2007 Affiliate Activities


28 September 2007 – The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law Young Lawyers Committee presents: Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law: Intellectual Property Transactions and Management

CIPA Affiliates were responsible for numerous presentations, including:

Robert K. Fergan, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, MI (Co-Chair of the program)

Developing Corporate Intellectual Property Policies, Kara E.F. Cenar, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP, Chicago, IL

Intellectual Property Due Diligence Part II, Julie A. Katz, Welsh & Katz Ltd., Chicago, IL

Taxation and Intellectual Property, Margaret A. Dobrowitsky, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, MI

Securities Law and Intellectual Property, Matthew A. Griffin, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, LLP, Chicago, IL

1 May 2007 – Melissa Rotunno, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Whois Briefing: Update on ICANN’s Whois initiatives, their negative impact on brand owners, and how to make your voice heard, presented by Whois Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association’s Internet Committee.

This briefing will be conducted twice for your convenience during the upcoming INTA Annual Meeting in Chicago:

Tuesday, May 1, 2007. 10-11 a.m. Room E352
Tuesday, May 1, 2007. 2-3 p.m. Room E351

The Whois domain name database presently contains each registrant’s identification and contact information as well as contact information for each domain name’s administrative and technical contacts. This information is readily available to any Internet user and is routinely relied upon for enforcing intellectual property rights, verifying important business information, and identifying the origin of illegitimate activities, such as phishing schemes and spam.

Whois information is on the verge of being stripped down to little more than a bare technical contact who will have no legally enforceable obligation to pass on correspondence to the registrant, and who is unlikely to be of assistance in effectively protecting and enforcing rights involving online matters. Last year, the Whois Task Force of ICANN (the body charged with setting Internet policy) unfortunately began taking steps toward significantly limiting the information available through the Whois domain name database.

During the INTA Annual Meeting, INTA’s Whois Subcommittee will provide an update on this process and will explain how brand owners can make a difference.

25 April 2007 – Welsh & Katz

The International and US Trademark Committees of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) will present the seminar, “Trademarks: What’s Hot in 2007.” The seminar will be held on April 25, 2007, from noon to 4 pm at the CBA Building (321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604) in the Corboy Room. Speakers will include Welsh & Katz Principal Julie Katz, presenting a discussion on the new Trademark Dilution Law; Amanda Roach, of Ladas & Parry, presenting a discussion on Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions; Richard Ashmead, of Kilburn & Strode of the UK, presenting a topic on Community Trademark Basics; as well as a primer on searching from Barbara Barron Kelly of CT Corsearch. Click here for more information.