ABA-IPL eNews December 2019

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Mark Your Calendars for IPLSPRING

April 1-3, 2020
Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting

ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting

At the 2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting, IPLSPRING, you can learn the latest developments in intellectual property law through dynamic CLE programming and innovative networking events. Gain insight and ideas from IP experts and practitioners, coming together from around the world to share and discuss the most critical issues in IP law.

The conference will provide two full days of CLE programming. The programs address issues across a comprehensive spectrum of IP law.

In addition to the outstanding and comprehensive selection of educational programs, the conference will feature luncheons with informative guest speakers and a variety of social networking events. A special event commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Section will be held on the evening on April 2.

Mark your calendars, and save the date for IPLSPRING, April 1-3, 2020. Watch the Section website for complete information as it becomes available.

Sponsorship opportunities available

A wide array of valuable sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting. These opportunities can be tailored to the needs of any potential sponsor. For details on how we can customize a sponsorship plan to meet your organization’s sponsorship outreach needs, contact carey.farley@americanbar.org.

Law student reporters sought for IPLSPRING

Applications are now being accepted for the 10th annual Law Student Reporter program at IPLSPRING. The program is a rewarding experience in which law students interact with and learn from IP practitioners from around the world at this annual conference in Washington D.C. In return for this experience, law student reporters report on the educational programs and conference events by creating a social media presence at the conference, live-tweeting, posting to Facebook, etc., and publishing pre-conference and post-conference blog posts. The program has grown each year and we look forward to a new group of reporters this spring.

For questions and more information about the program, email: lawstudentreporters@gmail.com

Applications are now open for the 2020-21 Young Lawyer Fellows Program

Each year the ABA-IPL Section selects two fellows for three-year terms from applicants with proven achievement, participation, excellence, and commitment. The goal of the ABA-IPL Fellows Program is to develop future leadership and encourage diversity in the Section. Fellows are encouraged to attend Section meetings and are expected to work within areas such as ABA-IPL Action groups, Boards, and Committees. Fellows also promote diversity and membership, as they continue to develop leadership skills and responsibilities in the Section. Participants in the ABA-IPL Fellows Program are funded to attend select Section conferences during their three years in the program.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Member of the ABA and ABA-IPL Section (currently or by time of appointment to Fellows Program)
  • Lawyer, age 32 or younger, or less than two years after the date you were first admitted to practice.
  • Previous demonstration of leadership qualities and commitment in such areas as:
    • work in the ABA-IPL Section
    • work in other bar associations and organizations
    • diversity initiatives
    • professional pro bono activities
    • outstanding academic and or professional achievement

Applications are now being accepted. To Apply: (https://americanbar.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwt1iuUVIB4au6p)

Resumes and completed applications are due by February 3, 2020. For more information, visit the Young Lawyer Fellows Program web page. 

Get involved with the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) began accepting applications for its summer 2020 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 4th for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (normally 35-40 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program available to all first-or second-year diverse law students. Program applications must be submitted by the January 10, 2020 deadline.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

For 2019, 530 students applied to the program. We placed 158 students with 120 judges. Students placed represent 61 different law schools. The JIOP IP program continues to grow with 30 judges requesting students with background or interest in intellectual property law. 71 of the 530 applicants showed interest with 49 of those students attaching additional background and statements supporting their experience. We placed a total of 25 IP students.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications but may not request judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.   

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, DC. Students can indicate their interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships. 

For detailed program information, frequently asked questions and a copy of the application visit www.ambar.org/jiop.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Program Director, Gail Howard, at gail.howard@americanbar.org or 312-988-6348.

High-Tech & Software Patent Committee

The High-Tech & Software Patent Committee meets every Third Wednesday at 2pm Eastern/1pm Central.  The next committee meeting is scheduled for January 15, 2020 when our guest speaker will be Bernadette Lopez, Associate Corporate Counsel, Amazon. Contact Tammy Rhodes at tammy.pennington@bakerbotts.com for dial-in information.

For more information or to join the committee, visit the High-Tech & Software Patent Committee web page.

ABA-IPL Section Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for 2020-2021 ABA year

Donna P. Suchy, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the following candidates have been nominated for the 2020-2021 Association year:

Chair-Elect: Kim Jessum, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Jessum is current Vice Chair of the Section. She served as the Section Financial Officer for four years. She served as Continuing Legal Education Officer and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Board for three years. She served as the Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Chair of the Teleconference Committee for two years each. She was Chair of Section’s the former Committee on Copyrights and the Internet. She also served for three years as Chair of the former Young Lawyers Committee and was a founder of the Young Lawyer Fellows program. Outside of the Section, she is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, ABA Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, and Litigation Section Judicial Intern Opportunity Program National Co-chair and was previously a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, and ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and liaison to the Standing Committee on Membership.

