The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago will be holding its annual Patent Law Symposium October 1, 2010 beginning at 8:45 am at the Union League Club of Chicago. Presentations and panels include:
• Life Under the N.D. of Illinois Local Patent Rules and Jury Instructions — Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge, Presiding Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier and Allan Sternstein of Dykema Gossett
• Recent Developments In IP Law: The Year In Review — Edward Manzo of Husch Blackwell
• Mock Inventor Deposition — Timothy Delaney of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione and Paul Vickrey of Niro, Haller & Niro
• Best Practices: Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethical Considerations in IP Transactions — Glen Belvis of Foroenergy
• Reexamination: Ex Parte and Inter Partes — Janet Garetto of Nixon Peabody (moderator), Joseph Berghammer of Banner & Witcoff and Jessica Harrison, PTO’s Central Reexamination Unit
• Patent Damages — Garret Leach of Kirkland & Ellis and Raymond Sims, Vice-President of CRA International
• Common Mistakes in Briefs and Arguments before the Federal Circuit and How to Avoid Them — Olivia Luk of Jenner & Block (moderator), the Federal Circuit’s Chief Judge Randall Rader, John Whealan, Dean at the George Washington University Law School, and Emily Johnson, Federal Circuit Law Clerk
The Symposium schedule is here. A cocktail reception will take place following the Symposium. Register here, $275 for members and $425 for non-members. Following the program, IPLAC will host its annual judges dinner with keynote speech by Judge Rader. Click here for registration information cost for members and non-members is $150.
At the end of September, September 26-29, the Licensing Executives Society is hosting its annual meeting in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers. The meeting, themed "Deals, Deals and more Deals" will focus upon IP’s critical role in business strategies and ways to use IP to maximize deals and profitability. There are an impressive array of presentations and workshops, headlined by the following very impressive plenary sessions, as described by the Society:
- The SuperFreakonomics of IP Licensing – Do Patents Slow Innovation? – Steven Levitt, co-author of the New York Times best-seller Freakonomics and its recent follow-up SuperFreakonomics, will present a keynote address on the unintended impact of the patent system on innovation. He will also discuss his groundbreaking research on the effects of incentives on economics and market behavior as they relate to innovation. A book signing will follow Mr. Levitt’s presentation.
- Is the U.S. Patent System Under Siege: Congress, the PTO, the FTC and the Supreme Court -The Honorable Judge Paul Michel, retired Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will look at the many challenges facing the U.S. patent system including the reform legislation currently pending in Congress, the USPTO’s efforts to reduce backlogs and improve the quality of issued patents, and increased scrutiny by the Supreme Court and FTC.
- IP as a National Responsibility: A Global Outlook for Strategies, Policies and Laws – Economist and Former Vice Presidential Candidate Pat Choate, will join John Whealan, Associate Dean of Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University Law School and Suzanne Michel, Deputy Director of FTC’s Office of Policy Planning to discuss how the United States, Europe, Asia and developing countries might leverage IP to secure future wealth and what this could mean for commercial collaboration across national boundaries.
- IP100 Recap: IP Hot Topics 2010 – Over the course of 2010, LES has hosted innovative IP100 forums comprised of high-level IP leaders who have analyzed several hot IP topics. This panel will revisit the topics, review previous findings and discuss what we’ve learned from the world-class IP100 panels about best practices in licensing. Key ‘take-aways’ will be included in a white paper available after the meeting for attendees.
Click here for registration information. I plan to attend, and hope to see you there.
Chicago Kent has an excellent program coming up on September 30, 2010 at 1:00pm. Kent has gathered a very impressive group of experts to kick off its inaugural Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review. The Northern District’s own Judge Zagel will be a featured speaker.
The program promises to address the big IP decisions from last year’s Supreme Court: American Needle, Inc. v. NFL, Bilski v. Kappos, and Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick. The event will also look at significant IP cases that await certiorari decisions, including Costco v. Omega, S.A., and Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n.
In addition to Judge Zagel, the impressive panel includes:
- Donald Chisum, author of Chisum on Patents, Patent Law Digest and Chisum Patent Law Reference Guides;
- Roy T. Englert, Jr., of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP (counsel for Costco);
- Randal C. Picker, Paul H. and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chicago Law School; and
- Paul M. Smith of Jenner & Block LLP (counsel for Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association).
Other speakers include:
- Thomas C. Goldstein of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and publisher of SCOTUSblog;
- Deborah Jones Merritt, John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University (court-appointed amicus in Reed Elsevier);
- Jeffrey M. Carey, general counsel of American Needle, Inc.; and
- Scott E. Gant of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.
The program is free of charge, but requires registration. Contact Patricia O’Neal at (312) 906-5128 or email@example.com for registration or more information.