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March 21, 2019

Top government officials, IP experts to speak at ABA intellectual property law conference

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2019 — Top officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Copyright Office, federal judges and other leading IP law experts will be among the speakers and presenters during the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 2019 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference, April 10-12, in Arlington, Va.

What:   2019 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference
                 Sponsored by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law 

Wednesday-Friday, April 10-12

Crystal Gateway Marriott
                   1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
                  Arlington, Va., 22202

Notable events include a conversation with USPTO Director Andre Iancu; the Mark T. Banner Award Luncheon honoring 2019 awardee Robert A. Armitage; and a judges’ panel discussion on the latest intellectual property law bench and bar issues from various court perspectives.

Program highlights include:

“What’s New at the Trademark Office? Coffee with USPTO Trademark Leadership”
— Learn the latest in trademark law from Chief Administrative Trademark Judge Gerard F. Rogers, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO, Alexandria, Va.; and Mary Boney Denison, commissioner for trademarks, USPTO. Thursday, 8;30-10 a.m. 

“A Fireside Chat with the USPTO Director”
— Get to know Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO director, and his plans for the U.S. patent system in an interview with Marylee Jenkins, past ABA-IPL section chair, Arent Fox LLP, New York. Thursday, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

“Patent Cases Round-Up”
— This panel will provide a review of recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions and their impact. Panelists include moderator Patrick C. Holvey, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; and speakers Serena Farquharson Torres, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bridgewater, N.J.; Stephanie L. Schonewald, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Boston; and Philip Warrick, USPTO, Alexandria, Va. Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“Artificial Intelligence and IP Rights in and from AI Around the Globe”
— Panelists include moderator Susan Anthony, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO, Alexandria, Va.; speakers Stephen Y. Chow, Hsuanyeh Law Group PC, Boston; David K.A. Mordecai, RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; and Mark F. Shultz, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Ill.  Thursday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

“Judges' Panel: A Conversation with the Bench”
— Moderator Philip C. Swain, Foley Hoag LLP, Boston; Jacqueline Bonilla, acting deputy chief administrative patent judge, Patent, Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Va.; Clark Cheney, administrative law judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.; and Evan Wallach, federal circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.  Friday, 8:30-10 a.m.

“Brexit. What You Now Need to Know to Protect and Enforce Your IP Rights in the EU and UK”
— Panelists will present up-to-date guidance following the UK.'s anticipated exit from the European Union. Panelists include moderator Joanna Pitkin, Ridout & Maybee LLP, Toronto, Canada; and Rupert Knights, Dolleymores, Watford, UK. Friday, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

“View from the Copyright Office
” — Hear the latest in copyright law and policy developments from moderator Eric J. Schwartz, Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp LLP, Washington, D.C.; and Catherine Zaller Rowland, associate register of copyrights and director of Public Information and Education, U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C. Friday, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

“Blockchain & IP: Promises and Limitations”
— Speakers Kenneth K. Dort, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Chicago; Samantha Kappagoda, Numerati® Partners LLC, RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; and Robert J. Kasunic, associate register of copyrights and director of Registration Policy and Practice, U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C.  Friday, 3-4 p.m.

“The Antitrust-IP Interface in the Trump Administration” — Hear antitrust enforcement officials discuss Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission trends. Panelists include moderator Dina Kallay, Ericsson, Washington, D.C.; speakers Andrew Finch, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; and Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Baker Botts LLP, Washington, D.C. Friday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

The complete schedule can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected]

The 17,000-member ABA  Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policymakers as they consider legislation affecting the law and regulations in intellectual property matters. The section is respected and known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law.


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