/adminlaw/conference/2004/home.html for more details and to register, and www.abanet.org/intelprop/eNews/AdminRef_Patentsflyer.doc to view the program flyer.

Mark your calendars with these upcoming meetings
20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
April 14-16, 2005
Crystal Gateway Marriot Hotel
Arlington, VA

2005 Summer IPL Conference
June 22-26, 2005
Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Reminder: Turn in your committee membership enrollment forms!
For the new Association year, 2004-2005, the Section of Intellectual Property Law is cleaning its membership rosters. All Section members are encouraged to join and actively participate in the committee activities of the Section. All members were mailed a committee preference form via U.S. mail in August. Please complete this form and return it to the Section, indicating which committee(s) you would like to join and participate in.

Committee members from last year will not be carried over automatically to the rosters for the new year, so you are urged to complete your form and send it back in order to be included in the roster of the committee of your choice. You can access the form online at www.abanet.org/intelprop/committee_preference.doc.