University of Akron School of Law Intellectual Property Symposium

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON SCHOOL OF LAW

The 20th Anniversary Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Chief Judge Paul Michel

The Honorable Paul R. Michel

This full-day CLE will cover legal updates and discussions in all areas of IP Law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and international IP issues.

Featured speaker will be The Honorable Paul R. Michel, retired Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Monday, March 19, 2018 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration deadline for CLE and Symposium is Monday, March 12th

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
8 - 8:45 a.m. Registration & full hot breakfast
8:50 - 9 a.m. 20th Anniversary Introduction & Welcome
9 - 10 a.m. 1. Navigating the Post-Alice Landscape: Practice Tips and Strategies
10 - 10:30 a.m. 2. Capturing Consumer Attention: 3-D and Non-Traditional Marks 
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 3. Trade Secret Protection and Enforcement Strategies in Today’s Business Environment
11:45 - 12:30 p.m. 4. Has the Federal Circuit Lived Up to its Raison D'Etre - Thoughts of Two IP Veterans
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. LUNCH | 5. A 20-Year IP Retrospective Through the Lens of Akron Law’s IP Symposium & How the High Court and the PTAB Depressed Patent Values, Voluntary Licensing, Start-up Formation and R&D Investment and How the Congress Can and Must Reverse These Harmful Trends and Revive America's Innovation Eco-System
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3 p.m. 6. Strategies and Considerations for the Enforcement of Patent Rights in a Global Economy
3 - 3:30 p.m. 7. Copyright in Fashion: Lessons for Other Industries
3:30  - 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 - 5 p.m. 8. Professionalism & Ethics in Practicing Before the USPTO and an Overview of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline’s Pilot Diversion Program
5:15 - 6 p.m. Post-Symposium Reception at the newly renovated C. Blake McDowell Law Center

Panel Details

1. Navigating the Post-Alice Landscape: Practice Tips and Strategies
Tips and practice pointers on how to avoid and overcome Alice rejections.

Moderator: Daniel Brean from the University of Akron School of Law
Speakers: Christian D. Ehret, The Webb Law Firm; Scott Oldham, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; Ned Pejic, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP


2. Capturing Consumer Attention: 3-D and Non-Traditional Marks
Comparisons of protection available in the EU, Japan, and Mexico/Canada. The work of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”) which fosters dialogue and develops resolutions aimed at supported harmonization of IP laws worldwide, including 3D trademarks. 

Speaker: Maria Scungio, Wolf Greenfield (NY), AIPPI (US)


3. Trade Secret Protection and Enforcement Strategies in Today’s Business Environment
Post-AIA decisions regarding Trade Secret protection vs. Patenting and the operational implications for businesses that want to increase their focus on management and commercialization of data assets. 

Speakers: David B. Cupar, McDonald Hopkins; Kevin Dunn, Lincoln Electric Company – Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property; James Pooley, James Pooley PLC & formerly Deputy Director General WIPO/President AIPLA; Joseph Waters, Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. – Intellectual Property Counsel


4. Has the Federal Circuit Lived Up to its Raison D’Etre – Thoughts of Two IP Veterans
Thoughts from two IP veterans on the Federal Circuit’s jurisprudence. 

Speakers: Barry E. Bretschneider, Baker Hostetler; Robert Kahrl, The University of Akron School of Law & former chair of the Jones Day IP Practice Group (1991 to 2008)


5. How the High Court and the PTAB Depressed Patent Values, Voluntary Licensing, Start-up Formation and R&D Investment and How the Congress Can and Must Reverse These Harmful Trends and Revive America’s Innovation Eco-System
Introduction of Judge Michel from former IP Center Director, Jeff Samuels & A 20-Year IP Retrospective Through the Lens of Akron Law’s IP Symposium

Speakers: The Honorable Paul R. Michel – Former Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Professor Jeffrey Samuels, retired, the University of Akron School of Law


6. Strategies and Considerations for the Enforcement of Patent Rights in a Global Economy
A survey of various forums where patent rights can be enforced or challenged: US District Courts; US Trade Commission; EU Patent Court; foreign national courts; and patent office proceedings such as European or Japanese opposition proceedings and US inter partes proceedings. Discussion of the pros and cons of choosing these forums, such as cost, speed, potential remedies, and the potential availability of Section 1782 discovery to obtain evidence for foreign proceedings and as an additional strategic consideration when choosing a forum for resolving patent disputes. 

Speakers: Susan M. Gerber, Jones Day; John C. Evans, PhD.Jones Day


7. Copyright in Fashion: Lessons for Other Industries
Copyright issues on Star Athletica. 

Speaker: Howard Hogan, Gibson Dunn Firm


8. Professionalism & Ethics in Practicing Before the USPTO and an Overview of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline’s Pilot Diversion Program
As Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), Will Covey is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s patent attorneys and agents are of good moral character and sufficiently knowledgeable to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Covey’s team of attorneys and other professionals develop and administer a registration examination designed to measure an applicants’ knowledge of patent law and practice. Successful applicants are registered to practice by OED. In addition, OED investigates complaints of unethical conduct made against individuals practicing patent or trademark law before the Office. 

Speaker: William Covey, Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment & Discipline, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Registration fee

Registration: $350

Government employees and faculty: $150

Students: $15.00

An additional $30 will be charged to walk-in registrants.

The registration fee covers: the symposium sessions and the materials, a hot breakfast, seated lunch and reception to follow at 5:15 p.m. in The C.Blake Mcdowell Law Center. 

Register online     *Registration deadline is Monday, March 12th


CLE credit

CLE has been approved for the following states at the following number of hours:

  • OH – 7 (including 1.25 of professional conduct credit covering Ethics, Professionalism, Substance Abuse, Access to Justice)
  • PA – 5.5 (including 1 hour of ethics)

Reciprocity States

  • FL – 8.4 (including 1.5 ethics)
  • NJ - 7 (including 1.25 of ethics)
  • CA - 7 (including 1.25 of ethics)

Symposium site

University of Akron Student Union, 303 Carroll St., Akron, Oh 44325 Directions


Parking

See the attached document for Symposium parking instructions/map and a parking pass for free parking at the University lots for all Symposium registrants. 

Parking pass and instructions


Post-Symposium Reception

In addition to these great CLE panels, come see the newly renovated C. Blake McDowell Law Center for a post-Symposium reception and meet current Akron Law IP students eager to network with practicing IP attorneys in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

QUESTIONS?

For questions and information regarding accommodations and pre-reserved hotel rooms, please contact event coordinator, Shannon Aupperle at 330-972-7988.

Additional sponsorship opportunities available - please email Ryan Holte for further information.

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Providing one of the most comprehensive IP programs in the country, The University of Akron School of Law offers more than 20 courses in the field and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Intellectual Property that can be completed in two semesters.

Our Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology fosters the study and advancement of IP law, strives to attract and educate current and future leaders, and works to design and implement a well-balanced ecosystem of law and technology.

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