INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY LAW ASSOCIATION

PAST EVENTS

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April 24, 2018
Proctor & Gamble Lunch & Learn

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Larry Huston, Senior Counsel for Proctor & Gamble, joined Akron Law IP Students and faculty for a Skype discussion on various IP topics at the last IPTLA event of the semester. He discussed the value of a scientific background in a patent career and the importance of using such a background for the many daily challenges an IP attorney encounters. Mr. Huston discussed how trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress have been integrated into IP enforcement and the importance of staying current with the law. Mr. Huston closed his discussion by answering questions on the IP job market in Cincinnati and encouraged students to engage in networking opportunities as well as CLEs to learn more about the IP field prior to practice. Students enjoyed Chick-Fil-A and gained valuable information before starting their various summer IP jobs

April 16, 2018
The Albert and Vern Oldham 2018 Spring Lecture featuring The Honorable Professor F. Scott Kieff

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

The Honorable Professor F. Scott Kieff visited Akron Law to speak on the topic of “Helping Businesses Obtain More Certainty and Durability in Today’s Windy Times of Intellectual Property, Antitrust, and International Trade” at the Albert and Vern Oldham 2018 Spring Lecture. Prof. Kieff discussed the history of trade and the importance of trade in today’s society. He also discussed the importance of the International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as the advances and disadvantage of ITC litigation. After the talk, Prof. Kieff provided students information regarding how to successfully manage law school and successfully obtain a job upon graduation. The IP Center provided free CLE and catered lunch students, local attorneys, and faculty in attendance—the room was full!

April 15, 2018
The Albert and Vern Oldham 2018 Spring Lecture Welcome Dinner

Location | Bricco, Downtown Akron

The Akron Law IP Center hosted a dinner at Bricco, located in downtown Akron, to welcome to the 2018 Spring Oldham Lecture’s keynote speaker, The Honorable Professor F. Scott Kieff to Akron Law. Professors Ryan Holte, Camilla Hrdy, and Daniel Brean also welcomed Scott Oldham (partner and co-chair of Hahn Loeser IP team), Ari Sherwin (chief IP counsel for Sherwin Williams), Mark Inzetta (chief legal office for Sbarro), and all members of the Akron Law IPAC.

April 11, 2018
GOJO Lunch & Learn

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

GOJO Legal Counsel & Senior Director, Jason F. Fokens, and Calfee Halter and Griswold LLP partners, Kimberly A. Textoris and Chet J. Bonner, visited Akron Law to speak on a panel led by Professor Brean. They discussed their career paths, responsibilities, and conveyed important aspects of respective daily lives and job responsibilities. They gave valuable insight as to what qualities make a successful IP attorney from in-house and outside-counsel perspective. Each attorney communicated the benefits of networking during law school as well as demonstrating commitment to IP practice to supervising attorneys in summer job positions. Students enjoyed Jimmy John’s and took advantage of great networking opportunities with the local attorneys.

March 20, 2018
2018 Spring Intellectual Property Advisory Council (IPAC) Meeting

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Akron Law hosted the Intellectual Property Advisory Council (IPAC) Spring Meeting on March 20, 2018. The University of Akron’s President, Matthew J. Wilson spoke at the start of the event and hot breakfast was served to all in attendance. Many IP students attended the lunch, taking advantage of job networking opportunities with IPAC members.

March 19, 2018
20th Anniversary Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Location | The University of Akron Student Union

Keynote speaker | The Honorable Paul R. Michel and Professor Emeritus Jeffery Samuels

Topic | A 20 Year IP Retrospect Through the Lens of Akron Law’s IP Symposium; How the High Court and the PTAB Depressed Patent Values, Volunteer 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.

