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2010 marks the Section’s 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference , April 7-10, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Recognized for its national and international scope and preeminent programming for a quarter century, this two and one half day conference provides a gathering of the foremost authorities on the state of intellectual property law.
More than twenty CLE programs will feature expert panelists in the arenas of patent, trademark, copyright, corporate counsel, alternative dispute resolution, litigation and ethics. Complete program schedule .
Our valuable networking events offer the opportunity to socialize with colleagues and meet top IP practitioners:
Wednesday, April 7 – Welcome Reception: “Let the Virtual Games Begin!” The ABA-IPL Young Lawyers Committee welcomes you to this fun kick-off reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and two exciting virtual games– Nintendo Wii® Sports and a remote controlled quiz show! Young lawyers, new members and first-time attendees are especially encouraged to attend this free social event, although it is open to all conference attendees. (complimentary)
Thursday, April 8 – Luncheon with guest speaker David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, who will share his perspective on USPTO challenges and strategies for the future. (tickets required)
Thursday, April 8 – Reception at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (tickets required, transportation provided)
Friday, April 9 – Luncheon with guest speaker Sarah T. Harris, Vice President & Chief IP Counsel, AOL LLC, who will address the group on the convergence of competing interests. (tickets required)
Friday, April 9 – Corporate Counsel Reception. This intimate reception is a valuable opportunity for corporate counsel to network and discuss issues unique to their positions. All conference attendees are welcome to attend. (complimentary)
|Friday, April 9 – 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner . In honor of the 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, the Section is delighted to host a special Gala Dinner, preceded by a cocktail reception. Live entertainment by The Virginia Gentlemen, a men’s a cappella group from the University of Virginia, will be offered, followed by a DJ and dancing. Individual tickets or reserved table tickets may be purchased. (tickets required)|
Saturday, April 10 – Networking Buffet Luncheon (tickets required)
Register before March 23 to receive the special discount early registration rate
A block of rooms is being held at the special conference rate of $208 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Make your reservation online from the conference website, or call 800-266-9432. The cutoff date for the room block is Monday, March 15, 2010. After this date, reservations can be made at the conference rate on a space-available basis only.
E. Anthony Figg, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the following candidates have been nominated for the 2010-2011 Association year.
Chair-Elect: Robert A. Armitage , Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Armitage currently serves as the Section Vice-Chair and Chair of the Section’s Long Range Planning Committee. Mr. Armitage served on the Section Council for four years. Prior to serving on the Council, he served as Division Chair of the former Division IX – Publications and Public Education, as Division Chair of Division IV–Related Legal Issues, as Division Chair of former Division X–Biosciences and Chemical Practice, and as Division Chair of Division I–Patents. In addition, he has served as committee chair of numerous committees within all of these divisions, and as Program Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference.
Vice-Chair: Joseph M. Potenza, Washington, DC. Mr. Potenza is the current Publications Officer and Chair of the Content Advisory Board. He served on the Section Council for four years, and as Section Secretary for three years. Mr. Potenza is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and has been a long-standing member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight where he continues to serve as a Special Advisor. Previously, Mr. Potenza was Program Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Co-Chair of the former Summer IPL Conference. He also served as Chair of Division VI – Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Related Issues, and the committees on Patent System Policy Planning, Public Information, Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure, and Young Lawyers. Mr. Potenza is also a former Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.
Council Members for a four-year term ending in 2014:
Donna Suchy, Rochester, NY. Ms. Suchy has served as a member of the Books Editorial Board for three years. She also serves as current Vice-Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. She has served as Chair of Division VI – Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Related Issues, Chair of the former Special Committee on IP Valuation, Chair of the Membership Committee and as the Law Student Division Liaison to the Section.
George Washington Jordan III, Houston, TX . Mr. Jordan is a member of the Content Advisory Board and member of the Annual Review Editorial Board. He served as Chair of the Annual Review Editorial Board for two years prior to that, being the driving force behind the development and production of the first edition of the Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, published in 2009. He also served as Co-Chair of the Computer Programs Committee for two years.
Amy Benjamin, New York, NY. Ms. Benjamin has served as Chair of Division II – Trademarks and Unfair Competition for the past two years. She served as Chair of Division VIII – Meetings and Resolutions for two years prior to that, and also as Assistant to the Secretary for two years. She served as Program Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference for three years and Chair of the International Copyright Treaties and Laws Committee for two years.
Marc Temin, Boston, MA. Mr. Temin serves as Chair of Division VI – Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Related Issues. He is also a member of the Books Editorial Board, and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Networking Policy. He served as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee for two years, and as Chair of Division VII – Information Technology for two years. He also served as Chair of the Special Committee on the ABA Mid Year Meeting, and Co-Chair of the Online Security and E-Privacy Committee.
In addition, nominated to serve the remainder of the term expiring in 2012, currently held by Antoinette Tease, who has been nominated for Publications Officer:
Joan Morgan McGivern , New York, NY. Joan McGivern is a member of the Section Council, completing the open term of Marylee Jenkins when Ms. Jenkins was nominated as Vice-Chair of the Section. Ms. McGivern has served as a member of the Magazine Editorial Board for three years. She served as Co-Chair of the International Copyright Treaties and Laws Committee; Chair and Co-Chair of the Copyright Legislation Committee; Chair of the Broadcast, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists Committee; and Chair of the former Committee on New Information Technologies.
Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (for a three-year term, expiring in 2013): Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Boston, MA. Ms. Montgomery is currently Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, with a term expiring in 2010. She was elected to the Section Council for a four-year term in 2001, and was elected as Vice Chair of the Section in 2004. She was elected Chair-Elect in 2005, and served as Section Chair in 2006-2007. Prior to her election to Council, she chaired the former Special Committee on Security Interests for several years and also the Special Committee on Copyright and the Internet.
