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13th Annual New England Intellectual Property Law Conference

Trends and new developments that business lawyers and litigators need to know

Monday, 6/14/2010, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Upper Level Seminar Room, Boston
5 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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How can you take advantage of advances in the law to protect your clients intellectual property-or to protect your client from allegations of misappropriation of intellectual property? Keep up with the rapidly changing field of intellectual property law. This Conference provides you with cutting-edge knowledge and insight you need to optimize your clients position in trademark, copyrights, and patents.

The faculty brings a wealth of experience in protecting intellectual property, litigating intellectual property cases, and handling intellectual property transactions. Learn about developments in state intellectual property laws, including trade secrets cases, non-competes, Massachusetts privacy regulations, right of publicity, and advertising injury, and hear about cases involving dolls, sports-based video games, and cigars.

In the trademark area, the Conference provides an efficient update on developments in the courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on key issues such as dilution, fraud, and infringement, as well as TTAB practice pointers in view of the 2007 rule changes.

Copyright also remains a rapidly evolving area with much to report on-including the Supreme Courts Muchnick case; other new cases involving formalities (and Elsevier); an update on the Stephanie Lenz v. UMG dancing baby case; and short updates on the Google Book Settlement, Fairey v. AP, RIAA v. Tenenbaum, and more.

The panelists also discuss traps for the unwary in licensing and IP ownership-including the differences in joint ownership and employees' ownership rights between the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe; common drafting errors; the assignability of licensed rights in mergers and acquisitions; and the risks and illusions of IP indemnity provisions.

In patent law, the faculty discuss the Bilski, Prometheus Labs, and Myriad Genetics cases in connection with the scope of patentable subject matter. They also explain the impact of the Ariad case on the written-description requirement, as well as obviousness, damages, venue, claim interpretation, and patent term adjustment.

The Conference topics are practical, cutting-edge, and interesting. Come with your questions.

Keynote speaker

Professor Michael J. Meurer, Professor of Law and Michaels Faculty Research Scholar at Boston University, on Patent Reform: Is the System Broken?

Professor Meurer brings his background in law and Ph.D. in economics to study the legal framework of intellectual property and its impact on business and the economy. He is co-author of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk, which is considered by many to be the most authoritative and comprehensive look at the economic impact of patents in recent memory. Hear him share his ideas for reform and discuss whether technologies as diverse as computer software and pharmaceuticals should be treated the same way.

Conference schedule, Monday, June 14, 2010

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction
  • Timothy M. Murphy, Esq., Chair, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, Boston

1:15 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

State Law Developments
  • Thomas C. Carey, Esq., Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, Boston

1:50 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Trademark Update
  • Ann Lamport Hammitte, Esq., Lando & Anastasi LLP, Cambridge

2:25 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Copyright Law Update
  • Howard G. Zaharoff, Esq., Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC, Waltham

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Licensing and Ownership
  • Thomas Hemnes, Esq., GTC Law Group LLP & Affiliates, Westwood

3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Patent Law Developments
  • Vickie L. Henry, Esq. Foley Hoag LLP, Boston
  • Robert Plotkin, Esq., Robert Plotkin, PC, Burlington

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Keynote Address: Patent Reform: Is the System Broken?
  • Professor Michael J. Meurer, J.D., S.B., Ph.D., Boston University School of Law, Boston

5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

"Ask the Experts" Q&A Forum

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