2019 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference

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April 10-12, 2019
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA

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Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, April 10

11:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration Open
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 11

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:15 am - 8:15 am Conference Connections Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am Subject Matter Eligibility
Ligitation and Prosecution Perspectives

What's New at the Trademark Office?
Coffee with USPTO Trademark Leadership

Content Licensing Tips
Navigating Licensing Models and Fair Use 
10:15 am - 11:45 am A Fireside Chat with the USPTO Director
Get to Know the Director and His Plans for the US Patent System 

Beyond the High: A Global View on Brand Considerations for Cannabis
Perspectives of Three Different Jurisdictions on Branding in the Evolving Cannabis Sector

Copyright Issues Facing In-House Counsel
In-House Counsel Discuss Issues that Keep Them Up at Night
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Mark T. Banner Award Luncheon
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm In-House Patent Counsel: Tips to Survive and Thrive through Challenges
Navigating Through Common In-House IP Issues

Design Rights in Times of Globalization
What IP Practitioners Need to Know about the Protection and Enforcement of Design Rights in the US, EU, Latin America, and China

True Grit and Growth Mindset
The Secrets of Success for Lawyers
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Patent Case Round-Up
Review of Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions and their Impact 

WHOIS in the Post-GDPR
A Practical Look at Obtaining Identifiable Information About Domain Name Registrants

Secondary Liability and the DMCA
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Artificial Intelligence and IP
Rights in and from AI Around the Globe

Update on Canadian Trademark Law Reform
Review and Discussion of the Amendments to the Trademarks Act 

Addressing the Cycle of Poverty
Ethical and Diversity of Providing Patent Pro Bono Services to the Under-Resourced and Under-Served
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Wine Reception: Opportunities for Publishing with the ABA-IPL Section
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Conference Reception: Game Night

Friday, April 12

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am Judges' Panel
A Conversation with the Bench

Post-Sale Restrictions
Anticipating the Protection of Your Licensing Agreements Downstream
10:15 am- 11:45 am Strategies at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
One and Done: Latest Efforts to Reform Patent Challenges Before the PTAB

On the Mark Advising: An Insider's Perspective
Trademark Issues Facing In-House Counsel

Brexit. What You Now Need to Know to Protect and Enforce Your IP Rights in the EU and UK
Up to Date Guidance Following the UK's Anticipated Exit from the EU
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Women in IP Law Luncheon
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm The Rocks and Hard Places for IP Practitioners
Current Ethics Issues that Need to Be Navigated to Remain Safe

Graffiti, Tattoos, and More: Fixation of Work on Property or People: Are They Your Source?
An Alternate Look at Copyright Fixation, Rights of Publicity and Related Issues

View from the Copyright Office
Copyright Law and Policy Developments
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Strategies for Building an IP Portfolio in China
Best Practices for Building and Maintaining an IP Portfolio in China

Blockchain & IP
Promises and Limitations

Ethics: "Houston We Have a Problem!"
Lawyer Competence is an Ethical Issue
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm The Antitrust-IP Interface in the Trump Administration
Antitrust Enforcement Officials Discuss DOJ and FTC Trends

Anti-Counterfeiting in Social Media

Zealously Representing Your Clients before Various Types of Third Parties
Agreement Issues for Negotiating Agreements and Development Projects Among Corporations, Start-Ups, and Universities

Networking Events

The ABA- IPL Annual Meeting offers a variety of networking events that will maximize your conference experience. Click here to see a list of events. 



Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The ABA group rate is $269.00 single/double occupancy. All rooms are subject to a 13.25% Virginia State Sales Tax and a 10% occupancy tax. Make your reservation online at https://book.passkey.com/e/49802668 or call the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel directly at (703) 920-3230 or (800) 228-9290. Be sure to mention the 2019 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference to receive the special group rate. Note: The cutoff date for the room block is Monday, March 18, 2019. But do not wait until the March 18 cutoff date, as the room block and the hotel fill up quickly. After this date, reservations can be made on a space-available basis only. The ABA will not be able to secure a room for you.

Registration Fees

Register before March 27 to receive the special discount early registration rate. 

ABA-IPL Section Member
Early-bird: $745
Regular: $795

ABA Section of Science & Technology Law Member
Early-bird: $745
Regular: $795

ABA Forum of Entertainment & Sports Law Member
Early-bird: $745
Regular: $795

Law Attorneys (FICPI) Member ABA, but not IPL or co-sponsoring section member 
(registration includes a one-year ABA-IPL Section membership)
Early-bird: $850
Regular: $900

General Attendees (not ABA member)
Early-bird: $895
Regular: $945

Solo/Small Firm
Early-bird: $345
Regular: $395

Government, Public Interest, Academic
Early-bird: $300
Regular: $350

Corporate Counsel
Early-bird: $300
Regular: $350

Law Student
Early-bird: $200
Regular: $250

Mark T. Banner Award Luncheon - $75
Reserved Table Purchase (10 tickets) - $650
Women in IP Law Luncheon-  $65

Networking Events
Conference Reception - $85
Welcome Reception - Free
Conference Connections: New Members/First-Time Attendees/Young Lawyers - Free
Reception: Opportunities for Publishing with the ABA-IPL Section - Free


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Americans with Disabilities Act

If special arrangements are necessary for individuals with disabilities to attend this conference, please contact Carey Farley, at the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, or 312-988-5595 or carey.farley@americanbar.org by March 27, 2019. 

CLE Credit

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 12.5 CLE credit hours (including 4.0 ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and 15.0 credit hours (including 4.5 ethics hours) in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit http://ambar.org/iplspring2019 or contact Michael Kesler, Program Associate, michael.kesler@americanbar.org or 312-988-6278.

Special Tuition Assistance

A limited number of registration fee reductions are available for government employees, academics, law students, and public interest lawyers employed with nonprofit organizations. (Waivers valued up to 50% off the appropriate registration rate are possible.) There will be no full tuition waivers offered. The fee-reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case, first-come-first-serve basis. To apply, send a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to Michael Kesler, Program Associate, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654 or Michael.kesler@americanbar.org. Deadline for receipt: March 27, 2019. No cases will be considered after the deadline, and all standard registration fee rates will apply after March 27. 

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who are unable to attend the conference will receive a refund less a $100 administrative fee if a written cancellation is received by March 27, 2019. Cancellation requests should be e-mailed to Michael Kesler at michael.kesler@americanbar.org. (The administrative fee for cancellation is $50 for Corporate Counsel, Law Student, and Government and Public Sector fee categories.) No refunds will be granted after March 27, 2019. Vouchers for future programs will not be provided. Proxy substitutions are acceptable. The ABA reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Alt Legal

Banner & Witcoff


Lexis Nexis IP



PatPro Inc


Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference sponsorship opportunities are now available. Engage and interact with conference attendees through exhibiting and networking, exposure, and marketing options. For more information, contact Carey Farley, Associate Director of Programming at carey.farley@americanbar.org or 312-988-5595. Click Here for More Information



Please call Michael Kesler, ABA-IPL Program Associate, at 312-988-6278 or michael.kesler@americanbar.org