The University of Akron School of Law Hosted its 20th Anniversary Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy for all IP students, faculty, and hundreds of local IP attorneys. Professor Ryan Holte, President Matthew Wilson, and Dean CJ Peters gave opening remarks and welcomed all in attendance. The IP Symposium commenced and various attorneys, judges, and professors spoke on relevant IP topics. The Symposium included various panel discussions, catered lunch, and a presentation on ethics and professionalism. The Symposium concluded with a catered reception at the University of Akron’s newly renovated C. Blake McDowell Law Center.

See the main event page at uakron.edu/ip.

March 18, 2018
20th Anniversary Symposium Welcome Dinner

Location | Marriot, Akron Ohio

The Akron Law IP Center hosted a welcome dinner at the Akron Marriott for the 20th Anniversary IP Symposium Speakers as well as all IPAC Members. The dinner was a casual event catered by Luigi’s in Akron. The dinner was a great opportunity for speakers and IPAC members to socialize prior to the Symposium.

March 7, 2018
March Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) Meeting

Location | Cleveland Marriott

Professor Holte and Akron Law IP Students attended the March Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) meeting in Cleveland. IP Students networked with various local IP attorneys from the Northeast Ohio area and heard an excellent talk from veteran Supreme Court practitioner Carter Phillips.

February 8, 2018
CIPLA Event - Speakers: Professor Peter Menell, Professor Daniel Brean, and Professor Camilla Hrdy

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Room - E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

Topic | In Search of Patent’s Lost Ark; Interpreting Section 101 in Information Age.

The University of Akron School of Law hosted The Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association’s (CIPLA) February Meeting. Over 100 local IP attorneys gathered at Akron Law to obtain CLE credit and attend a wonderful reception at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Professor Daniel Brean spoke on the topic of IP Licensing in the context of computer software. Professor Camilla Hrdy spoke on the topic of Trade Secrets Post-DTSA. The CLE Speaker Events were followed by a cocktail hour, reception, and presentation by Professor Peter Menell regarding interpretation of section 101 and invention requirements for patent applicants.

Akron Law IP students in attendance took advantage of this great opportunity to mingle and network with local attorneys in the Akron/Cleveland area—we thank CIPLA very much for coming to visit Akron Law!

February 8, 2018
CIPLA Luncheon with Professor Peter Menell, UC Berkeley School of Law

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Room - 201

Topic | Rethinking Corporate Integrity: Trade Secrets, Whistleblowers, and the Public Interest.

Professor Peter Menell is a Koret Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Professor Menell has authored numerous books and treaties in the area of IP and has advised the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and the Federal Trade Commission on various intellectual property law matters. Professor Menell spoke at the Luncheon on the topic of whistleblowers and determining whether trade secrets must be reported to preserve corporate integrity.

January 30, 2018
Chicago Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (PLIP) Information Session - Speakers: Professor Holte, Career Services, and Nick Buchmuller

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Room - 201

Topic | Preparing for PLIP.

The Chicago Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (PLIP) is a nationwide two-day interview program held in Chicago which creates opportunities for students to network and interview with IP employers for Summer Associate and full-time positions upon law school graduation. Professor Holte began this meeting by explaining what the Patent Law Interview Program is and how it has a national focus for all IP law students. He further reviewed the program’s timeline, and discussed how to tailor materials to create the best opportunity to maximize potential interviews. 3L, Nick Buchmuller shared his experiences from the PLIP last summer and gave valuable advice on how to make the best of this great opportunity.

January 23, 2018
Lunch & Learn with Professor John Hornickel

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Room - 280

Topic | Philosophical Foundation of IP, Patenting as Storytelling and Marketing, The Importance of Branding, and Legal Practice and the Business world.

Nick Buchmuller began the Lunch & Learn by conveying the importance of attending the CIPLA event on Feb 8, 2018, hosted at Akron Law, as well as the benefits of student CIPLA membership. Professor Holte reminded students of the upcoming IPTLA events planned for the Spring semester and introduced the Lunch & Learn speaker, John Hornickel. John Hornickel is Assistant General Counsel of PolyOne Corporation as well as adjunct International IP professor at The University of Akron School of Law.

