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October 07, 2022

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law to host virtual fall conference, Oct. 12-14

CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2022 — Experts in intellectual law and practice will meet virtually Oct. 12-14 during the annual IP Fall Institute, hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. Featured speakers will discuss topics ranging from copyright and censorship to freedom of expression and the protection of intellectual property.

The three-day virtual conference brings together national and international experts who will examine cutting-edge topics and the most recent developments impacting the practice of IP law.

Keynote speaker Katherine Vidal, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will present remarks from 3-4 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13.

What:   2022 IP Fall Institute 
Section of Intellectual Property Law

When:  Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 12-14

Where: Online

Program highlights include (all times are EDT):

“Copyright and Censorship: Many Ways, Many Motives” — Can copyright be used to censor speech and get in the way of promoting the progress of science and arts? Copyright may be used to protect the privacy or reputation of the copyright owner. Some states, such as Florida, attempt to control speech viewed as extremist, to the detriment of the copyright owner’s right to publish and distribute their work. Experienced panelists will discuss this timely topic. Wednesday, 12:30-2 p.m.

“IP Pro Bono: New USPTO Programs and Responsibilities for Practitioners” — IP pro bono work is not merely “patents for prisoners,” but far more diverse. This session will allay IP practitioners’ concerns about pro bono work being in areas outside of an IP and expand the understanding of pro bono opportunities in IP. The session also will highlight the USPTO’s pro bono programs, as well as feature IP pro bono opportunities from other sources. Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

“Freedom of Expression and Liability of Hosting Platforms under the DSM: The Decision of the ECJ in Republic of Poland v. Parliament and Council­— In the wake of the ECJ’s landmark judgment, panelists will review the obligations imposed by the DSM directive on content-sharing services and the interplay between freedom of expression and the protection of intellectual property. Implications for the operation of U.S. online platforms and the relevance to reforms on intermediary liability under U.S. laws also will be discussed. Thursday, 12:30-2 p.m.

View the complete program schedule.

This event is open to members of the press. To register, please contact Shanda Ivory at [email protected].

The 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 important and complex area of law.


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