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2020

August 26, 2020
IPTLA General Body Meeting & 1L Welcome

Location | Webex

The IPTLA hosted a General Body Meeting & 1L Welcome session gathering a crowd of nearly 50 attendees. President, Matt Modderman, welcomed the new members, providing insight into what the IPTLA is and what it has planned for the coming remote school year. Judge Ryan Holte followed with a warm welcome and information on a new Washington D.C. externship program. Professor Camilla Hrdy shared her advice for 1L year and encouraged students to get involved in a variety of IP coursework. Career services faculty, Dean Alisa Benedict O’Brien and Alecia Bencze, encouraged students to reach out to them for guidance on IP employment, and also provided information on upcoming on-campus interviews and the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Professor Mark Schultz, director of the IP Center, announced a variety of developments coming to Akron Law’s IP Program, and promoted both the IP Certificate and IP LLM. IP Fellow, Emily Rich, discussed patent bar preparation and the relationship Akron Law has with the PLI patent bar exam course. And finally, the meeting closed with an introduction to the IPTLA’s board members and words of encouragement for Akron’s new IP students.

Virtual IPTLA General Body Meeting & 1L Welcome

July 6, 2020
Virtual Lunch & Learn — IP Career Advising Panel

Location | Webex

The IPTLA hosted a decorated panel of IP career advisors for directing IP students on how to best handle the challenges presented by COVID-19. The panel comprised of: Judge Ryan Holte of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Nick Bagnolo, Akron Law Grad, current Judge Holte clerk, going to the Jones Day IP group; Dean Alisa O’Brien, Akron Law Career Services; Professor Camilla Hrdy, IP Law Professor; and Professor Schultz, IP Center Director.

The panel discussed law school success and tips for performing well on exams. It went over changes to 1L job applications and the delay in the Patent Law Interview Program. Lastly, the panel unveiled a new Akron Law IP, Washington D.C. Externship program. The event made for an excellent way to connect with the IP student body after going fully remote in March.

Virtual Lunch & Learn — IP Career Advising Panel at Akron Law

April 15, 2020
Virtual Lunch & Learn - The Role of Intellectual Property in Life Sciences Innovation and a Global Health Crisis; Jon P. Santamauro, Senior Director for International Government Affairs at AbbVie

Location | Webex

The IPTLA hosted Jon Santamauro, a Senior Director for International Government Affairs at AbbVie, a leading innovative pharmaceutical company, who discussed the role of IP in pharmaceutical innovation to develop treatments that give us a fighting chance to beat this pandemic and the next. He also talked about efforts to make treatments widely available during the current crisis.

Prior to joining AbbVie, Mr. Santamauro had a long career at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including service as the Intellectual Property Attaché in the U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. During this time, he represented the United States at the WTO, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN organizations in matters relating to intellectual property. Further information is available here.

The Akron IP Center thanks Mr. Santamauro for delivering a thought-provoking and topical presentation to the students. Over a dozen students logged in and learned from the discussion.

April 7, 2020
Virtual Lunch & Learn - Copyright and Social Justice: How the "Blurred Lines" Case Brought Overdue Recognition for African American Artists

Location | Webex

The IPTLA and the Black Law Students Association co-hosted Prof. Sean O'Connor as a virtual guest speaker. Prof. O'Connor discussed how the ruling in the "Blurred Lines" copyright lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams advanced social justice for songwriters from disadvantaged backgrounds. For most of the history of modern popular music, the work of “aural” composers who do not use European-based sheet music was treated unfavorably by the US Copyright Office and the courts. This disparity often allowed artists working in genres such as the blues, jazz, R&B, rap, and rock 'n' roll to be exploited and their rights to be disregarded. Prof. O'Connor, who co-authored amicus briefs in this case, discussed this and other cases and explained the social justice dimension of copyright.

Prof. O'Connor is Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. For many years before law school, Prof. O'Connor was a working musician and songwriter. For a sample of another interesting talk he gave, check out Prof. O'Connor's talk and performance explaining how patented technology -- the guitar pickup -- shaped the history of popular music.

The Akron IP Center thanks Prof. O’Connor for delivering an interesting and informative presentation. Over two dozen students attended and enjoyed the discussion.

March 9, 2020
22nd Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Location | The University of Akron Student Union

Keynote speaker | The Honorable Alice Batchelder, former Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit.

See the 2020 symposium summary and photos.