John Hornickel discussed the importance of networking in law school and the significance of being “law of business.” He addressed various IP topics regarding the importance of understanding foundations of IP law in building a business, the importance of intangible property value, and its significance to any and all businesses. He further explained how IP value is created and why storytelling of an invention is essential to obtaining patent rights for such inventions. He explained the importance of understanding contemplation verses speculation in the patent system. He focused the latter of his presentation on the importance of branding and its significance on exciting customers.

He left his presentation open for students to ask any and all questions regarding IP matters. Students enjoyed Jimmy Johns and enjoyed hearing about various aspects of IP and its significance in the competitive world of business.

Professor John Hornickel speaking to the legal crowd for his lunch and learn about philosophical foundationof intellectual property.

From left to right UA Professor Ryan Holte, John Hornickel, Nick Buchmuller and two Akron Law IP students.

December 7, 2017
Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) Meeting

Location | Cleveland

Topic | The State of the Trademark Office

Professor Holte attended the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) meeting with two first-year IP students from The University of Akron School of Law. Mary Boney Denison, the Commissioner for Trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, spoke on the state of the trademark office. Those in attendance enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner.

Professor Ryan Holte with two first-year Akron Law IP students.

November 20, 2017
Discussion with Undergraduate Engineering Student Council

Location | Auburn Science and Engineering Center at The University of Akron

Topic | IP Career Opportunities for Engineering Students

Professor Holte spoke with engineering undergraduate students about career opportunities after receiving a technical undergraduate degree. He described the path to law school after receiving a technical undergraduate degree. He also explained what intellectual property career paths are available to students with technical backgrounds, such as engineering.

November 2, 2017
Counsel Lunch and Learn with Jeannette Knudsen, The J.M. Smucker Company

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Room - 380

Topic | Duties and Life of IP In-house Counsel

IPTLA hosted a Lunch and Learn with Smucker’s in-house Intellectual Property Counsel. Students enjoyed Jimmy John’s as Dean Peters and Professor Holte introduced the members of Smucker’s in-house team. The Smucker’s team discussed their experiences and career paths to in-house counsel work. They discussed the importance of understanding legal and business aspects of a company while working in-house. The attorneys discussed their day-to-day responsibilities and their strong ties with outside counsel in the process of patent preparation and prosecution. The team concluded the discussion by answering questions from students, explained the costs and benefits of in-house work, and provided insight into different pathways of becoming in-house counsel. Members of the UPSTO and IP attorneys from Jones Day were present and also provided valuable insight.

Lunch and Learn hosted at Akron Law School, Speaker Jeannette Knudsen IP counsel for The J.M. Smucker Company.

Lunch and Learn hosted at Akron Law School, Speaker Jeannette Knudsen IP counsel for The J.M. Smucker Company.

October 30, 2017
Patent Law Career Info Session - Speakers: Professor Ryan Holte and Alisa O'Brien

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Topic | Preparing for a Career in Patent Law

IPTLA met to discuss career path opportunities in the field of patent law and how to set yourself apart from other IP students by taking the Patent Bar. Dean O’Brien discussed the importance of preparing final resumes for the PLIP (Loyola Patent Conference) and Spring OCIs. Nick Buchmuller provided a patent law time line that displayed important benchmarks and deadlines throughout your law school career to create the best opportunity for securing a patent law job upon graduation. Professor Holte further stressed the importance of building a strong resume displaying interests in patent law. He also explained the career benefits of having the Patent Bar on your resume early on in your law school career as well as the importance of showing dedication to this particular field of work on your resume. Professor Hrdy and Professor Brean expressed their personal takes on the importance of utilizing career services and taking advantage of employers visiting Akron Law for OCIs.

Patent Law career info session, with speakers Professor Ryan Holte and Alisa O'Brien, speak about preparing for a Career in Patent Law.

