Bringing IPLSPRING to You: IP Law and Development from the Experts



Get the CLE credits you need; in this special virtual programming series that you can attend from anywhere.  Nine CLE programs selected from this year’s annual meeting, coming to you soon in May and June.  

It’s your choice: register for the full series at a special discount rate** or select individual programs targeted to your practice.  


IPLSPRING CLE Series Webinars*
12:00 pm CST/1:00 pm EST/10:00 PST

May 27              
Experience the Intrigue of Recent Trade Secret Law Cases
Understand the lessons learned from high-profile trade secret law cases to protect your clients

May 28               
Honey Badger Don’t Care, But the Courts Might
Gain insight into how courts may balance the freedom of artistic expression with trademark rights

May 29
IP Transactions, Commercially Speaking
Discover Best Practices on IP Transactions from In-House Corporate Counsel

June 1                  
A Look at the USPTO’s Focus on Declarations
Ensure your patent and trademark filings comport with the latest USPTO Rules

June 3                  
Designs that Speak for Themselves
Prepare yourself and your clients for overcoming the roadblocks of securing trade dress rights in product design

June 4                  
Avoiding Pitfalls When Preparing International Applications*
Identify the pitfalls to avoid when preparing an international patent application for your clients
2:30 pm CST/3:30 pm EST/12:30 PST

June 10                
Countering the Counterfeiters
Get insight into the latest strategies for combating counterfeiting and promoting brand protection

June 11
Hot Copyright Topics
Explore recent copyright law cases and examine the latest developments in copyright law

June 17               
Standards Essential Patents & the Internet of Things
Examine key legal and policy issues surrounding Standards Essential Patents and the Internet of Things.  

It’s your choice: register for the full series package at a special discount rate or select individual programs targeted to your practice.

All ABA members & non-members: Receive 25% off the total registration price when you purchase the entire package of 9 programs.  Section Members: will also receive 25% off their registration for the 2021 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting, April 7-9, 2021 in Washington, DC. (based on the regular Section member registration rate only).

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: Experience the Intrigue of Recent Trade Secret Law Cases

An overview of high-profile trade secret cases will be provided by a panel of trade secret experts.   Cases to be discussed:

  • Liqwid Inc and Olaplex LLC v. L'Oreal USA Inc. - Delaware jury verdict awarding plaintiff $91M for breach of NDA and willful misappropriation of trade secrets;
  • U.S. v. Huawei Device Co. - Theft of trade secrets from T-Mobile relating to phone testing robot;
  • U.S. v. Anthony Levandowski - Former Google executive indicted for stealing Google trade secrets relating to self-driving car technology and giving it to Uber;

An in-depth look into each case will be provided along with an analysis of the lessons learned for protecting trade secrets going forward, including focus on how to conduct confidential discussions with third parties to mitigate the risk of trade secret misappropriation claims.


  •  Adriana Suringa Luedke, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD


  • Mark A. Klapow, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC
  • Erik W. Weilbust, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Boston, MA
  • Gordon Arnold, Arnold & Saunder LLP, Houston, TX 
  • Summeet Magoon, Raytheon, Washington, D.C 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: Honey Badger Don't Care, But the Courts Might

The Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Gordon v. Drape Creative, Inc., reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants and finding a triable issue of fact as to whether defendants’ use of plaintiff’s “Honey Badger Don’t Care” trademark in greeting cards was explicitly misleading as to source or content.  The case helped to clarify how courts may balance the freedom of artistic expression guaranteed under the First Amendment with trademark rights.  Panelists will discuss the implications of Gordon v. Drape Creative, Inc. and other similar cases with respect to:

  • Limits of the First Amendment defense in trademark litigation;
  • Application of the Rogers v. Grimaldi test in the context of trademark litigation; and
  • Strategies for incorporating expressive uses of trademarks in new works


  • Lauren Emerson, Leason Ellis, White Plains, NY
  • Ray Garrick, Dow Jones & Company, New York, NY

Friday, May 29, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: IP Transactions, Commercially Speaking

Transactional work is a large part of practicing law when it comes to intellectual property and technology law. A panel of in-house corporate/commercial counsel will share their views and insights into the type of work that is required for practicing within these unique areas of law.  Panelists will provide background and best practices for what’s involved in the transactional work and discuss the challenges in-house corporate/commercial counsel typically face, especially when it comes to drafting and negotiations. 


  • Mareesa A. Frederick, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Washington, DC


  • Dredeir Roberts, Core States Group, Philadelphia, PA
  • Shaila L. Ohri, Exelon Corporation, Washington, D.C.
  • Veliz P. Fein, Event Brite, San Francisco, CA
  • Pervin R. Taleyarkhan, Whirlpool, Saint Joseph, MI

Monday, June 1, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: A Look at the USPTO's Focus on Declaration's

The USPTO's Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) has begun investigations into the conduct of a number of patent and trademark practitioners for their filings with the USPTO. From the veracity of their filings, to their review of specimens, and of course to their placement of signatures in filings. What can we learn from the USPTO's disciplinary decisions about how to ensure our conduct comports with the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct? Expert IP practitioners and USPTO representatives will discuss the best practices to follow to ensure your patent and trademark filings comply with OED rules.