February 10, 2020
Lunch & Learn - Technology Transactions

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Rm 281

The IPTLA and the Corporate & Business Law Society co-hosted a lunch & learn on technology transactions. The panel of speakers discussed IP and technology transactions in both the business and law firm environment. The speakers explained the role of outside and in-house counsel in these transactions, valuing intellectual property and technology assets, negotiating the sale and licensing of these assets, and steps required to develop a practice in the area. Craig Horbus, partner of Brouse McDowell, John Hornickel, former Assistant GC of IP for Polyone and founder of The Hornickel Law Firm, and Professor Mark Schultz, former tech. transactions attorney at Baker McKenzie, made up the panel sharing their perspectives on these subjects.

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IPTLA at Akron Law

January 23, 2020
Akron Law Hosts CIPLA Featuring Victoria Cundiff

Location | EJ Thomas Hall

Akron Law had the pleasure of hosting the January 2020 meeting of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA). Over 100 practitioners joined us from across greater Cleveland for continued education sessions on patent law and trade secrets, with presentations made by our own Professor Schultz (“Extraterritorial Enforcement of Trade Secrets”) and John Hornickel of the Hornickel Law Firm and Akron Law’s Intellectual Property Advisory Council (“After AIA and Alice, What Have We Learned?”). Attorneys and students alike capped off the evening with a reception and dinner at Akron’s EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, culminating in a keynote presentation by Victoria Cundiff of Paul Hastings in New York. Ms. Cundiff’s talk was titled “Solving the Latest and Next Crisis in IP Law,” and discussed the role of IP lawyers in helping clients build new business models. The IP Center would like to thank the many students who joined us for an enlightening and engaging day of events.

CIPLA featuring Victoria Cundiff at The University of Akron School of Law

2019

October 15, 2019
Lunch & Learn: Dinsmore Trademark Attorneys

Location | The University of Akron School of Law, Rm 280

Keynote speaker | Dinsmore attorneys discussed outside counsel's role in managing an international trademark portfolio. Dinsmore handles all of Walmart's international trademarks and most of its US trademarks. Dinsmore is an Ohio based law firm with offices all around the country with one of the fastest growing IP practices and represents a large base of clients in both prosecution and litigation.

September 30, 2019
Lunch & Learn: Jones Day Patent Litigator - Sue Gerber

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

The student IPTLA welcomed Sue Gerber, Jones Day patent litigator and Akron alumna for lunch and discussion with current IP students. Gerber is experienced in many facets of patent infringement litigation, including appeals before the Federal Circuit, other Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her talk centered on Section 101 issues as well as an overview of her path through and following Akron Law.

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IPTLA at Akron Law

IPTLA at Akron Law

September 21, 2019
IP Students Show They Care

Location | The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Several of our IP students joined the rest of the Law School in giving back to their community this weekend. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Akron Law Cares allowed students to give their time, work, and service in support of over a dozen community partners sites in the Akron area. The photo below shows a group of students – including several pursuing an LL.M. in IP Law or a Certificate in Intellectual Property – after spending the morning volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

Akron Law Cares with Akron Canton Regional Foodbank

September 3, 2019
Opening IPTLA Meeting, 2019-2020

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

The Intellectual Property and Technology Association (IPTLA) held its opening meeting of the academic year to a packed room. With about 40% of our student body in IPTLA and 20% of this year’s incoming class patent bar qualified, this was a perfect opportunity to introduce 1Ls to the general requirements of pursuing an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law or a Certificate in Intellectual Property through Akron Law. Students heard from the Honorable Ryan T. Holte, former David L. Brennan Endowed Chair in Law and newly confirmed judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Judge Holte continues his involvement with Akron as jurist-in-residence and part-time faculty this year. The students also met Professor Mark Schultz, Akron’s newly hired Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Chair in Intellectual Property. An expert known for his work on the law and economics of the global intellectual property system, Professor Schultz will serve as Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology and will start at Akron Law full time in January of 2020. With an outstanding new crop of 1Ls and a 100% placement rate for patent bar track students in recent years, there’s plenty to look forward to in the world of IP here at Akron.

IPTLA opening meeting at The University of Akron School of Law

May 11, 2019
Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting and Dinner

Location | The Cleveland Zoo Rainforest

Akron Law IP students and IP Center Director Prof. Holte attended the annual Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) end-of-year gala dinner (known as the “patent prom”). Almost 200 local IP attorneys enjoyed the Zoo exhibits, an excellent meal, and standup comedy amongst snakes and porcupines with comedian Andy Woodhull. IP students enjoyed the career networking and some great laughs were shared by all.

