28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference to Feature IP Experts on Critical Issues in IP Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2013 — What has changed in the patent world since the passage of the America Invents Act? What are the most recent legislative efforts to combat online piracy and counterfeiting? How does a company keep trade secrets in an age of social media and cloud computing? These questions and others will be the focus of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference April 3-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. 

In addition to comprehensive programming on a wide range of breaking intellectual property topics, the conference will present concurrent professional practice workshops on more focused IP-related topics and professional skills. Special events feature an international networking luncheon, LGBT diversity reception and young lawyers networking reception on April 3 and an IP law breakfast, “Apps and Omelets,” and an all-conference reception at the Reagan Federal Building on April 4. Keynote luncheon speakers are Steven W. Miller, vice president and general counsel of Procter & Gamble, on April 4 and Richard L. Rainey, executive counsel, IP litigation, General Electric, on April 5. 

Program highlights include: 

“Hot Topics in Patent Damages: Deconstructing Apple v. Motorola, Should the Federal Circuit Revisit its Precedents on Past Damages?” — In this program, discussion will focus on deconstructing the decision and its impact on patent damages law, including the state of the law on past damages, how the Federal Circuit’s precedents affect the value of patents and patent owners’ behavior and analysis of whether current law adequately balances the rights of patent owners and infringers.
April 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m. 

“Tips for Practice Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board” — Perspectives of experienced outside and in-house counsel will feature a review of common procedural issues and mistakes in practice before the TTAB. Topics in this program will include docketing dates, brief formatting, discovery convergences, consented extensions of time, requests for reconsideration, motions to compel discovery, summary judgment, electronic discovery, fraudulent evidence, affirmative defenses, proper pleading of fraud, proper pleading of dilution, introducing testimony, preserving objections, trial of issues by consent, evidence for proving a mark is famous, ACR and oral hearings.
April 4, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. 

“The Elusive Termination Right: Where Does It Stand?” — In the Copyright Act of 1976, Congress extended the term of copyright protection and included two termination of transfer provisions that give authors the benefit of the extension. Since 1976, many factors have changed when it comes to the termination right. Where the termination right stands today, including when it is available and how effective it is to the terminating author or his/her heirs, will be presented in this program. Discussion will focus on the background of termination history/mechanics, renegotiation issues, recapture — the limitations on what is/is not recaptured, and the latest on hot topics such as termination of “master” recordings in the music industry and other “work for hire” disputes.
April 4, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.  

“The Blonde, the Red Shoe, the Round-Cornered Rectangles: Debating the Frontiers of Trade Dress Law” — What do Marilyn Monroe, Louboutin shoes and the iPhone have in common? All have been given trade dress status by a district court, a federal appeals court and a jury. These decisions by both courts and juries have defied the expectations of many and prompted the question — did they reach the right result? This program will explore this issue and analyze these cases as advocates for and against trade dress protection.
April 4, 8 – 10 a.m. 

What:      28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference 

When:     April 3-5, 2013 

Where:   Crystal Gateway Marriott
                    1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
                    Arlington, VA 22202

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found here. 

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The 25,000-member ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policy makers as they consider legislation affecting the law and regulations in intellectual property matters. The section is respected and known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law. 

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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