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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ethics Considerations in
Intellectual Property Practice

The International Intellectual Property Society is delighted to continue what has become a favorite season opener event — “Ethics Considerations in Intellectual Property” presented by Frank Politano and William Covey – Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Place: K&L Gates LLP, 599 Lexington Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets), New York, NY 10022 Boardrooms 32 A&B

CLE: Two (2.0) hours – New York and New Jersey

FEE: The meeting fee is $30 for non-members or you may become a member at this meeting and enjoy the benefits of membership for the entire season (though June 2017) by completing the membership form and submitting the September 2017 – June 2018 annual fee of $100 ($25 for law students). Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card at the meeting or pay by credit card here.

Non-IIPS Members may pay in advance by using this link to “pay now”

RSVP: Please RSVP via email to no later than 5:00 pm Monday, September 25, 2017.

About our September presenters

Frank Politano

Frank Politano, a partner in the firm of K&L Gates, has over 35 years of intellectual property law experience, including global experience in brand and software licensing. He provides counsel to clients with respect to a variety of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, infringement, dilution, affirmative and defensive litigation, patent, entertainment law, and other intellectual property matters. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Frank was in-house trademark and copyright counsel at a multinational telecommunications company where he was responsible for its global trademark and copyright portfolio. He holds a BA from Boston University and a JD from Columbia Law School. Frank has been a lecturer for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University, Montreal, Canada and annually teaches an Intellectual Property law courses at Seton Hall University School of Law.


William Covey, Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline (OED), is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s patent attorneys and agents are of good moral character and sufficiently knowledgeable to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Covey’s team of attorneys and other professionals develop and administer a registration examination designed to measure an applicants’ knowledge of patent law and practice. In addition, OED investigates complaints of unethical conduct made against individuals practicing patent or trademark law before the Office. Mr. Covey has held a number of key positions in the USPTO including Acting General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel for the Office of General Law. Mr. Covey was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007. Mr. Covey received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and earned his J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 1991. He graduated from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Senior Executive Fellowship) in 2005 and the U.S. Army War College with an M.S. (Strategic Studies) in 2010. Prior to joining the USPTO in 2000, Mr. Covey was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He also served on active duty in the Pentagon. He is currently a senior officer in the Army Reserve assigned to the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He completed combat tours in Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2011) and served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

We hope you will be able to join us and, as always, welcome your questions, comments, and any suggestions you may have for topics or speakers of interest for future IIPS programs.

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