ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
February 2006

In this issue:

- Former Chair Donald W. Banner Dies

- Copyright Office Meeting

- Chair's Bulletin Goes Electronic

- Section Committees

- Practical Tips Program

- IP Round Table

- January ABA Connection

- Coming In April-ABA Connection

- 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference


- Pro Bono Public Award

- Section Co-sponsors Women in Law Leadership


Donald W. Banner

This Issue dedicated to the Memory of Donald W. Banner

Former Section Chair, Donald W. Banner died Sunday, January 29, at his home in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 81.



ABA Midyear Meeting
February 8-13, 2006
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, IL
(IPL Council Meeting on February 11)

Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law
April 5, 2006
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
April 6-8, 2006
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
Arlington, VA

2006 Summer IPL Conference
June 21-24, 2006
Marriott Copley
Place Hotel
Boston, MA

Please visit the Section website for more information on these meetings as it becomes available.


Copyright Office Meeting

The Copyright Office Affairs Committee is currently planning the Section’s annual meeting with the Register of Copyrights and other senior Copyright Office staff members. The meeting will take place on February 23, and is currently slated to start at 10 a.m. (with pre-meeting mingling, coffee and refreshments starting about 9:30 a.m.) and typically runs until approximately 1 p.m., and will be at: Register's Conference Room, LM 403 - James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20559-6000.

Committee co-chair Simss notes that this meeting always provides an informative session where attendees have the opportunity to hear first-hand what is going on at the Copyright Office and to ask questions in an informal forum. To RSVP or for further information, to join the committee, or to ensure that you are added to the committee’s e-mail notification list for this meeting, contact Jim at 202-739-5216 or jsims@morganlewis.com.

Special One Day Program: Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law

A one-day CLE program, Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law, will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, on the day before the 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. This program provides background patent and trademark law information for new practitioners in IP law practice in light of current developments in the field. The special guest luncheon speaker at this one-day program is Sean Carter, “Humorist at Law,” author of a weekly syndicated legal humor column titled “Lawpsided.” “Lawpsided” has been published in newspapers in 30 states and on many websites. For information and a registration form for this Practical Tips program, visit our website at www.abanet.org/intelprop or e-mail us at iplaw@abanet.org.

Upcoming IP Roundtables

The Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation invites you to participate in the January/February 2006 Roundtables. The topic is “Employee Raiding Cases: Theories and Tactics for both Plaintiffs and Defendants.” The Roundtables are being held in many cities around the country beginning the third week of January. Please click on the link below for a listing of host cities and dates. If your city is not listed now, please check back over the next two weeks.

Coming In April! ABA Connection: The Price is Right: Issues In Valuation

On April 19, 2006 at 1:00 pm Eastern, the ABA Connection is presenting a one-hour CLE teleconference titled, "The Price Is Right: Issues in Valuation." Valuation of assets is a crucial element in a variety of legal settings, including divorces, tax cases and business disputes. But valuation is not a simple process, especially as the price of an increasing variety of enterprises, collectibles and other assets comes into play. The ABA Journal article combined with the CLE teleconference will explain where and why valuation becomes a key issue, effective approaches to setting a value on assets and how to avoid disputes over valuations. The program is sponsored by the ABA Journal, Membership and Marketing, and the Center for Continuing Legal Education and cosponsored by the Section of Intellectual Property Law. CLE credit has been applied for in states that accept the teleconference format. To register, call the ABA at 800-285-2221 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) weekdays, beginning Monday, March 20 or register online by Friday, April 14 at: www.abanet.org/cle/
 There is a nonrefundable $9.75 phone line charge for the teleconference.

If you are unable to participate in the live teleconference, the program is available, at no cost, for one month, on the ABA CLE Web Site at www.abanet.org/cle/
CD's of the program are available to ABA members for $50.00 two weeks after the program. To order a CD call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.

Watch for other IPL Section cosponsored ABA Connections during the year.


AIPLEF Now Accepting Nominations For Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Scholarship

The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) is now accepting nominations for its Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Scholarship, designed to help increase diversity in the field. Since April 2002, the AIPLEF has been awarding a number of $10,000 Scholarships for Minority Scholars as well as arranging internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students intending to practice intellectual property law.

The scholarships are named in honor of Sidney B. Williams, Jr., who was the first African-American to hold major leadership roles in both the AIPLA and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, and who has given and continues to give countless hours and boundless energy to influence minority students looking for a future in science and engineering to pursue law school and intellectual property law. He is a role model for all young lawyers.

For more information on this scholarship program and how to apply, go to  www.aiplef.org/scholarshi

Nominations Being Accepted for 2006 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award

Please nominate a colleague or law firm for the 2006 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award. We encourage you to nominate lawyers of color and women. The deadline for nominations is February 17, 2006. The Awards will be presented during the ABA Annual Meeting on August 7, 2006, in Honolulu, Hawaii at a special luncheon. For information about past recipients, nomination guidelines, and a nomination form visit www.abanet.org/legalserv


Chair's Bulletin Goes Electronic

The February 2006 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now available on the Section Chair's Bulletin. The printed version will arrive in members' mailboxes shortly. Please note that the Chair's Bulletin will be going electronic as of the March issue - the February issue will be the last to be sent in hard copy.

More Information Coming Faster to You!

