Heartland Angels, a Chicago based, early-stage private equity capital investment network, is sponsoring a new educational series on Intellectual Property in the 21st Century.
The first in the series will be a panel discussion on February 7, 2011, starting at 6:30pm in the Chicago offices of Drinker, Biddle and Reath LLP, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700. The panel will consider answers to the question: Are the copyright laws out of touch in the new reality of digital on-line media?
Panelists include:
David Frey, J.D, Partner, Drinker, Biddle and Reath LLP
Ed Lee, J. D., Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Daliah Saper, J.D., Saper Law
Tim McCarthy, J.D., Senior Counsel of Clark Hill (Moderator)
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration and inquiries by e-mail only to: Ron@heartlandangels.com. There will be a $10 charge (payable by cash or check only) at the door.

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On October 29 from 7:30 until 9:15 am at the Gleacher Center in Chicago, Analysis Group is hosting a free seminar about the entire market value rule that looks very interestin. Here is how they describe it:
The entire market value rule (or “EMVR”) allows for the recovery of patent infringement damages based on the value of the entire product that contains an infringing component (when the patent-related feature is the basis for consumer demand). It has historically been a potent tool for patentholders claiming damages in intellectual property cases. However, increased scrutiny of the application of the EMVR suggests that more rigorous, empirical approaches are needed to provide adequately detailed evidence of consumer-driven demand. In this seminar:
David C. Giardina, Esq., Partner at Sidley Austin LLP, will address the impact recent cases such as Lucent Technologies v. Gateway Inc. may have on future damages claims and analytic requirements by the courts.
Iain M. Cockburn, Ph.D., George Schultz Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Dean Designate, Yale School of Management, will discuss hedonic analysis, a method that uses actual product, price, and sales data, to evaluate consumer demand.
John R. Hauser, Sc.D., Professor of Marketing and Head of the Management Science Area of MIT Sloan School of Management, will focus on the use of conjoint analysis, a survey methodology that can be employed in the absence of sufficient market data, to assess consumer preferences.
Click here to register for the seminar.

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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.

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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.

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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 ipconference@kentlaw.edu for registration or more information.

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The Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference is being held in Chicago on May 25, 2010. The conference promises to address a number of topics, including a patent law update led by the Northern District of Illinois’s Chief Judge James Holderman. Other intellectual property-related topics include:
* General Session — A discussion of conflicts and ethical challenges facing management and outside counsel;
* “Unfair” patent marking: The law may be changing, but has management learned its valuable lesson?
* Managing IP assets, patent enforcement & damages, and the Patent Reform Act of 2010.
Click here for more information about the conference. The registration fee is $109, but only $89 if you register before May 10, 2010. Click here to register.

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The 2010 Chicago IP Colloquium concludes next Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The Chicago IP Colloquium is jointly sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law to discuss a range of issues in intellectual property and cyberspace law based upon papers by six nationally renowned intellectual property scholars. The sessions are uniformly excellent, and well worth your time. The last session will be Tuesday, April 27 from 4:10 pm to 5:50 pm at Loyola, 1 E. Pearson, Maguire Hall, Room 260, Professor Wendy J. Gordon, Boston University School of Law, will present her paper: A Tale of Two Torts: Negligence and Copyright Infringement.

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The Seventh Circuit’s Electronic Discovery Committee is offering what appears to be an excellent CLE program, with one hour of Illinois credit, discussing when and how lawyers should communicate with their clients about e-discovery issues. Click here to register for the April 28, 2010 noon CT webinar. Here is the Committee’s description of the program:
“You and Your Clients: Communicating About E-Discovery, How to Talk to Your Clients about E-Discovery and the Application of the Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Principles” should not be missed. It will provide an in-depth discussion regarding the following topics:
When should communications regarding ESI begin with your client;
What are the categories of discoverable ESI you need to discuss;
How do you help your client assess where discoverable ESI might be stored;
What steps should be taken to preserve relevant ESI;
When (and if) backup tapes should be considered an ESI source that needs to be preserved/disclosed/produced;
How vendors can be used effectively in the collection/processing/production of ESI;
Practical approaches for the production of ESI; and
When to use and how to select an electronic discovery liaison.

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The annual Chicago IP Colloquium continues next Tuesday, April 12, 2010. The Chicago IP Colloquium is jointly sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law to discuss a range of issues in intellectual property and cyberspace law based upon papers by six nationally renowned intellectual property scholars. The sessions are uniformly excellent, and well worth your time. The next session will be Tuesday, April 12 from 4:10 pm to 5:50 pm at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305, Professor Gregory N. Mandel, Temple University, will present his paper: Competing Conceptions of Creativity in Intellectual Property Law.

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The annual Chicago IP Colloquium continues this Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The Chicago IP Colloquium is jointly sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law to discuss a range of issues in intellectual property and cyberspace law based upon papers by six nationally renowned intellectual property scholars. The sessions are uniformly excellent, and well worth your time. The next session will be Tuesday, March 30 from 4:10 pm to 5:50 pm at Loyola, 1 E. Pearson, Maguire Hall, Room 260, featuring Professor Amy Kapczynski, UC Berkeley School of Law and her paper: Free as in Speech or Free as in Beer? How Cost Matters in IP Law.

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