Vice Chair: Thad Chaloemtiarana, Chicago, IL. Mr. Chaloemtiarana currently serves on the Section Council. He served Membership Officer of the Section for two years, and as Vice Chair of the Membership Board for three years. He also served as Vice Chair of the Diversity Action Group for three years. He was Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Division for two years and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He has been a member of the CLE Board, the Membership Board and the Revenue Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellow Advisory Committee. He has chaired several committees in the Trademarks Division. He is the current Liaison to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Secretary: Adriana Suringa Luedke, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Luedke has served as Secretary for two years. Prior to this, she served on the Section Council for four years. She previously served as Section Secretary for three years. She has been the Chair of the Patents Division, and the Section Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She has served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions. She has also been Chair of the Committee on Patent System Policy Planning, the Committee on Government Relations to Patents and the Young Lawyers Committee, and has served as Program Vice Chair for the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Program Co-Chair of Section activities at the ABA Midyear Meeting.

Financial Officer: Rob Lytle, Redmond, WA. Mr. Lytle is currently the Financial Officer-Elect. According to the Section bylaws, he will automatically assume the position of Financial Officer for a two-year term in 2020-2021 and in 2021-2022, so technically this is not a nominated position or one that is up for election in 2020-2021. Mr. Lytle formerly served as a vice-chair of the Patents Division. He has served on the Books Editorial Board for three years. He was co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee for two years.

Revenue Officer: Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ. Ms. McGahan is the current Revenue Officer. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee of the Section and as a member of the committee for five years. She served as Section Secretary for two years. She served as Membership Officer for four years and Chair of the Membership Board. She has also served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions and for three years as Financial Officer of the Section. She served a total of five years on the Section Council. Ms. McGahan has also chaired the former Division on Professional and Section Relations, and the former Division on Publications. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Membership Committee. She served a three-year term as Trustee to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Publications Officer: Steven E. Gillen, Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Gillen has served as the Publications Officer for two years. He has served as Chair of the Books Editorial Board for four years and as Vice Chair of that board prior to that. He is a current member of the Content Advisory Board. He served as Chair of the Copyrights and New Technologies Committee for two years and served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyright Litigation Committee.

Continuing Legal Education Officer: David Postolski, Summit, NJ. Mr. Postolski is the current Continuing Legal Education Officer. He served as a current member of the Section Council prior to that. He serves as a Vice Chair of the CLE Board, where he has been an active member for many years. He has served as Division Chair of the Professional Issues Division for two years, and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Action Group and Special Advisor to the International Associates Action Group. He has served on the Revenue Committee, the Membership Committee and the Nominating Committee. He was the Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Section for two years, and Liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association for two years.

Membership Officer: Kevin Greenleaf, Lovettsville, VA. Mr. Greenleaf is the current Membership Officer. He has served five years on the Amicus Brief Committee. He served as Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee and as Vice Chair of that committee. He served as Chair of the Patent System Policy Planning Committee and as Vice Chair of that committee. He served on the Magazine Editorial Board for four years. He was Vice Chair of the IP Transactions and Licensing Committee for one year.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates:

(for a three-year term expiring in 2023)

Joseph M. Potenza, Washington, DC. Mr. Potenza is currently a Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, with a term expiring in 2020. He has served as a Delegate since 2015. He served as Section Chair, Chair-Elect and Vice Chair prior to that. He is a past Publications Officer and former Chair of the Content Advisory Board. He served on the Section Council for four years, and as Section Secretary for three years. Mr. Potenza is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and was a long-standing member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight and a Special Advisor. Previously, Mr. Potenza was Program Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Co-Chair of the former Summer IPL Conference. He also served as Chair of the Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Related Issues Division, and the committees on Patent System Policy Planning, Public Information, Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure, and Young Lawyers. Mr. Potenza is also a former Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.

Council Members: (for a four-year term, ending in 2024)

James Bikoff, Washington, DC. Mr. Bikoff is current Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Practices Division. Prior to this position, he served as Vice Chair of the Division for two years. He is currently serving a three-year term as the Section’s representative on the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN. In previous years he has chaired the Trademark Litigation Committee, and the Trademark Legislation Committee. He was a member of the Anti-Piracy Task Force.

Keisha Hylton-Rodic, Washington, DC. Ms. Hylton-Rodic is current Vice Chair of the USPTO Ex Parte Patent Practice and Policy Committee. She has served as Liaison to the ABA Section of Health Law for a number of years, as well as Liaison to the ABA Health Law Coordinating Group. She Chaired the USPTO Post-Grant and Interpartes Patent Practice Committee for two years and the Patents in the Chemical and Life Sciences Committee for two years. She served a three-year term as a Trustee on the Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. She has served as a member of the Diversity Action Group, the CLE Board and the Membership Board.