  •  Michael E. McCabe Jr., McCabe Law LLC, Potomac, MD


  • Emil Ali, Carr Butterfield LLC, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Kathleen Cooney-Porter, Senior Trademark Advisor, USPTO, Alexandria, VA
  • Robert J. Lavache, Senior Attorney Advisor – Legal Policy, USPTO, Alexandria, VA

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: Designs that Speak for Themselves

Most of us know a Louboutin heel by the color of its red sole or a Hermes Birkin bag by its distinctive shape.  While these iconic examples of trade dress rights in product design may make attaining protection look easy, the process is, in reality, is no small feat.  This program will explore some of the challenges and potential roadblocks to securing trade dress rights in product design and cover issues including the importance of:

  • Clear and consistent articulation of a trade dress
  • Third-party uses in the market
  • Cross-functional collaboration with marketing teams to cultivate secondary meaning


  • Megan K. Bannigan, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY
  • Kathryn “Kate” Saba, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY

Thursday, June 4, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: Avoiding Pitfalls When Preparing International Applications

By filing one international patent application under the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT), applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in more than 150 countries.  It allows for filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications, which is called the “national phase”.  A panel of International IP attorneys will discuss certain pitfalls to avoid when drafting an international patent application, as it applies to the guidelines of China, Europe, Japan and Korea for patent attorneys preparing and filing international applications in the United States. Discussions points will include: 

  • Relationships between the claims and the technical disclosure,
  • What constitutes sufficient disclosure,
  • Drafting with a view to downstream amendments,
  • Importance of accurate translations and tips to facilitate enforcement


  • Barry Eagar, Eagar & Associates, Southport, Queensland, Australia


  • James J. Zhu, Jun He LLP, Shanghai, PR China
  • Chulhee Lee, Vertas Patent and law Office, Gangnam-gu Seoul, Korea
  • Atsushi Sato, TMI Assoicates, San Mateo, CA

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

IPLSPRING CLE Series: Countering the Counterfeiters

A founding principle of intellectual property law is to provide originators (or owners) of IP-protectable subject matter a fair, government-backed mechanism to protect and enforce their rights. How companies and other IP rights owners are battling these issues worldwide is becoming increasingly important to preserving both the value in their IP rights and global faith in the IP enforcement system in general. Many companies have established entire departments devoted to brand protection strategies. The world is taking note as well. This program will examine both the need for anti-counterfeiting measures and strategies IP owners are taking for combatting counterfeiting issues and promoting brand protection.


  • Kari Kammel, Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


  • Goli Gharib, US Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • Geoffrey M. Goodale, Duane Morris LLP, Washington, DC
  • Kebharu Smith, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC
  • Nate Davis, Whirlpool, Benton Harbor, MI

Thursday, June 11, 2020  

IPLSPRING CLE Series: Hot Copyright Topics

Join copyright law experts, Joseph Gratz, partner at Durie Tangri LLP and Joshua L. Simmons, partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP as they discuss recent copyright cases and the latest developments in copyright law.  Recent cases include Google v. Oracle, Allen v. Coope, Georgia v. Public.Resource and more to learn the latest insights into copyright law.


  • Joseph C. Gratz, Durie Tangri LLP, San Francisco 
  • Joshua L. Simmons, Kirkland and Ellis LLP, New York, NY 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020  

Standards Essential Patents & the Internet of Things

Today, technical standards for interoperability and innovation represent key protocols (Ethernet, WiFi, LTE, etc.) that ensure compatibility and to promote competition.   Moving forward these technical standards will underlie the development of an increasingly seamlessly internet-connected Internet of Things.   As standards are developed, patented technologies are often contributed to the effort. “Standards essential patents” (SEPs) are patents covering technology implemented into a technical standard to the degree that an implementer of the technical standard must use the patent. Understanding SEP-related legal and policy issues is important to any organization that creates technology or provides products and services related to technical standard.  Experts will provide their insights and knowledge on SEP licensing negotiation tactics, perspectives on IP enforcement, emerging legal and policy developments across key venues, and the ultimate impact on IoT technology developers.


  • Brian Scarpelli, ACT l The App Association, Washington, DC


  • Michael A. Carrier, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ
  • Ken H Merbe, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Jay Jurata, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, DC

Registration Information:

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Full Series Package – 25% Savings:

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All ABA members & non-members: Receive 25% off the total registration price when you purchase the entire package of 9 programs.  **Section Members: will also receive 25% off their registration for the 2021 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting, April 7-9, 2021 in Washington, DC. (based on the regular Section member registration rate only).

We encourage you to buy the full series package, which includes access to all 9 programs listed below. In addition to the live webinars, as part as of the package, some of the programs will be available as on-demand recordings for access at your convenience.