The International Intellectual Property Society (“IIPS”) hosted ten (10) seminars addressing relevant international intellectual property issues presented by world-renowned experts during its September 2009 to June 2010 season. Our speakers included such notable officials as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office David J. Kappos and the Director for the Department of Industrial Policy for the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (“OHIM”) Vincent O’Reilly. Topics ranged from “Making Progress in the Complex World in International Property Law” to “Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy from a Practical Perspective.” The events offered participants a total of nineteen and a half (19.5) transitional/non-transitional (skills) New York CLE credits, including 2 Ethics CLE Credits. These CLE credits exceed the number of credits required to satisfy the NY CLE annual requirements.
The IIPS earned Observer Status with WIPO during the 2009 – 2010 season. After WIPO’s meetings held from September 22, to October 1, 2009, IIPS is included in the list of national non-governmental organizations that are invited to attend the meetings of certain WIPO Assemblies.
IIPS events afforded attendees the opportunity to learn about current trends and issues as well as to participate in stimulating conversations with industry peers. The presentations included:
- Ethics in the Patent and Trademark Fields (September 10, 2009) in which Robert B. Levy, Esq. Group Manager – Senior Patent Counsel to Thomson Licensing Inc. and Frank L. Politano, Partner in the firm of K&L Gates, LLP reviewed the ethical canons of behavior and highlighted recent court decisions regarding ethics. Attendees eared two (2) transitional CLE credits in Ethics.
- The International Patent Landscape for Green Technologies and a Brief PCT Update (October 13, 2009) in which Matthew R. Bryan, Director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Legal Division addressed the international patent landscape for green technologies and provided an update of the legal, practical, and future plans for the PCT. Attendees earned one and a half (1.5) transitional CLE credits.
- Registered Community Designs (November 11, 2009) in which Vincent O’Reilly, Director for the Department of Industrial Policy for the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (“OHIM”) and Marc Jonas Block, Esq., Senior Associate at Kucker & Bruh, LLP discussed the scope of protection provided by Registered Community Design. They reviewed the process for obtaining a Registered Community Design and highlighted the advantages and shortcomings of such protection. Attendees earned two (2) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits.
- Recent Developments at the USPTO (December 2, 2009) in which Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office David J. Kappos provided a comprehensive overview of various initiatives that Under Secretary of Commerce Kappos is undertaking to improve pendency, the quality of the review process for patents, and the coordination between the USPTO and its international peers. Attendees earned one (1) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits. This was the Annual [non-regular] Meeting that included a special reception for the Under Secretary/Director.
- Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy from a Practical Perspectives (January 12, 2010) in which Christopher Mirick, Bartholomew Verdirame, and Anna Erenburg discussed the myriad of domestic and international intellectual property and licensing issues that arise in bankruptcy proceedings and should be considered in drafting licensing agreements. Attendees earned two (2) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits.
- Domain Name Litigation: In Rem Actions Against Foreign Registrants (February 11, 2010) in which Scott M. Smedresman reviewed effective means to enforce U.S. trademark rights against foreign registrants of gTLD and ccTLD domain names. Mr. Smedresman reviewed the mechanics of initiating and prosecuting an in rem litigation in the United States against a domain name registered by a foreign registrant. Attendees earned two (2) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits.
- Arbitration and Mediation in International Property Disputes (March 25, 2010) was co-hosted with WIPO and the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. The first panel “Arbitration and Mediation in International Property Disputes” included, Pete Michaelson, Arbitrator and Mediator, Michaelson and Associates and Adam Rattray, Head of the Information and External Relations Section of the Arbitration and Mediation Center. They provided an overview of the options available in resolving international intellectual property issues and addressed mediation and arbitration and their potential advantages. In the second segment, “ADR and UDRP from the Practioner’s Perspective,” James R. Davis, Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Honorary John S. Martin, Jr., Former U.S Federal Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Wendy Schwartz, Partner, ReedSmith LLP related their personal experiences resolving differences utilizing WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. They also provided tips and advice for parties using the Center’s resources. Attendees earned four (4) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits.
- Open Database Licensing (April 21, 2010) in which Molly Beutz Land, an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School moderated a panel including Janelle C. Bonanno, a JD from New York Law School, Christopher Cotter, a third year law student at New York Law School, Rachel DeLetto, a May 2009 New York Law School graduate and former Managing Editor of the Media Law & Policy Journal and participant in the Program in Law & Journalism, Cynthia Grady, a second year law student at New York Law School where she has been working on the Public Index, http://thepublicindex.org, a site to study and discuss the proposed Google Book Search settlement, Chris Holmes, who leads OpenGeo, the geospatial division of TOPP, which builds a suite of open source tools to help governments open their data, and James Vasile who currently works with the Software Freedom Law Center and Open Source Matters, non-profit organizations that protect software freedom and liberty in the digital world. The panel discussed the conflicts that occur for database owners who seek to make their data available so others can benefit from their information but also wish to protect and impose conditions on the use of the information. Attendees earned two (2) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits.
- Sweepstakes and Contest Promotions on the Domestic and International Scale (May 12, 2010) in which Andrew B. Lustigman, Esq., Principal of The Lustigman Firm, P.C. discussed the international and domestic intellectual property issues that should be addressed in establishing and managing sweepstakes and contest promotions. Attendees earned two (2) transitional/non-transitional CLE credits.
- Making Progress in the Complex World in International Intellectual Property Law (June 8, 2010) in which Professor Justin Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Professor of intellectual property and international trade at Cardozo Law School, addressed the United States role in the international arena to create new initiatives of cooperation with foreign countries. He outlined activities at WIPO, WTO, and UNCITRAL and the complex issues facing these international intellectual property organizations. Attendees earned one (1) transitional/non-transitional CLE credit.
The IIPS will continue to host an informative and stimulating set of events for the September 2010 – June 2011 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 2010 – June 2011 season. Membership provides you with the opportunity to earn New York and New Jersey CLE credit on topics of interest for a fraction of the cost of other institutional CLE events. In addition, you will have access to the insights of world-renowned authorities in their fields and senior level international patent officers. There is also, for some programs, 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 2010 – 2011 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.
The IIPS welcomes suggestions for future events and appreciates volunteers who would like to speak at IIPS seminars. If you are interested, please contact Marc Jonas Block at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at our other upcoming events.
Frederick J. Dorchak