October 19, 2017
The Fall Oldham Lecture with Professor Mark McKenna

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Topic | Criminal Trademark Enforcement and Trademark Counterfeit Act

Professor McKenna, a professor from University of Notre Dame Law School visited Akron Law School to present a lecture on the topic of criminal trademark enforcement. After introductions from Dean Peters and Professor Holte, Professor McKenna went into further detail on this subject and discussed the Trademark Counterfeit Act, which creates narrowly enforced criminal penalties for egregious criminal trademark counterfeiting. Additionally, Professor McKenna explained the effect such penalties have, in comparison to civil penalties imposed on trademark counterfeit issues, when used outside their narrow scope. IP Faculty, local Northeastern Ohio IP attorneys, as well as IPAC and IPTLA members were present. Free CLE credit was offered to all attorneys and Old Carolina lunch was served to all in attendance.

The Fall Oldham Lecture is given by Speaker Professor Mark McKenna on the topic of criminal trademark enforcement and the trademark counterfiet act.

The Fall Oldham Lecture is given by Speaker Professor Mark McKenna on the topic of criminal trademark enforcement and the trademark counterfiet act.

September 15, 2017
IP Scholars Forum

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Topic | All IP

The University of Akron School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property and Technology hosted its Annual IP Scholars Forum. Participants from throughout the United States came to Akron for the Forum. The IP Scholars Forum is an event held each fall. The forum's purpose is to bring together a small group of prominent scholars for intensive, high-level discussions on cutting-edge issues of common interest. Participants enjoyed a concert at Blossom Music Center after the Forum.

The University of Akron School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property and Technology hosted its Annual IP Scholars Forum.

Participants enjoyed a concert at Blossom Music Center after the Forum.

September 14, 2017
Panel Discussion with Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Professor Daniel Brean, and Professor Camilla Hrdy

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Topic | Do courts give too much deference to the Patent Office?

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, an associate professor of Texas A&M School of Law, discussed whether courts give too much deference to the Patent and Trademark Office. Akron Law Professors Daniel Brean and Camilla Hrdy expanded and complimented the discussion siting as a panel directing questions to Professor Vishnubhakat. Attendees enjoyed a complimentary lunch and gained valuable insights into the modern world of Intellectual Property Litigation.

Panel Discussion with Professors Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Daniel Brean, and  Camilla Hrdy on the topic of if courts give too much deference to the Patent Office?

Panel Discussion with Professors Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Daniel Brean, and  Camilla Hrdy on the topic of if courts give too much deference to the Patent Office?

September 8, 2017
Intellectual Property Advisory Council (IPAC) Event

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Topic | All IP

The Intellectual Property Advisory Council is a body of experts from around the world that assists Akron Law students and the law school via advice and guidance. IPAC is composed of dozens of IP attorneys who are passionate about helping advance Akron’s IP curriculum and aiding students in their career planning process.

IPAC brought together movers and shakers within the intellectual property community. President Wilson was in attendance. The group spent the day discussing numerous IP related topics and making plans for the upcoming year. IPAC members were also able to tour the new Law School building. The day ended with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the Law School’s construction.

IPAC is composed of dozens of IP attorneys aiding students in their IP career planning process. Professory Ryan Holte and UA President Matt Wilson pictured.

September 5, 2017
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association (IPTLA) Kick-Off Meeting

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Topic | All IP

IPTLA kicked off the year with food and IP! Students enjoyed Jimmy Johns while the IP Faculty and Student Leadership were introduced. Once introductions were done, leadership explained the numerous opportunities for IP oriented students at Akron Law. Dean Benedict O’Brien from Student Services made a cameo and spoke about current job opportunities, encouraging students to take full advantage of these offerings. Leadership gave a quick explanation about the Intellectual Property Law Center and the work it does to prepare students for careers in IP. Students also learned about the IP Certificate and LLM program. The meeting concluded with a directed discussion with Patent Bar Eligible students to explain what the Patent Bar process entails.

Two Akron Law IP students kicking off the start of the school year with their first IPTLA event.