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May 10, 2019
End-of-year Dinner and Admitted Students Reception

Location | Mustard Seed Café, Akron

The Akron Law IPTLA group and IP Center hosted a dinner gathering for all IP law students at the end of final exams. Invitation also went out to incoming fall 2019 IP students. A great meal and Friday night dinner was had by all and over 10 incoming IP students received tips from current students on IP resume drafting, patent prosecution work with local firms while in school, and organizing summer study groups for the Patent Bar.

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May 2, 2019
National Inventors Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony

Location | National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

IP Center Director Prof. Holte was invited to attend the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony and dinner. As part of the greatest annual celebration of American innovation, Prof. Holte met a variety of current and former Inductees. Pictured below is Frank J. Cepollina, inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2003 for his pioneering concept of in-orbit satellite servicing. As the NASA Satellite Servicing Project Manager, Cepollina was tasked with repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. Having worked on the development of its modular design, as well as its command and control subsystem, Cepollina knew the Hubble's systems well, and led the 1990’s Hubble repair projects. After initial Hubble repair, Cepollina led improvement missions for Hubble in 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2009 adding newer technologies such as improved cameras, solar arrays, and improved processors.

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IP Akron Law

April 15, 2019
Lunch & Learn with National Inventors Hall of Fame CEO and General Counsel

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

IPTLA hosted NIHOF CEO Mike Oister and GC Maggie Petrush, an Akron Law IP graduate, to discuss their experience working with the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Mr. Oister works to expand the organization’s mission of recognizing and inspiring innovation in America. He first joined the National Inventors Hall of Fame as President of the Invent Now Kids subsidiary and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2009. In 2013, he accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer. During the lunch, Mr. Oister discussed the history of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (founded in Akron, OH) and the importance of incentivizing young people to be innovative and creative in order to keep the importance of intellectual property alive. He also discussed the progression of the useful arts--how enforcing intellectual property aids in fostering creativity. They discussed many “game changer” people who changed the mold of intellectual property and showed how invention changes society. Lastly, they closed on the note that many Akron Law students have worked as patent-review interns, providing paid research help at their NE Ohio headquarters for annual inventor ceremony inductees.

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April 11, 2019
Introduction to IP Protection and Patent Law Careers for Engineers

Location | The Ohio State University College of Engineering

IP Center Director Prof. Holte traveled to Columbus for the day and presented to a group of OSU undergraduate engineering majors and the OSU STEM pre-Law Society. With Prof. Holte were U Akron Law IP alumni Ty Kendrick (a patent attorney with Benesch Friedlander law firm in Columbus) and Dann Bruno (IP and corporate transaction attorney with Thompson Hine law firm in Columbus) who discussed their career paths through science undergraduate majors, to Akron Law, and on to IP and patent law work experience throughout Ohio.

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March 5, 2019
2019 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 5, 2019. The University of Akron’s Interim President, John Green and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joseph Gingo spoke at the start of the event. IPAC enjoyed a reception with the Hon. Jeffrey Sutton of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit after a book discussion event Judge Sutton spoke at on campus. As part of the IPAC meeting, students were able to ask career questions to the IPAC group then network and chat with IPAC members after.

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March 4, 2019
21st Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Location | The University of Akron Student Union

Keynote speaker | The Honorable Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

See the 2019 symposium summary and photos.

March 3, 2019
21st Annual Symposium Welcome Dinner

Location | Marriott Downtown Akron

The Akron Law IP Center hosted a welcome dinner at the Marriott Downtown Akron. The casual dinner was catered by Luigi’s and included Symposium speakers, IPAC members, many law students, and keynote speaker Hon. Andrei Iancu. A great time—and lots of Akron Italian food—was had by all!

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February 19, 2019
Lunch & Learn with Prof. Irina Manta, Hofstra University School of Law

Location | The University of Akron School of Law, room 280

Topic | "Tinder Lies"

IPTLA and the Federalist Society joined to host Professor Manta, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development as well as the Founding Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at Hofstra University School of Law for a Lunch & Learn at the University of Akron School of Law. Professor Manta discussed how to handle sexual fraud and the use of deceit brought through online dating apps. She detailed why and how lies established through online dating apps should render legal recovery to victims and reviewed the few current laws governing sexual fraud and arguments for the Status Quo. Related to IP law, Prof. Manta explained the potential relevance of Lanham Act trademark law in the world of online dating and how it prevents deception often resulting from online dating. Akron Law IP professor Camilla Hrdy provided comments regarding similarities between personal profile branding on online dating apps and the branding which companies create for their consumers.

