ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
February 2005

In this issue:

- Midwinter Meeting Update

- Copyright Office Meeting

- March Mediation Panel

- Patent Reform Meetings

- HBNA Conference


Chair's Bulletin

The February 2005 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section website . The printed version was sent to members' mailboxes in early February.


Free Update Webinars
"Update on .eu and
How to Prepare"

Date: February 9, 2005
Time: 11:30-12:30 EST
Guest Speaker:
Kate Ellis, Intellectual Property Attorney, Eversheds LLP (UK)

Attendees will be eligible to win a free .eu consultation and action plan.

"Winning the Battle Against the Ever-Changing Online Gray Market"
Date: February 23, 2005
Time: 11:30-12:30 EST
Guest Speaker:
Nick Tidd, President, Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA) and Vice President, Channel Sales
and Business Compliance, 3Com Corporation

Attorneys and brand managers are invited to participate by phone in either or both webinars sponsored by MarkMonitor. On Feb. 9, hear an update on the introduction of .eu, how this could profoundly affect your business, and what you should be doing now to prepare. On Feb. 23, hear what's new in online gray market scams; hear about well-known brands that are successfully battling counterfeiters online. Click on webinar title above to learn more and register, or visit www.markmonitor.com.


20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

April 14-16, 2005
Crystal Gateway
Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

The 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference is the gold standard of intellectual property law educational programming, and offers something for all IP practitioners.

The educational programming has been extended to 2-1/2 days, and will feature panel discussions on a broad range of IP-related topics including:

- Database Protection

- ITC vs. Rocket Docket

- Negotiating Settlements

- Patent Reforms

- Political Parody

- Trade Secrets

Science & Techonolgy
The ABA Section of Science and Technology will again co-sponsor the conference and will be presenting:

- Using Intellectual Property to Combat Bioterrorism

- Privacy, Copyright, Security, Advertising...
The Perfect Storm

- And co-sponsoring a number of the other sessions

Thursday, April 14

Special IP Dinner
Friday, April 15

More Information
Complete information, registration, and a PDF version of the conference brochure are now available online at www.abanet.org/


Voice Your Opinion at Town Hall Meetings on Patent Reform

The Academies’ STEP Board is co-sponsoring a series of town hall-style meetings to discuss patent reform proposals common to four reports: the 2004 STEP report, "A Patent System for the 21st Century," the Federal Trade Commission's 2003 Report, “To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy;” and commentaries on both reports by the American Intellectual Property Law Association. The FTC and AIPLA are also sponsoring the meetings.

The first three meetings will take place on February 18, 2005, in San Jose, CA, followed by Chicago on March 4, and Boston on March 18. Each program will address four topics: Best Practices, Post-Grant Review, Litigation Reform, and Shields to Infringement Liability. Following brief presentations of the proposals by members of the NRC Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy and members of the AIPLA, there will be extended time for comments and questions from, and discussion among, members of the audience. The purpose is to hear from users of the patent system and others affected by it. USPTO Director Jon Dudas will participate in all three meetings. The agendas and registration information are available at www.aipla.org/Content/

Results of the meetings will provide a foundation for a June 9, 2005, conference in Washington, DC, to which Members of Congress will be invited.

HNBA Hosts International Technology Conference

The Hispanic National Bar Association International Technology Conference will be held March 11-12, 2005, in Dallas. Prominent Hispanic practitioners in international law and intellectual property law will lecture and lead discussions regarding the issues and challenges encountered in the course of information technology (IT) practice. Business leaders will also discuss topics related to commercial aspects of IT. Among the topics to be discussed are:

1. Global Licensing and Commercialization of IT
2. Protection of Information Technology Assets
3. Outsourcing, Joint Development and Technology Transfer
4. Export Controls in the Context of IT Transactions
5. Infrastructure, Political Stability and Culture in Latin America, Asia and Europe
6. Trends and Developments in U.S. and International Law on Information Technology Issues

This event will provide a great opportunity for private attorneys, in-house counsels, foreign attorneys and business professionals to exchange ideas and network during the conference and at our social events.

For more information, contact Jose Ortiz at 214-676-3844 or ortizjag@yahoo.com, or Ruben DeLeon at 214-459-3350 or rdeleon@lawgrouppc.com, or go to www.HNBA.com.

 Leadership Plans for Section Improvements at Midwinter Meeting

Section Officers, Council, and Division and Committee Chairs gathered in Miami at the end of January to catch up on leadership and committee activities and to plan for future Section efforts.

Sarina Butler, Associate Executive Director, ABA Communication Group, led a strategic communications planning session to help Section leaders and staff develop a communications plan to further our name recognition of being the top IP association. Among the topics discussed were how to use Section publications, such as the newsletter and the Chair's Bulletin, to better inform and communicate, as well as how to become known as the place for intellectual property lawyers to go for information and education in their field. Members can look forward to benefiting from the implementation of this new plan by receiving improved member services and resources.

Division and Committee Chairs also updated Section leadership on committee activities, and Council met to vote on the Section's legislative stance on several issues, including first-to-file and PTO funding. There were also updates from the NAS, FTC, and Induce Act Task Forces. Nominations for next year's Officers and Council Members were also disclosed. Section leaders left Miami ready to implement the new Section plans.

U.S. Copyright Office Meeting Open to Section Members

The Section’s annual meeting with the Register of Copyrights and other senior staff at the U.S. Copyright Office will take place on February 15. The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Register’s Conference Room on the 4th floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC.

The seating in the conference room is limited, so if you would like to attend, please contact Brett Miller, Vice Chair of Committee 303, at 202-739-5846, fax 202-739-3001, or e-mail bmiller@morganlewis.com.

Sacoff Added to Mediation Panel
Slated for March

Past Section Chair Robert W. Sacoff has just been added to the speaker roster at the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) half-day program on Mediation and Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes. The program will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 30, 2005. Co-sponsored Section, the program will also feature keynote speakers Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General of WIPO and founder of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center ( http://arbiter.wipo.int/center/
), and David W. Plant. Prior to the program, a special tour of the UN Secretariat will be available to participants. Visit www.abanet.org/intelprop/
for details.

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