ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
October 2005

In this issue:

- New Section Publication

- Section Co-sponsors LEI CLE Program

- New Section Staff Members

- Nominating Committee


Chair's Bulletin

The September/October 2005 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section website. The printed version will arrive in members' mailboxes shortly.



2005 Fall Leadership Meeting
November 12-14, 2005
Hyatt Regency
Coconut Point

Bonita Springs, FL

21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

April 6-8, 2006
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

2006 Summer IPL Conference
June 21-24, 2006
Marriott Copley
Place Hotel
Boston, MA

Please stay tuned to the Section website for more information on these meetings as it becomes available. Once again, we hope to see you there!

Section Staff Hires Marketing and Technology Specialists

Amy Mandel recently joined the Section as Membership, Marketing and Communications Manager. In this position, she will primarily supervise and coordinate activities to market all Section programs, products and services, including membership development, publications, periodicals, CLE programs and related materials and sponsorships. 

Amy was Communications/
Special Projects Director for the Trade Show Exhibitors Association and Client Service Coordinator for Baker & McKenzie. She served also as the Public Relations Officer of Tetra Pak Inc., an international “drink box” company and as an independent consultant promoting the work of eight French artists.

Amy attended Northwestern University Graduate School, where she was a teaching assistant in Art History, and received her BA in Art History from the University of Michigan. She can be reached at 312-988-6264 or mandela@staff.abanet.org .

Carlos Vivanco recently joined the Section as Technology Analyst. In this position, he will provide primary technological support to the Section, managing the technological aspects of all Section operations and ensuring that the Section's activities and member benefits are fully communicated through the Section website, e-mail and other emerging electronic media.


Carlos comes to the ABA from the architectural firm of Mayer Jeffers Gillespie, where he served as the information technology and business manager. Prior to this he was with the architectural firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, where he provided support in Unix operations, website development, and Windows applications.


Carlos earned his Bachelor in Applied Science Degree as a Computer Network Specialist from Robert Morris College in Chicago. He can be reached at 312-988-6265 or Carlos.Vivanco@americanbar.org.

Amy and Carlos will join Megan Bennett, who also started recently as administrative assistant and who was profiled in last month's eNews.

Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions

The Nominating Committee, which Section Chair E. Anthony Figg recently appointed, welcomes suggestions of members for nominees for the offices of Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, Secretary, Financial Officer, Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and four new members of Council for four-year terms expiring in 2010. Under the Section Bylaws, Susan Barbieri Montgomery, current Chair-Elect, will automatically assume the office of Section Chair on September 1, 2006.

The nominees will be voted on at the Section’s business meeting, Saturday, August 5, 2006, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Please contact the Chair or any member of the Nominating Committee, set forth below, before October 15, 2005, with your suggestions.

Mark T. Banner, Chair
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
10 S. Wacker Drive,
30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Fax: 312-463-3100

Elizabeth Chien-Hale

40087 Mission Boulevard #367
Fremont , CA 94539
Fax: 408-776-8718

George A. Frank, PhD
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
One Logan Square
18th & Cherry Street Philadelphia , PA 19103-6996
Fax: 215-988-2757

William L. LaFuze
Vinson & Elkins
1001 Fannin Street
2300 First City Tower Building
Houston, TX 77002-6760
Fax: 713-615-5317

Linda S. Resh
Kirkland & Ellis
200 East Randolph Drive, 53rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312-861-2200


Section to Publish Trademark Infringement Remedies

With an anticipated release at the end of the year, Trademark Infringement Remedies is an incomparable treatise written by trademark experts in the Section. It is a "must-have" resource for practitioners that will help you identify infringement of your clients' tradmarks, guide you in securing swift action for injunctive relief, and assist you in winning significant damage awards in both state and federal courts. The book will be available shortly - stay tuned for details, or visit www.abanet.org/abastore to check for availability.

Co-sponsors Law Education Institute's CLE Program

January 3-7, 2006
(Aspen), CO

Don't miss this i ntellectual p roperty CLE program in the spectacular mountain setting of Snowmass - located near Aspen, Colorado. This is an ideal opportunity for intellectual property practitioners to experience outstanding continuing legal education in a world - class recreational venue, while earning 20-24 CLE credits - including two ethics credits.

The educational programs will feature the latest updates on trademarks, copyrights, patents, internet law, complex litigation, Federal Circuit practice and advocacy, plus more!

The roster of speakers includes:

- Donald Dunner, Roderick McKelvie, plus many other leading national practitioners

- The Honorable James Rogan, former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and former U.S. Congressman

- John Whealan, PTO Solicitor and former clerk to CAFC Judge Rader

- Jan Horbaly, Circuit Executive and Clerk of Court for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Visit www.lawedinstitute.com for complete agenda details and to register today! Also f ind out more on discounted lodging and lift tickets at Snowmass Village (Aspen), by selecting " lodging” at www.lawedinstitute.com.

   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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