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IPTLA at Akron Law

IPTLA at Akron Law

January 31, 2019
CIPLA Reception and Dinner Meeting with The Hon. Dave Kappos, former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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

Topic | Innovation Trends for the 21st Century

The University of Akron School of Law once again hosted The Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association’s (CIPLA) January Meeting. More than 100 local IP attorneys gathered at Akron Law to obtain CLE credit and attended a reception and dinner at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The CLE Speaker Events were followed by a cocktail hour, reception, and presentation by The Honorable Dave Kappos, former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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

The Honorable Dave Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from August 2009 to January 2013. Prior to leading the USPTO, he held several executive posts in the legal department of IBM over a 25-year career there, including serving as the company’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property from 2003 to 2009.

Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, told the audience of more than 125 IP practitioners, faculty, and students that the higher prices and wealth creation that are the most visible result of patent protection garner a negative public reaction and generate populist calls to weaken the IP system. “But the one thing we can say is that there is no sustainable source of competitive advantage other than IP. The extent to which IP protections are maintained and enforced will be crucial in determining whether the investment in innovation necessary to propel breakthrough innovation will remain viable.”

CIPLA CLE Event speaker The Hon. Dave Kappos at The University of Akron School of Law at EJ Thomas Hall

CIPLA CLE Event reception for The University of Akron School of Law at EJ Thomas Hall

CIPLA CLE Event reception for The University of Akron School of Law at EJ Thomas HallPhotos by Michael Yakim

January 31, 2019
CIPLA Afternoon CLE Event - Speakers: Professor Daniel Brean and Professor Camilla Hrdy

Location | The University of Akron School of LawCIPLA Afternoon CLE Event speaker Professor Daniel Brean at The University of Akron School of Law

Professor Daniel Brean spoke on the topic of Grading Patent Remedies: Dependent Claims and Relative Infringement. Professor Camilla Hrdy spoke on the topic of The Reemergence of State Anti-Patent Law. More than 100 local IP attorney members of the CIPLA group gathered at Akron Law for the afternoon CLE presentations.

Photo by Michael Yakim

2018

December 11, 2018
11th Annual Intellectual Property Owners Foundation Awards Dinner

Location | Washington D.C.

Professor Holte and IPAC member Jon Wood (Bridgestone) attended the 11th Annual IPO Awards dinner. It was an excellent celebration of IP law recognizing outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, and IP rights.

Pictured below: in first photo Prof. Holte with Jon Wood, and Hon. Andrei Iancu (current director of the USPTO) and in second photo Prof. Holte, Jon Wood and celebrity emcee John O'Hurley (from the Seinfeld TV show amongst various other career hits).

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November 7, 2018
Fall 2018 Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Lecture

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

R. Polk Wagner, Professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School, visited the University of Akron School of Law to speak at the Fall 2018 Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Lecture. He discussed the history of the patent office and the evolution of its emerging role as the creator of case law, developer of policy, and decision-maker with a vast scale of daily operations. He also described how the Patent Office’s emerging role has changed the Federal Circuit's role in the patent system, the politics of patent law, and how regional differences and theories of innovation can impact the patent system. Lastly, Professor Wagner spoke on the recent rule changes regarding claim construction. Local attorneys attended the Oldham Lecture and CLE credits were offered to those in attendance. Catered BBQ lunch was provided to all students and attorneys in attendance.

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October 16, 2018
IP Lunch & Learn with Jon Wood

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

Jon Wood, the Director of Innovations and Bridgestone Americas, visited the University of Akron School of Law to speak at a Lunch & Learn hosted by the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association. Mr. Wood discussed the effect of innovation on today’s society and how innovation further affects the business of numerous Fortune 500 companies. He also spoke on the issue of technology and urbanization's impact on business models from micro-mobility disruption of the tire industry to the evolution of the modern vehicle on methods transportation. As part of the talk Mr. Wood provided career advice to IP students and discussed his career path of working in a small firm to moving in-house and working in business law. All IP faculty and students enjoyed lunch during the discussion and after the talk IP faculty and student IPTLA leadership headed to Diamond Deli in downtown Akron.

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October 12, 2018
Annual Fall 2018 IPAC Meeting

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

The University of Akron School of Law hosted its Annual Fall IPAC Meeting. The Intellectual Property Advisory Council is comprised of over 50 IP professionals seeking to advance Akron Law’s IP Center and programming, foster relationships with businesses, law firms, and governments, and assist students with career planning. Students were invited to join in break out groups in the afternoon to discuss career planning, resumes, and network with members of IPAC.