Rivka Monheit, Atlanta, GA. Ms. Monheit is Chair of the International Patent Laws Committee. She previously Chaired the Patent Legislation Committee for two years and served as Vice Chair of that Committee for two years. She is a member of the Standing International IP Task Force, and the Section 101 Task Force.

Richard Stark, New York, NY.  Mr. Stark has served as Vice Chair of the Specialized IP Law Division for two years. He was Chair of the Antitrust Interface with IP Rights Committee for two years and served as Vice Chair of that committee prior to that. He is a member of the Section Revenue committee as well.

Council Member: (for a two-year term, expiring in 2022, to fill the vacancy of Thad Chaloemtiarana)

Dale Cendali, New York, NY. Ms. Cendali served a previous four-year term on the Section Council from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that she served as Chair of the Division on Related Legal Issues. She served as a Vice Chair of the Copyrights Division for two years. She was Chair of the Copyright Litigation Committee for two years prior to that.

Young Lawyer Council Member: (for a one-year term expiring in 2021)

Pervin Taleyarkhan, St. Joseph, MI. Ms. Taleyarkhan is Vice Chair of the Business and Trade Division of the Section. She has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the In-House IP Committee.  She is a member of the Magazine Editorial Board, the Content Advisory Board, and the Membership Board. She is Liaison to the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a Young Lawyer Fellow of the Section.

Section Chair: According to Section bylaws, June M. Besek, New York, NY, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for the 2020-2021 Association year.  Ms. Besek currently serves as Section Chair-Elect and served as Vice Chair previous to that. She served on the Section Council from 2005-2009 and from 2011-2015. She is the current Liaison to the ALI Restatement of Law/Copyright Project. She serves as a Liaison to the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyrights and Related Rights. She is a current member of the Content Advisory Board. She served previously as Division Chair of the Copyrights Division. She was chair of the Committee on Broadcasting, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists, Chair of the Committee on Minorities in the Profession, Chair of the Government Relations to Copyrights Committee, Chair of the Copyright Office Affairs Committee, Chair of the International Copyright Treaties and Laws Committee, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. She also served as Chair of the Copyright Law Reform Task Force

The Section’s Nominating Committee, appointed by Section Chair George Jordan, is composed of:

Donna P. Suchy
Cedar Rapids, IA

Scott F. Partridge
Houston, TX

Malaika Tyson
Chicago, IL

Anna Raimer
Houston, TX

Jan Jensen
Los Angeles, CA

Additional nominations for this new position or for any position may be made by petition signed by not less than 100 members of the Section, listed by their ABA ID number. The 100 names must be representative of at least three states and must indicate that the individual has agreed to the nomination. The petition must be sent to the Chair and the Secretary of the Section and must be received by these individuals not less than four months before the elections held at the Annual Meeting. The Business Session with Elections will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Section Advocacy

Letter to the USPTO TTAB on Issuance of Precedential Decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

In October, the Section sent a letter to the Chief Judge of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on the issuance of precedential decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The Section believes that the Board should increase its number of precedential decisions issued. The Section supports the Board’s efforts to increase the annual number of meaningful precedential decisions and believes that an increase in such decisions will lead to more integrity in the Trademark Register and Board case law.

Letter to CBP on Request for Comments Concerning Disclosure of Information Regarding Abandoned Merchandise

In November, the Section sent a letter to the Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency concerning disclosure of information regarding abandoned merchandise. The Section strongly supports the proposed rulemaking which would provide trademark owners with the information about abandoned merchandise thus preventing counterfeiters from damaging their brands. Without any information on abandoned counterfeit merchandise at the border, trademark owners do not have the opportunity to prevent future infringements and potential tarnishment of their intellectual property.

Comments to USPTO in Response to Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions

In November the Section sent comments to the USPTO on patenting artificial intelligence inventions. The Section expressed its strong support for the Office’s effort to “gather[] information on patent-related issues regarding artificial intelligence inventions for purposes of evaluating whether further examination guidance is needed to promote the reliability and predictability of patenting artificial intelligence inventions,” responding to twelve questions posed by the request for comments. The Section noted that recently adopted policy underpins the answers to several of these questions; specifically, the fact that the Section opposes, in principle, recognizing an artificial intelligence as an “inventor” under US patent law; and that the Section opposes, in principle, recognizing an artificial intelligence as an assignee, licensee, or other type of party having an ownership or possessory interest to a patent or vested with the rights granted under Title 35.

