(PRWEB) February 08, 2013
Change is the one constant in the world of intellectual property (IP) law. To help IP attorneys keep current, The John Marshall Law School is hosting its 57th annual Intellectual Property Law Conference with outstanding speakers addressing issues in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets law.
The Center for Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is hosting its 57th annual Intellectual Property Law Conference from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the law school, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago.
Experts throughout the country will serve as panelists for this program that focuses on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets law.
“For 57 years, The John Marshall Law School and its Center for Intellectual Property Law have been educating students and the practicing bar in all areas of intellectual property law,” said Professor Doris Estelle Long, director of the Center. The annual conference “not only includes our traditional annual developments reviews in all four major fields of IP, but also includes break-out sessions that focus on the most current and problematic areas of IP protection.”
“We are fortunate to have judicial, administrative, practitioner and academic presenters who will share their insights into the most important IP developments and their future impact,” said conference chairman Chief Judge James Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The opening session at 9 a.m., “Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law,” examines major developments. Speakers are Matthew J. May of Banner & Witcoff Ltd. discussing patents; Mark V.B. Patridge, of Partridge IP Law PC discussing trademarks; William H. Frankel of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione discussing copyrights; R. Mark Halligan of Nixon Peabody LLP discussing trade secrets; and Holderman offering a multi-district legislation perspective.
In the afternoon, participants can select from panels discussing patent or trademark, copyright and related issues.
Several sessions on patent law are scheduled. Coordinators will be Holderman and Allan Sternstein of Dykema Gossett. The 2 p.m. session focuses on “Proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” with speakers Holderman; Chief Judge James D. Smith and Lead Judge Michael P. Tierney, both of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; Kelly K. Burris of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione; and Steve Zeller of Dykema Gossett. Janet A. Pioli of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is the moderator.
The 3 p.m. session focuses on “Proceeding before the International Trade Commission” with Judge Theodore R. Essex of the U.S. International Trade Commission; Marron A. Mahoney of Jones Day; V. James Adduci II, Mastriani & Schaumberg; Laura Beth Miller of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione; Thomas J. Wimbiscus of McAndrews, Held & Malloy. Brent A. Hawkins of McDermott Will & Emery will act as moderator.
The 4 p.m. session on “Patent Eligible Subject Matter” includes panelists Erika Arner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Bernard Chao of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver; Drew Hirshfeld of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; and Holderman. The moderator is James P. Muraff of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg.
The 4:30 p.m. panel on “Patent Infringement Remedies Issues” features Timothy K. Sendek of Dykema Gossett; Julianne M. Hartzell of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun; Kristofer K. Swanson of PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Holderman with Sternstein as moderator.
On the trademark, copyright and related issues side, the coordinator is William T. McGrath, associate director of the Center. He is joined by moderator Jonathan Jennings of Pattishall McAuliffe. Speakers are: 2 p.m., Laurel V. Dineff of Dineff Trademark Law Ltd. on “International Trademark Filing Strategies for U.S. Companies;” 2:45 p.m., Aram D. Hermiz of Intellectual Property and Strategic Initiatives Accenture LLP on “Cloud Computing;” 3:45 p.m., Steven P. Mandell of Mandell Menkes LLC on “Celebrities, Trademarks and the First Amendment: The Line between Commercial and Non-Commercial Speech—Checkbrook Required?;” and 4:30 p.m., McGrath addressing “Internet Defamation—Disclosing the Identity of Anonymous Persons in Online Libel Cases.”
The conference ends with a 5:30 p.m. reception.
For additional information on this program, visit http://www.jmls.edu/ip.