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October 5, 2018
Fall 2018 IP Scholars Conference

Location | The University of Akron School of Law

The Akron Law IP Center hosted its annual Fall 2018 IP Scholars Conference. This year’s Scholars are Deborah Gerhardt (UNC), Eric Priest (Oregon), Irina Manta (Hofstra), Daryl Lim (John Marshall), Andrew Torrance (Kansas), Christine Farley (American), and Shawn Miller (Stanford). All IP Scholars arrived Thursday, Oct. 4th for a casual dinner catered by Luigi’s in downtown Akron. Friday, all Scholars visited Akron Law for a full day conference to present their various article topics to be published in the upcoming Spring 2019 IP Issue of the Akron Law Review. IP professors and faculty were in attendance and IP students and the Akron Law Review’s Managing Editor of the IP Issue later joined the Scholars for a coffee and dessert break.  On Friday evening, all IP Scholars traveled to Severance Hall to attend the Cleveland Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony (“Resurrection”) before traveling home Saturday morning.

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September 27, 2018
UA Undergraduate Engineering Design Seminar - IP Center Discussion of IP Career Opportunities

Location | The University of Akron, Mary Gladwin Hall

Professor Holte attended the University of Akron undergraduate engineering capstone seminar to speak with senior undergrad students.  He discussed legal career options for those earning a science degree and gave details about career options specifically in intellectual property law protecting innovation. Many students were in attendance and interested students stayed after the meeting to chat about details regarding the Akron Law school admissions process, the Patent Bar, student success studying IP at Akron Law, and to learn more about patent law job opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

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September 25, 2018
IPTLA and Federalist Society Joint Lunch & Learn

Location | The University of Akron School of Law, room 280

IPTLA teamed up with the Akron Law Federalist Society for a thought-provoking debate on the issue of patent morality. Prof. David Taylor, from the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, and Akron Law IP Professor, Daniel Brean participated in this debate. They each discussed their opinions on immoral patents and the moral and ethical limitations on patenting. They also discussed the history of the patent system's concern with immoral patents and the patent statute's ethical limitations on patent rights. Chick-Fil-A lunch was provided to all students in attendance.

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IPTLA at Akron Law

September 14, 2018
Annual Constitutional Law Conference Law

Location | The University of Akron School of Law Brennan Courtroom 180

Akron Law’s Constitutional Law Center hosted it’s annual conference on Friday September 14th. The topic of the conference was the eightieth anniversary of Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins (1938). In this iconic case, the U.S. Supreme Court cast significant doubt on the federal courts’ authority to make law absent express authorization. This conference brought together scholars from a range of legal disciplines regarding implications of Erie on choice of law issues that arise within specific fields including civil procedure, remedies, evidence, and intellectual property. Numerous national IP scholars presented at the conference including: Brian Frye (Kentucky), Megan LaBelle (Catholic), Shubha Ghosh (Syracuse), Joe Miller (Georgia), and Sharon Sandeen (Mitchell-Hamline). The IP Center hosted an IP Coffee Hour for scholars, IP attorneys, and students as the conference wrapped up Friday afternoon.

IPTLA at Akron Law held its first general body meeting of the Fall semester

IPTLA at Akron Law held its first general body meeting of the Fall semester

September 5, 2018
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association Fall Kick-Off Meeting

Location | The University of Akron School of Law room 202

IPTLA held its first general body meeting of the Fall semester to introduce 1L students to the organization’s new board members and the IP Center Faculty. The meeting was geared toward providing 1L students with information about what the Akron Law IP Center has to offer its IP students. Professor Holte discussed the variety of courses available to all IP students, as well as the importance of enrolling in the IP Certificate and/or LLM Program at the end of 1L year. Professor Holte, the IP Center Faculty, and board members articulated the importance of attending IP Center events and utilizing the excellent IP networking opportunities the IP Center provides throughout the year. Professor Holte also discussed the value of becoming involved with the Cleveland Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association (CIPLA) as a law student and future IP attorney. 1L students stayed after the meeting to obtain important information regarding the Patent Law Interview Program (PLIP). Chick-Fil-A was served to all students in attendance.

IPTLA at Akron Law held its first general body meeting of the Fall semester

IPTLA at Akron Law held its first general body meeting of the Fall semester

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.

2017

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.