ABA-IPL eNews September 2019

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Learn first-hand from USPTO trademark officials at the 7th Annual Trademark Day at the USPTO

The ABA-IPL Section and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are teaming up to host the 7th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Day on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. CLE credit will be available for this one-day program, involving two tracks of programming; one track covering topics for new practitioners and the other covering advanced topics for more experienced practitioners. Some of the topics for new practitioners include an introduction to TTAB practice, and best practice tips from a panel of experienced practitioners; new topics for experienced practitioners include a session on non-traditional marks and how to make effective arguments at the TTAB. In conjunction with the CLE programming, there will be a luncheon, in which practitioners can meet and interact with USPTO managing attorneys and other USPTO officials. The day will end with a TTAB hearing, followed by a networking happy hour reception.

Register today for your chance to participate in this informative event. All IP professionals are welcome. Whether you are a law student, a newly practicing IP attorney or an experienced IP law trademark attorney, this one-day CLE event is a must-attend event for everyone!

IP WEST 2019: A CLE institute on current intellectual property law issues

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law proudly presents its third annual IP WEST, an institute on the latest issues in intellectual property law, to be held October 1-3, 2019 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. IP WEST brings together prominent IP industry leaders from the U.S. and around the world to gain knowledge on the newest developments, emerging issues and best practices in IP law through dynamic CLE programming and interactive networking events.

Experience a wide range of educational programming with topics that include:

  • USPTO and US Copyright Office: Digital and Emerging Technology
  • Game-Changing Habits of Outside Counsel and In-House Counsel
  • Perspectives from the Bench
  • Proving Your IP Damages Case at Trial
  • Halo and Its Effects on Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages
  • Copyright Law Development
  • Right of Publicity and Social Media
  • Legal and Ethical Dilemmas for the IP Practitioner (Ethics)
  • Trademark Law Updates

This year, IP WEST will also feature a number of shorter “IP Talks” on hot topics by eight renowned and influential speakers follow the style and format of the popular TED talks. These will include:

  • Bilski: Ten Years Later and What Has Happened
    Speaker: J. Michael Jakes, Partner, Finnegan, Washington, DC
  • Title Source v. HouseCanary: Trade Secret Lessons Learned
    Speaker: Max L. Tribble, Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP, Houston, TX
  • Robust Patent Rights and Innovation
    Speaker: Maureen Ohlhausen, Practice Group Chair – Antitrust & Competition Law, Partner, Baker Botts LLP, Washington, DC
  • Trial by Jury on Obviousness?
    Speaker: Joseph Re, Partner, Knobbe Martens, Irvine, CA
  • Patent Law for Better or Worse: Supreme Court and Federal Circuit
    Speaker: Gale R. “Pete” Peterson, Law Offices of Gale R. Peterson, San Antonio, TX
  • Trademarks 2019: Everything You Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask
    Speaker: Meredith M. Wilkes, Partner, Jones Day, Cleveland, OH
  • Diversity for the Competitive Edge
    Speaker: Rosa Maria Villagomez, Legal Industry Consultant, Mountaintop Consulting, Houston, TX
  • The USPTO and a Trademark Update
    Speaker: Jason Lott, Attorney Advisor Educational Outreach, USPTO, Alexandria, VA

Engaging lunch time talks will include:

  • “A Fireside Chat with the USPTO Texas Regional Office Director,” providing an interactive discussion covering a diverse set of topics, including guidelines, policies, priorities and initiatives.
    Speaker: Hope C. Shimabuku, Director of the Texas Regional Office, USPTO, Dallas, TX
    Moderator: George W. Jordan, III, Senior Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Houston, TX
  • “NASA: To the Moon and Beyond,” Discussing how NASA’s innovative public-private partnership agreements stimulate and advance commercial space ventures.
    Speaker: Kurt G. Hammerle, IP Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Houston, TX

A special San Antonio River Walk tour will be offered for those interested, on Tuesday, October 1, from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Carey Farley, Associate Director of Programming at carey.farley@americanbar.org.

Don’t miss this exceptional institute. Register today, and visit the IP West web page for detailed information.

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