2008-2009 Year in Review

The IIPS hosted ten (10) seminars covering a vast array of relevant international intellectual property topics presented by world-renowned experts during its September 2008 – September 2009 season.   The topics ranged from WIPO’s international arbitration procedures to new licensing options for the information age.  The events afforded attendees the opportunity to learn about current trends and issues as well as to participate in stimulating conversations with industry peers.   Participants also received up to eighteen (18) CLE credits for taking part in the events, including two (2) ethics credits, which exceed the amount of credits required to completely satisfy the NY CLE annual requirements.  The presentations included:


  • IP Enforcement Issues in China (September 2008) in which Judge George Q. Fu, Managing Director of Watson and Band Law Offices in Shanghai and an Arbitrator of Shanghai Arbitration Committee, presented an informative lecture on the challenges China faced in protecting Olympic intellectual property rights.   He reviewed various infringement procedures and traced how the international attention to Chinese protection rights affected intellectual property procedures in China.  Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.


  • Ethics in the Patent Field and Ethics in the Trademark Field (October 2008) in which Robert B. Levy, Esq., Group Manager – Senior Partner Counsel to Thomas Licensing Inc., and Frank Politano, Esq., Partner K&L Gates LLP, reviewed recent developments in the Federal Circuit and District Courts regarding inequitable conduct and current opinions regarding client privilege and disclosure. Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits in Ethics.


  • Current Trends in Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution and WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Rules (November 2008) in which a panel of distinguished professionals including Ignacio de Castro, Deputy Director, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center; Edward V. Filardi, Co-Head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property Technology Group; James Hosking, Partner of Clifford Chase, LLP; and David Leichtman, Partner of Lovells, LLP discussed Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) practices of intellectual property and technology disputes, including under the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Rules, strategies for pursuing various forms of ADR, and the services provided by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.   The event was made possible through the cooperative relationship IIPS enjoys with WIPO.  Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.


  • Variations on IP Policy At and After the Inaugural Balls  (December, 2008) in which Professor Justin Hughes, Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law provided his enlightening and entertaining comments on the newly elected administration’s U.S. intellectual property policies and how the U.S.P.T.O. might act in response to implement these policies.  After the presentation, the IIPS members and guests enjoyed attending a holiday cocktail party.  Attendees earned one (1) non-transitional CLE credits.


  • Brand Licensing during Economic Uncertainty (January, 2009) in which Michael Dresner, Chief Executive Officer of the licensing division of Peppercom, Inc., presented how to determine brand viability for licensing, the advantages and disadvantages of strategic licensing for the brand owner and licensee, as well as how recent economic events will affect brand licensing.   Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.


  • New Licensing Options for the Information Age (February, 2009) in which Fred Benenson, Outreach Manager for Creative Commons, and Marc Jonas Block, Esq., then Associate with Salon Marrow Dyckman Newman & Broudy LLP, explained novel alternatives for creators to protect their original works and yet be involved in a creative sharing of ideas.  They reviewed the alternatives for protection offered by Creative Commons.   Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.


  • Tricks of the Trade for the Madrid Protocol (March, 2009) in which Nadine Jacobson, Esq. and J. Allison Strickland, Esq., Partners with Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. outlined the advantages and disadvantages of the Madrid Protocol as well as provided advice from their own extensive experience to facilitate the use of the Madrid Protocol.  Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.


  • The Sweet Smell of Copyright Protection (April, 2009) in which a panel debated whether manufactured fragrances may be considered expressive works of authorship eligible for copyright protection.   The panelists were Professor Derek Bambauer, who teaches internet law and intellectual property at Brooklyn Law School;  Tobias Cohen Jehoram, a Partner of the Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Dr. Charles Cronin, a visiting fellow at Yale Law School; Ms. Victoria Frolova, Editor and Writer for Bois de Jasmin; and Kari Arienti, a perfumer from Symrise AG.   The panelists presented both arguments for and against copyright protection.   The event was co-hosted with the Copyright Society of the USA.  Attendees earned one (1) non-transitional CLE credits.
  • Avoiding Greenwashing Accusations on the Global Scale (May, 2009) in which Andrew B. Lustigman, Esq., Principal of the Lustigman Firm, P.C. reviewed the importance to substantiate environmental claims to avoid accusation of Greenwashing.  He reviewed the state of the regulations and provided vivid examples of effective and exaggerated environmental claims.  Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.
  • Are Strong Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines Reconcilable Goals in Developing Countries?  (June, 2009) in which Shahan Islam, Esq., Senior Corporate Counsel of the IP Enforcement Group at Pfizer, Inc., addressed the conflict between innovative pharmaceutical companies interest in strong intellectual property protection worldwide and the need for the broad distribution of modern medicines for the population-at-large, especially for the inhabitants of developing countries.   He discussed  the issues that need to be considered in evaluating these conflicting goals.  Attendees earned two (2) non-transitional CLE credits.


In addition, the IIPS pursued some interesting initiatives during the 2008 – 2009 year. The IIPS has submitted a Response to a Request for Information issued by the USPTO so that the IIPS will be considered to participate in policy studies, conferences, and other development programs to promote fair international protection of intellectual property rights.    In addition, the IIPS also submitted a proposal to WIPO so that IIPS can be granted NGO Observer Status.


The IIPS was also thrilled that IIPS Board member David J. Kappos, Esq., was nominated on June 18, 2009, by President Obama to be the next Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.  We wish him continued success and look forward to our continued collaboration with the USPTO during his tenure.


The IIPS will continue to host an informative and stimulating set of events for the September 2009 – September 2010 season.   Formal announcements will follow throughout the year to update members and interested parties of each presentation.


The IIPS welcomes new members who are interested in current IP topics.  Membership in the IIPS  (currently $60 per year) entitles you to attend all regular meetings during the September, 2009 – September, 2010 season.  Membership provides you with the opportunity to earn New York CLE credit on topics of interest for a fraction of the cost of other institutional CLE events.  In addition, you will be exposed to world-renowned authorities in their fields and senior level international patent officers.  There is also the opportunity to have dinner with the speakers and fellow industry peers to continue discussions in a more informal setting.


Please take this opportunity to join IIPS or renew your membership for the 2009 – 2010 season by returning the Membership Form with your nominal dues to Harris Wolin, Treasurer at Myers, Wolin, LLC, 100 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, New Jersey 07960-6834.   Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your colleagues that might be interested in joining the IIPS or attending our events.


The IIPS welcomes suggestions for future events and appreciates volunteers who would like to speak at IIPS seminars.  If you are interested, please contact Frederick J. Dorchak at fdorchak@collardroe.com.


We look forward to seeing you at our other upcoming events.


Sincerely yours,



Frederick J. Dorchak


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