The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Hosts the First International BRICS Intellectual Property Conference in the United States

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The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is the first United States organization to host the annual BRICS Intellectual Property Conference on global developments.

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is the first United States organization to host the annual BRICS Intellectual Property Conference on global developments.

This is the fifth time experts representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) will meet to discuss intellectual property (IP) developments and share strategies for protecting their IP rights in the all-important global markets. The meetings will be from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on May 10, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 11, 2013, at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago.

“Having outstanding representatives from these major IP countries in one place is quite amazing. It is an honor for us to welcome these guests from around the world for this important discussion,” said Professor Doris Estelle Long, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at John Marshall. “In today’s global economy, protecting intellectual property internationally is critical to any company’s efforts to protect its valuable IP assets.”

May 10 topics include:

  •     Protecting IP Rights Globally: Strategies and Challenges
  •     Pre-Filing Patent Disclosure: Absolute Novelty and Grace Period
  •     Patent Licensing for Pharmaceuticals (including Compulsory Licenses)
  •     Balancing Patent Monopoly with Public Good
  •     Inventor’s Reward and Remuneration (Service Inventions)
  •     Ongoing Developments at the BRICS PTOs
  •     The Problem of Trademark Non-Use
  •     Recent Trends in Patent Litigation in India

May 11 topics include:

  •     IP Enforcement in BRICS
  •     Border Control Measures (including Parallel Import)
  •     Key Amendments to the BRICS Trademark Law
  •     Trade Dress—Protection in BRICS Countries
  •     Trademark Prosecution and Registration Strategies in Russia
  •     Well-Known Mark—Requirements and Enforceability
  •     Social Media Strategies and Problems: Trademark Infringement on the Internet

Guest speakers will be Russell Bagnall and Darren Olivier of Adams & Adams, South Africa; Elliott C. Bankendorf of Partridge IP Law, United States; Andrew J. Bellingall and Rana Gosain of Daniel Avogandos of Brazil; Vladimir Biriulin, Alexey Kratiuk and Yury Kuznetsov of Gorodissky & Partners, Russia; C.A. Brijesh, Ashwin Julka and Pankaj Soni of Remfry & Sagar, India; Edward Brosius of Amsted Industries, United States; Aram Hermiz of Accenture LLP, United States; Cheng Zhang of Skyworks Solutions Inc. in China and Gang Hu and Zhongqi Zhou of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, China.

This program opens with a cocktail reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 9. The registration fee includes admission to the conference, course materials, breakfast and lunch on May 10 and 11, and the cocktail reception May 9. The fee is $100 for one day, or $195 for both days. The fee is $95 for those serving in government, the judiciary or academia. Attorneys are eligible for 11.25 hours of CLE credit.

Registrations are being accepted at For additional information contact Emma Kate Starling at

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.

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