Future editions of the Chair's Bulletin will be coming to you exclusively by e-mail. We appreciate your continued membership and continually strive to add even more value to your membership in our Section and the ABA.
Please make sure we continue to have your current e-mail address. Updating is easy:
• Online: Log into the ABA website, update your member profile and set your e-mail preferences at : www.abanet.org/abanet/com/

• By phone: Call 800-285-2221 and ask to update your e-mail address.
• By e-mail: include your name, ABA ID#, and e-mail address and mail to coa@abanet.org

Section Committees

The work of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, through its 62 committees, is the foundation of our productive efforts as the largest and most influential organization of intellectual property lawyers in the world.
Unlike many other organizations, our committees are composed of volunteers. Our committees write, critique, and comment on current and proposed policies, laws, rules and cases relating to intellectual property. Committee work is usually the basis on which the Section Council and membership take action in Congress, in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in the
U. S. Copyright Office, in other agencies, and in the courts.
Members who volunteer their time, enthusiasm and commitment to committees make a significant impact in advancing the profession, the practice and their own firms.
Sign up today to Become a member of a committee of the Section of Intellectual Property Law www.abanet.org/intelprop/

Joinning a committee in an area of interest is the first step to:

Become a leader of the Section

IPL Section Chair-Elect, Susan Barbieri Montgomery, will begin to consider applications and nominations for division and committee chair appointments soon. A recommendation form for these positions can be found on our Section website, along with complete information on procedure. All current division and committee chairs are invited to make recommendations, including placing their own names forward, for these positions.

January ABA Connection Now Available Online

"Seeking a Sea Change in Patent Law"
Co-sponsored by the Section of Intellectual Property Law

For the next month, the January 18, 2006 ABA Connection teleconference "Seeking a Sea Change in Patent Law" will be available on line for members’ free access. The ABA Connection offers you two convenient and affordable ways to get CLE: by phone, or online. Earn CLE credit or stay up-to-date, with convenient monthly seminars from the ABA Connection. Call-in to a live teleconference for only $9.75 (Non-ABA-members pay $110); or listen to the seminar online - free of charge - for one month after each teleconference. Learn more about this benefit at www.abanet.org/cle/

The Section has spent considerable time and effort in this area over the last year. To see the efforts of our Task Force on Patent Reform and their White Paper on this issue, visit www.abanet.org/intelprop/

Online Registration Is Now Available!
21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

Featuring in-house counsel perspectives

The 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, scheduled for April 6-8 in Arlington, Virginia, will provide a gathering of the foremost authorities on current developments in intellectual property law and will cover the latest developments and changes in intellectual property law, including full range of intellectual property law issues patent, copyright, trademark, and other IP-related areas. This year our conference focuses many of the sessions on in-house counsel, and will feature a number of corporate counsel representatives on many of the panels. A special “MORNING WITH CORPORATE COUNSEL” is planned for Saturday morning, April 8, and features in-house counsel from a broad range of corporations discussing current issues in patents, trademarks, copyright, internet compliance and litigation. This session provides an interactive opportunity between the panelists and the audience, and will be a most lively discussion in which you can participate directly. In house counsels include featured guest luncheon speakers Tommy Warlick, recently Assistant General Counsel for NASCAR, and newly appointed General Counsel for Motorsports Authentics in Charlotte, North Carolina, who will speak on issues of counterfeit enforcement. Also featured will be Oliver Mitchell, Chairman of the Dealer Policy Board of Ford Motor Company, addressing issues of working with and for in-house counsel.

Highlights for this year also include:  

• A bench and bar panel on Best Practices for an IP Trial with Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Hon. Paul R. Michel, as well as U.S. District Court Judges Hon. T.S. Ellis and Hon. Susan Illston.
• A special session on the 10th anniversary of the Markman decision with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judge Hon. Randall R. Rader, and U.S. District Judge Hon. Kathleen McDonald O’Malley.
• U.S. Register of Copyrights, Hon. Marybeth Peters will present the latest developments within the U.S. Copyright Office, in a panel on copyright issues that also covers the Google Print for Libraries Project and a discussion on the consequences of the Grokster decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Other panels will cover: Patent Law Reform, Use of Digital Content, Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies, Developments in Licensing and Franchising, Patent Infringement at the Borders, Interference Issues, IP Ethics, Antitrust and IP Law, and the Doctrine of Equivalents.

The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law is co-sponsoring the conference and will present a panel in Internet Law and Litigation Strategy.

For complete information, and to register for the 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference online, visit   www.abanet.org/intelprop/
. A printable PDF version of the brochure is also available online for those who wish to mail a hard copy registration.

Section Co-Sponsors Women in Law Leadership Academy

The Section is co-sponsoring the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession’s program, Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy. WILL Academy will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel in Chicago.

This WILL Academy is intended for young women lawyers, specifically those three to ten years out of law school. Its primary focus is career and legal skills development with an eye toward leadership. Participants will learn to take charge of their leadership potential, self-assess, build their own personal leadership plans, and hear from those who have lead the way before them. The CLE sessions will be strong on content and focused on practical, concrete advice and guidance. While the programs are designed to attract women lawyers who have practiced ten years or less, the WILL Academy is open to all in the profession. For more information, go to www.abanet.org/women/

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