Secretary: Adriana Suringa Luedke, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Luedke has served as Secretary for one year. She has been the Chair of Division I – Patents, and the Section Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She has served as Chair of Division VIII – Meetings and Resolutions. She has also Chaired the Committee on Patent System Policy Planning, the Committee on Government Relations to Patents and the Young Lawyers Committee, and has served as Program Vice Chair for the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Program Co-Chair of the Section Activities at the ABA Midyear Meeting.
Financial Officer: Theodore H. Davis, Jr., Atlanta, GA. Mr. Davis has served as Financial Officer for three years, and as a Council Member for four years. He Chaired the former Division IX – Publications and Public Education, Division II – Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and the Committees on State Trademark Laws, International Trademark Treaties and Laws, and Federal Trademark Legislation.
Publications Officer: Antoinette M. Tease , Billings, MT. Toni Tease has served as a member of the Section Council since 2007. She has also served as the Vice Chair of the Content Advisory Board since 2007. She served as Chair of Division VII – Information Technology, and also as a Committee Chair of the Computer Programs Committee and the Databases Committee within that division.
Membership Officer: Susan McHale McGahan, Bedminster, NJ. Ms. McGahan currently serves as the Interim Membership Officer for the Section. She also serves as Chair of Division VIII – Meetings and Resolutions. She served as Financial Officer of the Section for three years, from 2004-2007. Prior to that, she served on Section Council from 2000-2004. She has also Chaired Division V – Professional and Section Relations, and the former Division IX – Publications. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Membership Committee.
Chair: According to Section bylaws, Marylee Jenkins, New York, NY, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for the 2010-2011 Association year.Ms. Jenkins served as a Section Council member for five years and as Assistant to the Secretary for one year. She has chaired Division VII – Information Technology and the Division’s Special Committee on Trademarks and the Internet, and as the Section’s Membership Committee Chair and Program Chair of Section activities at the 2008 ABA Annual Meeting in New York City. She has served in a number of Section Liaison roles, including to the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (SCOTIS), SOC Technology Committee, SOC Liaison to SCOTIS and ABA Commission on Women. She was a committee member of SCOTIS for three years and was appointed ABA Representative to the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for 6 years by the ABA Board of Governors. Ms. Jenkins has also been a council member, director and chair of the Computer and Intellectual Property Law Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In addition to Chair E. Anthony Figg, Washington, DC, the Nominating Committee is comprised of Pamela Banner Krupka, Los Angeles, CA, Lisa A. Dunner, Washington, DC, Ralph Oman, Washington, DC, and Mark Whitaker, Washington, DC.
Elections for open positions will be held at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel during the Section’s Annual Business Meeting.
Additional nominations for any position may be made by petition signed by not less than 100 members of the Section, listed by their ABA ID number. The 100 names must be representative of at least three states and must indicate that the individual has agreed to the nomination. The petition must be sent to the Chair and the Secretary of the Section and must be received by these individuals not less than four months before the Opening Assembly of the Annual Meeting. The Opening Assembly will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010.
(To register for these ABA-IPL CLE teleconferences visit www.abanet.org/cle/calendar.html)
Wednesday, Mar. 17
1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
False Marking and Private Enforcement After Forest Group v. Bon Tool
Join our expert speaker, Joshua R. Slavitt of Pepper Hamilton, LLP, as he provides an overview of false marking under the Patent Act, a brief history of private enforcement actions for false patent marking, and a discussion of the importance of the recent Federal Circuit decision in Forest Group v. Bon Tool and its effect on private enforcement efforts.
The program will also identify some of the important legal questions yet to be resolved, consider potential strategies for avoiding or minimizing liability, and discuss possible frameworks for determining pre-article fines.
Register now: http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t10fmp1.html
Thursday, Mar. 18
12:00 – 1:00 ET
Supreme Court Reversal Rates: Evaluating the Federal Courts of Appeals
(The second in a series of teleconferences, the Landslide Teleconference Series, inspired by a current article from the Section’s flagship magazine, Landslide ® . Read the article from Landslide’s January/February issue “ Supreme Court Reversal Rates: Evaluating the Federal Courts of Appeals” online)
The January/February 2010 issue of Landslide magazine presents an empirical study of the U.S. Supreme Court’s dispositions of cases from the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals. The author of the study, Roy E. Hofer, concludes that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit deserves a “D” in terms of its statistics for being reversed by the Supreme Court. During this program, our Moderator Denise W. DeFranco will solicit the reaction of Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Mr. Hofer’s analysis. Nationally recognized Supreme Court practitioner Carter G. Phillips of Sidley Austin LLP will also share his views as to whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has now replaced the Ninth Circuit as the “rogue” circuit.
A group of professors is conducting a nationwide survey to assess what attorneys, judges, law professors, and law review editors think about the current system of student run law reviews and journals, if they believe reforms are needed, and if so what reforms should be instituted. For last several decades, there has been much controversy and discussion about how well the current system of student run law reviews and journals meets the needs of the legal profession, legal scholars, and its student members. Despite the significance of this controversy, no one has determined the legal community’s opinion about it.
Their internet survey concerning law reviews and journals is completely anonymous and confidential and only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The results of the survey will be published in a law review article and also sent to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. They are asking for your help because the success of any survey depends in large part on the number of people who participate. They would very much appreciate your assistance with this important project. You can access the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SVJXVNW
Lucy S. McGough, J.D., LL.M.
Richard A. Wise J.D., Ph.D.
Joseph C. Miller, Ph.D.
James W. Bowers, LL.B.
Doug Peters, Ph.D.