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Join IPL at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago

ABA Chicago Annual Meeting - July 31 - August 6 in Chicago, Illinois

ABA Chicago Annual Meeting - July 31 - August 6 in Chicago, Illinois

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ABA-IPL Annual Meeting in Chicago - July 31 – August 2

The Section of Intellectual Property Law is pleased to announce the activities being planned to take place in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Annual Meeting brings the entire ABA together and we are very excited to be a part of it. The IPL Section’s activities will take place July 31 – August 2, 2024.

View ABA-IPL's Annual Meeting Schedule At A Glance.


Sidley Austin LLP will host our events at their offices, located at 1 South Dearborn Street, just a few blocks from the ABA Annual Meeting hotels.  We will conduct most of our meetings and programs at Sidley’s office.

As we will meet at Sidley, we have not designated an “official” headquarters hotel. The ABA has negotiated rates at four Chicago properties, all of which are situated in close proximity to the Sidley offices.  We suggest that ABA-IPL members reserve rooms at the Fairmont Chicago-Millennium Park. Information on all available properties may be found here

One must complete the Annual Meeting registration process in order to reserve a hotel room under the ABA’s block.  


Section programming will begin with an exciting session where experienced practitioners will have a chance to share their knowledge with middle school students. ABA-IPL is pleased to collaborate with Just the Beginning, A Pipeline Organization and with Legally Black to produce a portion of their Middle School Law Camp on the afternoon of July 31.   This program will be conducted at Chicago-Kent College of Law, located just under one and a half miles from the Fairmont Hotel. The aim of the program is to introduce young people to the importance of intellectual property law and how it impacts the world. The students will receive instruction and will then collaborate on a project to demonstrate what they have learned.  ABA-IPL seeks volunteers who are available to participate between 1:30 and 4:30 pm on July 31 to serve as guides to the students and/or to judge and pick a “winner” of the products created.  This is an exciting opportunity to share the value of IP law with young people and we encourage our members to participate if they are able.  Complete instruction will be given prior to the time of the program.  Please contact [email protected] to indicate your interest in participating. 

The Section will offer three CLE sessions on Thursday, August 1.

9:30-11:00 AM (Central)

Is Imitation The Sincerest Form of Flattery? The Rise of Dupe Culture and Deep Fakes in This AI Revolution


Ashly I. BoeschePattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Eliana Torres, Invisible, Inc.

Todd G. Vare, Barnes & Thornburg LLP


The production of cheap knock-offs and the manipulation of images is nothing new.  But the proliferation of “dupe culture” in view of AI has made it far easier to produce fake visual and audio content and often for nefarious purposes. This program will consider the rise of dupe culture, what it means to clients, is it really counterfeit/potential infringement, just harmful inspiration or a parody, how influencers play a role in legitimizing culture, challenges for rights holders, inadequacy of enforcement by agencies and DMCA take-down provisions and consider some studies and reports recently released from the Copyright Office on their AI initiatives in this area.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM (Central)

Taking a Deep Dive – Impact of New MRPC 1.16 & Corporate Transparency Act on IP Practitioners (Ethics CLE Credit Eligible)

Emil J. Ali, McCabe & Ali, LLP

Jim Doppke, Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC

David Majchrzak, Klinedinst PC


With the Corporate Transparency Act active at the start of this year, and the new ABA Model Rule on mandatory due diligence (MRPC 1.16) passed at the last Annual Meeting,  this program will consider how these issues touch your IP practice.   The Act’s parameters will be examined to consider important scope of representation limitations, and understand how “old is new again” with the recent changes to Model Rule 1.16 and client due diligence.              

2:00-3:00 PM (Central)

Do Not Cross: Use of ITC to Ban Importation of Products Infringing US Patents



Tracy Kepler, CNA Insurance



Priya Nair, ACT, The App Association

Stephanie L. Roberts, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Mareesa Frederick, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP


Been putting off that purchase of a new Apple watch to track your blood oxygen level?  You may be waiting a while longer. Join us as we discuss the long-running patent infringement dispute between Apple and Masimo and the use of exclusion orders by the International Trade Commission to ban certain Apple watches.  The panel will discuss the dispute and consider the pros, cons, challenges and benefits of using Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the least used venue for pursing patent infringement matters.

Leadership Activities

The IPL Section Council will meet in executive session from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Friday, August 2 and the full Council Meeting will follow from 1:15 – 3:15 pm.  The Section Business Meeting and Election will be held from 3:30 – 4:00 pm on Friday. 

Our Content Advisory Board will meet on Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The Revenue Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 3:15 – 4:15 pm.  The Membership Board will meet on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 am. 


ABA Annual Meeting registration is required for program admittance. The Section will not assess an additional charge to attend our sessions, however official registration for the ABA Annual Meeting is required to obtain continuing legal education credit, to reserve a hotel room within our block, and to purchase tickets to our leadership dinner.  The various registration tiers are outlined here. Any level of registration will permit attendance at our sessions and allow for ticket purchases.  

Access the registration page here.

Additional information on the meeting will be available in the coming weeks.  Please contact [email protected]  if you have any questions in the meantime.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago! 

Read more about the ABA Annual Meeting, including the agenda and registration here.