WHOIS Database Intellectual Property Right Comments on the California Attorney General’s Proposed Regulatory Action Concerning the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

In December, the Section sent comments to the Privacy Regulations Coordinator of the California Office of the Attorney General regarding the new regulations being proposed to implement the California Consumer Privacy Act, and how the CCPA interacts with the WHOIS Database of Intellectual Property Rights. In the letter, the Section noted that California law should support a public access system that would legally compel relevant entities to disclose contact information for persons or entities plausibly alleged to have engaged in violations of applicable law relating to intellectual property protections. Under such an access system, entities including, but not limited to, registrars and registry services should be legally required to disclose such contact information once the requesting party has established a legitimate interest in a legal right potentially violated by the domain registrant at issue.

Comments to the USPTO on “Patent Term Adjustment Reductions in View of the Federal Circuit Decision in Supernus Pharm., Inc. v. Iancu

In December, the Section sent a letter to the USPTO on patent term adjustment reductions in view of the Federal Circuit Decision in Supernus Pharm., Inc. v. Iancu, supporting the efforts of the USPTO to revise rules of practice pertaining to patent term adjustment to further align the rules with the Federal Circuit decision.

13th Annual Arbitration Institute: A Comprehensive Training in Advanced Arbitration Skills

March 9-10, 2020
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

Presented by nationally recognized experts, the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section’s 13th Annual

Arbitration Training Institute is a two-day training featuring sessions on every stage of the arbitral process examined from the vantage point of neutrals, advocates, and in-house counsel. Small group discussions allow participants to interact in depth with the faculty and each other. Substantive sessions address particular areas of arbitral practice.

Some of the new features of the Institute in 2020 are:

Concurrent sessions on employment, technology, securities, international and construction arbitration 

  • Plenary speaker – Tracey Frisch, Senior Counsel, American Arbitration Association on: “How Arbitrators Get In Trouble…And What to Do About It”
  • Plenary speaker -- Chief Judge G. Murray Snow, United States District Court for the District of Arizona on: “I’m Watching You:  What a Federal Judge Looks at when Reviewing Arbitration Awards”
  • Interactive Ethics discussion
  • Concurrent sessions on contemporary topics in arbitration including:
    • Will Legal Analytics Make Arbitrators Obsolete?
    • Third Party Funding:  What Do Arbitrators Need to Know?
    • Ad Hoc and Administered Arbitrations – pros and cons
    • Breakfast and Small Group Discussions (led by experienced arbitrators) on the topic of “Building an Arbitration Practice”

Register before February 1, 2020 to receive the Early Bird discount and tell your friends!  http://ambar.org/arb2020.

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2019-2020

All Section members are encouraged to review the committees and select and join those on which they wish to serve, and which are of interest to them. If you are already a member of one of the existing committees, you are carried over as a member in the new association yea

There have been a number of new committees formed for the 2019-2020 association year, and several committees have been realigned in their respective divisions. The committee structure for 2019-2020 is listed below. All Section members are also encouraged to join the new committees.

Patents Division

  • Patent Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Patent Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Ex Parte Patent and Policy Practice [join]
  • USPTO Post Grant Patent Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Chemical and Life Science Patent Committee [join]
  • Patent Litigation Committee [join]
  • Patent System Planning Committee [join]
  • High Tech and Software Patent Committee [join]

Trademarks Division

  • Trademark Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Trademark Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Trademark Litigation Committee [join]
  • Trademarks and the Internet Committee [join]

Copyrights Division

  • Copyright Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Copyright Laws Committee [join]
  • Copyright Office Affairs Committee [join]
  • Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Social Media Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Emerging Technology Committee [join]
  • Music and Performing Arts Committee [join]
  • Copyright Litigation Committee [join]
  • Literary Works Committee [join]

Specialized IP Law Division

  • Trial and Appellate Procedure Committee [join]
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee [join]
  • Antitrust Interface Committee [join]
  • Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee [join]
  • Design Rights Committee [join]
  • Marketing Interface Committee [join]
  • Privacy and Publicity Rights Committee [join]
  • Digital Games and New Media Committee [join]
  • Information Technology Committee [join]
  • Fashion Committee [join] ­ New Committee

Professional Issues Division

  • Law Practice Management Committee [join]
  • Pro Bono Committee [join]
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee [join]
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee [join]

Business and Trade Division

  • IP Transactions and Licensing Committee [join]
  • International Trade Commission Committee [join]
  • China IP Issues Committee [join]
  • Government IP Rights Committee [join]
  • Intellectual Property Asset Management Committee [join] ­ New Committee
  • In-House IP Committee [join]
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee [join] ­ New Committee

Become a Voting Committee Member

Take advantage of an opportunity to participate in developing Section policy and sign up as a voting member of your committee. Voting members will be asked to study the policy issues of the committee and vote on the reports in a timely and responsive manner. Any lawyer member of a committee is welcome to sign up to be a voting member of the committee.

