IP Day In Chicago – 3 November 2009

An impressive roster of speakers from USPTO, USTR, ITC, ICANN plus outstanding local attorneys discussed pressing issues and future trends related to domestic and international intellectual property issues as countries transition from a global recession to thriving economies. Trends regarding domain names, litigation, licensing, and outsourcing were some of the topics for discussion.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly delivered the luncheon keynote address.

The event has been approved for 6.25 MCLE general credit hours.


Welcome, Dean David Yellen, Loyola University Chicago
Introduction, Cynthia M. Ho, Loyola University Chicago, Morning Moderator

Domestic Issues in a Global Economy: A View from the USPTO
Lynne G. Beresford, Commissioner for Trademarks, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

IP in International Trade: Legal and Policy Tools

New gTLD’s: What you need to know about the next Internet Gold Rush!

  • Speakers:
    • Melissa Rotunno, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Moderator
    • David Giza, Senior Director, Contractual Compliance, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    • Frederick Felman, Chief Marketing Officer, MarkMonitor, Inc.
    • Mark V.B. Partridge, Partner, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Cowboys and Outlaws: Protecting Patents and Trade Secrets and Policing False Advertising


Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

At the invitation of the Alliance, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sat in Chicago during the week of 7 November 2005.

Chicago and the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance welcomed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit during the week of November 7, 2005. The Week was a whirlwind of activities in which the Court heard cases at four different venues, attended receptions, lunches, roundtables, and dinners, and spent a great deal of time with the law students in Chicago.

Circuit judges, attorneys who argued the cases, members of the CIPA Board discussed the cases with students at the CIPA – sponsored reception after the oral arguments.

Thanks are due first to the CAFC Committee members for all of the work preparing the proposal and suggested itinerary for the Court. Chair, Jerry Gilson, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Dolores Hanna, Tim Holbrook, Chicago Kent College of Law, Clint W. Francis, Northwestern University School of Law, Joseph T. Nabor, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery.

On Wednesday, 9 November, CIPA hosted a reception for the Court, CIPA Founders and affiliates, law students, and attorneys at Chicago Kent College of Law, the afternoon venue for the Court’s docket. Students had a chance to talk with the judges as well as the attorneys arguing cases before the Court after an audience of over 200 watched the proceedings either from within the courtroom or through the live feed to the auditorium.