ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
September 2005

In this issue:

- LEI CLE Program

- Nominating Committee

- IP Roundtables

- 2005 Fall Leadership Meeting

- New Section Staff Member


Chair's Bulletin

The September/October 2005 issue of the Chair's Bulletin is now in production. The printed version will arrive in members' mailboxes in mid-October.



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 stay tuned to the Section website for more information on these meetings as it becomes available. Once again, we hope to see you there!

Participate in an IP Roundtable Discussion

The co-chairs of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation invite you to participate in one of the committee’s most popular programs - the Roundtables. These gatherings are informal opportunities for participants to meet in small groups at convenient locations to discuss current issues in intellectual property litigation. The September/October discussion topic is "Summer's Big Three— Phillips, Merck and Grokster." For more information, go to www.abanet.org/litigation/

Section Leadership Meeting Moved to Fall

The Section Leadership Meeting will now be held in the fall instead of the winter. This year's meeting will take place November 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL.

Section Officers, Council Members, and Division and Committee Chairs will converge to share their respective plans with one another. It provides an opportunity for all members of the Section leadership to get to know each other better, learn about the status of projects throughout the Section, and get comments and constructive criticism from others.

More information is available at www.abanet.org/intelprop/

Section Staff Expanding to Better Serve Members' Needs

Megan Bennett has recently joined the Section staff in the position of administrative assistant. In this position, she will primarily assist in the meeting planning efforts of the Section. Megan will also be the Staff Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Title Guarantee Funds.

Megan formerly worked as a public relations event facilitator for a consulting company in Michigan for a year. She also served as a summer office intern with a PR agency in Chicago, as a summer intern for ABC-12 in Flint, Michigan, and as a summer marketing intern for BD's Mongolian BBQ franchise operation in Michigan.

She is a 2004 graduate of St. Mary's College/ Notre Dame University, with a B.A. in Communication Studies, and an American History minor. She can be reached at 312-988-6268 or bennetm@staff.abanet.org.

The Section also anticipates hiring a membership and marketing manager in addition to a technology manager in the near future, to add to staff resources so that the Section can better answer its members' needs.

CLE & S ki : Register for the IP Program at the 23rd Annual National CLE Conference (LEI)

January 3-7, 2006
(Aspen), CO

Don't miss this i ntellectual p roperty CLE program in the spectacular mountain setting of Snowmass - located near Aspen, Colorado. This is an ideal opportunity for intellectual property practitioners to experience outstanding continuing legal education in a world - class recreational venue, while earning 20-24 CLE credits - including two ethics credits.

The educational programs will feature the latest updates on trademarks, copyrights, patents, internet law, complex litigation, Federal Circuit practice and advocacy, plus more!

The roster of speakers includes:

- Donald Dunner, Roderick McKelvie, plus many other leading national practitioners

- The Honorable James Rogan, former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and former U.S. Congressman

- John Whealan, PTO Solicitor and former clerk to CAFC Judge Rader

- Jan Horbaly, Circuit Executive and Clerk of Court for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Visit www.lawedinstitute.com for complete agenda details and to register today! Also f ind out more on discounted lodging and lift tickets at Snowmass Village (Aspen), by selecting " lodging” at www.lawedinstitute.com.

Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions

The Nominating Committee, which Section Chair E. Anthony Figg recently appointed, welcomes suggestions of members for nominees for the offices of Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, Secretary, Financial Officer, Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and four new members of Council for four-year terms expiring in 2010. Under the Section Bylaws, Susan Barbieri Montgomery, current Chair-Elect, will automatically assume the office of Section Chair on September 1, 2006.

The nominees will be voted on at the Section’s business meeting, Saturday, August 5, 2006, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Please contact the Chair or any member of the Nominating Committee, set forth below, before October 15, 2005, with your suggestions.

Mark T. Banner, Chair
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
10 S. Wacker Drive,
30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Fax: 312-463-3100

Elizabeth Chien-Hale

40087 Mission Boulevard #367
Fremont , CA 94539
Fax: 408-776-8718

George A. Frank, PhD
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
One Logan Square
18th & Cherry Street Philadelphia , PA 19103-6996
Fax: 215-988-2757

William L. LaFuze
Vinson & Elkins
1001 Fannin Street
2300 First City Tower Building
Houston, TX 77002-6760
Fax: 713-615-5317

Linda S. Resh
Kirkland & Ellis
200 East Randolph Drive, 53rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312-861-2200

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