The Sixteenth Annual Sughrue Symposium on IP Law and Policy

Sughrue Symposium on IP Law and Policy

2014 conference overview

This year's symposium features a review of recent developments in the areas of patent, copyright and trademark law, as well as a discussion of practice before the U.S. International Trade Commission under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

The program also includes panel discussions focusing on the anti-troll bill, H.R. 3309, on a recent proposal by the chief judge of the Seventh Circuit to eliminate the Federal Circuit's exclusive appellate jurisdiction over patent disputes, and on copyright law reform. Two former registers of copyrights will participate in the latter discussion.

Also on tap is an ethics discussion on identifying conflicts.

The luncheon speaker will be John Nottingham, co-president of Nottingham Spirk, a leading business innovation firm.

About the Co-Sponsors

The University of Akron School of Law houses The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. Nationally respected, it is one of only a few IP centers in the United States. The Center exposes the community to critical thinking in the intellectual property field, invites distinguished speakers to campus, and annually hosts The Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy. The Center offers an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. Similar to the J.D. program, LL.M. students can attend full time or part time. The Center also offers a J.D./LL.M. in Intellectual Property (IP) Law program – a joint degree program that allows law students to earn both a J.D. degree and an LL.M. degree in the time that it would normally take to earn just the J.D. degree (including summer sessions).

Richard C. Sughrue founded the intellectual property law firm of Sughrue Mion, PLLC in 1957 to provide high quality opinion work and client representation at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to domestic clients. The firm steadily grew under his influence to become the full-range, internationally recognized intellectual property law firm that it is today. Sughrue Mion now services clients worldwide with the same high quality work in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, trade secret and unfair competition law in the USPTO, the federal trial and appellate courts and before the International Trade Commission. In Dick Sughrue's memory, his law firm is pleased to sponsor and participate in this nationally recognized symposium on intellectual property law.

Schedule

TimeEvent
8-8:45am REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:45-9am WELCOME
Dr. Luis M. Proenza, President, The University of Akron
W. Mack Webner, Esq., Senior Counsel, Sughrue Mion, PLLC
9-9:45am PATENT LAW DEVELOPMENTS
Professor Timothy Holbrook, Emory Law
9:45-10:30am COPYRIGHT LAW DEVELOPMENTS
Robert W. Clarida, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, LLC
10:30-10:45am COFFEE BREAK
10:45-11:30am

TRADEMARK LAW DEVELOPMENTS
Professor Tracy Reilly, University of Dayton School of Law

11:30-12:15pm SECTION 337 OF TARIFF ACT OF 1930
F. David Foster, Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel 
12:30-1:45pm LUNCH
Lunch sponsored by: Ulmer & Berne, LLP.
Featured Speaker:
John Nottingham, Co-President, Nottingham Spirk
2-3:15pm PANEL DISCUSSION: PATENT REFORM II:
APPELLATE JURISDICTION IN PATENT CASES
Moderator:
Professor Jeffrey M. Samuels, The University of Akron School of Law
Panelists:
Andrew Baluch, Foley & Lardner
Donald R. Dunner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Honorable Paul R. Michel, former Chief Judge,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Professor Craig A. Nard, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
William H. Mandir, Sughrue Mion PLLC
3:15-3:30pm COFFEE BREAK
3:30-4:45pm PANEL DISCUSSION: COPYRIGHT REFORM
Moderator:
Professor Ryan Vacca, The University of Akron School of Law
Panelists:
Professor Robert Brauneis, The George Washington University Law School,
Kaminstein Scholar in Residence, U.S. Copyright Office
Robert W. Clarida, Esq, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Honorable Ralph Oman, Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Patent Law,
The George Washington University Law School (Former Register of Copyrights)
Honorable Marybeth Peters, Senior Counsel,
Oblon Spivak (Former Register of Copyrights)
4:45-5:45pm ETHICS: IDENTIFYING CONFLICTS:
SPOTTING ADVERSITY IN PATENT LITIGATION,
OPINIONS AND PROSECUTION
Professor David Hricik, Mercer University School of Law 
5:45pm ADJOURNMENT

Online registration

  • REGISTRATION FEE: $275 ($350 after Feb. 21); Faculty $100; students free, however registration is required. An additional $30 will be charged to walk-in registrants. Register now.
  • CLE CREDIT: 6.25 hours of CLE credit, including one hour of ethics, has been requested for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. CLE credit in other states upon request. (Please request at the time of registration.)
  • SYMPOSIUM SITE: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill St., Akron, Ohio 44308
  • PARKING: Free parking is offered adjacent to the John S. Knight Center at the parking deck located at the corner of Broadway and Mill Streets. A parking pass will be emailed and/or available at the registration table.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn (3180 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio). Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until Feb. 16, 2014 at which time reservations will be accepted on a space available basis. Please call the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn at 800-867-5000 to make reservations and mention the School of Law. Please note that the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn is not within walking distance of the University and additional transportation arrangements may need to be made.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Shuttle service reservations can be made by contacting Ohio Connection at 216-299-6966 and 216-324-8999. Rental car reservations may be made at www.carrental.com.Taxi service is advertised as being available 24 hours a day at Akron-Canton Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. To make a reservation at Akron-Canton, call 866-944-8294. For Cleveland Hopkins, visit www.clevelandairport.com, click Cleve-Hopkins and choose ground transportation to view a list of phone numbers.
  • REFUND: Cancellations made before Feb. 28, 2014, will be refunded, less an administration charge of $50. No refunds will be made after this date, but substitutions are welcome.
  • QUESTION: Contact Michele Novachek 330-972-6363; or by email at manovac@uakron.edu.