Committee members who choose not to enroll as a voting member can still participate in all other committee activities and receive any committee updates and information.

Details of Committee Voting Membership:

  • Committee members may sign up throughout the entire year. Once a committee begins deliberations on a particular resolution, no new voting members will be allowed to subscribe for the purpose of voting on that particular resolution. The committee chair determines the date on which deliberations have begun.
  • Members may opt out of being a voting member at any time by notifying the Committee Chair. Those opting out of voting membership will still retain their membership in the committee.
  • A valid vote on a committee resolution will consist of a majority of a quorum of the voting committee members. There is no upper limit, nor lower limit to the number of people who may subscribe to be voting members on a particular committee.
  • Only lawyer members of the committee are eligible to be become voting members of the committee.
  • Voting members will receive a communication from the Committee Chair once voting begins, requesting a vote by a date-certain. Voting members not submitting a vote by a requested date for two successive resolution vote calls will revert to regular membership of the committee, and will need to re-subscribe as a voting member.
  • The committee rosters, including the roster of voting committee members will roll over to subsequent years. There is no need to re-subscribe as a voting committee member with each new Association year.
  • Voting members who do not vote two times in a row will be removed from the voting member roster.

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ABA-IPL webinars are free to Section members

All IPL Section webinars are free to Section members from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Don’t forget to sign-up and check them out.

ABA-IPL provides compelling CLE-accredited webinars that cover a broad range of IP issues. Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars. Watch the events page on the Section website for information on all upcoming programs and events, and to register. As a special benefit of your membership in the ABA-IPL Section, you are able to participate in al ABA-IPL Section webinars for free during the current Association year (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020).


Cutting-Edge Issues in Patent Damages

Monday, January 13, 2020, 1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm ET 

A panel that includes a seasoned litigator, experienced testifying damages expert, and prolific trial support expert will present on not only the recent damages decisions but also on how to effectively communicate those to a jury. You'll learn how to showcase a damages theory to the jury from both the perspective of a defendant and a plaintiff. The panel will also present effective ways to convey a damages story using real-world scenarios.


  • DJ Healey, Fish & Richardson, Houston, TX
  • Ambreen Salters, StoneTurn, Houston, TX
  • Jason Barnes, The Focal Point, Houston, TX



Landslide Webinar Series: A Comparative Discussion of U.S. and Chinese On-Sale and Public Use Bars to Patentability

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm ET 

This panel of experts will provide a comparative discussion on the similarities and differences between United States and Chinese patent law on pre-filing activities that can be patent precluding. Their discussion will include the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2019 Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. decision and the cross-jurisdictional implications of the decision. The panel will provide actionable insights that practitioners can leverage to manage U.S. business practice in China to avoid inadvertently triggering a patent bar.


  • Jiazhen Guo Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Washington D.C. (Moderator and Panelist)
  • Weixian Zhu, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China
  • Stephen Yang, IP March Beijing, China 


Cutting-Edge Issues in Patent Damages
Cutting-Edge Issues in Patent Damages

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Publishing April 2020


2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting


April 1-3, 2020

Washington, DC

What IP Lawyers Need to Know

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting—IPLSPRING—April 1-3, 2020. Earn a year’s worth of CLE credit, while you take advantage of informative and educational programming on the latest developments in IP law and practical tips for your practice. Watch our website for details as they become available.

A special commemoration dinner for the Section’s 125th Anniversary on Thursday, April 2 will be a featured highlight of this year’s conference.

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George W. Jordan III
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Houston, TX

June M. Besek
Columbia University School of Law
New York, NY

Kim R. Jessum
Heraeus, Inc.
Yardley, PA

Adriana Luedke
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Will Jones
Bethlehem, PA

Robert Lytle
Redmond, WA

Susan E. McGahan
Bedminster, NJ

Stephen E. Gillen
Wood Herron & Evans LLP
Cincinnati, OH

Kevin Greenleaf
Dentons US LLP
Lovettsville, VA

David Postolski
Gearhart Law, LLC
Summit, NJ

Joseph M. Potenza (2020)
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Washington, DC

William L. LaFuze (2021)
McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Lisa A. Dunner (2022)
Dunner Law PLLC
Washington, DC

Mark K. Dickson
Phase M LLP
San Mateo, CA

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